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First Build, $700-$900 Budget, How good can I make it?

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March 12, 2013 2:24:09 PM

Hello, I'm new here, and am looking for advice on building a PC.

My budget is between $700 and $900 give or take a few, and I'm wondering how good of a PC I can make for that price.

Basically, I'm in need of a new PC, because the one I have is 10 years old or so(go head point and laugh). I would like to get a new PC that would allow me to play some PC games (SimCity, and Arma III perhaps). I looked at some Alienware PC's, and figured that they were overcharging me, and that I could do better on my own. Anyways, with my budget, would I be able to make a good PC capable of running saids games on medium/high/ultra settings, and how would it fare for other things like work, and text editing? I would want to have as good a GPU, and CPU as possible, not really concerned about hard drive space, and 4 gig RAM should do. I would like to use Windows 7, and pretty much need everything but a keyboard and mouse. If I'm out of my mind wanting to build a good PC for my budget, then so be it.

This would be my first build, but I've read stuff on how to do it, and am fairly certain I can build it.

I'd like to use sites like newegg, or tigerdirect. I'm in northern NJ, so I'm not sure if there are any local stores that might either sell parts, or build custom PC's.

I would prefer Intel processors, and Nvidia GPU's if possible as well. Also, would I need a new case?

This PC doesnt have to be top-notch.

Any help at all is greatly appreciated.
March 12, 2013 2:34:30 PM

You can make a pretty decent build for that price, this would be my suggestion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($205.53 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($304.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($66.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.97 @ Amazon)
Total: $862.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-12 17:34 EDT-0400)
a c 287 4 Gaming
March 12, 2013 2:40:50 PM

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looked at some Alienware PC's, and figured that they were overcharging me, and that I could do better on my own.


Not only does Alienware overcharge you - their systems have a shelf life of 2 years tops considering most of the components inside are proprietary and can't be upgraded.

For $900 here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.45 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($305.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($72.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $923.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-12 17:40 EDT-0400)
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March 12, 2013 6:36:13 PM

tenaciousk said:
You can make a pretty decent build for that price, this would be my suggestion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($205.53 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($304.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($66.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.97 @ Amazon)
Total: $862.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-12 17:34 EDT-0400)



Ok, that seems good, all within budget, and has everything, but I shouldn't face any problems with running some games on this?
March 12, 2013 7:38:35 PM

the 7950 is one of the top on the market, you will be able to play everything on high-ultra no problem
a b 4 Gaming
March 12, 2013 7:56:20 PM

If you can make ur way to this shop

http://www.microcenter.com/site/stores/north-jersey.asp...

you can get a i5 3570k+asrock extreme4 for around $290

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ 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 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Tachyon 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $626.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-12 22:54 EDT-0400)

+$290 is a little over $900, gives u room to add a second card inside if you want to, if not i recommend taking the 750W to 500W and changing the CPU to a locked one(microcenter has locked CPUs on deal too) and try to fit inside a 7970
March 13, 2013 4:48:05 AM

boulbox said:
If you can make ur way to this shop

http://www.microcenter.com/site/stores/north-jersey.asp...

you can get a i5 3570k+asrock extreme4 for around $290

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ 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 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Tachyon 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $626.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-12 22:54 EDT-0400)

+$290 is a little over $900, gives u room to add a second card inside if you want to, if not i recommend taking the 750W to 500W and changing the CPU to a locked one(microcenter has locked CPUs on deal too) and try to fit inside a 7970


There is very little difference between the 7950 and 7970, you can overclock a 7950 to reach the 7970. The only main differences are the 7970 is much more expensive.
March 13, 2013 6:32:54 AM

If the OP is just going to be playing a few games, and considering his current machine is 10 years old, it could make sense to drop to 7870 or 7850 and cram in an SSD in there.

It makes a world of difference in everything else, and he would still be able to play newest games at decent quality settings.

Maybe something like this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $854.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 09:39 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2013 12:45:04 PM

tenaciousk said:
boulbox said:
If you can make ur way to this shop

http://www.microcenter.com/site/stores/north-jersey.asp...

you can get a i5 3570k+asrock extreme4 for around $290

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ 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 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Tachyon 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $626.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-12 22:54 EDT-0400)

+$290 is a little over $900, gives u room to add a second card inside if you want to, if not i recommend taking the 750W to 500W and changing the CPU to a locked one(microcenter has locked CPUs on deal too) and try to fit inside a 7970


There is very little difference between the 7950 and 7970, you can overclock a 7950 to reach the 7970. The only main differences are the 7970 is much more expensive.


There is also very little difference between the 7950 and the 7870 XT, what is your point?

The point behind of what i am trying to do is to give the build longevity for him since it seems like he doesnt build computers until he actually needs to
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