First Build, Budget Gamer

Looking to try my hand at building my first rig. Primary use would be single player gaming, but I want it to look good. I'm not overly concerned with noise or physical appearance, i prefer function before form. Budget is $1000-1200 without monitor or OS. Here is my rough draft (one evening on newegg). I'm not real well versed on the specs but I know the basics. Any concerns/advice on component compatibility or where I could sacrifice one part to better another would be appreciated.

CPU - core I3-2100
MB - ASUS P8B75-M LX Plus
Case - Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid
RAM - G.Skills Ripjaws 2x4GB 1600
GPU - EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680
HDD - WD WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200
Optical - ASUS DVD Burner
PSU - COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W
OS - Win 7

I'm already contemplating a SSD in place of HDD for OS and installs (I have 1TB External for storage)

I don't know enough to know if CPU will limit GPU, I've been lead to believe that games usually only use one core anyway, but at almost half of total cost I'd like to get my money out of GPU

PSU Seems a little much but GPU calls for 550W minimum plus the three fans in the case so I figured better safe then sorry.
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  1. you can get a faster hdd with 10k rpms and 32 mb cache for faster game map loadings. and with windows 7 you can torrent that onto a usb. and spend the 100 on a better cpu like a i5 sandy bridge? or i7 or a better gfx, dont rush in choosing a computer, you have all the time in the world, make sure you get what you WANT, i regret rushing in wanting a computer when I could have made it a LOT faster for the same price.
  2. nividia build
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Lx4O
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Lx4O/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Lx4O/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($473.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.63 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1186.53
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-22 21:14 EDT-0400)

    Radeon build

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Lx6O
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Lx6O/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Lx6O/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($329.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.63 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1042.52
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-22 21:17 EDT-0400)

    fx 8350 build
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Lxdq
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Lxdq/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Lxdq/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1173.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-22 21:44 EDT-0400)
  3. @Andy Don't promote piracy, you'll end up banned. Also there really is no difference between 10,000 RPM and 7,200 RPM hard drives if you have an SSD, apart from price.

    @Bodeen Without a K series CPU there's not much point getting a Z77 motherboard, there are H77 motherboards for quite a bit cheaper, which will have exactly the same feature-set for a CPU with a locked multiplier.

    Otherwise Bodeen's build is quite good. Personally I think 680s are overpriced, and you'd be better off saving money and getting an 7970 or a 670. The difference between 670s and 680s really isn't noticeable the majority of the time. It's completely up to you though, there are advantages and disadvantages of both.

    Your build has quite an outdated CPU. You also probably want at-least an i5 if you're buying anything faster than a 7870/660 Ti. Cooler Master power supplies are also notoriously unreliable.

    You also should consider an i5-3570k and a Z77 motherboard if you ever want to overclock the CPU or the such.

    What resolution are you planning on playing at? $1200 isn't exactly 'budget' and might be a bit overpriced/overkill depending on what resolution you're planning on playing at.

    M
  4. marshallbradley said:

    @Bodeen Without a K series CPU there's not much point getting a Z77 motherboard, there are H77 motherboards for quite a bit cheaper, which will have exactly the same feature-set for a CPU with a locked multiplier.
    M

    i was looking for a h77 but only micro atx boards were showing up and none of them supported sli. don't know if the op want to do that in the future .
  5. Hmm true, though you can Crossfire I believe, perhaps another reason to go with a 7970. SLI tends to be a pain in the butt though, and esp. for a non-overclocking build (i.e. someone who doesn't care about having everything pushed to the max hardware wise) I think buying a new GPU would be a better upgrade path in terms of performance and ease of use, than adding an extra 680 later on.

    M
  6. marshallbradley said:
    @Andy Don't promote piracy, you'll end up banned. Also there really is no difference between 10,000 RPM and 7,200 RPM hard drives if you have an SSD, apart from price.

    @Bodeen Without a K series CPU there's not much point getting a Z77 motherboard, there are H77 motherboards for quite a bit cheaper, which will have exactly the same feature-set for a CPU with a locked multiplier.

    Otherwise Bodeen's build is quite good. Personally I think 680s are overpriced, and you'd be better off saving money and getting an 7970 or a 670. The difference between 670s and 680s really isn't noticeable the majority of the time. It's completely up to you though, there are advantages and disadvantages of both.

    Your build has quite an outdated CPU. You also probably want at-least an i5 if you're buying anything faster than a 7870/660 Ti. Cooler Master power supplies are also notoriously unreliable.

    You also should consider an i5-3570k and a Z77 motherboard if you ever want to overclock the CPU or the such.

    What resolution are you planning on playing at? $1200 isn't exactly 'budget' and might be a bit overpriced/overkill depending on what resolution you're planning on playing at.

    M


    I'll be shooting for 1920x1080 screen. No overclocking. As for the "budget" id like to keep it near 1k but 1200 is max to leave room for OS and monitor. I use those values because that's the going rate on a basic Dell "Gaming" desktop. I want to prove I can do it better for the same $$$.

    I pretty sure I'm going to take your advice and knock back the GPU to upgrade CPU choice.
  7. Here's my suggestion for a build. It leaves you about $120 to pick a nice monitor, which should be plenty:

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.30 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.12 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1079.87

    This build will max out everything at 1080p without even breaking a sweat.

    I think it's pretty much a fact that you can do better than Dell for cheaper lol :P

    M
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