Is this a good Intel/Nvidia build for the money? $850

Titans2016

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I have a budget of about $850 but I would like to know if this build will get a decent framerate at ultra settings on the latest games and if it will last me a while?

Here's what I've came up with. Suggestions?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tq74


Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of the year.

Budget Range: $850 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: no

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s): newegg or amazon

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Virginia

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 720p or 1080p

 

jonjonjon

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not sure what your storage requirement but i would recommend trying to get a ssd into the build if possible. also i didnt see any reviews on the psu so im not sure. and get the cheapest dvd writer you can find. usually they have 1 for $15.
 
I think not, he said only newegg or amazon.

you should get the windows 7 home premium 64 bits instead of windows 8, windows 8 is horrible for desktop.
Also the ssd is a good recommendation, but if your budget is only 850$ tops, you'll have to sacrifice some part, and by seeing your list, you have already trim down to the lowest price for every component(you made good choices for everyone of them), the only thing is to change the gfx card for worse and get the ssd(not recommended).
 

Titans2016

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No I don't live near a microcenter. Do you have any recommendations for cases.

Then after the case, I'm thinking I'll get the build with Windows 7 (can you give me a link for which exact version to get) and then wait a month or so and get the ssd then.( can you move the OS to the SSD).
 

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Yes, it will get a decent frame rate at ultra settings. I changed a couple of things to help improve the build and cut costs.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $814.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 19:59 EST-0500)
 

jonjonjon

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yea i just figured i would point out there was mc in Virginia. if it were me i would get an ssd and add a regular hdd later. after using a ssd i wouldn't be able to build a new pc without one.


amazon still has the samsung ram but its $45. i would save the money and just get these. the difference from overclocking ram over 1600 is so small its not worth paying more for.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pvi38g160c9k
 
This is the cheapest ssd, but a good one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211602&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

It all depends on what you'll have, it's easy to run out of space with 128GB in a few days, a few games from steam+os+programs+updates,etc.
 

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XFX power supplies are good they are made by SeaSonic.
 

jonjonjon

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does newegg not list the type of nand for ssd's anymore? wow thats annoying. i was trying to see if the regular sandisk 120GB has synchronous/asynchronous nand and it there are no reviews for it and it doesnt say on the newegg or sandisk site. i read a newegg review and someone claims they contacted sandisk to ask what type of nand the ssd is using and sandisk told them they arent saying. are you serious? if that's true i guess that answers my question.
 

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I'd say definitely no to your first build but the last one is much better. I'd recommend never cheaping out on a motherboard. And the 660ti is a great GPU but a radeon 7870 has very close performance and can be found for around $215 after rebate on newegg right now.
 

jonjonjon

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patriot has a Limited Lifetime on their ram too. i just don't think the samsung ram is worth $15 more. if you overclock it you will probably have to bump the voltage up to 1.5 anyway. i guess if you buy the 2 single sticks its only $30 but then they haven't been tested together for compatibility. probably wont be an issue but its worth mentioning.
 
The z75 asrock pro 3 is a good board for your budget.
Like i said in amazon two stick of 4GB of the same ram, it's single 4GB for $15.71 and less than 32$ for two sticks 8GB dual channel.
The samsung has lower voltage,better overclock for sure,quality proved for a long time, the patriot doesn't have, also the heatsink could difficult the mounting of a large cooler, if one day you want to add one.
But if the price/combo of the patriot is better than that get the patriot.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tqHl
 

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For reference here's my build and the prices i got them, everything is from microcenter except my SSD, GPU, and cpu cooler from Newegg

Processor: i5-3570k $169.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $64.99 with i5 combo
CPU cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MaxR $54.99
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600mhz 2x4gb $29.99
Storage: 128gb Crucial M4 $89.99 -$10 rebate
Video Card: Gigabyte 780OC 2 Gb $194.99 -$30 rebate
Case; Antec Three-Hundred Two $59.99
PSU: Antec BP550 Plus $30.00 -$10 rebate
Optical Drive: LG 24x DVD Burner $14.99
Total: $649.92

You have a better GPU but that's still a big difference and I have a cpu cooler in my build. I'd definitely try going to a micro center, you'll save money even if it's a long drive
 

jonjonjon

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if he isn't going to overclock the ram get the patriot because it has XMP profiles for the 1600 9-9-9-24. the only reason to get the samsungs are to try overclocking them. plus on a desktop the voltage difference isn't really a factor. either way you wont notice a difference between the 2. amazon only has 1 set of that ram left so it might be a non issue anyway.