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Have $700 budget Gaming Build need critique(also wifi question)

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  • Started 2 years ago by crimsonskies
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crimsonskies
Posts: 3

Hey there! I have this build put together as my very first custom computer build. The main thing I'm using this computer for is gaming but it will also be used for digital art and be my main PC I'm on all the time.

What I need from you guys is a general once over of the parts I picked out and maybe some warnings if people have had trouble with any of them. Also if you think another brand is better feel free to let me know but please tell me why as well.

This is what I had help coming up with (keep in mind I'm getting a different CPU cooler as I heard the UMD one is very very loud)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lMX8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lMX8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lMX8/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (32-bit) ($99.00 @ NCIX US)
Total: $690.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Thanks ahead of time!

Also bonus question about wifi. I do indeed use wifi on my desktop for a few reasons. I have read around that most motherboards do NOT come with a wifi card or chip built in. My desktop I have now has something built in that picks up my wireless connection. What will I need to make my new computer wifi ready?

Posted 2 years ago
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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

crimsonskies,

Welcome to HTG.

Best Read this link before making your gaming build.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com.....iew/1657/1

Posted 2 years ago
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crimsonskies
Posts: 3

I appreciate the link but to be honest this doesn't help me much as I have very little knowledge on what any of this means. If you could explain the point it's trying to get across that would be appreciated!

Posted 2 years ago
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raphoenix
Posts: 14920

OK :)

You have chosen an older AMD processor for your gaming machine.

The article compares the newest AMD processor to an Intel 2nd Generation sandy bridge processor.

Since you want good gaming performance, may be do an Intel Build starting with this new processor.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/i.....637i53570k

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crimsonskies
Posts: 3

Aaaah gotcha! I was a little confused for a moment there I understand what they're saying now. Hmm..what would you personally recommend? I mean; I am an average user that isn't looking to overclock or do anything fancy except for play games. I'm not looking to tweak settings or anything so what would I benefit from more given my budget?

Edit:
I tweaked the parts a bit and added the new processor; how does this look or can I get the price any lower?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mysT
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mysT/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mysT/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (32-bit) ($99.00 @ NCIX US)
Total: $777.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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