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$700-800 Gaming Rig need guidance

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June 29, 2010 3:35:02 AM

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 If anymore details are needed just ask.
June 29, 2010 4:26:51 AM

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.
a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2010 4:52:00 AM

Here is a setup...
SILVERSTONE PS05-B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

X3 440 + MSI 870A

Corsair 4GB DDR3

SAmsung F3 1TB

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...
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a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2010 4:54:08 AM

^^ 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...
June 29, 2010 11:55:16 PM

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?
a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2010 12:22:46 AM

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.
June 30, 2010 12:36:01 AM

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!
June 30, 2010 12:49:42 AM

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.