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Old 11-04-2012, 09:08 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I am building my son a gaming pc and would like some advice.
I originally did not want to spend no more than 600.00 on all items but I am at about 800.00.Any advice will be greatly appreciated..

1.He plays online multi-player FPS games mostly
2.budget is 600.00 to 800.00
3.USA / there is a microcenter close by
4.I do not really have a preference but the two systems I've built in the past have been AMD
5.Already have 19" 720p and monitor that I will be replacing soon,keyboard and mouse,case
6.May overclock if necessary
7.Building before Christmas

Here is the list of hardware that i have put together

i5-3570k
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
gtx 560 ti
gskill Ripjaws 8gb
Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
Crucial M4 128 GB 2.5 SSD
WD Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM
OCZ Fatality 750W PSU
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:49 AM   #2
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At a budget of $800, your best bet is to upgrade the monitor to 1080p then spending $650 on the PC itself
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:03 AM   #3
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I suppose it's relevant to know which games he plays.

Also, if you have an MC close by, they have bundle deals where you can chop $50 off of the board.

I'd suggest you get a different brand PSU. OCZ isn't the greatest, nor is it the most reliable.
Brands I'd suggest to you: SeaSonic, PC Power & Cooling (most are built by SeaSonic), Corsair, Enermax, and Corsair. However, this depends on your future additions to the machine. If you're only going to run 1 video card, you don't need a 750w power supply. A quality 550w would do just fine.

Out of curiosity, what's the 560Ti running you?
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:16 PM   #4
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I suppose it's relevant to know which games he plays.
He said online multi-player FPS - so that's likely to be fairly demanding games, especially as if he plays them seriously he will want constant 60 fps
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
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I suppose it's relevant to know which games he plays.

Also, if you have an MC close by, they have bundle deals where you can chop $50 off of the board.

I'd suggest you get a different brand PSU. OCZ isn't the greatest, nor is it the most reliable.
Brands I'd suggest to you: SeaSonic, PC Power & Cooling (most are built by SeaSonic), Corsair, Enermax, and Corsair. However, this depends on your future additions to the machine. If you're only going to run 1 video card, you don't need a 750w power supply. A quality 550w would do just fine.

Out of curiosity, what's the 560Ti running you?
I can get the 560 ti at microcenter for 209.00 after rebate
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #6
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Hm, so you want a nice $210AR graphics card? This XFX 7870 Double-D beats a 560ti every time (except for low-res Starcraft).

I assume you're bundling your CPU and mobo at Micro Center. I wouldn't get the Extreme4 over, say, the Pro4, unless you're sure you're going to crossfire or SLI at some point.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:42 PM   #7
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Hm, so you want a nice $210AR graphics card? This XFX 7870 Double-D beats a 560ti every time (except for low-res Starcraft).

I assume you're bundling your CPU and mobo at Micro Center. I wouldn't get the Extreme4 over, say, the Pro4, unless you're sure you're going to crossfire or SLI at some point.
Agree on both counts.

OP, Here's a build for $800:

i5 3570K + ASRock Z77 Pro3 combo $225 @ MC
Geil DDR3 1333 8GB $29
7850 2GB $185 AR
WD Blue 1TB $70
Lite-ON DVD Burner $18
XFX Core 550W $60 AR
Antec One
$50
LG 24" 1080P $160
Total: $797
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He said online multi-player FPS - so that's likely to be fairly demanding games, especially as if he plays them seriously he will want constant 60 fps
If he plays them seriously, it's not essential to have a powerful GPU that can run the games at 60fps on high settings. Low settings are fine for competitive FPS and usually result in better visibility
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