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New PC build i3 3220 gaming- trying to reduce cost

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March 21, 2013 3:50:46 PM

Hello, I'm working on my first build, just wanted to confirm that all these components work together and that nothing overheats etc.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower
Mobo: Asrock Z77M
CPU: Intel i3 - 3220
HD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM
Optical Drive: Liteon iHAS324
Memory: GSkill RipjawsX 2 x4GB DDR3-1600
Video: Asus Radeon 7850
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX430 430W ATX

This adds up to approx $950 USD from my country's local computer component supplies website, I am sure it'd be cheaper from a US site like newegg or something, but they do not ship internationally. If anyone could find a site that does and is cheaper than this, please let me know.

Also I am trying to lower the price on this full build, as it adds up to 1150 NZD which isn't worth building atm. So if there is anything that I can change to reduce the costs, or whether I can get parts from overseas to make it cheaper, please let me know.

Thank you

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March 26, 2013 11:48:18 PM

You could probably go for a cheaper motherboard with that one and save maybe $20 - $30.

If you were planning on upgrading your cpu/gpu at any point in the future I would bump the power supply up to the CX500, but thats a bit more expensive.

Apart from that everything looks pretty good for a budget gaming PC, but I'm not too familiar with New Zealand prices...
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2013 12:19:46 AM

what price is an AMD FX 6300 and AM3+ mb ?

It will game as well and do everything else better than the intel
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March 27, 2013 12:35:31 AM

the AMD FX 6300 comes to $189 USD. More expensive than the any of the Intel i3 Ivy Bridges. I guess I could go for a H77 mobo? With the i3 build. And I'm thinking of dropping the Radeon HD 7850 for a 7770 just to save like $150NZD atm. I'll upgrade later. I don't do hard out gaming anyway. My current main game is running at 60 FPS on integrated gfx so I think it should be fine?
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2013 2:44:24 AM


if you havent looked already

The HAF 912 is stupidly expensive here . Use an Antec ONE gamer instead
March 27, 2013 1:18:26 PM

I didn't really check on pricespy much, but I'll run everything through there now. I just need to find a case that is ATX if the mobo is ATX and just check it has enough fans etc right?
March 27, 2013 1:19:06 PM

Only problem atm is choosing case and power supply
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2013 10:25:11 PM

I still think you are on the wrong track . The AMD FX 6300 is a much better gamer for newer game engines . It demolishes the intel dual cores in Crysis 3 and future titles will show more and more bias towards the higher core count

Id build
FX 6300 $190
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 $160
2 x2 gig of RAM $60
Antec One gamer $76
Cx 430 $71
7850 $280
March 28, 2013 3:27:06 AM

Okay cool. I'll follow that.

What else do I need to buy with the parts, thermal paste, heat sinks, fans etc?

Also, is the Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 compatible with that mobo?
a b 4 Gaming
March 28, 2013 3:46:58 AM

Yes the mb an graphics card work fine . The heat sink that comes with the processor has thermal paste already applied .....and even if it didnt the expensive pastes dont actually do anything except lighten your wallet

If you can fit it in the budget then The coolermaster Hyper212 evo makes a lot of sense . Overclocked the FX 6300 is a very powerful gaming cpu
March 30, 2013 5:23:58 AM

I found a cheap gigabyte hd 7750 which I think should be fine for me, it's compatible with both that amd and i3 processor?
a b 4 Gaming
March 30, 2013 5:35:46 PM

It will work
April 3, 2013 10:39:17 PM

Would the Asrock 970 Pro R2 be good too? for the amd6300?
a b 4 Gaming
April 4, 2013 1:38:11 AM

Yes that motherboard should work well , and the price is excellent