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Hi guys. A friend asked me to give him a parts list for a $900 gaming build and just figured I'd run the final parts list by you guys before I told him to purchase.

Games will be played on a single monitor (1920x1080) with no immediate plans to expand. Space requirement is at least 250gb. CD burner is necessary. Overclocking is a non-issue. I already made sure the ASRock motherboard was compatible with the Xeon.

Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) - $40
GPU: Zotac GTX 670 2gb - $360
RAM: ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8gb DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 - $47
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 500W - $50
CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz - $245
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500gb SATA III - $80
CD/DVD: ASUS 24x DVD Burner OEM - $20
Motherboard: ASRock B75 Pro - $80

Thanks!
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i wouldn't go with an xeon cpu for gaming. i5 3570k would be good and would maybe save a couple buck for a better motherboard
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Originally Posted by deathlikeeric View Post

i wouldn't go with an xeon cpu for gaming. i5 3570k would be good and would maybe save a couple buck for a better motherboard

+1 for i5 3570k.
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Why the 3570k? It won't be overclocked, and the Xeon chip is a lot faster, clock-for-clock. It also runs cooler.
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post #5 of 9
Actually taking another look at it, the Xeon chip seems to be a beast. Since you are not looking to overclock it, I retract the i5 recommendation.
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Much Better Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $843.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 19:36 EST-0500)
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

Much Better Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $843.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 19:36 EST-0500)

...I don't see what's better about that build. The case is nicer, as is the PSU, and the HDD is more spacious -- but none of those things will affect performance. The 7950 is par with the 670 and that i5 is a lot slower than the 1230.
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If all he'll be doing is gaming, he wouldn't need anymore more than an i5.

The 7950 gets him more value for his money plus (Crysis 3, Tomb Raider and Bioshock: Infinite for free).

Better motherboard, a much better PSU that won't blow up in your face when you turn it on for the first time. (well maybe I was exaggerating there haha)

The case is more roomy, built like a tank, more cable management options, space for watercooling if he ever wants to in the future.

The fact that it's cheaper than the build you posted just makes it a no-brainer at this point. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

If all he'll be doing is gaming, he wouldn't need anymore more than an i5.

The 7950 gets him more value for his money plus (Crysis 3, Tomb Raider and Bioshock: Infinite for free).

Better motherboard, a much better PSU that won't blow up in your face when you turn it on for the first time. (well maybe I was exaggerating there haha)

The case is more roomy, built like a tank, more cable management options, space for watercooling if he ever wants to in the future.

The fact that it's cheaper than the build you posted just makes it a no-brainer at this point. thumb.gif

Thanks for the input. I'm not sold on some of it but I'll definitely talk to him about it. The 7950 might be the ideal option if not just for the free games.
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