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July 22, 2013 2:49:54 PM

Hi,
I am planning to build my gaming PC soon, and I try to limit my budget to just $900 maximum. I wonder if I can build a great PC, i really want to buy the HD7870 graphic card as I think it will be sufficient enough to play some future games in maximum performance. Storage is not really important to me, 1TB is really a lot. And I also wonder if I need 16GB RAM or 8GB would be enough to play kind of game like Battlefield 3 or 4, etc. For the processor, I find Intel i5-3570k 3.4GHz quite interesting, but is it going to be too high/low?
Please, if you guys can recommend me for full equipment(start from motherboard, case, drive, graphic card, processor, RAM, and all other parts) I need to buy to build this kind of PC with just $900 max budget, i will be really grateful.

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July 22, 2013 3:13:50 PM

8GB will be enough. I didn't put a case because thats based a lot on personal preference
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jvXl
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jvXl/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jvXl/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $795.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 18:14 EDT-0400)
Edit: Also theres no OS
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July 22, 2013 4:19:46 PM

CMac019 said:
8GB will be enough. I didn't put a case because thats based a lot on personal preference
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jvXl
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jvXl/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jvXl/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $795.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 18:14 EDT-0400)
Edit: Also theres no


thanks man! actually, could you probably tell me the difference between brand like Asus or HIS or MSi for the video card? Because i see that they sell the same thing (7870 HD) but with different prices.
And I actually do not have any idea for the case. Is any kind of case going to fit all the parts you mention on there or I need specific size? I also heard that people mention about SSD beside HDD. is it necessary to have such SSD?
thanks
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July 22, 2013 4:30:11 PM

The differences are mostly just the coolers attached to the card, some are quieter and cooler than others. Some cards also come overclocked from the AMD reference cards and have higher clock speeds. And any ATX mid tower or full ATX case should fit those parts. Also SSDs aren't necessary but they're nice to have, you can get a smaller SSD and use it as a boot drive and then get a larger HDD for storage; that's what most people are doing these days.
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July 22, 2013 5:04:37 PM

CMac019 said:
The differences are mostly just the coolers attached to the card, some are quieter and cooler than others. Some cards also come overclocked from the AMD reference cards and have higher clock speeds. And any ATX mid tower or full ATX case should fit those parts. Also SSDs aren't necessary but they're nice to have, you can get a smaller SSD and use it as a boot drive and then get a larger HDD for storage; that's what most people are doing these days.


i see, thanks man, sounds really clear for me. i try to add some peripherals like monitor and it seems to exceed my budget though, could you recommend part of the pc that can be downgraded maybe?
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July 22, 2013 5:12:23 PM

gkus143 said:
CMac019 said:
The differences are mostly just the coolers attached to the card, some are quieter and cooler than others. Some cards also come overclocked from the AMD reference cards and have higher clock speeds. And any ATX mid tower or full ATX case should fit those parts. Also SSDs aren't necessary but they're nice to have, you can get a smaller SSD and use it as a boot drive and then get a larger HDD for storage; that's what most people are doing these days.


i see, thanks man, sounds really clear for me. i try to add some peripherals like monitor and it seems to exceed my budget though, could you recommend part of the pc that can be downgraded maybe?


Do you plan on overclocking?
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July 22, 2013 5:15:49 PM

CMac019 said:
gkus143 said:
CMac019 said:
The differences are mostly just the coolers attached to the card, some are quieter and cooler than others. Some cards also come overclocked from the AMD reference cards and have higher clock speeds. And any ATX mid tower or full ATX case should fit those parts. Also SSDs aren't necessary but they're nice to have, you can get a smaller SSD and use it as a boot drive and then get a larger HDD for storage; that's what most people are doing these days.


i see, thanks man, sounds really clear for me. i try to add some peripherals like monitor and it seems to exceed my budget though, could you recommend part of the pc that can be downgraded maybe?


Do you plan on overclocking?


actually i don't really know though, i will not do anything fancy to the computer as i am not really pro and this is my first time building my own pc.
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July 22, 2013 5:37:50 PM

Overclocking isn't too difficult and there's a lot of guides online about how to do it. But if you're not overclocking the cpu you could go without the cpu cooler
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jz8M
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jz8M/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jz8M/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $741.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 20:37 EDT-0400)

It only saved $50 and I still didn't include a case or OS
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July 22, 2013 5:45:46 PM

CMac019 said:
Overclocking isn't too difficult and there's a lot of guides online about how to do it. But if you're not overclocking the cpu you could go without the cpu cooler
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jz8M
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jz8M/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jz8M/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $741.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 20:37 EDT-0400)

It only saved $50 and I still didn't include a case or OS


ohh i see then
thanks man it really helps me choose the part.
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