Mid Rage Gaming PC - $700 max Budget

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: with in the next month maybe two months

BUDGET RANGE: $500-700 Before / After Rebates (cheaper the better)


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: preferred, but anything will work if I can buy from the same place.


PARTS PREFERENCES: HD- Western Digital; preference to ATI Video and AMD CPU, but open to others.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (But not really needed)


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 SAMSUNG 2333HD High Glossy Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor; Dual Monitor, if doable, 1280x1024 19" Dell LCD

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Current PC is a Dell XPS Gen5 from 2005, and I have reached my limit for upgrading it. After upgrading my monitor I have started to notice that performance in game drop greatly, currently using a ATI 2600 HD Pro GPU.
The reason for a hard drive preference is that the last two Seagate HDs I have had died after a year to eighteen months after getting them.

Also, I currently have a external HD, a Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 that I am currently using as a backup HD for files.

As for parts selection, I would need to add a OS to the list, for the rest of the part they could be something I can upgrade down the road also, say 6 months or so.

I searched the forums looking for something similar to what I am looking for and found some but nothing that would involve the use a a Raid set up for two HDs. I was told which Raid setup would be best for being in a game and having iTunes running with music in the background, with out a huge loss in performance; but forgot if I could be reminded that would be wonderful. If this is doable with my budget I would like to explore the possibility's, if not I can drop the option.

Lastly, if there is a Prebuilt option with room for the ability to upgrade I am open to it also.

Any help offered for this community is greatly appreciated, so thank you to everyone that takes the time to respond to this.
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  1. - AMD Phenom II 955 ($160)
    - ATI 5770 ($160)
    - 4GB of DDR3 RAM (1333MHz is fine): $110
    - Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 1TB HDD (sorry, WD drives are slower and more expensive than their competitors at the moment): $80
    - Antec 300 case (or similar)
    - 500-600W PSU (Corsair or Antec are best, OCZ is fine too)
    - A motherboard. If you intend to crossfire, get a 890/790 chipset. If not, a 770/870 will do nicely. A 785/880 makes for a decent middle of the road option. Asus, Gigabyte and MSI offer the best quality.
    - If you intend to overclock, add an aftermarket cooler. A few suggestions:
    * Budget (mild overclocking): Cooler Master TX3 or Hyper 212
    * Heavy overclocking: Prolimatech Megashadows (but that's pointless, the money saved would be better spent on more powerful graphics).
    * Moderate cooling and extreme silence: Scythe Mugen 2 or Yasya.
  2. OS
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 99.99

    AMD Phenom II X2 555 99.00 (Free Shipping)
    Or If you Want Quad Core
    AMD Athlon II X4 635 99.99 (Free Shipping)

    ASUS M4A78T-E (CROSSFIRE) 114.99 (104.99 After MIR)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 94.99 (Free Shipping)

    Hard Drive
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 69.99

    Video Card
    GIGABYTE GV-R577UD-1GD Radeon HD 5770 159.99 (149.99 After 10.00 MIR)

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W 79.99 (49.99 after 10 Dollar Promo Code and 20.00 MIR)

    NZXT GAMMA Classic Series Black Steel Case 29.99

    713.93 (682.93 After 30.00 worth of MIRs) (With Motherboard that does not support Crossfire)

    748.93 (708.93 After 40.00 Morth of MIRs) (With Motherboard that does Support Crossfire)
  3. Best answer
    $414AR, ADD $100 for OS
  4. Thank you all for your reply's, One question for batuchka; How long does the combo deals normally last at Only reason I ask is if it's for say about 2 to 3 weeks, that's great cause what you have shown seems to still have room for upgrades down the road.
  5. Till the end of the month then they reset hehe
  6. Best answer selected by zinzeiz.
  7. I would go with I3 530 for CPU, for the extra OC-ability, strong game performance while using less power and producing less heat =D. ( at stock)
  8. I have marked the best answer to batuchka, mainly for find the right items to help with what I am looking for.

    I am hoping to find a little bit more help with this subject. Only reason is that the combos selected by batuchka ended with the month of June. Using what was shown by him as a base line I tried to complete a new selection of items with the combos available for July.
    What I am hoping to find is some way to get the total down maybe about $100 cheaper if possible. As always any help on this subject is greatly appreciated, so I thank you upfront for any help given.

    This is what I have so far ~

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