Back to the drawing board, $800 Gaming


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the webs, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Windows 7 64bit

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or whatever is the cheapest

PARTS PREFERENCES: Best bang for the buck, AMD? ATI?

OVERCLOCKING: Yes if you think I need it Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe down the line

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900(for now)


Ok, So whitefang put a build together for me yesterday and it was awesome at under 800 with a HD5850, but unfortunately the deal is over and now I can't get the same thing for under 800.

I've been playing around with his build and so far I've got:

SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/ BEBE LightScribe Support - OEM - 26.99
COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail -49.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -39.48
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail -104.99

Combo: XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945WFGIBOX - Retail -465.98

No ram: because the A-Data 4GB 1600 RAM got sold out.

what would you guys swap out or add?

Remember, I want to be around 800 or even under.

Also, whats up with this deal?

would it be wise to just pop in a HD5850 into that and call it a day?

Thanks for your time and help everyone
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  1. Well this is what I've come up with so far. It's basically the same thing we had last time except a different psu and a different case. The price is a smidge higher too.... $807 after rebates.

  2. Here's another option. It's doesn't have as good of a case but a case is a case. *EDIT* Before I edited this I had the 600W OCZ one, I found the 700W OCZ for a better combo.
  3. Whitefang you're the man. You must really like helping people out on here lol.

    What do you think about the package from the other thread? CPU underpowered?
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    TheLastWang I just edited the above post, check it out now. It's got a 700W OCZ instead of the 600W OCZ for $4 more. Great combo I found there.

    After you get the 500GB Sata hard drive and DVD rom + the 5850 video card in the I3 setup that he had posted it will be similar to the price we have now. And the I3 is a terrible gamers CPU.

    The mobo also does not support crossfire. Even if it did have two PCI-x16 slots you would not be able to crossfire ATI cards with it. Only nvidia.
  5. sweetness, ordering now! youre the best!
  6. Best answer selected by TheLastWang.
  7. By the way this deal won't last long. The case is on a shellshocker deal which will probably only last a few more hours.

    If it does go out of stock we can still go back to the case we had in our very first build and you would be paying $10 more then you were originally going to pay.
  8. Oh and if you don't have an extra Sata cable you might want to grab one. The DVD and HD take one, and the Mobo only comes with one it appears.

  9. I was just about to ask about that. Also, were we going with the 945 yesterday? I see a 925 in the cart, how do you think they compare for gaming?
  10. Not much, but if you want to spend the extra $16 and get the 945 go for it. It's worth the extra if you have it.
  11. So after mail in rebates it's $765, with the Phenom 945 it's $781

    if the shellshocker case goes out of stock go with the

    that case has got a $10 mail in rebate which makes it $782 without the Phenom 945 and $798 with the Phenom 945

    Infact you might just wanna get the above case instead of that shellshocker case because the shellshocker deal won't be here after a few more hours and it's only $7 more for the coolermaster case after mail in rebate.
  12. This is what I would get. $798 after mail in rebates not including the $15 shipping.

    You can choose between the options I listed though, they are all good. This option is the best though (Better case, better processor) I would atleast get the better processor. The case is alot better in this option too though.

    Well I'm off to bed, don't forget the Sata cable. Have fun! =)
  13. By the way, if you haven't already bought the system you should switch the OCZ 700W combo with the Seagate barracuda 7200.12 hard drive. Both combos are the same price but the Seagate is a faster hard drive.
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