$700-800 Gaming Rig need guidance

I've been saving the past few months to try and build a new computer. I'm setting my budget to 750.00$, the MAX I could go is 800.00$ but I'd really prefer to stay around the 700-750 range or lower if possible. To sum it up I'm looking to make a gaming/media computer. I play at 1920x1200. Components that will not be needed; Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, OS. I'm not sure if I can salvage anything else like the USB ports, network port, sound card, from my old computer (Dell XPS 410 can anyone confirm?).

I'm looking for performance, I don't care too much about graphics but I'd like to play most games at medium settings. Also if anyone can direct me to a site that shows you how to build a computer for someone new that would be a great help. Hoping to order this Thursday. Also would prefer if everything was on newegg.com. If anymore details are needed just ask.
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  1. The sound card and network card could be salvaged, I read somewhere that the XPS 410's soundcard is a pretty good Creative X-Fi or Audigy Soundblaster. You could also salvage the DVD burner too.

    It would be a lot easier if you filled out the form at the top of this board, but here's what I've got for ~ $750.

    AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz - $139.99

    ASRock 870 Extreme 3 - $94.99, $2.99 shipping

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 MHz - $109.99

    GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5830 - $199.99 after $20 rebate, $7.56 shipping

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM - $69.99

    Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 - $79.99 after $20 rebate

    NZXT M59 - $49.99 after $15 rebate

    Total = $755.48 after rebates shipping included.

    This build should tick all the boxes, you can add another HD 5830 in CrossFireX too later on.
  2. Here is a setup...
    CASE -
    SILVERSTONE PS05-B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

    X3 440 + MSI 870A

    Corsair 4GB DDR3

    SAmsung F3 1TB

    PSU + DVD
    OCZ Fatality 550W + Samsung DVD

    Now choosing the graphics card is upto you...
    HD 5770 - Would play most of the games @ Medium-High settings...

    HD 5830 - Again most of the games @High settings

    HD 5850 - Nearly all the games @ High-Very high settings

    Total - ~$735 - For the HD 5850...So the total would be considerably less for the builds with HD 5770 and HD 5830...

    As for building a PC, this would help...
    And if you run into issues after building, then this...
  3. ^^ Edit : Dint refresh...Even that is a very good build...but you could easily get away with the X3 440 for a gaming PC...and also not to forget the chance of unlocking the 4th core if you are lucky...
  4. Thank you both for the replies. I've set aside some money for Windows 7 but I'm curious about the OEM version because it looks a lot cheaper. From what I've read OEM version is bound to the motherboard, and you are responsible for any errors that occur. Can anyone confirm that and maybe give me a brief description on OEM because I only got confused reading it. What I want to know is if I buy an OEM version, do I just install it to my computer like I would with a normal Windows disc or is it much more complicated?
  5. OEM simply means no phone support (useless really) and restricted to 1 mobo (technically). Besides that it's identical.

    If you're willing to use a subpar case, you can get a Phenom II x4 955 and 5850 under $750.

    Phenom II x4 and GA 790 ud4 $250 w/ $15 MIR and $11 off w/ promo code

    OCZ 600w 80+ Samsung $72

    G SKill Eco 1600 cas 7 $105

    HEC Blitz and 7200.12 500gb $59

    XFX 5850 $287

    Use promo code: MBTEN

    Total: $733 after Rebates and shipping

    Personally I'd spend the extra bucks and just get a Antec 300 illusion and Samsung spinpoint F3 500 GB. Does bring total right up o $800 though.
  6. Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

    RAM: OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

    Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

    TOTAL: $734.90

    I was hoping you could salvage your hard drive from your old computer too. Also if you're thinking of overclocking, you might want to buy a CPU fan too.

    There's tons of videos showing how to build your computer on YouTube. Go check it out!
  7. Hello, I just wanted to thank everyone for the replies, they have been extremely helpful. Unfortunately I need my old hard drive cannot be salvaged as it has become defect (this is the reason why I'm buying a new computer now rather than later). I'm going to do some research on the recommendations given and hopefully make a build tonight or tomorrow.
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