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Good Budget Gaming PC? (revised#2)

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July 5, 2013 4:05:26 PM

cpu: Intel Core i3 3220 Duel Core 3.3 Ghz $110

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB $210


mobo MSI Z77A-G43 Intel Z77 LGA 1155 $105(frys)

hdd: WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive $67

os:Windows 7 64-bit $90

ram: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz $45 (frys)

monitor: HP WJ676AA#ABA S2031 20" LCD PC $100 (frys)

keyboard: Hp Multimedia USB Keyboard $19

mouse:Black E-3lue E-Blue Cobra $10.40

Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM $22

Fans: $12.80

Hardware Total: $789.46


NZXT Phantom 410 RED Mid Tower $90

Corsair CX Series 430 Watt Modular $50


Total: $140





Total $929

Any miss calculations? Any compatibility issues? Is this rig a good for the money?Will a 430 watt psu handle a gtx660?
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July 5, 2013 4:30:23 PM

If you are not overclock I would get an H77 board and save some money there and get a better CPU. If your not overclocking you don't need anything faster than a i5-3350P.

As far as cases go unless you really want the bling of a NZXT Case, you can just get a Antec Three Hundred or Corsair 200R/300R to save some money there too. Case isn't going to improve performance that much and I recommend adding fans as needed. Start using stock fans that come with the case and add more or better fans if your not reaching the thermals you want.
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July 5, 2013 4:32:30 PM


You'll likely get better mileage from an FX-6300 Piledriver and an Asus M5A97 motherboard.

If you have to stick with Intel, go with s1150/Haswell.

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July 5, 2013 5:21:34 PM


The thing is ... Intel does not drop prices on CPUs as they age like AMD does. That's why you should aim for s1150 (or opt for AMD).

The i7 really offers nothing over the i5 in gaming. By the time you jump on a s1155 i7, a 2nd Gen Haswell i5 will likely whomp it, whomp it good ...



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July 5, 2013 5:29:54 PM

So should i switch to an AMD build and get a different motherboard OR stay with i3.




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July 5, 2013 5:46:10 PM

Now your first one was $1k but a little messy. I made you this just now... $1.5k and good performance.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dFbf
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dFbf/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dFbf/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.13 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($128.53 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($171.97 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1473.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 21:13 EDT-0400)
*(Updated the case to one supporting front usb 3.0... the 932 has front 3.0 but didn't notice that the 922 didn't)
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July 5, 2013 6:15:45 PM

For starters, you're using in-store only parts.

Most people don't want to shell out another $500.

Plus various parts in that are utterly overkill.
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July 5, 2013 6:32:45 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
For starters, you're using in-store only parts.

Most people don't want to shell out another $500.

Plus various parts in that are utterly overkill.


Every once in a while you can get an OK deal in store but it will rarely be on what you want or need. And yes... it was cluttered and "Messy" parts wise. It was cleaned and a good build was picked.

As for the build that was picked you can reduce some cost (If needed) by going with general optical drive instead of bluray(or none), removing wifi, switching from win 7 pro to home edition, and removing corsair liq cooler for cpu fan.
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July 5, 2013 6:37:49 PM

Elliott Doyo said:
Thanks for the response guys. I honestly want to keep the NZXT case(ill remove the extra fans). Is this a good substitute motherboard for my current one http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Z75-CrossFireX-Motherboard... ?

I am planing to upgrade to a i7 after the i3.


If you want to see a build with i7 look up my rate 1-10 thread! http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1721877/future-b... (I included the previous build just now to see general IMO's)
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July 5, 2013 7:35:32 PM

No real need for an i7 for gaming - the extra threads generally aren't used by games. You only get a medium boost on fully multithreaded programs, and they're rare.

It's also not clear whether he intends to OC.
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July 5, 2013 7:56:25 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
No real need for an i7 for gaming - the extra threads generally aren't used by games. You only get a medium boost on fully multithreaded programs, and they're rare.

It's also not clear whether he intends to OC.


Only provided link b/c HE stated he preferred i7... I HIGHLY doubt he's gonna make my $3.5k build in that post anyway.
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