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700$ budget gaming pc help please?

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July 14, 2013 8:34:45 PM

Hello tomshardware!

A friend of mine asked for help with picking out parts for his new machine. A complete parts list for a suggested build would be much appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: 24 July 2013~24 august if prices will go down...

Budget Range: 700 after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, recording and livestreaming, surfing the web. Some RAM intensive games like Minecraft, but mostly MMOs, League of Legends and shooters. It would be nice to see this computer to survive well into 2015 or 2016 and still maintain "High," "Very High," or "Ultra" settings on most titles. With this in mind, having a rig with upgrading potential would be good.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: This is a brand new machine.

Do you need to buy OS: yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon are the most common but i am willing to buy from anywere reputable in the U.S

Location:Miami Florida, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel and NVidia fanboy, all the way. A first class PSU manufacturer is a MUST. What i mean is a brand with reputable PSU maybe something semi-modular would be nice? I know this is a lot for this budget but something that will last a couple of builds.

Overclocking: Yep

SLI or Crossfire: This isn't happening in the initial build. Don't mind having the possibility for future upgrades, though.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 - Wont be doing more than 1 monitor

Additional Comments: I'm on Skype with this friend constantly while gaming. His current setup is LOUD. Ear relief would be pleasant, but not at the expense of anything else. This machine will need a wireless network card at least initially - the router is on the other side of a small home.

His current gaming machine is an old HP laptop. It's performed an admirable job for the last half a decade, but it can't keep up with new releases anymore. It struggles even with games like League of Legends at higher settings.

You guys are the best of the best at these requests. Thank you for your time in helping us out!
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July 14, 2013 8:59:45 PM

Do you need a copy of Windows?
July 14, 2013 9:05:00 PM

You'll have to use a weak VGA card if you want to get an unlocked Intel CPU for OC ( 3570k ) at this price point, since the CPU, a Z77 board and an OS already cost ~400$.
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July 15, 2013 11:48:01 AM

JD88 said:
Do you need a copy of Windows?

Yes but I think in my university I can get a discount on windows not sure though but for the moment yes.


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July 15, 2013 11:59:00 AM

This looks pretty good with a little extra available for the OS (Assuming you can get one discounted).

[PCPartPicker part list]( / [Price breakdown by merchant]( / [Benchmarks](

**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor]( | $179.99 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard]( | $82.55 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory]( | $55.25 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive]( | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card]( | $189.99 @ Newegg
**Wireless Network Adapter** | [Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter]( | $21.99 @ Newegg
**Case** | [NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case]( | $24.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply]( | $43.00 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer]( | $17.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $666.48
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-15 14:58 EDT-0400 |