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Cheapest i5 gaming build...how low can ya go?

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September 9, 2009 11:45:34 PM

So a friend saw my post that I was going to build a i5 gaming pc for my mom and he now wants one that for the least money possible (ie he is poor :/ ) so here are my efforts.

P7P55D Socket 1156 P55 ATX Motherboard
(lil nicer audio then the $139 model and few other things)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$149
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IPSG Core i5 750 Processor Boxed
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$179
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OCZ Technology StealthXStream 500 Watt ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$34 (after $25 rebate)
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OCZ PC3-12800 Gold Low Voltage 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit
OCZ Technology OCZ PC3-12800 Gold Low Voltage 4GB (2x2GB) Dual Channel Kit
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$89 x2= $178 (after 2x $20 rebate)
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$49
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EVGA e-GeForce GTX 275 896MB DDR3 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$210 (after $10 rebate)
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HAF 922M
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$79 (after $15 rebate)
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COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30
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Samsung OEM SH-S222L 22x DVD±RW PATA DVD Burner with Lightscribe OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$30
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Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built-in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$309

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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$110

Total: $1358 hmm

w/o monitor, aftermarket cpu cooler, and only 4gb ram... $930
w/ pirated os... $821
w/ salvaged dvd rom... $791
w/ a 260 gpu.. $691 hmm



ok, so I spurged on 4 things (extra ram, case, cpu cooler, and monitor)... but damn i suck at trying to do things on the cheap.... feel free to to this :p  lol cant be too hard
September 10, 2009 12:29:38 AM

None of your links work. Can you fix them please. :)  And are these items purchased online or walk in specials ?
September 10, 2009 12:51:29 AM


links fixed and rebates added
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September 10, 2009 12:57:52 AM

Does the i5 not having hyper threading really affect the multitasking and gaming capabilites and also havent they locked the multipliers?
September 10, 2009 1:04:07 AM

smoses799 said:
links fixed and rebates added


OK I see a few flaws in that build. First off the h/s won't work with it, the psu blows, and your case and monitor are super over kill. I'l work a build right now ...as I'm sure a few others will post their's also that will cut the cost down while giving you more performance for your $$$. :) 
September 10, 2009 1:04:22 AM

You only need 4GB ram for a gaming machine. Could cut some money off there.

Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus CPU cooler is only $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

28 inch monitor on a "cheap as you can" build? I think a 22inch would be half that price.

Samsung spingpoint F3 - cheaper and maybe faster than the Caviar
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You could go with a HD 4890, GTX 260 or even a HD 4870 GPU to save more money and still have a strong gaming machine, especially with a 22inch 1680x1050 monitor. That motherboard does not say its SLI capable (the next model up does) so an ATI GPU (for future xfire capability) could make more sense.
September 10, 2009 1:15:48 AM

lebaneseguy wrote:

"Does the i5 not having hyper threading really affect the multitasking and gaming capabilites and also havent they locked the multipliers?"

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yea. but their still oc'able and perform the same or better then the i7s in gaming

guess i could swap in a 920 in :/ 

i7 920
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$200

or

i7 860
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$230

EVGA X58 SLI LE Socket 1366 X58 ATX Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$210

OCZ Technology Gold XTC 6GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL8 Memory Kit (Three 2GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$140

so $550 for i7/mobo/6gb ram vs $420 i5/mobo/4gb ram or $500 for 8gm ram

so, effectively $130 more for a i7 setup
September 10, 2009 1:18:47 AM

smoses799 said:
yea. but their still oc'able and perform the same or better then the i7s in gaming

guess i could swap in a 920 in :/ 

i7 920
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$200

or

i7 860
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$230

EVGA X58 SLI LE Socket 1366 X58 ATX Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$210

OCZ Technology Gold XTC 6GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL8 Memory Kit (Three 2GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$140

so $550 for i7/mobo/6gb ram vs $420 i5/mobo/4gb ram or $500 for 8gm ram

so, effectively $130 more for a i7 setup


LOL...I thought you were trying to save this poor friend of yours $$$. Building an i7 rig isn't what I would call a bargain for a "poor friend" wanting a gaming rig now is it smoses ? :p 

September 10, 2009 1:28:57 AM

hehe... he wants a similar one to the one im building for my mom but on the cheap :p  he isnt looking for a budget system... just the cheapest possible i5 setup. (i will however, take some liberties to upgrade w/o telling him :p )

so, i told him i would see how cheap i could go... the crap like the 28" lcd and the haf case is just cus I know he will appreciate the system more with them... heck, I probably will end up just having him buy his own monitor :p 
September 10, 2009 1:41:41 AM

In the gaming performance testing, the i5 is about the same as the i7 920.

Hyperthreading doesnt help games, thats more for CPU intensive stuff like compressing videos.

The problem with him buying his own monitor afterward is that GPU power needed scales with what screen resolution you are running at. If he buys a cheap 1024x768 monitor, a single 4870 would be plenty. If he gets a large 2560x1600 monitor you may want an x2 or dual GPUs.
September 10, 2009 1:51:23 AM

OK smoses, I see you like a little "flash" here's a great single card set up that's all done in red LED. For the dual card / SLI set up look further down the post.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 Free Shipping*
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $71.99 ($46.99 after MIR) Free Shipping
OCZ OCZ550FTY 550W Active Power Supply Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P7P55LE Combo Price: $329.98 | $314.98 $15 off with P55 combo purchase w/ code OMGi5COMBO Free Shipping
Asus P7P55D LE Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-750 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GA-GTX275C $214.99 Free Ground Shipping
GIGABYTE nVidia GeForce GTX275 OC 896MB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
Dual Channel Intel Core i5 & Core i7 CPU for P55 motherboard

* Same build as up above but with larger case, and psu for dual vid cards.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $94.99
HAF 922M (HAF Mini) ATX Case

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $104.99 Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

* and a monitor....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 ($149.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)
ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
September 10, 2009 2:23:27 AM

8 gig of ram = wasted money

save some $$ by getting a 4890 instead of the GTX275
September 10, 2009 4:02:25 AM

4890 on par with a gtx 275?
September 10, 2009 4:21:18 AM

smoses799 said:
4890 on par with a gtx 275?



as close as two cards can be
September 12, 2009 11:03:00 AM

Sometimes even with a 285, depending on the game. :) 
October 5, 2009 3:26:16 AM

Well I am on the same page attempting to bulild an I5 or I7, that kicks out enough power to play most any game without a stutter and yet is not going over the hill in cost.
Plus will hopefully cover me somewhat into the future of tech developments. With hours of reasearch I'm sorry to say I really did not beat smoses efforts at all.

I prefer this mobo and will probably go for it:
Gigabyte P55-UD4P ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 3PCI-E1 2PCI RAID 2GLAN CrossFireX SLI Motherboard
http://www.ncixus.com/products/42279/GA-P55-UD4P/Gigaby...
$163.92 USD

but this mobo would work great:
ASUS P7P55D LE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P7P55LEItem=N82E...
$128.99 Free Shipping

Intel Core i5 750 Processor - 2.66GHz
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$159.99

took this HD from anothers suggestion and am not sure about it:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99 Free Shipping

Antec Two Hundred Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=42345&promoid=1081&...
$45.64

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$64.99 Free Shipping

XFX GS250XZDFU GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$154.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply - 700-Watt
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Price: $94.99 Less Rebate: - $20.00
Final Price: $74.99*

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$29.99

Totals out to about $635
I still am in doubt as to the value in going this route instead of sticking to AMD and DDR2 and saving a bundle on the other parts. But I am a complete novice and would love advice from the pros.
Thanks for any advice that happens to bubble over.
November 20, 2009 8:03:51 PM

How about:

Tiger Direct:
BareBones Deal-

Intel DP55WB Motherboard - Qty: 1
Intel Core i5 750 Processor - Qty: 1
OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum RAM - Qty: 1
Hitachi 7K1000.B Hard Drive - Qty: 1
Ultra X-Blaster Mid-T Case - Qty: 1
Ultra LSP550 550-Watt Power Supply - Qty: 1

$569.99
2 SATA cables, hardware kit and I/O panel come with Mobo, plus has 7.1 surround resident. ($10.00 rebate ignored)

Video Card-

EVGA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Support, DVI, HDTV, VGA
$64.99

• Interface Type: PCI Express 2.0 x16 (PCIe 1.0 Compatible)
• Maximum Resolution: 2560 x 1600 (Digital)
• Video Memory: 1GB DDR2

Optical Drive-

LG GH22NS50 DVD Writer - DVD+R 22x, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6x, DVD-RAM 12x, SATA (OEM)
$28.00

Fans-

Ultra120mm Case Fan - Silent, Dual Ball Bearing

2 each for total 29.98

Flash Card reader
Sabrent Internal 64-in-1 Multi Flash Media Card Reader - USB 2.0, Black, 3.5", Self Powered, SDHC Support, Vista Ready
$12.99

Total: $708.00 plus shipping and handling

Tayter1
January 22, 2013 10:13:08 PM

Hey I'm glad I came across this, I've been wanting to build a gaming rig for a long time but I haven't had the money. If you have any ideas on what to get or where to go please let me know that would be awesome. I'd like to keep it around 800 bucks but a little over is ok. I want to get the i5 processer and a mid tower ASUS but i'm not sure where to get them for a good price. I'm not sure on what to get for my power suply or my grafics card.
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