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May 1, 2010 4:40:35 AM

So I had started a thread a month ago about a $500 budget gaming. However, I really want to go the Intel route so I'm starting a new thread. I hope this is ok :) 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next few weeks since I just got SC2 beta but no comp to play on :( 

BUDGET RANGE: $600-$800, I want to start out with a budget build but getting the main components right so I can upgrade as necessary.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming & Movies, eventually light photo editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Price is mainly for just computer, will buy keyboard/monitor separate, already have OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, local microcenter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Would like to use Intel i-5 (which version depends on what you guys say)

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not, but maybe crossfire if I learn how

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Will be using a 22-24" monitor as well as on my 47" LCD (so must have hdmi output)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
- Like I mentioned, this is a budget build to start out with, basically I'm looking for something that can play SC2 for now but can be upgradable in the future. I want to make sure to get quality components now (ie processor / mobo / psu)
- Would like computer to be quiet

Thanks!
May 1, 2010 4:53:11 AM

You will get a better gaming experience for $800 by going with AMD and using the Athlon II X3 440 for your CPU. It will allow you to get a decent build/GPU at your price range.

Your only option for Intel would be the i3 530 / H55 MOBO to get close to a build you can get with an AMD.
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May 1, 2010 4:57:55 AM

man really? No way to get around for even $800? What about a quad core AMD then?
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May 1, 2010 9:38:30 AM

There is hope, depends on how tight the $800 budget is, but:

5870 + 4gb RAM - $479.98 (from your link)
i5 750 - $200 (Newegg)
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $39.98 (Newegg)(This new revision works with the new CPUs)
Acer H243Hbmid 24" 2ms - $219.99 (Newegg, down from $269)
MSI P55 CD53 - $90 (Newegg, no XFire or SLI) OR Asus P7P55D EVO - $132.99 (XFire)
500gb HDD - $55 (Approximately, Newegg will have plenty to choose)
Dual Layer DVD Drive - $30 (approximately, Newegg will have plenty to choose)
PSU Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W - $114.99 (Newegg $89.99 after rebate)

Total: $1204.98 without SLI or XFire


That was a build I suggested to someone with a $1200 budget. It is missing a case, usually my cases are only about $50 or $60, I have never been a big believer in ridiculously expensive cases.

So, if adjusting cost for $800 budget:

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5850 - $310 (Newegg)
G.SKILL (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $105 (Newegg)
i5 750 - $200 (Newegg)
Hyper 212 Plus - $30(Newegg)
MSI P55 CD53 - $90 (Newegg, no XFire or SLI) OR Asus P7P55D EVO - $132.99 (XFire)
500gb HDD - $55 (Approximately, Newegg will have plenty to choose)
Dual Layer DVD Drive - $25 (approximately, Newegg will have plenty to choose)
PSU Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W - $115(Newegg $89.99 after rebate)
Case - $60

That is $990 without XFire.
That is without any combo deals which I am sure there may be a couple to drive price down. Also, I am sure someone stated that Microcenter was selling the i5 750 for a bit less ($180?). So with savvy buying you may get this closer to $900 which is a bit off of your initial budget, but you could drop down to a 5770 (not recommended unless you really need to keep to your budget) and this would be $140 less.

So with no deals on the above and a 5770 you will be paying $850 which is close to the budget. With combo deals and flexibility in your budget you can get a 5850 which I would always recommend.

To get any closer to $800 you would have to look at AMD
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May 1, 2010 11:02:22 AM

Wow exact answer I was looking for! Now I know what type of parts to look for deals for.

Thanks :) 

anybody else recommend any changes in asteldians post?
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May 1, 2010 11:30:24 AM

Just a note - the Mobo I suggested is purely showing the price range of no XFire and one with. I am stating that those specific mobos are a must have option. Have a look at reviews and details on the mobos around those prices to see which is your preference. I went with the MSI myself because it has a handy Overclock Genie which plays with setings to give you a stable OC with nothing more than a push of a button - handy for inexperienced OCers.
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May 1, 2010 11:53:56 AM

asteldian said:
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5850 - $310 (Newegg)
G.SKILL (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $105 (Newegg)
i5 750 - $200 (Newegg)
Hyper 212 Plus - $30(Newegg)
MSI P55 CD53 - $90 (Newegg, no XFire or SLI) OR Asus P7P55D EVO - $132.99 (XFire)
500gb HDD - $55 (Approximately, Newegg will have plenty to choose)
Dual Layer DVD Drive - $25 (approximately, Newegg will have plenty to choose)
PSU Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W - $115(Newegg $89.99 after rebate)
Case - $60

Switch CPU/MOBO to this Athlon II X3 440 combo and the price drops $90 right off the bat. To get to $800, you'll need to go with the 5770 or if you want a little more power the ATI 5830 is $100 less than 5850 (though it isn't a highly recommended card).

As for the hard drive, Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB & Seagate 7200.12 500GB are your best options (only recommended option) at the $55 price range.

As for the case at $60, I would recommend either the Antec 300 Illusion or the original Cooler Master RC-690.
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