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First Gaming Build ($800)

#1MeteorwritePosted 8/18/2013 11:58:06 PM
This is my first time building a gaming PC. My budget's around $800, and this is what I came up with after reading around for a bit:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tETK

Since I'm a newb, I could really use some advice. :)
#2UnyieldingBRPosted 8/19/2013 12:01:40 AM
Meteorwrite posted...
This is my first time building a gaming PC. My budget's around $800, and this is what I came up with after reading around for a bit:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tETK

Since I'm a newb, I could really use some advice. :)


Actually looks pretty solid. A lot of people will tell you to go with intel for a CPU, but at that price point really the only comparable intel processor is the i3-3220.

Also many would say Windows 7 is superior to 8
#3RequiemPosted 8/19/2013 12:25:28 AM(edited)
I'd stick to Windows 8. It's vastly superior to Windows 7 in functionality (although it's a bit awkward to learn how to use it at first).

Also... on the graphics card. If you can spend about $15 more, you can get a 7870ghz, which is significantly superior to 7850 (ranging from 10~30% depending on the game and resolution).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161411

I don't know why pcpartspicker didn't list this card.
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#4GreenMage7Posted 8/19/2013 12:47:00 AM
Yeah, everything looks great in there. The above poster is correct about the the 7870 though if you are willing to spend a little extra money. The 7800 series cards are also coming with free game coupons (2 free games I believe) so if you are interested in that make sure you buy from a company that is offering it. I'm pretty sure Newegg is on all the cards.
#5HeiedonoPosted 8/19/2013 8:54:41 AM
I recommend putting the $90 from Windows 8 into your CPU/GPU. If you already have a comp with windows 7 (which you are presumably getting rid of) you can activate it on this new build if I'm not mistaken.
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#6Meteorwrite(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2013 2:30:56 PM
Thanks for the advice/suggestions! I'll look into the 7870 and 7800. I think I can squeeze a little extra cash.

Like Requiem said, I read that Windows 8 was superior to Windows 7, which is why I chose it. But like Heiedono said, I already have Windows 7 on another computer.

I'm guessing it would be better to just install my old Windows 7 on this computer and spend those $90 on upgrading something else like the CPU and video card?
#7turbovirginPosted 8/19/2013 2:33:20 PM
Get an i5 and the 7870 if you can use your old copy of windows 7
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#8TheFeshPincePosted 8/19/2013 2:35:08 PM
That motherboard has bad vdroop. If you are looking to overclock, don't get that board.
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#9TheFeshPincePosted 8/19/2013 2:39:20 PM(edited)
Also, I second getting the 7870 ghz. It's a beast of a card. I got my Asus 7870ghz Direct CUII up to 7950 performance overclocking and it stays very cool. Turning up the fans actually makes a huge difference as opposed to other cards.
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#10Meteorwrite(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2013 4:05:12 PM
Ok. I took into consideration all the advice. I took out Windows 8 and upgraded the video card (7870).

With the extra wiggle room, I changed the CPU to Intel i5 3570k and motherboard to ASRock Z77 Pro3.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tUDp

It's slightly more than I would like to spend at $835, but that's not too bad. ><