TechSpot

Build for a modest gaming PC

By Ido S
Oct 6, 2012
Post New Reply
  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: 1,925   +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: 2,288   +7

    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: 1,925   +170

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


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.