NEED OPINIONS $800 GAMING PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week
BUDGET RANGE: approx $800 after Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS (XP), Case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA, TX
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, though modest
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC

It’s time to replace my 3 year old Desktop – doing some research; I believe I can continue using my current Case (Rosewill TU-155 ATX Mid-Tower) and get most bang for the buck, by choosing these components.
Any suggestions/comments for more value, or cost down, is highly appreciated!!

1) AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz BE - $120
2) XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 Cooler - $27
3) GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P - $110
4) OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $90
5) ASUS Radeon HD 4870 1GB - $140
6) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb - $70
7) Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD - $34
8) OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W - $55
9) Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 1080P Widescreen LCD - $180

Btw does anybody know a place who would put the pc together for me? Have little time and would be willing to pay a little more and have this done by pro's who do this all the time.

Thanks for your comments/suggestions!!!
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  1. you can get a i5 build with that budget(maybe just a little more), also you have no knowledge in building computers? if you go to a place, they'll charge you some money that's like equivalent to buying a pc at bestbuy = wasting money.

    its not hard to build a pc, read some reviews, or watch how to videos on youtube..

    also get a xfx or sapphire 4870 1gb instead, the asus blows the hot air into the case, which will heat up everything around which is bad.
  2. Swap the drive for this one, its slightly smaller but its cheaper and faster
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=f3%20500GB

    And for $14 more you can upgrade to a 4890 which will handle that screen resolution even better
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.236367

    Other than that it looks good. And building it yourself really isnt that hard, i had mine done in a couple of hours, it works flawlessly.
  3. hunter315 said:
    Swap the drive for this one, its slightly smaller but its cheaper and faster
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=f3%20500GB

    And for $14 more you can upgrade to a 4890 which will handle that screen resolution even better
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.236367

    Other than that it looks good. And building it yourself really isnt that hard, i had mine done in a couple of hours, it works flawlessly.


    nice combo find hunter.

    to OP: for a first time builder it's really not that hard, read a few articles/youtube
  4. This DVD/PSU combo will save another few bucks:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.248328

    If buying anything today, this 1tb spinpoint f3 is only $75. Same as hunter said, its a better drive than the f1.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=f3_spinpoint-_-22-152-185-_-Product
  5. Thanks People,
    Great suggestions - exactly what I was looking for! And thanks for the input putting it together myself :)

    Overshocks: I didn't think about the i5 indeed, though reseaching prices/deals - it will still cost me at least $45 more - especially with that combo deal Hunter315 found, it's hard to beat...
    Asus comment: I had NO idea - Thanks!

    Hunter315: Great Combo find! Love it! Also thanks for the F3 suggestion!

    Skora: am a bit concerned w that LG Burner - reviews about adware hidden in firmware make me hesitant buying this... also the OCZ is not modular - though the 700W, instead my 600W, is very tempting for future upgrades.

    Does anybody have suggestions for another LCD perhaps?
  6. quote " Overshocks: I didn't think about the i5 indeed, though reseaching prices/deals - it will still cost me at least $45 more - especially with that combo deal Hunter315 found, it's hard to beat...
    Asus comment: I had NO idea - Thanks!"

    well just to tell you i5 > anything amd has, but your build is fine too, was just a suggestion

    take a look at this..which shadow suggested in other thread but dont use this because your at 1920x1080. this build has no monitor

    Antec 300 $70
    i5 750 $200 ($160 at Microcenter)
    400CX $50
    GSkill Ripjaw 2*2GB $80
    WD Blue 320GB $45
    Samsung LightScribe DVD RW $32
    Vista Home Premium x64 with win 7 upgrade $110
    XFX 4850 (512 MB version) $115
    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 $110
    Total: $811 before MIR for the 400CX. With MIR $792. You can go to even lower if buying the i5 at Microcenter.
  7. i5 at $175 (incl. tax) at Microcenter... that makes me rethink this a bit yes...
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