$700 Gaming Rig



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming, surfing, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or other reputable site


PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD cpu

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, never tried but it sounds fun

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, in the future as an upgrade option


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: First time build, I've been doing some homework and trying to build a balanced system. I am looking at the x4 955 BE and a 5770 card with the possibility of adding another 5770 for an upgrade path. Would this be a bottleneck for the 955? If that's not the right combination for balance please let me know.

I can't find a good card between the 5770 and the 5850, though I hear the 5830 might be coming out in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for your help!
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  1. Best answer
    You're not getting a 955 and 5770 with $700. It's just not happening.

    Here's what you can get:

    CPU/Mobo: X4 620 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $221
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $125
    Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $22 shipped
    GPU: HD 5770 $153 after rebate

    Total: $691.
  2. You can try this build if you can save 50$ more (will return to you after MIR)

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X Motherboard + COOLER MASTER RC-690 Mid Tower Case - Combo

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 + AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz 95W Quad-Core Processor - Combo

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

    OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply + Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive - Combo

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

    Total - 740.92$ or 690.92$ after 50$ MIR

    Most Items are free shipping. I took your word on wanting crossfire as an upgrade option for later on, you have enough Power Supply for 2 x 5770 in Crossfire, a great Case (free shipping), Crossfire ready Motherboard, fast HD, great RAM and a good Phenom II x4 945 not a 955 BE but can be overclocked too without much trouble. You should buy a good CPU cooler when you want to start overclocking.
    You can save some $$$ if you forget about crossfire and go with a 770 chipset motherboard and a 550W Power supply.

    Good luck :D

    *Edit: I don't know how i missed the "Beginning of March" part, i'm not sure if all this combos will still be there for the beggining of march, you should come back right before you are ready to buy so we can help you to list the parts again with new combos if any. I hope this numbers give you an idea of what you can get for 700$ - 750$ with the right combos.
  3. I would recommened buying a NVIDIA motherboard that supports SLI (if you want to run multiplie graphic cards) and buy a cheaper graphics card. Then wait for NVIDA's new graphics card that supports DirectX11 to come out. tTe HD 5770 is an amzing graphics card and I would recommened that currently if your going to buy a good graphics card.
  4. Thanks all for the replies so far!

    If I go with the single 5770 for now, and get the 550W power supply and mobo, will they support a faster GPU later? Which mobo would you recommend?

    Another couple of newbie questions...

    Why do a lot of people recommend this G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB RAM? I've seen it suggested for a few builds and I was just wondering what is special about it.

    Also, the case. Why do you recommend the more expensive cases instead of the cheapest one you can find? I know it has to do with airflow and things but I was just wondering how you pick out the good ones.

    Again, thanks for everyone's help. I have some of my budget now so I could pick up some of the combos now if they are imperative to my build.
  5. $104 PSU/Case: Antec earthwatts 650 + Antec Two hundred S

    $238 CPU/Mobo: Phenom II 945 + GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT://

    $159 VideoCard: HD 5770

    $55.99 HDD: Seagate 7000.12 500GB

    $24.99 DVD: Samsung 24X DVD

    $104.99 Ram: G.skill Ripjaw 2x2GB DDR3 1600
  6. Nvm, Just realised you wanted CF mobo, let me see.
  7. I'd stick with the mobo I recommended. You really don't save much be getting a 550W, but it would support a larger GPU (mainly one 5850).

    It's the cheapest, fastest sticks that are still quality. G.Skill recently won 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th places (out of 10 total) at an overclocking competition.

    I recommend a slightly more expensive case for airflow, quality and size. You want to get a quality case because it can last you through multiple builds. You should be looking for the number, size and placement of the fans. In addition, you need to look at the size. Newer GPUs are really long, and cheap cases won't fit a longer card. Typically, you can trust anything from Antec and Coolermaster.
  8. Madadmiral what about having your build but with my new CPU / Mobo combo. Don't you think the 2.6 ghz quad is a little slow?

    $238 CPU/Mobo: Phenom II 945 + GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H
  9. Not really for gaming, especially if dropping to a slower CPU can save you enough to get a bigger GPU. Gaming is bottlenecked by the GPU, so a slower CPU doesn't actually hurt the performance.

    That is a good combo though. Keep in mind the board with the 945 doesn't have USB 3/SATA III support, so it's not as future proof. If you don't care about that, it would be a great substitution.
  10. Looking at getting this while it's on sale in the next couple of days...]


    Two questions:

    Is it worth an extra $12 to get a Sapphire brand with the built-in cooling? It's not going to break my budget and would be helpful if I want to CF them right?

    And will two of these fit on the motherboard that MadAdmiral recommended?
  11. 5830 isn't all that much better then a 5770 tbh. I looked at some benchies.
  12. 5770 seems to keep pace with previous gen 4870 but the 5830 seems to match and at time edge out 4890/GTX 275
  13. So I've been looking at parts for a couple of weeks and I think I'm going to go for MadAdmiral's build. Some final critiques, combos, or thoughts before I order this on Friday or Saturday?

    Antec 300 case + Antec EarthWatts 650W PSU - $125
    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R - $24
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500gb - $55
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Cas 7 - $115
    GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X -after $15 MIR $125
    AMD Athlon II X4 620 - $96
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB - already ordered during sale last week,$10 MIR total $155

    Total before MIR $720
    Shipping $10
    Shipped, before MIR: $730
    Shipped after MIR: $695
  14. Best answer selected by bfulmer1014.
  15. Any last looks at this? I'll be ordering the parts tomorrow.

    Also does anyone have any experience with a cheap keyboard from newegg? Really cheap, I was looking at this Lite-On but wondered if anyone had any suggestions.

    Thanks for your help everyone!
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