Budget $1100 for computer + $350-400 for peripherals
Resolution 24-26" 1920x1080
Games/Settings desired: Wow/D3/GW2/LoL on high settings at least want to be able to play anything new that comes out over the next year or so on at least mid-high settings
Parts that can be reused: I was given an old case i may be able to use but its iffy
OS Needed: Yes windows 7 (or 8 if its been proven to work well)
Peripherals needed: Keyboard, Monitor and speakers Although i have a headset on often so i dont need awesome speakers.
Case: Big old server case i have or Fractal Design Arc Midi Black ($69)
MoBo: ASRock Z77 Pro4 – $109.99
CPU: Intel i5 3570k – $229.99
RAM: G.Skill 1600MHz Ripjaws 2x4GB – $34.99
GPU: XFX Radeon 7870 – $229.99
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB – $109.99
PSU: Seasonic S12II 650W – $58.99
Heatsink: Xigmatek Gaia – $19.99
I took this from Marest's sample builds and used the 870 since I know its missing things (not sure what all im missing help please) so i have some wiggle room and still stay under budget. He posted that guide almost a year ago but the parts have recent comments so i figure they are still good to use. I have 0 knowledge in this and don't even really know how to research this as alot of the info on the hardware pages doesn't make sense to me. Consider this a first draft. Im not looking to shop until black friday/cyber monday so i can hopefully hit some sales so I have time to learn and tweak my build.
Thank you in advance.
Last edited by Threndsa; 2012-11-06 at 08:49 AM.
Check out maximumPC Dot COM under blueprints, there baseline comp for 1300 would do a fine job on those games...
If you wanna save a little, Drop down to the 2 TB Seagate and forget the SSD drive, Should have you at that $1100 Mark you want. I would also ad a sound card, a decent one can be added for less than 50 bucks
1. The Pro4 isn't bad, but I put the Extreme4 in for you (it came to $100 with the $15 discount package (bundled with W7) from Newegg))
2. 3570k is a great choice.
3. I beefed up the heatsink a bit. The D14 is massive, but cools extremely well.
4. I put low profile RAM in for you. That will help facilitate the ease of installing the heatsink.
5. With your budget, there is no reason to skim off an SSD. The Crucial M4 is a good drive at a great price. You could switch the HDD to a blue or green to save a bit of money as it would be used for storage.
6. The 7950 could be changed to a few other GPUs and stay in your budget. 7950 is the tops I would go with.
7. The BitFenix case I have listed is decent, but the one you chose (the Fractal Midi) is great also. It comes down to preference there.
8. The PSU I have in here for you is a great bargain at $99. Gold certified with fully modular cables. Win/win.
9. I just added a mouse/keyboard/monitor that are all quite nice. You can make changes here, but these are really nice pieces for the money. Again, the mouse and keyboard are preference oriented, so you should decide on those.
That all being said, your build is solid, and would last a good while. I just thought to squeeze as much as I could out of your budget, though it is a smidge over with the build I posted here.
Edit: It seems the price above was taken from Microcenter, and that is in store only. If you have one near you that will apply, as that will also give you a $50 package discount with a MB. (You have to buy them in store to get the discount, you cannot order them online) If not, the lowest price for the CPU is $219.
Last edited by Idrinkwhiterussians; 2012-11-06 at 06:44 PM.
Originally Posted by Cyanotical
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Posting from my new computer Thanks to everyone who helped me with parts! Installation took a little bit longer than it probably should have since I had no idea what I was going but otherwise went smoothly. The computer is running great and games look wonderful. I didn't realize how far behind the curve my laptop was till now. Now if you will excuse me I have a steam library to download. Be back in a week or so. :P
p.s The fractal case was sold out so I got the Shinobi Window....im glad I did I really like it.