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First gaming PC current parts list, need help on finalizing from someone who has experience in PC builds

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March 26, 2013 11:42:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: When parts list is finalized.

Budget Range: 900usd

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, school work, movies and tv shows.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Buying everything new

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon. (not really any preference, whatever is cheapest)

Location: Oregon

Parts Preferences: no preference, whatever works best for least amount of cash.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: not this build

Your Monitor Resolution: not sure, what do you prefer for gaming?

Additional Comments: I just want a fast computer that plays games like battlefield, crysis etc with ease.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to ditch the console and go to pc gaming.

Here is what I have so far:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mw7i
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mw7i/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mw7i/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.44 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $847.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-27 02:40 EDT-0400)

Would this be a good PC for what I want? any suggestions on how to make it better?
March 27, 2013 2:32:35 AM

^ If you will be buying the CPU from Microcenter, then it is fine, else you can cut down a bit on the CPU and spend a bit more on the GPU instead.

PSU - Never skimp on the PSU quality. Atleast get this one.
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W
$69.99
$49.99 after $20.00 rebate card
+ $10 off w/ promo code CLRNCMDNS37, ends 4/1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - If possible, wait for few days, the GTX 650 Ti boost will be available soon and it performs as good as the 7850 or better in the same price range. Also you could expect a price of AMD cards.
Or like you said if no SLI/ Crossfire, then spend say about ~20-40$ more and get the GTX 660/ HD 7870.
March 27, 2013 3:04:03 AM

a little over budget but it includes a monitor the os and a 2gb 7850
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mx2z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mx2z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mx2z/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($72.51 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
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)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $931.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-27 06:04 EDT-0400)
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March 27, 2013 11:06:53 AM

bodeen2012 said:
a little over budget but it includes a monitor the os and a 2gb 7850
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mx2z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mx2z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Mx2z/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($72.51 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
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)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $931.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-27 06:04 EDT-0400)


You suggest AMD over intel? any particular reason?
March 27, 2013 11:14:25 AM

i like amd for budget builds .
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