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March 9, 2013 3:49:19 PM

I'm going to get a gaming computer for my birthday on March 31st. :bounce:  Is this an awesome gaming build for 850 bucks? If not, can anyone show me a better build for 850 bucks?
March 9, 2013 3:49:52 PM

Build down below.
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March 9, 2013 3:50:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IyMo
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IyMo/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/IyMo/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.97 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($298.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon) u
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $851.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 12:47 EST-0500)
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a c 277 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 4:01:24 PM

You didn't need to triple post...Anyways, drop the i5-3570 to an i5-3470. Same performance, cheaper price. Imo, that ram is too expensive, a regular $45 one will suffice. You could also save money by getting a micro-atx board. Your build was nice, but I'm just adjusting small things to make it a bit cheaper.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($305.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $764.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 13:01 EST-0500)
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March 9, 2013 4:12:16 PM

realchaos said:
You didn't need to triple post...Anyways, drop the i5-3570 to an i5-3470. Same performance, cheaper price. Imo, that ram is too expensive, a regular $45 one will suffice. You could also save money by getting a micro-atx board. Your build was nice, but I'm just adjusting small things to make it a bit cheaper.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($305.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $764.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 13:01 EST-0500)

Will this be able to handle Crysis 3, Skyrim and other demanding games on Med-High?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 4:13:07 PM

i would personally jump onto the 7870 XT because it performs around the same as a 7950 and is cheaper. If doing so, you may be able to grab an overclockable Chip and upgrade the CPU cooler and PSU later.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Tachyon 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $869.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 13:12 EST-0500)

you can use stock cooler for now and when you want to go do some overclocking get a Hyper 212 evo or Xigmatek Gaia(which ever one is cheaper really)

the 750W allows you to CFX/SLI later
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March 9, 2013 4:14:00 PM

Microcenter has a hidden discount in their site, that used to be advertised but apparently it isn't anymore. You can pick up an i5-3570k and then any Z77 chipset board with be discounted by 50 bucks. Then you can overclock your CPU to get some extra performance.
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a c 277 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 4:15:45 PM

Does he live near a microcenter? He can also get the $50 off mobo with a i5-3470 too...If he doesn't know how to overclock he could save some serious money with the locked processor and h77 mobo and possibly upgrade to a 7970ghz. I see that he wants the play crysis, the 7950 comes with free crysis 3. The 7870 XT does not.
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March 9, 2013 4:16:41 PM

boulbox said:
i would personally jump onto the 7870 XT because it performs around the same as a 7950 and is cheaper. If doing so, you may be able to grab an overclockable Chip and upgrade the CPU cooler and PSU later.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Tachyon 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $869.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 13:12 EST-0500)

you can use stock cooler for now and when you want to go do some overclocking get a Hyper 212 evo or Xigmatek Gaia(which ever one is cheaper really)

the 750W allows you to CFX/SLI later

Good, but what about the OS? Should I buy it... or get it... some... other way... Heh heh...
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March 9, 2013 4:19:17 PM

realchaos said:
Does he live near a microcenter? He can also get the $50 off mobo with a i5-3470 too...If he doesn't know how to overclock he could save some serious money with the locked processor and h77 mobo and possibly upgrade to a 7970ghz. I see that he wants the play crysis, the 7950 comes with free crysis 3. The 7870 XT does not.

I think I like that this idea.there's a microcenter near me. Churn out a PCpartpicker list and I'd be glad to shop there.
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a c 277 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 4:19:45 PM

Do you plan on overclocking or learning how to in the future and try it out? Do you plan to dual gpu later? Do you already have a copy of Crysis 3? Do you leave near a microcenter?
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March 9, 2013 4:21:15 PM

Should I sell my Halo 3 edition Xbox 360 on eBay or amazon? It's hella rare and I could raise my budget. At the same time, all my Xbox Live stuff would be gone.
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March 9, 2013 4:24:04 PM

realchaos said:
Do you plan on overclocking or learning how to in the future and try it out? Do you plan to dual gpu later? Do you already have a copy of Crysis 3? Do you leave near a microcenter?

1. Yes. Is it dangerous? Don't want to melt my house down, my parents would be pissed :kaola: 
2. Possibly. If it makes it even more Awesome, then sure.
3. No.
4. There's one in fairfax. 30-45 mins away.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 4:27:54 PM

Ok if you have a microcenter, just that much better.

i5 3570k+ASrock extreme4=$290(plus tax i believe)

you can upgrade to the 7970 possibly but that also means you should get a 850W if you get a unlocked voltage card.

i believe this regular 7970 is still unlocked
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

correct me if i am wrong though not 100% sure.

So for unlocked 7970s, it is pretty much a GHz edition for cheaper(reason why they are starting to lock some 7970s) all you would have to do is overclock it to GHz clocks and you're pretty much done and of course you can OC above and beyond if you would so desire
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March 9, 2013 4:29:49 PM

boulbox said:
Ok if you have a microcenter, just that much better.

i5 3570k+ASrock extreme4=$290(plus tax i believe)

you can upgrade to the 7970 possibly but that also means you should get a 850W if you get a unlocked voltage card.

i believe this regular 7970 is still unlocked
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

correct me if i am wrong though not 100% sure.

So for unlocked 7970s, it is pretty much a GHz edition for cheaper(reason why they are starting to lock some 7970s) all you would have to do is overclock it to GHz clocks and you're pretty much done and of course you can OC above and beyond if you would so desire

PC part picker list of that, all added together? :) 
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a c 277 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 4:31:22 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: i5-3570k + ASRock Z77 Extreme4 at Microcenter ($284.98)
Total: $922.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 13:30 EST-0500)

$70 above your budget, but it comes with a free copy of Crysis 3 and Bioshock inifinite.
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March 9, 2013 4:35:12 PM

Best answer selected by Awesom3Gamer.
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March 9, 2013 4:37:52 PM

realchaos said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: i5-3570k + ASRock Z77 Extreme4 at Microcenter ($284.98)
Total: $922.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 13:30 EST-0500)

$70 above your budget, but it comes with a free copy of Crysis 3 and Bioshock inifinite.

You just made my day. I'll be sure to get this on March 31st, if my parents both agree. :D 
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a c 277 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 4:40:42 PM

Keep an eye out on sales, main sites like NCIX.com and Newegg.com usually have end of the month sales. You might want to make a new thread before you buy it on march 31st to make sure you're getting the best for your money. I advice you to check out NCIX.com though, it usually has cheaper items compared to newegg.com.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 4:50:24 PM

1) Be aware the i5-3470 price is for IN-STORE PICKUP only.

2) Windows:
There's no mention of Windows but you'll want to get:
a) Windows 8 64-bit OEM, and
b) Stardock's START8 ($5)
*People keep recommending Windows 7 still however Windows 8 is significantly better an the only real issue, the new interface, can be avoided with a $5 program.

Windows 8 is SIGNIFICANTLY more secure when used with the new UEFI motherboard (like the Z77 listed): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/jj737995.asp...

3) I agree on the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP.
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March 9, 2013 5:03:02 PM

photonboy said:
1) Be aware the i5-3470 price is for IN-STORE PICKUP only.

2) Windows:
There's no mention of Windows but you'll want to get:
a) Windows 8 64-bit OEM, and
b) Stardock's START8 ($5)
*People keep recommending Windows 7 still however Windows 8 is significantly better an the only real issue, the new interface, can be avoided with a $5 program.

Windows 8 is SIGNIFICANTLY more secure when used with the new UEFI motherboard (like the Z77 listed): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/jj737995.asp...

3) I agree on the ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP.

Interesting.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 5:06:44 PM

win8 is not that much better, you simple just choose the cheaper one of the 2 since you can make it run the same.

As for the Ram, its overpriced no need to get those, you can get much better samsung rams for that price.

You can get Caviar blue for $10 less

I would prefer a Corsair 200R or the tempest 410 over the 210

You can upgrade to a 750W right now to save money but that is optional

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a c 277 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 5:09:35 PM

I wanted to grab him low-profile ram. I didn't see the samsung on the pcpartpicker ram list so I thought it was discontinued or something. Where do you see WD Caviar blue for $10 less? Caviar blue and Seagate Barracuda are basically the same price. Case can be changed.
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March 9, 2013 5:18:31 PM

Hmm. It's ok if it's over budget. I believe that I can get the whole thing for my birthday, as long as the price doesn't go up in a few weeks.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 5:24:05 PM

Wow, the blue just changed price like right now lol, it was $65 earlier.

And i guess they did do away with samsung ram, saw it like last month so i didnt think it was gone yet.

And you might as well just go with the patriot ram, you can fit a evo under it still and it is actually smaller than the picture looks.

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