Building a Gaming computer



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming for the new world of warcraft cataclysm expansion and starcraft 2

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type i would prefer intel but doesnt really matter




im in the process of building a gaming computer for the new upcoming wow:cataclysm expansio and sc2

and i was wondering would this unite be an overkill?i would like to play on max settings.

Core™ i5 Processor 750 2.66GHz w/ 8MB Cache= 227.99cad

Gigabyte P55M-UD2 mATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GLAN Motherboard =100.00cad

4GB Dominator DHX+ PC3-12800 C8 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 2GB)=164.00cad

EAH5670 Radeon HD 5670 1GB PCI-E w/ DVI, HDMI=124.99cad

EarthWatts 500W Power Supply=90.00cad

so far these are the things ive chosen for my system
this is my first time building a computer and i was planning on using my old case

i dont want to really spend over 800 dollars on this unit and was wondering if you guys think i should tweek any of these components and still be able to play on max setting

any help would be appreciated
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  1. What else will this comp be used for? the 5670 will be a little stressed at 1920x1080 but should do pretty well for both apps as neither are GPU hungry.

    SC2 will be fine on this system. But the MMORPGs are a different creature when trying to run at max settings. When you're dealing with a populated place, there's TONS of textures that have to be loaded and rendered because every avatar has this little unique trinket or that. There's no way to pre-load all those textures so the graphics card ends up pulling the data directly from the hard drive. This takes time. The best thing you can do for is get a SDD because the random seek/read times are so much better than mechanical drives. If you don't use your computer for a lot, a 30gb might get you by, but a 60 gb should fit in the budget with some tweaks. The main one would be drop the i5 750 and look more towards an Athlon II x3 or above.

    If this is something you'd consider, we can start picking parts. You shopping or nxic?
  2. sorry i didnt see the sticky before i posted it and i edited all my info

    ya i wouldnt mind grabbing a ssd like

    the main thing i would be using it for would be for gaming primarily...i have an older pc that i use for music and homework

    currently i have a 1920x1080 monitor but im not to familar with monitors...would kind of monitor would you prefer?

    for the i5 750, ya i was thinking it was to much and i would mind getting a amd x3 or x4
    AMD Phenom™ II X4 925 2.8GHz w/ 8MB Cache (Retail Box, Socket AM3)=140cad

    thanks skora

    i dont mind shopping at either locations beacuse i know that memoryexpress locally price matches those 2 websites and i can go and just pick it up from the store
  3. You're new comp will be more than capable of homework and music will really be an issue of your library size if you need to keep the old PC around or not. You could always pull the old HDD and use it as a storage drive in the new one.

    Shopping local is always great, because if there's a problem, you have a place to throw it. And saving on shipping is good too.

    Newegg AMD A II x3 440 $77. Great price/performance value there! The 925 is nice too, but doesn't really save the kind of money you need if you're trying to get an SSD.

    The 1920x1080 monitor is good. The 5670 might be a bit light for it though.,2533.html

    You can do a 5750 for about the same on the egg.

    If you can find another $20, the 5770 becomes an option and is probably the best match for the 1920x1080. The EA500 is more than enough to power it also. Its a good choice.

    The ram you have is a bit pricey too. I'd look more at the $120 price point. Good stuff there and you shouldn't notice a performance difference.
  4. Like stated before, it's hilarious how a $80 AMD cpu can beat a $300 or so Intel, I believe Intel is just more clean in their workspaces, we can't tell a difference though,
  5. ok so this is what im thinking for my build

    Kingston SSDNow V Series Gen II 64GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    MSI 880GMA-E45 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard


    AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor HDX925WFGIBOX

    graphics card = 150.00cad
    ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    power supply=90.00cad

    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

    i think i should be fine spending upto 900 on this computer..what do u guys think? im pretty sure everything is compatible with each other (hopefully lol)

    this will be my first time building a computer is there anything else i need to get?

    edit** i currently have an x blade computer case

    should i keep this case or buy the new one?
  6. Ram?

    Optical Drive?


    If you're not going to OC and not doing CF, that's a lot more PSU than you need. The earthwatts you have above is enough actually even for the 5770.

    That case you have is good enough. I have a similar case that only has the one front fan, one side, and optional for the rear. I OC and my temps are still nice and cool. Cases have a basic job to keep your stuff together. Its a pretty easy job to do. If you like the look of your current case and want to save some cash, keep using it.

    If that 925 is $145, save $3 and get the 945.

    Combo with mobo and 945:

    Or combo this mobo with the 955 for the same as buying seperate:

    Also watch the MSI rebates. I've had them screw me out of one before because I didn't dot an "i."

    Just found this, overkill on the case and PSU, but in budget:
  7. i have a extra optical drive that ill be using

    ya i also have the windows 7 os to :)

    i think im going to get the 955 combo with mobo just incase if i decide to os or cf in the future

    thanks for your help skora! if you ever need a cheap ticket with klm airlines pm me ill give u a buddy pass :D
  8. No problem. If you have anything else, PM me or keep posting here.

    That gigabyte mobo combo I linked in is only a single GPU board. If you want CF as an option, look for Asrock Extreme 870/880/890GX or most any 890GX/FX board with 2x pcie 2.0 x16 slots.

    Not sure why the links I have there send you to the homepage. Look for combos though on all the stuff. You can usually get an upgrade for free from buying seperate or just save money.

    What do you do in the airline biz? I'm an airport operations supervisor at a great lakes airport.
  9. ok sounds good ill check each part if they have any combos

    i work as a internal ticketer/sales ops for klm/delta for west coast in canada

    nice im actually getting trained to do ops for a klm that flies an airbus a330 3 days a week atm

    what kind of planes do you usually deal with?

    im going to finalize all my stuff tonight and ill give u a quick pm before i click the checkout button lol
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    I'm sure you see much bigger and better aircraft than I. I work for the airport and don't do any handling of the aircraft myself. But air carrier wise, A320s, MD80s, B717s, DC9 (can't wait for those to go away.) Fedex brings in a pair of A310s. Then the RJs round out the rest for us.

    When looking at the 955, be sure to get the model with the BGMBOX in the model. Its the newer stepping, so its been revised a touch over the older ones.

    Here's my quick build, there may be better deals yet and cruizing other sites might be worth it just like that SSD you found. Great deal there.

    Asus 5770 and OCZ Ram $235 amir:

    Antec Earthwatts 500w Bronze PSU $68 (you really can't beat this, great PSU for a steal.)

    AMD 955 BE and Gigabyte 870 mobo $253

    If you want CF as an option, look at an 890GX mobo or gigabyte's 790X with the usb 3.0 and sata III.

    SSD from NCIX $115

    That's sitting at $705 before shipping and taxes.

    Leaves more than enough room for a case of your liking or even a stoarage HDD. I'd pick either of these depending on how much space you want.|22-152-181^22-152-181-S01,22-152-185^22-152-185-TS
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