Looking to drop the price of this pc from $862 to 600


Nov 17, 2012
Howdy folks! One of my best friends convinced me to build a gaming PC rather then buy a new one at our recent lan party as my current computer (5 years old) died right before the party and I had to go out to the bars instead. :pfff:

I set up this build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/o2t3 Which I like but I was wondering if maybe you had any suggestions about what I could nix? I am trying to get it all around this coming black friday so I can take advantage of the sales.

Anyways thank you all. I hope you can help and let me know if I should include any more information.

After searching and finding this I figured I could add it to help with the advice! Thank you all by the way (Edit)

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This coming week

Budget Range: $400-$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming/ Word processing/ running servers in the background
Are you buying a monitor: Yes but only if I can find one cheap to have a second monitor

Do you need to buy OS: Maybe

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: North coast of california

Parts Preferences: Please only intel and Nvidia Cards unless there is a drastic improvement by getting AMD.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a pretty case...but am willing to sacrfice that. I have two old 3.5 sata hard drives that I would like to install into it also a wifi card would be nice

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Power source ate it

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $609.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 05:48 EST-0500)

The case is a lot cheaper, and you could pick up a red led fan if you want.
There is many ways you could drop the price on this rig, and some components that should be replaced entirely.

Drop the CPU cooler, you cant overclock on this rig so its pretty redundant. Sound card as well, as I suspect a cheap card like that wont be any better than integrated sound.

Change the motherboard to this. Though you wont be able to overclock if you get a K edition processor later. Is actually better than the ASUS when you look at its features.
AsRock H77 Pro4. $80

Halve the RAM to 8GB, thats all you need for gaming.
G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $38

Get rid of that horrid Apevia power supply and replace it with this XFX. Much better quality, efficiency and voltage control at a slightly higher wattage and price.
XFX Core 550W, 80+ Bronze. $70 ($10 rebate)

Can downgrade the case.
Zalman Z9+. $60 ($10 rebate)

Replace the SSD with this unit, much better than that old Vertex 2.
Samsung 830 128GB. $110
Are you intending to add in a secondary storage HDD later on? If yes, keep it as is.
If not, replace the SSD with a HDD, as 128GB wont last long.
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $80

If you can do so while staying in your budget, I advise getting a HD7850. Will perform much better than that 650Ti.
Sapphire HD7850. $200 ($15 rebate)

That will leave you with a much better rig I think.


Oct 28, 2012

+1 if your absolutely hell bent on an intel cpu this is most likely your best bet.


No they don't have drivers issues anymore. And right now they're a better bang for your bucks than nvidia. For instance, for about the same price as the 650ti that you originally selected, the Radeon 7850 will be superior in every games (even in titles favoring nvidia) so there's really no contest between the two. Intel and nVidia are expensive, if you're on a budget it's preferable to go with AMD. Or you can make a compromise like already suggested by others, get an Intel CPU with a Radeon card. But right now with nvidia, I find their mid-range offerings a little overpriced (cards like 650, 650ti, 660, 660ti) when you compare them to similarly priced cards by AMD.

Its all myth, pay no heed to those who bag on AMD drivers.
If any try, remind them of 196.75.