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So I'm trying to build my uncle a gaming PC that's under $800. He's by no stretch of the imagination a hardcore PC gamer but would like to give it a try. I drew up something quickly on Amazon and would love your input.

Things to note:
  • I don't live in the USA so no Microcenter, no Newegg, etc. I'm limited to Amazon.
  • Cannot benefit from MIR because again, I don't live in the USA.
  • He has 1050p monitor. He might upgrade to 1080p but it isn't likely.
  • No plans to OC. At all.
  • PSU and case are not included in the budget.

Current list:
CPU: i5 3470 - $185
Motherboard: MSI Z77-G41 - $90
GPU: Gigabyte 7870 OC - $240
RAM: Kingston HyperX 2x4 GB @ 1600 - $39
SSD: Samsung 840 120GB - $100
HDD: WD Blue 1TB - $77

Subtotal: $731
Total (Tax + SS Shipping): $796

What does OCN think? My uncle isn't exactly open to an AMD build but if if there is a major difference in bang-for-buck then maybe I can convince him or just overrule him entirely.

Edit: typos
Edited by Lovidore - 1/10/13 at 9:29am
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Nice build, the only thing I'd change would be the SSD, the Crucial M4, OCZ Vertex 4 or Samsung 830 would probably be better choices. Other than that it's solid thumb.gif
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830 128GB costs 130. frown.gif

I love the 830 ( speaking as a proud owner) but is it worth the 30 dollar jump?
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Originally Posted by Lovidore View Post

830 128GB costs 130. frown.gif

I love the 830 ( speaking as a proud owner) but is it worth the 30 dollar jump?
It's not worth an extra $30 but if you can find it cheaper then it's worth it. I'm being a bit picky, you won't notice the difference between any of the drives in real world usage, only in benchmarks biggrin.gif
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And what about the mobo? Is there a cheaper alternative? Maybe one of the B75s I can take a gander at?
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And what about the mobo? Is there a cheaper alternative? Maybe one of the B75s I can take a gander at?
That's pretty much the cheapest board for the Z77 chipset. You could go with the MSI H77MA-G43, it's a mATX board but if you don't need the expansion slots it's a good way to save money. Doing so would only save $10 so I'm not sure if it's really worth it. The B75 boards lose a lot of features and again they aren't much cheaper so it's not worth it.
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So my 00.02$

Build the ssytem around what he is going to be doing.

First if he is going to be gaming, get a 660 ti Nv or a 7950 AMD (the 7950 being better) and then buy/build everything else around that.

Second if he is going ot be doing editing video or graphic get a 7770AMD or a 650 Nv and then a better Proc like the Xeon one in my sig rig (Best Gaming/rendering chip I have ever had period. No exceptions.) Or if you are doing a lot of crunching any of the AMD 8 core 83** or 63** nothing less though on the AMD side.

Third, is it going to be hosting media Via plex or anything liek that? If so make sure you have atleast 8gb RAM so he can stream and encode ont he fly type thing.

Other then that you can get a H77 or a H75 and t since there will be NO OC there is no need to get anything other then those two boards.
The alure of the Z77 vs a B75 is the fact it is 'designed' for OC'ing. So I say get a B75 like this: MOBO
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Go with the Plextor M5S for $7 more:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008OX1V8A/
And for $2 more you have the Crucial Ballistix which is 1.5V vs 1.65V for the Kingston:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006WAGGUK/
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He actually is a video editor but he does his editing at home on his MBP and he has a Mac Pro at his disposal at work.

This PC is meant purely as a budget-alternative to console gaming. I don't think he'll be doing much more than that on it honestly. I appreciate your mobo input, I'll read up on it.
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The MSI Z77A-G41 is really a good entry-level board, so if you have a few $$ to put in it its a good investment especially if you ever decide to use it with an unlocked CPU:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/09/10/msi_z77ag41_lga_1155_motherboard_review/7

They managed a 4.7 GHz on the board not to mention stuff like angled SATA ports which are nice to have.
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