Gaming rig setup for bang/buck at 800 range


I'm planning on building a new gaming computer around the 700-900 $ usd range.

So far what I've been able to come up with to hit the bea cost / performance jumps

i7 920 from microcenter 250 (after tax)
GA-X58A-UD3R. I like it since it has 2x 16x slots and 2000 ddr3! But I'm open to suggestions on this one for sure.

5850 - $300 ish

This is another point I'm wondering. If I buy a better mother board, I'd need to degrade this to a 5750.

The rest of the computer I can piece together as I go. Throwing in cheap ram/ hard drive,

is this a good stratagy?
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  1. 5850, 17 920, GA-X58A-UD3R

    I don't think you could fit that with the other components in a 700-900 range. thats already like $700
    still need a case, power supply, ram, HDD, DVD drive

    you should probably move down to AM3 or i5 or raise your budget a couple 100 dollars up

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 $160
    ASUS EAH5850 $300
    G.SKILL 4GB 1333 $101
    Coolermaster CM690 $79
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB $55
    SAMSUNG 24X $25
    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W $95
    $891 off newegg

    i5- to lazy right now, going to sleep good night
  2. EDIT: Dint refresh... +1 to TheDuke...

    ^ is not a good idea...though the base setup would be very powerful, but in gaming, it will be lacking...
    Why not try the Intel i5 ? x8x8 vs x16x16 makes little difference, which has been showed in many articles...
    If it is for gaming, then you should invest in GPU more than the CPU...

    And will you be reusing any components ? I dont think it would be possible to build an i7 920 PC with that budget of yours...
  3. I'm pretty good at finding cheap stuff.

    I got a 650 w psu for 65
    looking at getting a case for 40

    but yea, I'm able to streach a little.
    When it comes to ram, I can upgrade slowly.
    Same with the sata, I'll salvage a 100gig one till a payday or two.

    Okay, I'll admit it might go into 1,000 plus but what I'm getting at, is this the price ledge for value?
    I'd like to have a computer I can keep a long while.
  4. ^ What PSU are you talking about ? Don't go cheap on the PSU wouldn't want to risk using such high-end parts with a low quality PSU...

    And as for other components, if you will be skimping on the the components, then you will not be able to get out the full potential of the i7 920...

    Frankly for a gaming setup, the i7 920 doesnt offer better value than an i5 750 setup...
    If the rig will be mainly used for gaming, then i5 is a better option as you wouldn't have to skimp on other parts...
  5. Case - NZXT Lexa S - $69.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate
    Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 - $149.99
    Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 - $104.99
    PSU - Thermaltake EVO_Blue W0308RU 750W - $139.99
    CPU - Intel Core i5-750 - $199.99
    HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $89.99
    GPU - HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 - $289.99

    TOTAL - $1045

    This build will give you excellent gaming performance and because of the motherboard 8x8x SLI support it allows you to pick up another 5850 GPU in the future if you need to upgrade. I think it will be worth spending the extra 100 bucks to make your system more future proof. I also plan on building a system like this, there may be cheaper options for cases but i recommend the Lexa S because of its cable management system and great looks.
  6. The problem is that the Mobo and Ram prices rise a lot if you go with the 920.

    I would stick with the AMD or I5 path. Actually if gaming is what you are using it for there is really no need for the 920.
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