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Build for a modest gaming PC

By Ido S
Oct 6, 2012
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  1. Hello all,
    I'm new to this forum and I joined because I would really appreciate getting some feedback on this build I cooked up. I basically want to make sure that the parts are compatible with each other and that I'm not making any boneheaded mistakes. Also - I'd love any input concerning parts that seem unfit, either by being excessive or too cheap. An example is the power supply - I don't really know if 500W is too little or too much considering all the other parts.
    Also, I'm not really sure the video card I selected is good, despite reading positive reviews on newegg and such.

    Thanks in advance!!

    The build (imporant parts):
    processor - Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155
    $189
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K_34GHz_LGA_1155_Processor
    motherboard - GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $149
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/387556/GA-Z77X-UD3H_LGA_1155_Z77_ATX_Intel_Motherboard
    video card - H777F1G2M iCooler Radeon HD 7770 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16
    $139
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/..._HD_7770_1024MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card#
    memory - HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10600) CL9 Dual Channel
    $34
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/...l_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)
    power supply - TR2 Series 500 Watt ATX Power Supply
    $47
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/365237/TR2_Series_500_Watt_ATX_Power_Supply#BVRRWidgetID
    hard drive - Caviar Green 1TB IntelliPower SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
    no cost - already own
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/...A_30Gb-s_35_Internal_Hard_Drive_WDBAAY0010HNC
    heatsink - Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler
    $24
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/373900/Hyper_212_EVO_Universal_CPU_Cooler#tab-reviews
    case - Thermaltake V3 BlacX Edition
    $49
    http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00001820

    total cost: $631
     
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    For a gaming PC in that sort of budget you'd want a 7850 (which recently got a price cut, not sure if they're in effect yet). If you can't spend more than $631 then get the cheaper i5 3450 + H77 motherboard, which will not enable you to overclock the CPU but that shouldn't be a problem unless you frequently perform CPU intensive tasks.

    As for the power supply that one is dual rail, you want a single rail one, e.g. this 520W Antec Neo Eco.

    If you can I'd also squeeze this Samsung 830 SSD in the build, it's a very good price and all mid range PCs should have one nowadays IMO.
     
  3. Ido S

    Ido S TS Rookie Topic Starter

  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +8

    That's a very good suggestion there by slh28. You're saving around $110, so you'll be able to get yourself a HD 7870 definitely. Also, I found this pretty good deal on newegg, if you're willing to spend 20 bucks more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150616

    It's a 7950 at $269.99 (after a $30 rebate).

    As for the power supply, I'd stick with the Antec Neo. It's a slightly better quality build and has a little more amperage through the 12V rails. I'm assuming you're not looking to add a second video card anytime soon.
     
  5. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    A 7950 for $270 is a steal, you'll be able to max out pretty much all games at single screen resolutions.
     

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