$1300 Gaming PC using Newegg

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This isn't my personal build, but a friend's. I was hoping for some feedback... Thoughts?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Saturday! BUDGET RANGE: Approximately $1300 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers





ASUS 24x DVD + R DVD BULK $22.99

MSI P55-GD55 LGA Motherboard $129.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690 Case $69.99

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz $194.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V $89.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM SATA $69.99

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 $29.99

G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 $105.99

SENNHEISER Binaural Headset $59.95

Sapphire Radeon HD5830 1GB $248.99

ASUS 23" 1080P HDMI Widescreen HD1080p $199.99
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    It's a decent start, but you can get a faster HD for $15 less.

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $54.99

    The sound card is not needed. The onboard sound on current motherboards is actually very good. I would take the money saved and step up to at least a 5850 GPU.

    I haven't had good long-term reliability luck with MSI boards. Here's a combo deal for the i5 750 and a very nice Gigabyte board that uses an updated Lotes socket and has SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0. $314.98

    Don't use the above if you're trying to leave Crossfire open as an option, though. It runs its second PCI-E slot at 4x speed. If you need to leave Crossfire open, here's another combo deal: $359.98 - $15 MIR (Intel i5 750 + Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P combo)
  2. As a gaming build, that's pretty much crappy. Here's a much better one:

    CPU: X4 955 $160. A powerful CPU isn't really needed for gaming. If you really need the headset (or an OS), this can be dropped to the X3 425 and save you $90.
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
    RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5870 $515
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55. A much, much faster, quieter and cooler running drive. It's also cheaper.
    PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $100 after rebate
    Case: HAF 922 $80 after rebate. A bigger and better case.
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
    HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35
    Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

    Total: $1,272. A sound card is unnecessary. Try onboard first, and if you can actually tell a difference, add a card in later. I'm willing to bet that onboard is just as good as a $35 sound card.

    EDIT: Here's a combo of the board and CPU that gets you a free copy of MW2, if that interests you.
  3. i would upgrade your memory to that, its faster and only 10 dollars more.

    I am kind of partial to MSI mobo's but if that is what you are comfortable with go for it. I like gigabyte because they have a good amount of copper. You might want to get a mobo that has usb 3.0 on it too. And i would go with the ATI 5850 over the 5830 you can see some of the prices are getting back down to 300 and below for that card and if you want this rig for gaming the 5850 destroys on 1080P. Overall the Rig looks nice though, so enjoy it. Also when i made my similar build i had a hard drive problem with windows 7 and my WD caviar blue HDD, if you ecounter a problem where windows 7 will not read your new hard drive just RMA it the new one should work. And if you decide to overclock this right a bit the Coolermaster Hyper 212 is a great cheap heat sink.
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