Budget Gaming Computer

BUDGET RANGE: (700-900)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet
, using basic programs such as i tunes and Microsoft office, watching movies.

OVERCLOCKING: Not often

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want a decent gaming computer than can handle WOW at high quality and MW2 and Battlefield at mid to high quality.


Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor


MSI P55-GD55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

This comes out to around $865, and that is just a tad over what i wanted to spend because i dont have an OS or disk drive yet.. Is this a good setup and is there any way i could cut the cost down a little!? Thanks for the help!
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  1. I wouldn't get an i5 with your budget, dependin on the monitor's resolution. If it's 1600x or lower, the 5770 would be fine. However, if it's 1900x, the 5770 will struggle with some games at mid to high quality. I'll give you some suggestions on the i5 build to make it cheaper and an AMD build that would a better gamer overall.

    The changes:

    CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 $318 ($2 less)
    RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5770 $260 ($15 less)
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 430W $115 ($55 less). 750W is massive overkill for a single card solution. The HAF 922 is a great case, but is not needed for the 5770.

    I believe that saves you $72, which is enough for the optical and half of Windows 7.

    Here's the full build for a better gaming machine:

    CPU: X4 955 $159
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $80 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    GPU/PSU: HD 5850 and Antec Earthwatts 650W $355
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $72

    Total: $836
  2. Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621 = $189.99

    CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215 = $199.99

    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 = $89.99

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=HAF-_-11-119-197-_-Product = $79.98 (after rebate)

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 = $69.99 (after rebate)

    Video Card & RAM combo: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

    ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.361571 = $259.98

    The total is actually a little more (889.92) than what you originally posted but these items above will be better served

    Also consider an AMD build for less money as i am sure someone will post one here, in the case you go for an AMD build, keep everything else i listed except for the motherboard & CPU

    CPU = same
    Motherboard = USB 3.0 & has ability for 16x/8x PCI-e if you decide to add another 5770 for crossfire
    Case = same
    RAM = cheaper & faster
    Hard drive = very nice hard drive for $30.00 more
    Video card = ASUS warranty will cover overclocking
    PSU = lower wattage but will handle what you are requesting and will support another 5770 if you decide to crossfire at a later date.
  3. MadAdmiral said:
    I wouldn't get an i5 with your budget, dependin on the monitor's resolution. If it's 1600x or lower, the 5770 would be fine. However, if it's 1900x, the 5770 will struggle with some games at mid to high quality. I'll give you some suggestions on the i5 build to make it cheaper and an AMD build that would a better gamer overall.

    The changes:

    CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 $318 ($2 less)
    RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5770 $260 ($15 less)
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 430W $115 ($55 less). 750W is massive overkill for a single card solution. The HAF 922 is a great case, but is not needed for the 5770.

    I believe that saves you $72, which is enough for the optical and half of Windows 7.

    Here's the full build for a better gaming machine:

    CPU: X4 955 $159
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $80 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    GPU/PSU: HD 5850 and Antec Earthwatts 650W $355
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $72

    Total: $836



    Good find on the Video card/PSU combo.
  4. MadAdmiral said:
    I wouldn't get an i5 with your budget, dependin on the monitor's resolution. If it's 1600x or lower, the 5770 would be fine. However, if it's 1900x, the 5770 will struggle with some games at mid to high quality. I'll give you some suggestions on the i5 build to make it cheaper and an AMD build that would a better gamer overall.

    The changes:

    CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 $318 ($2 less)
    RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5770 $260 ($15 less)
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 430W $115 ($55 less). 750W is massive overkill for a single card solution. The HAF 922 is a great case, but is not needed for the 5770.

    I believe that saves you $72, which is enough for the optical and half of Windows 7.

    Here's the full build for a better gaming machine:

    CPU: X4 955 $159
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $80 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    GPU/PSU: HD 5850 and Antec Earthwatts 650W $355
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $72

    Total: $836

    Thank you for that AMD build that is a little more affordable and looks as if it has better performance. So to add on top of that what would be a good affordable monitor that could use this for all its got. What would be a good resolution to look for in a budget gaming computer build?
  5. Right now, I wouldn't get a monitor with under 1080p. While not every video card can handle that resolution (the 5850 and above can), a build with a decent budget will be able to. Here's a good cheap one: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate.

    Another AMD board you should consider for the ability to add a second GPU is the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4. It'll add $45 to the price, but it creates a good, cheap upgrade path. You could even drop the CPU down to a cheaper model (like the X3 425) to afford, as the CPU doesn't have a huge effect on gaming performance.
  6. MadAdmiral said:
    Right now, I wouldn't get a monitor with under 1080p. While not every video card can handle that resolution (the 5850 and above can), a build with a decent budget will be able to. Here's a good cheap one: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate.

    Another AMD board you should consider for the ability to add a second GPU is the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4. It'll add $45 to the price, but it creates a good, cheap upgrade path. You could even drop the CPU down to a cheaper model (like the X3 425) to afford, as the CPU doesn't have a huge effect on gaming performance.


    So if i was to drop down to the AMD X3 425 would it still be a good idea to upgrade to the Ga-790xta-ud4? Cause than i would save money after downgrading cpu or would it be worth it to just eat the bullet and stick with the X4 955? Cause im on a really tight budgetT

    Thanks!

    Cody
  7. If you got the X3 and the UD4, you'd still save about $45 over the X4 955 and the UD3. However, it's really up to you. If you don't think you'll ever add a second GPU, then it would be better to just get the UD3. If you don't want to pay the $836, you can save about $90 by getting the X3. I would recommend thinking about overclocking and unlocking the fourth core if you do choose the X3, but you can do that at a later date.
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