If anyone cares, I priced out the cheapest budget gaming box with the sales going on right now. Pick and choose if you wish, but this list is hard to beat WITH OS!!!
PCPartPicker part list
CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB ($69.99 AR @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 12:17 EST-0500)
Hey guys, so I'm looking into building a pc and want some opinions and feedback. I think this is the best thread for this, if not everybody throw rocks at me.
I'm looking to get a decent PC that can handle most games with ease but won't break the bank (aren't we all lol?). Want to keep it under four digits without large sacrifices. I've replaced plenty of PC parts before but never built one up myself, so looking for parts is new territory for me. After browsing newegg, amazon, etc. here's a rough shopping list I've come up with:
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply
I think that's it. Already have nice monitor and mouse, will look at keyboards and cases later I guess. But if anyone has some opinions on these parts or better ones or anything I'm missing I'd love to hear it. Thanks!
Honestly, if you just want a great $1000 gaming budget box, I'd probably base the parts somewhat around this list:PCPartPicker part listCPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
($199.99 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
($14.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
($99.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
($19.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
($69.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card
($269.99 @ Newegg) Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case
($79.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Antec High Current Pro 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
($89.99 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
($15.99 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)
($79.99 @ Newegg) Total:
$940.90(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 13:13 EST-0500)
Stick with the cheaper i5 quad core over the i7 you picked, while the i7 is a better cpu with HT, you really don't need to spend an extra $100 for 4 extra HT threads that you would barely see worked when playing games. Good for content creation or number crunching, hardly does much for BF3. Pair the cpu with the cheap $15 CM 212+ cpu cooler so you can easily OC the snot out of it without needing to spend $$$ on something to keep it cool. Don't be fooled, the 212+ is the best value money can buy for a cpu cooler; specially for 15 bucks.
The Asrock z77 Extreme 3 is a comparable motherboard to the bigger sister of the Asus that you picked for good reason... Asus owns Asrock. The Extreme 3 has everything you'd want from the more expensive Asus budget board without compromising quality of the components. The nice thing about Asrock is that they upped all of their newer mobo warranty's from 2 years to 3 years recently.
I added a pair of inexpensive Patriot 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600, 1.5v, cas9 modules; don't really need to spend uber bucks here. Something dependable, decent and simple will work. Spending double, triple or more for 1866 or faster OC ram modules is a complete waste of money for 1-5% extra boost in overall system performance for very select programs that are RAM intensive like spreadsheet computations... We aren't playing a spreadsheet game so faster clocked ram almost does nothing for most games here.
For storage, I just picked a simple and cheap Seagate Barracude 2TB 7200rpm mechanical hard drive. Its fast for being mechanical and has a lot of storage; hard to beat for $70 right now except for the now OOS Seagate 3TB that was for $90 yesterday. You could easily add in a cheap modern 120GB SSD drive from any of the big names like Corsair, Samsung, Intel, Patriot, OCZ and so on; its honestly up to you if you want to invest in an SSD for a faster boot time and speeder load times. For games, its nice to have maps load way faster, but if you are humble and patient, a few seconds extra to wait won't kill you and once you are loaded, SSD does nothing to help you game better or any faster.
Without the SSD, I put more money towards a better graphics card. I just selected the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB for this. Its a great card and it replaces the older GTX 570 region in terms of price and performance while actually being faster by a good margin (10-30%, depends on games). However j-cart's recommendation of the EVGA GTX 560 ti 448 (cheapo version of a GTX 570) for $150 is defunt within minutes as its out of stock. A great buy, but since we can't get it one, the GTX 660 or 660ti is the next best thing, but honestly, I'd shop around for a better GPU deal. Not many good sales on high end cards for some reason.
I picked the NZXT phantom white ATX case because I think it looks like one of the best cases to come out in the last year, plus its a great value with the features you get; now its on sale for $80 shipped! I've built a few machines with these cases and its a superb case. The only down side I have is that its limited space inside if you plan on building a large water cooling system, but for air, its great! Also, don't limit yourself to just the NZXT case, there's tons of other offerings in the $50-130 range that will work within your budget for your needs without needing to spend $200+.
As for power, j-cart's suggestion of the SeaSonic X650 gold PSU is a great buy, but I picked the Antec HCP 750 gold instead; that's the cheapest the 750 has gotten and its a fantastic quality product that I would not hesitate to use. The thing is built like a bomb and would still be 80 plus gold certified at 40-50C room temps (actual 80 plus certs are done at 23C room temps)... if that's not impressive, then I don't know what is. 750 would be overkill for this rig, even if you overclocked both the CPU and GPU, but you can never have too much power; actually have head room if you decided to throw in a 2nd GPU down the line. Modular and Gold rated for $90, whats not to like?
Throw in a cheap dvd drive and a copy of windows 8 and you got yourself a full box.
Use PC partpicker to mix and match other finds, but do note that their website lags a bit in finding the most current sales prices, so make sure you check out other deal websites like slickdeals.net or fatwallet.com. If you aren't satisfied with some prices of some parts, then buy the sale parts today and wait for Cyber Monday for other parts; namely the GPU.