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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Depends on your advice (I'll wait if you want me to, for a price to go down or a new product, or something like that.) BUDGET RANGE: $500-700 Before Rebates (lower the better...no overkill for my needs, willing to upgrade later as new stuff comes out).

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, etc. - anything outside of the case.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, unless somewhere else is cheaper. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: None.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900, however I often use 1024x768 in games to help stable my aim. (I take gaming pretty seriously, I compete in leagues a lot.)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet, but enough cooling. I'd like to be able to OC without worrying about cooling holding me back. At the moment, I only play Counter Strike: Source, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and an old/broken/bad/low spec game called 'War Rock' occasionally nowadays. I rarely play other games because I do get serious about the ones I play. It's very hard to juggle these already. :p No Crysis or anything.
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  1. asb said:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Depends on your advice (I'll wait if you want me to, for a price to go down or a new product, or something like that.) BUDGET RANGE: $500-700 Before Rebates (lower the better...no overkill for my needs, willing to upgrade later as new stuff comes out).

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, etc. - anything outside of the case.

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, unless somewhere else is cheaper. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

    PARTS PREFERENCES: None.

    OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900, however I often use 1024x768 in games to help stable my aim. (I take gaming pretty seriously, I compete in leagues a lot.)

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet, but enough cooling. I'd like to be able to OC without worrying about cooling holding me back. At the moment, I only play Counter Strike: Source, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and an old/broken/bad/low spec game called 'War Rock' occasionally nowadays. I rarely play other games because I do get serious about the ones I play. It's very hard to juggle these already. :p No Crysis or anything.



    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

    ASUS P7P55 LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131604&cm_re=LGA_1156-_-13-131-604-_-Product
    $120

    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 StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341019
    $50 -After rebates

    Total = $684 -After rebates

    And add this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
  2. ^ seconded.

    Well, you don't need to do any moderate overclocking of i5 cuz it does it AUTOMATICALLY. Just turn on TURBO in bios. Up to 3.2Ghz from 2.66.
  3. Over all good choice of components, if you wanted more future proof motherboard GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 is good choice, you get SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0. Costs $15.00 more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412
  4. ibnsina said:
    Over all good choice of components, if you wanted more future proof motherboard GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 is good choice, you get SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0. Costs $15.00 more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412


    Thanks for the info, I''ll update now. :)
  5. Ignore the old build...

    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

    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412
    $135

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275&cm_mmc=SNC-Facebook-_-na-_-na-_-na
    $92 -Freeshipping

    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

    Total = $698 -After rebates
  6. MothMusic said:
    Ignore the old build...

    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

    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412
    $135

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275&cm_mmc=SNC-Facebook-_-na-_-na-_-na
    $92 -Freeshipping

    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

    Total = $698 -After rebates

    The $150 price is only if you live near a microcenter ($200 from newegg) , and sadly there isn't that many stores.
  7. cory1234 said:
    The $150 price is only if you live near a microcenter ($200 from newegg) , and sadly there isn't that many stores.


    Don't worry, I can modify this build with an AMD solution from Newegg, give me a bit...
  8. Best answer
    Try this:

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674&cm_re=955-_-19-103-674-_-Productproduct_id=0317379
    $166

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

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392
    $70 -After rebate

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275&cm_mmc=SNC-Facebook-_-na-_-na-_-na
    $92 -Freeshipping

    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

    Total = $648 -After rebates
  9. Both are good builds, but I'd prefer the AMD build, mainly because it will be under budget. In addition, this build will be more future proof, as AMD is going to be using the AM3 socket for a couple of years.

    Also, do you not need a DVD burner? If you do, add $30 to the costs and find any SATA burner.
  10. MadAdmiral said:
    Both are good builds, but I'd prefer the AMD build, mainly because it will be under budget. In addition, this build will be more future proof, as AMD is going to be using the AM3 socket for a couple of years.

    Also, do you not need a DVD burner? If you do, add $30 to the costs and find any SATA burner.


    I liked this build too, its under budget and is upgradeable. The reason I went with the i5 build that was a little over budget was because most people do that on here, and they would be beat my build performance wise if they had an extra $30-40 bucks. The other reason was beacuase if you post an AMD gaming build for $700-and up, you get criticized for not going with a i5.. :(
  11. I think you get criticized more once you reach the $900 budget range. I kind of think that's it's pretty tough to get an i5 on less than that, especially for a gaming build when most people try to squeeze in an HD 5850.
  12. MadAdmiral said:
    I think you get criticized more once you reach the $900 budget range. I kind of think that's it's pretty tough to get an i5 on less than that, especially for a gaming build when most people try to squeeze in an HD 5850.


    Not exactly... When I made my first posts for $700-and up gaming systems, I thought that getting an 5850 system for about $700 would be great. My logic was that for a gaming build, the gpu was more important than the cpu. I was wrong. The systems I posted were unpopular and the person asking for advice would always choose someone else's build (With a weaker gpu too). So thats why I made the switch to the i5 instead of the 5850. But I think it was a good thing because this build has been getting positive comments wherever I post it so its all good! :D

    With each mistatke, you learn more. :)
  13. Don't let someone else tell you how to do it. Do it your way. Get whichever system meets/exceeds your needs.
  14. p55ibexpeak said:
    Don't let someone else tell you how to do it. Do it your way. Get whichever system meets/exceeds your needs.


    I love that attitude, be a rebel! :D
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