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Gaming computer setup for $1200 max

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April 9, 2013 7:32:31 PM

Looking at building a gaming desktop for about $1200 max, preferably $1,000.
I play Minecraft w/ HD textures, Dungeon Defenders, Torchlight II, Borderlands II is probably the highest game I am playing now. Just started Bioshock Infinite.

Selling my gaming laptop to build a gaming desktop.
Laptop's specs are:
I7 3610QM 2.3GHz (I know most of the desktop I5's can and will outbeat this cpu.)
16GB DDR3 Ram
GTX 675M 2GB GDDR5
1920x1080 Display 17.3"
Dual 750GB 7,200rpm HDD's

Intel I5 3570K 3.4GHz (Not planning on overclocking for anytime soon.)
16GB DDR3
ATI Radeon HD 7870 2GB
1x 7,200RPM HDD
1x Optical Drive
3x 120MM, 2x 80MM 1x 200MM Fan
Either a pci-e or USB Wireless adapter

It's going to be in a Cooler Master Haf XB LAN Case

I'm looking at this power supply: http://www.microcenter.com/product/399333/700W_Modular_...

Would it be powerful enough? I'm on a semi-budget of probably about $1000 maybe a little more if I can squeeze it. Microcenter is the only place I can go due to time constraints. (I can't order from anywhere else and afford to wait on the parts.
$1200 is probably the most I could spend and that's including buying a monitor and keyboard as well.

Current parts, not including the Optical drive, monitor wireless or keyboard already has me at about $940.

If someone could point me out a good desktop build that would replace my laptop and maybe do better for less that would be awesome so I could see where I could cut back or add in or whatnot.

Thanks for the help!
April 14, 2013 8:17:59 AM

Hi,
Looking at the specs, i can see that you dont immediately plan to overclock and neither are you immediately thinking of going for a Crossfire option, in that case a 700W PSU will be an overkill
I usually stay away from refurbished items for such critical components as PSU, based on what i can see is a decent 500W PSU will also do just fine, go for an 85% efficient and 80 plus certified PSU which will keep your bills low
And not sure if you really need a modular PSU for as i believe the Cooler Master cabinet has decent cable management options

Cheers,
Shri
April 14, 2013 9:21:34 AM

You do not need that much RAM. That is a consensus I've read here repeatedly. Go with 8. It is cheap enough that if it ever becomes an issue you can get more. Got to get a Motherboard too.

I've gotten some positive feedback on this:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Thermal Compound: Zalman ZM - STG1 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($11.93 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Masscool FD12038S1M3/4 107.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($8.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech Call of Duty: MW3 Edition Wired Gaming Keyboard ($27.50 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6800 Wired Optical Mouse ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Creative Labs A60 4W 2ch Speakers ($19.55 @ Amazon)
Total: $1177.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-14 12:23 EDT-0400)

You may want to skimp on the hard drive so you can afford to get the better GPU listed in your OP. You could prob skimp on the case as well.
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