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Built this budget PC gaming. All the parts I purchased here were on sale and I pulled a couple old drives (HDD, DVD, BluRay a friend gave me) from my old machine. I am building another exactly like it (except for a different case) so my girlfriend and I can play SimCity together when it comes out.

Yes, I am aware it looks like a rat's nest in the case, but space is limited considering it is a mid-tower. I'll probably fix the hanging wires from the top mounted case fans when I drop a 3770k in the machine when I feel like driving to a Microcenter (three hours one way). However, this thing is whisper quiet and the system temperature never rises above ambient temperatures, even under full load, so for that I am extremely happy.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I build my PCs in a similar way. Upgrade x then y then z on the schedule that fits my very tight budget. I am still running an old Intel Q6600 on one of my PCs.

As you mentioned, this PC is geared toward being upgraded and you seem to have a good foundation for a Core I5/I7 down the road.

I would suggest spending a little time organizing your cables to free up some airflow for your fans. Good Cable management = better airflow = happy pc.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I will try and fix the cables come next Monday. I was running on a Q8300 that came with an Asus retail computer before this, so I know the feeling of tight budgets. Thanks for your kind response.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

could you post that Q6600 build? I'm upgrading an old pc and I'm pairing it up with a 7850 2GB o.O

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Twas actually a Q6700. Converting it to an HTPC. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Divdor/saved/17yB

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated with better cable management! (Last two pics)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

can u build me a good gaming pc for around $700.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late post, but the things that need to be addressed first are 1) what resolution are you gaming at? and 2) can you amass parts slowly or do you want to buy it all at once?

If you are gaming at any resolution below 1080p on a single monitor I suggest a Radeon 7770. You can get one for around $100. Also, the i3 3220 would work and give you upgrade paths.

If you can afford to wait for deals a good place to look for deals is slick deals.net or fat wallet. I found out about this place from slick deals.

Also, look at my other build. You don't need the water cooler but I like them and I paid $700 all from Newegg in one shot, besides the mouse and keyboard which I bought at Costco. Just sub out the liquid cooler for a 4 pack of Cougar fans (they are silent and move a lot of air) and pick your case of choice and with a 7770 you'll be around $600.

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

I like your build except for the cpu while it's great for gaming it will be limited here in a bit with it only having two cores if I were you I would have gotten a 965 black edition for I think they're 85 right now and it's a quad core doesn't bottleneck that gpu and it's highly overclockable but overall nice build.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

This was built with upgrading to a 3570k/3770k within the next year. Honestly, I probably would have built it with a 3570k and 7870 LE if my girlfriend and I wouldn't have loved the SimCity beta so much. Had to pivot and try to squeeze out another computer rather than putting all the resources into one.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I know exactly where you're coming from. My fiance and I are really looking forward to Sim City after playing the beta. However, we'll be sharing my rig. My only hope is that when our baby is born, she's more interested in baby/sleeping than gaming. LOL.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty much what im doing getting a 965 first and a 7870 LE then upgrade to an 8350 and a second 7870 le for crossfire although the two companies who made the le's don't make them anymore or at least that's what newegg says :(

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, thank you :)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Nvm when I checked newegg a few days ago it said it was discontinued but now it just says out of stock.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Sapphire or Powercooler? I was going to get the Sapphire version 7870LE but as I said, things change. This was gonna be a i5 3570k, ROG board, 7870LE but SimCity changed all that.

They had a good deal on the PC 7870LE not too long ago ($220 I think) but what stopped me from getting it is I had never heard of PC before. Apparently, they've been around and people seem to love that card.

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

I understand your build and don't agree with those that've downvoted it. Maybe once Haswell has come out with the new 1150 socket, the 1155 chips will get cheaper, like the i5-3570k and the i7-3770k.

Good luck!

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly what I was thinking about Haswell. Prices should drop to a point where maybe I won't have to drive six hours to get a deal on an i5. Let's hope so and thanks for the reply.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they did.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553008

Last picture. They are the same fans just a different color.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

If you say so. I go for quality and adaptability rather than the bare minimum.

For instance, I am building another computer with almost the exact same specs. So, I need a power supply that can crossfire when the 7850 no longer can cut the mustard, because I will have two MSI 7850 OC's. I move one from the other PC into this one and then buy another, more powerful, standalone GPU to put in the other computer and I keep both at about the same quality for much cheaper.

The cooler is for sound purposes. This computer is in a living room. It will also allow me to overclock WHEN I upgrade the processor.

The wired adapter came from my previous PC and I added it in as I didn't want to lowball the price any more since I already have a DVD burner, BluRay player, and 750GB 7200rpm HDD in the computer from my previous PC.

The fans were on sale and IF I ever decide to overclock will help keep heat down. Before I installed the fans I was four degrees higher in system temps. This allowed me to overclock the GPU even more than the stock overclock without worrying about heat.

Finally, the case is the best part in the entire build. It has limited room to hide cables, but it has a SATA docking station on the top, USB 3.0 at the front, HDD AND SSD trays to make adding more things a snap and great airflow.

That is why the title is UPGRADEABLE PC. It is a work in progress. I could have built this computer for way less and put garbage parts in it or built it for a specific purpose, but that is not how I do things.

Just a little food for thought: I didn't have to send in a single mail-in rebate for any of these parts (I despise MIR). I literally paid $862 for it (Newegg and Amazon, Shoprunner and Prime).

Thanks for your opinion though.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I cant wait for you to drop that i5 3570k in there, it will be a beast once you do that, I dont have a single problem with your build, except where there is a will there is a way in terms of cable management.When you crossire those msi 7850's it will just be a monster, most ppl criticize dumb things on a build and dont read the intended or future use of it....but you have some serious upgrade-ability and she will be a thing of beauty soon :D

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Getting the i5 is just a matter of time on both PC's. I'm buying the same motherboard and processor for the other PC, then when I can finally convince myself to drive six hours to get to a MicroCenter I am going to get two 3570k combos with H77 boards so I can use the 3220's in with Silverstone cases as content boxes (we're getting rid of cable soon).

I'll probably give the cable management a run when the parts for the other PC come in (has to be by March 4th, SimCity releases March 5th...lol).

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Like my build got to wait about a month to save up the money to get a 7970 so I can top it off (don't wanna show it till she is complete, would ruin the beauty ) but I have an i5 3570k in my build and so far it's a fantastic processor. Way faster than the i3 that was in my laptop :P

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  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Says the guy who is gonna build his computer with a Diablotek power supply. Good luck buddy. You obviously know ABSOLUTELY nothing about power supplies and while I'm not a genius in that field, I know to invest more money than thirty dollars to power a thousand dollars worth of equipment, or even $670 from your saved build. Do some research on efficiency and in particular this power supply, then come back and make an informed post.

I'll let the rest of your post speak for itself considering you don't know what a SATA dock is. Troll elsewhere or learn something because honestly I can't tell whether you're trying to make trouble or just not that smart.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that he's just not that smart.

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

(applaud)

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