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First ever build, need help picking parts

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April 2, 2013 5:04:05 PM

Hi all, im looking to build my first gaming pc, right now i do some light gaming.. well i attempt it at least, since atm im running a laptop with AMD-E350 processor 1.6 ghz, 4 gigs of ram, and integrated graphics. So here is the form, and i really need a pc that can play all games on mid- max settings, would really like if you could get a graphics card with some games bundled (such as radeon hd 7870)

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 650-750 (could do 800 if absolutely neccesary)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web surfing, editing, word processing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse,, speakers (NEED A MONITOR)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, and have microcenter around me

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Whatever is going to give me an optimal experience

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: whatever

Additional Comments: Would like a cool looking case if possible

Thanks in advance!

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a b 4 Gaming
April 2, 2013 5:10:51 PM

This is $750 with an operating system, if you do not need one, you can get more performance with a few changes that I make.

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($0.00 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $766.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
April 2, 2013 5:14:30 PM

would it be more beneficial to go ahead and spend the extra 50 dollars and get an i5 3570k at microcenter?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 2, 2013 5:21:32 PM

It would really only be worth the 3570k if you plan on overclocking which would require getting an aftermarket cooler and a board with the z77 chipset, aka you will be spending more money. You could get away with getting a cheaper i5, and keep the board, there may or may not be one at microcenter.
a b 4 Gaming
April 2, 2013 5:27:38 PM

Yes it would, that is probably the best non OC CPU that you could buy right now... if you are willing the extra $20 go for it.
April 2, 2013 5:39:41 PM

wait how does that mobo work out to be free?
April 2, 2013 5:50:19 PM

ok, thx, please get back to me.
April 2, 2013 6:12:05 PM

ok that ends up being 844$, approximately, thx for the help
a b 4 Gaming
April 2, 2013 6:20:31 PM

I'm glad you're on your way to your new gaming PC, hitting the best solution button helps me recommend builds to others if you would be so kind as to hit it for me that would be fantastic
April 2, 2013 6:26:40 PM

thx bro will do, and ill probably find a monitor on craigslist to stay in budget :)