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BUDGET RANGE: $800-$900 gaming pc ideas

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January 24, 2010 12:54:42 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1st week in feb

BUDGET RANGE: $800-$900

SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming, Watching Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, win 7 64bit

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no preference looking for best deal

PARTS PREFERENCES: same goes here not partial to any brand just want ideal setup for the money

OVERCLOCKING: would be nice to have that option but not necessary

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: would be nice to have that option but not necessary

MONITOR Size: bigger than 19in, would like widescreen but i do have a budget...

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i was going to buy a gaming pc outright as a bundle with monitor but it seems like you get better components and pc if they are bought and then assembled. i would like to have the option to upgrade this pc down the road. any help would be appreciated. this would also be the first pc i have built from ground up. i have a few laptops and a pc now but none of them are for gaming this would be in place of buying new game system.
a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2010 2:17:02 AM

Here ya go:

CPU/GPU combo - $249 shipped!! Quad core and good for the future!! GPU the best at this budget and has a LIFETIME warranty!!
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo - $88 shipped - $10 MIRc = $78!! One of the better boards at this price range!
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - $94 shipped! One of the faster RAM sets that run on stock voltage (1.5v)!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - $60 shipped! Has 3 x 120 mm fans!! Great for cooling! Also looks tool-less!!
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - $60 shipped! One of the better PSU's out there in this price range! 36A on the combined 12v rails and comes w/1 x 6 pin & 1 x 6+2 pin PCI-e power connectors for your GPU needs! I'ts also efficient too w/80-85% efficiency. Will allow plenty of room for upgrades later too!
BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A cheaper Case/PSU combo for $95 - $15 MIRc = $70!!
Rosewill Challenger case w/Corsair 400cx PSU w/ 30A on the 12v rail and 1 x 6 pin PCI-e power connector.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD - $55 shipped! One of the faster HD's in the price range and size!
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=N82E168...

DVD Burner - $30 shipped! Comes with the software to read/burn DVD's!!
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - $169 shipped! Plenty of options here, so I'm just listing 1 that I'd consider. If you want HDMI input you can add about $10 - $20 onto this LCD price.
Acer P224Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 10000:1 (ACM) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total w/BFG PSU - ~$800 - $10 MIRc = $790!!!
Total w/Case/PSU combo = ~$790 - $25 MIRc = $765!!!


Now if you can get more PSU w/this combo:
Rosewill Challenger case w/Corsair 650tx PSU for $130 - $10 MIRc = $120!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

With the combo above your total would be - ~$825 - $20 MIRc = $805!!!

It's up to you to decide which PSU/Case combo you like, but any of them will work for the build above!
January 24, 2010 2:19:18 AM

Check out this build I just quoted someone. All parts from the Egg:

AMD XII 620 Quad Core and Biostar 790GX mobo combo $169.00

G.Skill 4 GB RAM Kit $95.00

W/D 640 GB Caviar Black HDD $75.00

LG SATA DVD Burner 24X $26.00

XFX 5770 1 GB vidcards $170.00

Antec 300 case $60.00

Corsair 550W PSU $60.00 AR

Xigmatek HDT s1283 Cooler $40.00

Samsung 24" LCD Monitor $210.00

Total=$905.00

A little patience and you can get most of this stuff on sale and probably save a hundred bucks. Add a second video card later for Crossfire.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2010 2:24:00 AM

cschulz135 said:
Check out this build I just quoted someone. All parts from the Egg:

AMD XII 620 Quad Core and Biostar 790GX mobo combo $169.00

G.Skill 4 GB RAM Kit $95.00

W/D 640 GB Caviar Black HDD $75.00

LG SATA DVD Burner 24X $26.00

XFX 5770 1 GB vidcards $170.00

Antec 300 case $60.00

Corsair 550W PSU $60.00 AR

Xigmatek HDT s1283 Cooler $40.00

Samsung 24" LCD Monitor $210.00

Total=$905.00

A little patience and you can get most of this stuff on sale and probably save a hundred bucks. Add a second video card later for Crossfire.

Only a couple of issues with the build above:

* The 790gx mobo in the combo only supports DDR2, which isn't going to be around for too much longer (12-18 months at best). DDR2 is also at a similar price as DDR3, so might as well spend the $5-10 more for DDR3 that will be around for upgrades later.

* The Xigmatek CPU HSF is a good one, but if no OC'ing is needed right now, it's not necessary. Yes it'll keep the CPU cooler, but it's not necessary. If the OP wants it though, it's not a bad idea either!
January 24, 2010 2:57:16 AM

I thought about the DDR2 vs DDR3. Truthfully, other than benchmark results, you really wouldn't notice the difference in everyday use, and the price currently is about the same. I went with the 790GX board because it offered more features and I believe it OC's better than the 780 ot 785 boards. I OC everything, BTW. Thats why I chose these particular components.
a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2010 3:08:56 AM

Yes I understand what your saying, cshulz135, but I was just stating the obvious (at least for me) that the combo was with DDR2. Realistically there isn't really much difference, performance-wise, between DDR2 and DDR3, but DDR3 will be around longer and will be more available in 12-18 months from now. I think these minor details should be pointed out, when possible. This allows the OP to decide if it's worth the purchase or not. JMHO.
January 24, 2010 3:23:45 AM

I'm not trying to be argumentative or flame you, but DDR2 or DDR3 is a non-issue. Most people will either keep a rig like this so long that it will all be obsolete or else sell it off and build a new rig in a year or so. The speed at which computer parts become outdated, to my way of thinking, isn't even relevant anymore. I look for value when purchasing parts, which usually leaves out bleeding edge parts and focuses on parts that are a generation behind.
January 24, 2010 3:24:36 AM

BUDGET

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 $166



*GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard -
Retail : $140
OR
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $90
OR
GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $185



SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner
- OEM 24.99

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $60


HIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $170

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail : $95

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit $105

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $80

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive : $55

896
846 with cheaper mobo

BUDGET but add whatever else you need
January 24, 2010 2:41:55 PM

lunyone said:
Here ya go:


thanks for the info.. quick question though what other mobo would you recommend that has 2x -- PCIE x16 slots for future upgrades with gpu's that would fit right into your package

or what about this one? would everything mesh well together

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - 140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128416&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20GA-790XTA-UD4%20AM3%20AMD%20790X%20SATA%206Gb%2fs%20USB

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor -170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674&cm_re=AMD_Phenom_II_X4_955_Black_Edition_Deneb_3.2GHz_4-_-19-103-674-_-Product

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16-170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH -115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276&cm_re=G.SKILL_Ripjaws_Series_4GB_%282_x_2GB%29_240-Pin_DDR3-_-20-231-276-_-Product

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

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified-90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer -30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case-50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

dell S2409W 24-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitor-189
http://electronics.dell.com/dell-hd-widescreen-monitor-24-s2409w?dgc=SS&cid=39715&lid=1003767

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler -40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003&cm_re=Xigmatek_HDT_s1283_Cooler-_-35-233-003-_-Product

total ~ $815 w/o screen or cooler
a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2010 4:45:01 PM

Honestly I don't think having a 2 x 16 PCI-e slot on a mobo. I would gather that by the time you think you need to upgrade the GPU, you'll be able to buy a single GPU that will blow what 2 x whatever you have now. Plus you usually need to upgrade the PSU to cover the added power requirements.
Now I do like the idea of having USB 3.0 and SATA 3 on the mobo :)  This will give you more room for quality upgrades later too :) 

Here is another mobo w/USB 3.0 and SATA 3 and it's cheaper!!
$103 shipped!!
GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

January 24, 2010 11:38:06 PM

hey thanks for the ideas everyone appreciate the info. settled on

Dvd--LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
Hd--SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA
Mobo--GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 770x
Memory--G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
PSU--CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
Case--Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CPU--AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core
GPU--XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
Monitor--Dell S2409W 24-inch Full HD 1080p
total ~ $891.39 before MIR from Newegg.Com and other various vendors
January 24, 2010 11:56:28 PM

i have a similar budget and will be buying soon. I actually picked out basicly the same parts as dmpco's last build. The only thing i would suggest is wait to get the 5830. It has basicly the same performances as the 4890 but the has directx11 and is better than the 5770.
January 25, 2010 12:18:24 AM

The 5770 already has DX11 support.
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