New mid-level gaming PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP before I talk myself out of it BUDGET RANGE: $700-$800 AR

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming - WoW, Simcity 4, Civ IV, maybe some newer games; fractal rendering with UltraFractal; some movie watching/entertainment

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, sound card

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg is fine COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I imagine AMD would give me better bang for the buck, but I am not hardcore either way.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (dual monitor setup for 2560x1024), OR whatever I can get using a 37in HDTV.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Essentially I just want Windows pc that I can play some of my older games that I am tweaking for, and same goes for my wife. This would be my first build, so what I have done is basically put together two "lists" on newegg ... and can't tell if they are enough for what I want, or a bit of overkill. So here it goes ...

Build #1 - ~$700

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=16754167

Build #2 - ~$800

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12948146

I hope just posting the URL to my public wishlist works for everyone, if not - then I'll do the dirty work of copying/pasting to all the different selections.

Thanks in advance.

-B
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  1. bcbrown19 said:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP before I talk myself out of it BUDGET RANGE: $700-$800 AR

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming - WoW, Simcity 4, Civ IV, maybe some newer games; fractal rendering with UltraFractal; some movie watching/entertainment

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, sound card

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg is fine COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

    PARTS PREFERENCES: I imagine AMD would give me better bang for the buck, but I am not hardcore either way.

    OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (dual monitor setup for 2560x1024), OR whatever I can get using a 37in HDTV.

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Essentially I just want Windows pc that I can play some of my older games that I am tweaking for, and same goes for my wife. This would be my first build, so what I have done is basically put together two "lists" on newegg ... and can't tell if they are enough for what I want, or a bit of overkill. So here it goes ...

    Build #1 - ~$700

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=16754167

    Build #2 - ~$800

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12948146

    I hope just posting the URL to my public wishlist works for everyone, if not - then I'll do the dirty work of copying/pasting to all the different selections.

    Thanks in advance.

    -B


    Your builds are solid, but you can get more performance for less money.

    Try this:

    Core i5 750 Processor Boxed
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317379
    $150

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
    $55

    Foxconn P55A-S LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186174&cm_re=LGA_1156-_-13-186-174-_-Product
    $105 -Freeshipping

    A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1333GB2G8-AG - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211410
    $89

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    $55 -Freeshipping

    SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128405&cm_re=LGA_1156-_-13-128-405-_-Product
    $165 -Freeshipping

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022
    $45 -After rebates

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
    $105 -Freeshipping


    Total = $769 -After rebates
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