Budget Gaming First Time Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:within the next week
BUDGET RANGE: $700-800 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, light gaming, coding (MATLAB)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: just looking for quality and value

OVERCLOCKING: maybe light
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe in future


Basically, my old pc (circa '03) is becoming obsolete for everyday tasks so its time to upgrade. I have some free time on my hands and want to build my pc to save a little money. I'm looking for something that right now can play older games (Team Fortress 2, Orange-Box type stuff, etc) but in the future I can upgrade to at least handle somewhat current games. My main goal is to have something that is flexible for future upgrades, particularly with respect to a new HD monitor and/or GPU.

Here's the build, any comments or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Antec TWO HUNDRED S Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified

XFX HD-465X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C8

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

Right now with some combos (CPU and MOBO, GPU and tower), the total is around $700, which is great (I've also got to pick up Windows 7, if anyone has any suggestions for a good deal).

Thanks in advance. This site and the forum community have been a spectacular resource to me.
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  1. I would recommend going with a 4670 and dropping to a 500-550w PSU, but other then that it looks great. Also since its only internet/light gaming/coding machine, you could actually drop down to say a phenom II x4 925 or even a Athlon II x4 635, and youll be adequately fine... dunno what matlab coding is but isnt something your gonna notice a difference between i5 and athlon, seconds at most..
  2. I was looking at the 500w PSUs, but currently with the combo deal on newegg with the case, the cost was the same, so I figured I might as well step up the PSU rating.

    I have also thought about this 4670:
    XFX HD-467X-DDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

    Is the difference between the 4650 and 4670 going to be significant?

    Thanks again for the input.
  3. The upgrade from the HD 4650 to the HD 4670 would be a noticeable upgrade, and worth the $15 price tag. The increased core clock speeds is what will give you the boost.

    SAPPHIRE 100256HDMI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3
  4. One quick final question. Is there much of a difference between brands? Right now with shipping costs included, the Sapphire and XFX 4670s are about the same price.

    In the past I've used XFX, but that was a long time ago...
  5. There is no difference in the brands performance wise. Some offer different warranties.

    And I wouldn't try to get an i5 gaming build on your budget. Here's a much better gaming build:

    CPU/Mobo: Athlon II X3 425 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 Combo for $197. This board has USB 3/SATA III support
    PSU/HDD: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W and Spinpoint F3 500 GB Combo for $90 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    GPU: HD 5850 $290
    Rest the same.

    Total: $767. This would absolutely destroy that i5 build in gaming.

    If you can scrap together another $75 for the budget, you could fit in the HD 5870 for a total cost of $871.
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