Budget Gaming Build ($600-$700)

First time computer build. Read a lot through this forum as well as several others and think I have a general idea of the components I want. I was looking to make a budget machine for around $600. It's really difficult to adhere to that limit being there is always a better choice for just a little bit more money. I am currently $150 over budget. I'm looking for feedback on the parts I've picked out as well as any ideas for cutting cost.

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS GeForce GTX 660 GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 Video Card

Hard drive:
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive OEM

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

Subtotal: $755.9

Thanks for any help.
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  1. At that price range, an overclocking i5-3570k system might be a bit overdoing it. Plus, to take full advantage of the overclocking, you'd want something more powerful than the standard CPU fan that comes with it. That said, you could see about a few different changes... though the easiest might be downgrading the GPU to save some cash, it's probably better to downgrade elsewhere. Let's see.


    The biggest changes would be the CPU and mobo. The other items on your currently listed build are pretty good deals, though I did find one or two combos from newegg to help bring prices down a bit lower. I kept an ASRock z77 mobo listed, but not the Pro4 (if you can swing the extra cash, get it instead. It's only $10 more after all). The CPU, I downgraded from the 3570k to an i3-3220. This way, once you can spend some cash in the future for an upgrade, you can get the i5-3570k and a CPU fan of your choice to let you overclock to your heart's content.

    However, since this is a gaming build, your GPU will be handling most of the work in that department, rather than the CPU. Still, the 3220 isn't bad at all for gaming (an i5 is better, of course, but with the budget at hand and the parts I feel you'd prefer, this would be a decent choice anyway). 'Downgrading' the GPU to a Radeon 7850 (1gb or 2gb version), or the new 650 Ti Boost from nVidia might save you enough money for an i5-3470 instead, but honestly, the 660 is probably what you'll want to keep for the gaming rather than get a couple more cores.

    So long as you don't need an OS or an optical drive, that should do it for ya. Then again, I haven't been keeping track of all the new stuff in the past few months, so someone else may have better answers for you. Hope this at least helps a little bit.
  2. Here, this will preform better overall, and you still have the ability to plop in a cpu cooler and overclock.

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

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI 990XA-GD55 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($112.54 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $650.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-27 08:48 EDT-0400)

    You have extra money to change the case, of you could buy a cpu cooler now. That gpu is quite similar the the 660ti give or take a couple of games. This is a very solid build and wiill serve you quite well:)
  3. i would recommend you to go for at least one 500w psu!gtx 660 is very powerful card but the 7950 seems to beating it up in most games!also the +1gb of vram would be better!
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