~850 Gaming PC Spec

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Withing a week or 2 BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 700-850) Before / After Rebates


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Windows 7)



PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer i5 750 but if another processor can do it for cheaper I want to know


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe -- Distant future

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: On a Budget, Take a look below, Thanks....

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0

Intel Core i5-750

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB
Nippon Labs 18" SATA II cable
COMBO - $84.28

Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
COMBO - $119.94 (-$20 Mail in rebate)

Nippon Labs 18" SATA II cable

Total -- $843.46
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  1. The only thing i'd add to Batuchka's build is to keep crossfire alive switching to a 790X motherboard.

    I could not find an 1156 Intel motherboard that was crossfire capable (8x-8x)and still make the budget. Don't forget a cooler for overclocking.
  2. I agree with batuchka's build.

    You can find G.Skill DDR3 1600 MHz with lower CAS latency for about $25 more than the RAM batuchka has listed, though. Very slight difference in performance, but these will run on lower voltage with better latencies at higher speeds.

    But yeah, since you still have $50 left in the budget to get up to $850, I would suggest getting these:

  3. Hmm for CF i'd hit the Asrock 870 Extreme3 - the only 8x/8x 870 (technically a 890X hehe)
  4. You'll get more FPS in gaming w/ an athlon ii x4 system and a 5850.

    Optical is fine.

    Case/PSU combo is fine.

    RAM swap to a G Skill Eco kit DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $120

    Swap Mobo to a Ga- UD4 xfire board $140 w/ $15 MIR

    Swap CPU/GPu combo for $369 5850 and Athlon II x4 635

    Grab a CM Hyper 212 Plus for $30 on amazon and OC that CPU.

    Total comes to $853 before $35 MIR and shipping.

    PSU won't handle Xfire though, but the 5850 is a ton more powerful than that 5770.
  5. Gross, Athlon II x4
  6. Well a 5770-->5850 upgrade is about 46% FPS improvement at 1650x1050 with AA on.

    edit: Link to charts don't work for some reason, so just copy paste.

    Athlon II x4--> Phenom II x4 is about a 15% difference at same resolution. No AA though, but if enabled, it'll decrease the difference, due to more load on GPU.
  7. Since his resolution can get up to 1920x1200, the benefit from a more powerful CPU may be somewhat diminished, but I'd still be more comfortable recommending the Phenom II x4 build. It comes in under budget, includes a 5850 and will be useful in games that benefit from more powerful cpu cores.

    Definitely agree with the G.Skill RAM swap, though.
  8. Yea, batuchka's build is great as it gets both in under budget. I just personally would prefer to have quality HSF, RAM, Case and a GPU from a better company at the expense of a CPU downgrade.

    It's funny as he has a PSU ready for xfire but not a mobo. I've got a mobo in there xfire ready but not a PSU haha.
  9. I didn't know the 870 extreme3 was available yet, thanks for the heads up Batuchka
  10. Thanks all for your help....
  11. You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
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