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First Gaming PC $800 build, How'd I do (be harsh I'm a noob)?

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June 17, 2013 9:13:06 PM

Here's the build :

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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)

Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)

Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.51 @ SuperBiiz)

Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.68 @ SuperBiiz)

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($49.49 @ NCIX US)

Wired Network Adapter: Intel PWLA8391GTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter ($29.51 @ SuperBiiz)

Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N53 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Apevia X-TRP-NW-BK/450 ATX Mid Tower Case w/450W Power Supply ($54.98 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($27.87 @ Amazon)

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate (free)

Total: $815.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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June 17, 2013 9:26:32 PM

First off, you don't want a B75 mobo combined with an i5-3570k CPU. You're wasting the overclocking capabilities of the CPU on a board that doesn't support overclocking. You'll want a z77 motherboard instead. Not sure if you'll be able to hear the difference between the integrated HD audio of a motherboard and that which you'll get from a dedicated sound card, either. The video card, while good, you could probably get nearly as much capacity out of a GTX 660 (which is a little cheaper). If you're getting a 7870, get the LE variety based off of Tahiti, as it's superior to the standard 7870s.

I would recommend ditching the audio card, honestly, and replace the case and power supply with something that's got a better reputation. The case is up to you, but the PSU should probably be a Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, or one of the Rosewill Hive series if you gotta go cheap.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/17C7S

And there ya go... most of what you have there, minus the network adapters mentioned in your listing and the audio card, and you can overclock as you'd like to.
June 17, 2013 10:20:36 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($333.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $802.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Theres a $10 promo with the ram which isn't being displayed hopefully you can still get that with the combo.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.91 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($395.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $837.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Slightly over budget, though the 770 gtx would make it well worth it. You can probably find a cheaper HDD if you wanted but I have a very heavy preference for 1tb HDD's at bare minimum. Can also slim it down again if you can find a h61 mobo that supports ivy right out of the box, though that takes some leg work which I leave up to you. Sadly no overclocking, even going AMD to allow overclocking I felt was pointless as once you factor in the cpu/mobo/heatsink you had to upgrade the PSU so I went with the 3350p instead and called it a day.

Forgot you might want to buy additional fans with that case. Though that put it in the price range of the rosewill challenger, and a few other good cases. I was just feeling a small computer build today.
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June 18, 2013 1:41:07 AM

Power supply will have change, recommend a Corsair. As for the sound card, it depends what type of audio set up you have/want. For gaming purposes the on board card is a safe bet. And the plus point is you can add a sound card at anytime later if need be. Not a necessity for a start up rig.
June 18, 2013 7:09:29 AM

Left out Hard drive for now,


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/17HQl

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.99 @ NCIX US) (downgraded the processor since I'm not gonna O/C it)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($248.98 @ Newegg) (Tahiti GPU)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Microcenter) (Better Power Supply)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $729.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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