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First Gaming Build ($800)

#11GreenMage7Posted 8/19/2013 4:24:04 PM
Meteorwrite posted...
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. ><


The only problem that I see is that you should invest in an aftermarket heatsink like the 212 Evo or something. However, you don't have to do that right away as you can use your i5 at stock until you get one later down the road.

You are using the processor from Microcenter, and if you are actually buying it from Microcenter then you should buy a motherboard from them at the same time. They have deals where if you buy the processor and the motherboard at the same time you save $40. This would allow you to get the i5-4670k (which is only $10 more than the Ivy Bridge alternative) and still be at your budget.
#12gsf4lyfePosted 8/19/2013 4:41:08 PM
Meteorwrite posted...
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. ><


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

I think you'd be happier with this. The 760 is amazing for $250, and unless you play MMO's or RTS's a lot the processor isn't going to be an issue. It overclocks really well too, I have almost that exact build. I have it at 4.3ghz right now and I haven't really even put that much time into my OC yet. I should be able to get it up to 4.5 no problem.
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#13TheFeshPincePosted 8/19/2013 4:45:58 PM
gsf4lyfe posted...
Meteorwrite posted...
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. ><


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

I think you'd be happier with this. The 760 is amazing for $250, and unless you play MMO's or RTS's a lot the processor isn't going to be an issue. It overclocks really well too, I have almost that exact build. I have it at 4.3ghz right now and I haven't really even put that much time into my OC yet. I should be able to get it up to 4.5 no problem.


lol "I suggest you go with my exact build."
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#14gsf4lyfePosted 8/19/2013 5:42:40 PM
TheFeshPince posted...
gsf4lyfe posted...
Meteorwrite posted...
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. ><


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

I think you'd be happier with this. The 760 is amazing for $250, and unless you play MMO's or RTS's a lot the processor isn't going to be an issue. It overclocks really well too, I have almost that exact build. I have it at 4.3ghz right now and I haven't really even put that much time into my OC yet. I should be able to get it up to 4.5 no problem.


lol "I suggest you go with my exact build."


Honestly though it's a really good build for the price. I know this because I did an excruciating amount of research and built it just about a month ago. I've been nothing but pleased with it up until now as well.

What changes/build would you suggest at that budget?
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#15TheFeshPincePosted 8/19/2013 5:46:53 PM
gsf4lyfe posted...
Honestly though it's a really good build for the price. I know this because I did an excruciating amount of research and built it just about a month ago. I've been nothing but pleased with it up until now as well.

What changes/build would you suggest at that budget?


I just thought it was funny, but honestly I would go with the i5 over the FX-6350.
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#16gsf4lyfePosted 8/19/2013 5:48:45 PM
TheFeshPince posted...
gsf4lyfe posted...
Honestly though it's a really good build for the price. I know this because I did an excruciating amount of research and built it just about a month ago. I've been nothing but pleased with it up until now as well.

What changes/build would you suggest at that budget?


I just thought it was funny, but honestly I would go with the i5 over the FX-6350.


Price not a factor, obviously the i5 is way better. But unless TC plays MMO's or RTS's a lot or are planning on upgrading the GPU within a year or so the 6300 + 760 will perform better on most games.
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#17AltmadragonPosted 8/19/2013 5:48:59 PM
Everyone uses the mc cpu pricing but you have to go pick it up from the store to get that price, an if your doing that your better off picking up the MB from there too.

Otherwise you're paying the normal retail price which is more than the listed price
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#18GreenMage7Posted 8/19/2013 10:55:14 PM
gsf4lyfe posted...
TheFeshPince posted...
gsf4lyfe posted...
Honestly though it's a really good build for the price. I know this because I did an excruciating amount of research and built it just about a month ago. I've been nothing but pleased with it up until now as well.

What changes/build would you suggest at that budget?


I just thought it was funny, but honestly I would go with the i5 over the FX-6350.


Price not a factor, obviously the i5 is way better. But unless TC plays MMO's or RTS's a lot or are planning on upgrading the GPU within a year or so the 6300 + 760 will perform better on most games.


Which MMOs? Because Vishera has a little less performance but no problems running World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV, and Guild Wars 2. I was playing Final Fantasy XIV beta this weekend and had near flawless performance even in giant Fate battles. And Starcraft 2 performance is more than acceptable and runs at 60 FPS avg if you overclock (which will keep you smooth in the larger battles when it goes lower.

The only games I can think of that have real problems are apparently the Total War games like Shogun 2. I have never played them myself, but apparently some people have problems with them. Maybe Planetside 2 in really large battles if you're not overlclocked as well. TC, if you want to play games like those then you should get the i5.

The FX-6300 + Motherboard is significantly cheaper than an i5 + Motherboard (because it is priced at i3 level), and if it allows you to get several grades higher of a graphics card on your budget, that always wins out first and foremost for gaming on a budget.
#19phantasyPosted 8/19/2013 10:57:57 PM
Heiedono posted...
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.


I think that only works if you have the retail version of windows and not the OEM version that comes with the pc.
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#20XxTwisted26xXPosted 8/20/2013 12:06:30 AM
Save your money on buying an OS, believe me. A freind or family member with a Windows key can help you out. If ya know what ah mean :D
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