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Krisnatharok
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reply to Maven

Re: Need help building a desktop gaming computer

You asked for a build on your budget, so here it goes. This system should even be able to handle Far Cry 3 on decent settings. Prices shown are all Canadian and reflect shipping, as well as any MIRs available.

• CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core CPU (COMBO w/MOBO) - $130
• Mobo: ASRock Z77M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $103
• Memory: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $46
• GPU: SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - $116
• HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache - $90
• PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $51
• Case: Rosewill LINE-M Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer Case, Dual USB 3.0, come with Dual Fans, Support up to 4 Fans, 12.5" card - $51
• ODD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner SATA - $27
TOTAL: $614 w/shipping and rebates

Possible upgrades:
• $54 will step you up to a considerably beefier Radeon 7850 GPU
• $15 will step you up to a full-size mobo (COMBO)
• $15 will step you up to a full-size case--recommended if you upgrade your mobo to full-size (try this one or this one)
• $20 more will upgrade the HDD to a 1TB Caviar Black
• $97 will add a 90 GB SSD for much faster boot times and loading screens

Hope this helps--feedback is appreciated.
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Gordo74
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join:2003-10-28
Monroeville, PA

said by Krisnatharok:

You asked for a build on your budget, so here it goes. This system should even be able to handle Far Cry 3 on decent settings. Prices shown are all Canadian and reflect shipping, as well as any MIRs available.

• CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core CPU (COMBO w/MOBO) - $130
• Mobo: ASRock Z77M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $103
• Memory: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $46
• GPU: SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - $116
• HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD5003AZEX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache - $90
• PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $51
• Case: Rosewill LINE-M Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer Case, Dual USB 3.0, come with Dual Fans, Support up to 4 Fans, 12.5" card - $51
• ODD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner SATA - $27
TOTAL: $614 w/shipping and rebates

Possible upgrades:
• $54 will step you up to a considerably beefier Radeon 7850 GPU
• $15 will step you up to a full-size mobo (COMBO)
• $15 will step you up to a full-size case--recommended if you upgrade your mobo to full-size (try this one or this one)
• $20 more will upgrade the HDD to a 1TB Caviar Black
• $97 will add a 90 GB SSD for much faster boot times and loading screens

Hope this helps--feedback is appreciated.

Build this, but make the video card a 7850, which is still $50 under you $700 budget. This will easily play any game on High settings for years to come as long as it is on one monitor.

To save an extra $20, you could go with a WD Blue Series hard drive, which I actually find runs quieter and just as fast in real world performance.

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Krisnatharok
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Maven initially said "$500-600," then came back and said "If I have to pay $700, I'll just get a laptop."

I think the laptop reasoning is flawed as all he'll be able to buy at that point is a GT630M and a 768p LCD at either 11, 13, or 14" form factors. Not much of a computer.

If he could afford the computer I put together for him with the 7850, that would be a rather beastly rig that should have no problem with any current games.

Add a 32GB SSD for caching and it should fly.
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Maven
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reply to Krisnatharok

Hey Krisnatharok, thank you for your suggestion. I think I may just go with your build.

Quick question though - what is the point of moving up to a full sized motherboard and case?

Also, do you know if the build you outlined would be reasonably quiet? I'm kinda difficult about fan noise.



Krisnatharok
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It will be relatively quiet.

You can certainly go for a "cool n quiet" PC case and a fanless PSU, but it will cost more.

It's almost as if the saying "you can have fast, quiet, and cheap--pick two of three" is true here. I think the Rosewill fanless PSU is $170USD.

I don't think you need to resort to those measures though. Build it, assess the noise levels (it will be quiet), then go from there.
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xrobertcmx
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Sterling, VA
reply to Krisnatharok

You left out the OS.
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Krisnatharok
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said by xrobertcmx:

You left out the OS.

Read the OP.

said by Maven:

So far, I have a Windows 8 Pro 64 bit license and a monitor. I need the actual computer, including the case/power supply.

- snip -

I'll be using NCIX.com or newegg.ca