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Building a $700 gaming pc for a friend and i need help picking parts.

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Hey, I'm fairly new to OCN and was hopping for some help picking parts on a build for a friend. he is doing a budget build for now but will add to it later. He's a former ps3 gamer so were bring him to PC. The budget is a strict $700.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=29511048
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There is a list of the parts I have picked so far.
I would like to stick to to Intel/Nvidia combo because in the future he wanted to upgrade to i5 and a dual GPU set up. The case that he's using for him i had laying around and am selling him for $40 so add $40 to the price.
like i said i am new to OCN and any feed back on how to do stuff better or tips/trick would also be appreciated.

Note: I'm not sure if I'm in the thread so mods move it if not in the right place thanks. smile.gif
post #2 of 18
For the love of God, DO NOT BUY THAT POWER SUPPLY! It is outdated, antiquated garbage.

Give me a few minutes, and I'll see what I can cook up for you.

By the way, you are in the right place. smile.gif
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I was going to suggest the same thing. Do NOT purchase that terrible power supply.
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I was going to suggest the same thing. Do NOT purchase that terrible power supply.
Thanks for the advice guys I relatively new to the computer scene so any help is appreciated
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Originally Posted by svenge View Post

For the love of God, DO NOT BUY THAT POWER SUPPLY! It is outdated, antiquated garbage.

Give me a few minutes, and I'll see what I can cook up for you.

By the way, you are in the right place. smile.gif
post #5 of 18
The biggest non-PSU "red flag" I found in your proposed build was the motherboard. MSI's -G41 and -G43 boards aren't all that suitable for overclocking, nor are they capable of running two video cards via SLI. Since you mentioned that your friend wants to do so down the road, I thought it best to mention that.

Anyhow as promised, here's my proposed build for your friend:

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 $130
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $20 after $10 MIR
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H $125 after $15 MIR
GPU: EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Superclocked $180
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 $65
HDD: WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX $75
DVD: LG GH24NS95 24x Burner $18
PSU: Corsair CX430 $30 after $10 MIR
CASE FAN: Corsair AF120 $20
CASE: Whatever case you're selling to your friend for $40

Total after rebates: $703

Be advised that if your friend decides to upgrade to 2 video cards, a larger (~600w) power supply will be necessary as well. I couldn't fit a decent 600w one under your current $700 cap, sadly. The 430w one I picked is sufficient for a single GPU system, however.
Edited by svenge - 4/3/13 at 12:00am
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Anyhow as promised, here's my proposed build for your friend:

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 $130
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $20 after $10 MIR
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H $125 after $15 MIR
GPU: EVGA GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Superclocked $180
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 $65
HDD: WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX $75
DVD: LG GH24NS95 24x Burner $18
PSU: Corsair CX430 $30 after $10 MIR
CASE FAN: Corsair AF120 $20
CASE: Whatever case you're selling to your friend for $40

Total after rebates: $703
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This thumb.gif really nice setup
post #7 of 18
Here is my updated suggestion. Already i5, 8GB RAM, and SLI ready motherboard. This build can be had for cheaper if you shop around the parts instead of elusively shopping Newegg.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($175.66 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $681.60
Edited by Internets - 4/3/13 at 12:26am
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Here is my recommendation. This build features an i5, 8GB of RAM, and a 2GB GTX650.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($153.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $614.92

You can't run 2 regular (non-BOOST) 650 Ti cards in SLI. As such, it doesn't meet OP's specifications of being able to go to 2 cards down the road.

Actually, the Z75 Pro3 doesn't support SLI to begin with so that's out as well.
Edited by svenge - 4/3/13 at 12:19am
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Originally Posted by svenge View Post

You can't run 2 regular (non-BOOST) 650 Ti cards in SLI. As such, it doesn't meet OP's specifications of being able to go to 2 cards down the road.

Actually, the Z75 Pro3 doesn't support SLI to begin with so that's out as well.

Thanks for pointing that out. I updated the build to reflect the changes.
Edited by Internets - 4/3/13 at 12:25am
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Here is my updated suggestion. Already i5, 8GB RAM, and SLI ready motherboard. This build can be had for cheaper if you shop around the parts instead of elusively shopping Newegg.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($175.66 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $681.60
Thanks that looks like a promising build.he should be buying the parts soon. i have to say i love this fourm i posted that last night and already people were ready to help a n00b like myself.
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