[600-700] Casual System


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MMO Gaming (World of Warcraft; not a system buster I know), Moderate PC Gaming (L4D2, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age, etc.). I am a law student and making an 'on the cheap' desktop will allow me to get my gaming off my laptop and use that directly only for work. Also this will probably be my primary at-home "internet" machine, although I don't think that takes much consideration.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, Mouse, Keyboard. The case is a Mid-Tower ATX (Enermax Staray ECA3170; grabbed it for $50 with an incoming $30 rebate)



PARTS PREFERENCES: I am not biased towards anything, although switching to AMD would require me to rout out a couple different components from what I am looking at.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. Minor if anything; nothing to drastically increase heat/power consumption.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now, maybe in a couple years (by then the rig may be not that great, however. :P)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 1200 range; will be used with a 22" Monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm largely looking for some input on my component selection and advice from those far wiser than I. This is my first build so I'm not going to do anything fancy for awhile. The original goal was a $600 PC but while factoring in some availability/pricing issues that I saw I figured I'd bump the budget to a tenative $700. If I could get something with similar future-proofing/performance for less that would be swell, but if I knew how to do that I'd be one of the gurus and not... me.

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R (COST: 139.99 + 2.99 Shipping)

CPU: Intel I5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA Model BX80605I5750. I know what you might say: Jeez, a third or more of your budget goes to your processor? I figured that an I5 is probably futureproof for awhile in my price point. Educate me if I'm wrong or there's a better alternative. (COST: 199.99 + Free Shipping)

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 4850. I was thinking originally of a 5750.. but then I got talked into looking at 5770 for the DX11 capabilities, so I'm wishy washy. However, with a 5770 it shoots well over the $700 budget. If I'm able to make due for maybe two years (I probably won't be upgrading in 1 year because I will be graduating then and will need to be moving/settling into a job) with a 4850 that would be swell, but I need some expert advice. (COST: 139.99 + Free Shipping)

RAM: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR SDRAM DDR3 1333 : It's ram, it's OCZ, it's DDR3 for the mobo, and it has a swell rebate. (COST: ~$79 after rebate/shipping)

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA. (COST: 54.99 + Free Shipping)

PSU: hec X-Power Pro 600W ATX : Dunno much about PSUs at all; I've been told not to skimp on it though and this seemed like a worthy deal. (COST: 49.99 + 9.20 Shipping)

Optical: LG DVD Burner. It burns DVDs. Or holds my styrofoam cups, whatever. (COST: 27.99)

The Total so far is $683.16 after all the rebates and such.
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  1. Last I looked the newer Gigabyte P55A-UD3 was cheaper than the older P55-UD3R and includes USB3/SATA 6GB.

    4850 or a GTS 250 are fine graphics cards that perform about the same if DX11 isnt a dela breaker for you. Check prices and get the cheapest.

    I dont know anything about Hec power supplies. That being the case I would have to assume they are mediocre unless I see a professional review of that model. Its also not 80+ certified so I dont like it that much.

    This OCZ is modular, I know other people using it and is $45 after MIR.
  2. agreed w/ the OCZ psu, that hec psu is not the solid choice you were talking about. The i5-750 is excellent cpu/ will def last awhile. You could probably spend less on your MB to put a little more into graphics if you wanted, but in any case you'll have a really good set-up.

  3. maybe consider a phenom II system. it will save you some cash that can be put toward a better gpu. a 955 should be plenty for a few years and after a year or so you can OC it a bit to get a little more muscle out of it, i doubt you would need it though.

    I built a pc for my brother with a 955BE and a MSI mobo and its runs great with no issues. great mobo in my opinion.

    Heres a combo for CPU and a 5770 that will save you $20

    with the OCZ psu and other components you cited that puts it about $633 after rebates. that leaves you enough cash to buy a decent air cooler and OC that 955 a bit if you decide.
    Just an idea. This is how i wold go abotu a $600-700 system.

    That Mobo has two pci x16 slots so you can add another graphics card in a year or so and give it a very nice boots in performance.
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