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Old 01-24-2013, 03:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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looks like its right out the pages of Mguires book...


thats a good thing btw... haha.

only thing i see is that you can cut the power supply down. i have a 550W in my rig running my rig.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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looks like its right out the pages of Mguires book...
It pretty much is, yeah. He recommended this to me a while back but it's a little out of my price range. Being that my friend has a higher budget than mine, I figured this may would work for him, but I wanted to make sure there wasn't a better way to go for his budget. I just want to make sure I'm not steering him wrong. :P

If a 550W would cut it, then I'll look for one of those. Any you can recommend?
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Wouldnt a i5-3470 be better for a gaming pc? -129 ->179,
and a PSU Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply may be better, assuming you want to stick with Corsair, but personally if you want an alright PSU with good quality, i think i would go for an Acbel G600 550W PSU... but thats if i wanted a gaming pc under $900
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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$885 but needs a case. there is $45 MIR. didnt show a case or os in the original, so that could save some money if you dont need those, and if you can salvage a dvd drive from old computer. any saved money i would put into getting a better gpu.

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Old 01-24-2013, 11:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hello everybody!

A friend of mine recently asked me to rough out a gaming build for him under $900, and using what people have recommended to me on this forum here's what I came up with:

Motherboard: Newegg.com - ASRock H77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220

RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

SSD: Newegg.com - Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: Newegg.com - Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

GPU: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-N66TWF2-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

All of this comes out to about $900>x>$860. What do you think of this? Can I do better in some areas without going over $900?
I support this notion. The PSU is of lower quality so I would leave the 600w in there. I would swap the Gigabyte card for an eVGA and you don't need 16GB of RAM in there. Cut the cost and put an 8GB set and get this SSD instead or a WD Black drive to replace the Blue drive.

Newegg.com - Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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Wouldnt a i5-3470 be better for a gaming pc? -129 ->179,
and a PSU Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply may be better, assuming you want to stick with Corsair, but personally if you want an alright PSU with good quality, i think i would go for an Acbel G600 550W PSU... but thats if i wanted a gaming pc under $900
No. The i3 is fine for the budget where he needs more cash in the GPU for a gaming build. The i3 is clocked slightly higher than the i5 3470 as well turbo boost aside.
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