Need advice on $1200 gaming system

Hello all! I am looking to build a computer in the $1200 price range. I don’t need anything top of the line but I would like something I can game with right now and that I can upgrade within 1-2 years to be able to play the newer games.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next couple weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1200. The current build that is listed below is around $1100. I could be convinced to go more or less depending on the reason.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, gaming, and gaming. Watching movies, surfing the net…

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, windows 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New egg… If you know of cheaper, I’m all ears.

PARTS PREFERENCES: This is what I have so far. Let me know what you guys think and let me know if I can improve anything.

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM - Retail

Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

DVD-ROM drive


(Might do both down the road if needed)


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Thank to all of you in advance!
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  1. thats an ok build, aside from the fact some wrong parts, but i would get this:

    they are both 1200$, but this is a little better, and it has the correct parts. this has a 5850, which makes it very, very good for gaming, the 5770 is more consumer (but it can still game...) the rest is either close or better, and it has 2 psus becasue the 600 watt TT is free, and who doesnt want a free 600 watt TT :D
  2. Thank you for the reply! A couple of things...

    I dont need 2 psu's or a case for that matter. So just stick with the other one?

    What makes that other motherboard and hard drive better?
  3. Anyone?
  4. oooo sorry, take the psu and case off nothing about the mobo makes it much better, and the hdd is the same, but everything else is.
  5. Gaming you don't need a i7-860, hyperthreading doesn't help gaming. Save your $80 and go with a i5-750.

    Also, you want a better GPU.

    MOBO wise, the gigabyte board is not true USB 3.0/SATA 6.0. Also, it runs 1 GPU with a x8 PCIE lane and USB/SATA or 2 PCIE x8 lanes.
    IE can't have USB 3.0/SATA6.0 and xfire, and can't use full x16 lanes with 1 gpu.

    Better off with original mobo.

    The Hyper 212 Plus is MUCH cheaper and MUCH better performance than a V8 (overpriced piece of junk IMO)

    You PSU is way overpowerd.
    You should actually get a new case for a new gaming rig, unless you have a recent one.

    This deal is excellent. A HAF 922 and a OCZ Stealthstream 700w for only $110.
  6. Here's a full build

    CPU/HSF i5 and CM Hyper 212 plus $221.98

    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $189.99

    G skill Ripjaw DDR3 1333 7-7-7-21 $109.99

    Video Card
    HD 5850 $299.99

    Hard Drive
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 $89.99

    Power Supply/Case HAF 922 and OCZ Stealthxstream 700W $149.97 before $40 MIR

    DVD-ROM drive
    SAMSUNG Black $20.99

    Total $1082.92
    before MIR and Shipping (which should negate each other).

    Oh and since you have the budget, consider getting a SSD for boot drive.

    $129.99 for an Intel 40gb

    see these articles as to why you should get one.,2518-10.html

    Including the SSD the entire system is under $1200 after MIR w/ shipping to NY. May be a bit different depending on where you live.
  7. Oh after you get parts be sure to read

    before you even open anything up.

    For how to apply thermal paste in general read

    For CM Hyper 212 Plus and other heat pipe direct HSF's
  8. go with the eco memory:

    really great memory, its better, and it cost 5$ more.
  9. Well the eco series uses less power, but it's a few buck more and cost's more to ship. However, both are 7-7-7-21 DDR3 1333.

    If he plans to OC, the OC potential of the ECO series is not well documented. On the other hand Ripjaws are famous for their OC ability. The won the F1OC SuperPi OC competition a few months ago. Also, they use 1.5v with isn't an issue (Some RAm run at 1.65 or higher and may cause issues).
  10. yea, and this ram runs at 1.35 whats your point...lower voltage=higher oc, so doesnt this one win in that too.
  11. OC potential has nothing to do with the voltage it runs at, plenty of RAM from Corsair and Mushkin run at 1.65 V or higher and still OC extremely well.

    My point is the ripjaws are same speed and timings, ~$8 cheaper and are proven to be great at OC. The eco series is new and may not OC well, i don't know, I haven't seen any reviews on it's OC potential yet.

    I'd rather go with cheaper and known to work, rather than new and unknown.
  12. i would way rather go with better, and tiny bit cheaper, its like 955 vs i5 750, the 750 costs a bit more, but is a better buy, now of course we are arguing about something that matters very very little, but ive used the eco, friend got it to 1750ish MHz with same timings and i think 1.6 volts, so i recommend that.
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