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This is my first build I've ever done, I've never owned a video card so I dunno if I should choose intel or amd, and which model. I do play games, I'm not a hardcore gamer, I'd like to play most of the latest game on high or ultra settings and my bidet is 150 bucks, I can add more to my budget but the cheaper the better , here are my specs below.


Case - Antec 100 window version
CPU - i5 3570k
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Mob - Gigabyte -z77 d3sh
Ram - Corsair XMS3 8gm 1600mhz
Optical drive - Asus dvdrw
Psu - Corsair GS800 v2
Videocard -help
Hard drive ssd - Samsang 840 Series 120gb
post #2 of 8
if you only have $150, go with a 650ti, or a 7850 if you find it on sale. they normally float around the 160-170 area...
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go for a 7850:

Gigabyte 7850 $150 after mail in rebate

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^ that 7850 for sure.
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OP if you haven't yet built the PC i can suggest a few changes. its better to go for a core i5 which costs much lesser . also you don't need a custom cooler unless you are going to overclock . seriously the core i5 is plenty powerful at stock speeds for a single GPU . and also why do you need a 800w psu . even a single HD 7950 based PC will require only a high quality 550w psu. use the money saved on an excellent graphics card. preferably the HD 7950. think about it.

core i5 2310 - 160.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115089

i have a core i5 2400 at 3.1 Ghz. its very powerful. your CPU should do very well. you save 40 bucks on the cpu , 30 on the cooler. save a few more bucks on the psu by getting the seasonic M12II 520 psu. massive 40A on +12v rail. high quality psu with 5 year warranty.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093

with the money saved you could easily grab a sapphire HD 7950

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
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You can reduce your PSU to a ~650w version to save money too.
Provided that the 650w PSU is good tongue.gif
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post #7 of 8
^ Agreed with raghu78.

As far as memory goes, I'd get the Samsung :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096
XMS3 is entry-level stuff.
Or alternatively if you like having heatsinked memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546

Antec cases are outdated chassis for the most part.
The Corsair 200R is a great choice :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018

For $10 more the Z77X-D3H is a better choice.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546

The Samsung 840 has poor endurance since it uses TLC NAND.
The 830 althrough having a lower numbering is the last-gen. flagship, better choice.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163
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Originally Posted by Alex132 View Post

You can reduce your PSU to a ~650w version to save money too.
Provided that the 650w PSU is good tongue.gif

Well even the 520W suggested by raghu78 would be more than enough.
Edited by adridu59 - 11/25/12 at 10:05am
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Case - Antec 100 window version EDIT: What Adrid said
CPU - i5 3570k
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo honestly my stock i5 3570k cooler worked great (26C when not gaming) just put new thermal paste on, the stuff it comes with is crap.
Mob - Gigabyte -z77 d3sh Spend a bit more on an Asus P8Z77-V, much nicer board.
Ram - Corsair XMS3 8gm 1600mhz Get some G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8gb 1600mhz instead...
Optical drive - Asus dvdrw
Psu - Corsair GS800 v2 - Get a Gold Certified PSU, such as a Rosewill Capstone-750 or a SeaSonic X750
Videocard - Saphire 7850 or 7950
Hard drive ssd - Samsang 840 Series 120gb EDIT: What Adrid said
That is what I'd do if I were you.
Edited by crispiniscool - 11/25/12 at 9:36am
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