$700 COmputer Build

I am thinking about building a new gaming PC. This is the list I came up with. Feel free to improve anything! I want to get the best gaming PC I can for $700 or lower.


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  1. Here's a build that would perform exactly the same for $50 less (I'm still looking for better deals):

    CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and HD Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $183 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
    GPU/PSU: HD 5770 and OCZ StealthXStream 600W $215 after rebate
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
    Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $83

    Total: $661

    Or if you can stretch the budget by about $80, here's a better performing build:

    CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and HD Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $183 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
    GPU/PSU: HD 5850 and XFX 650W $335 after rebate
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
    Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $83

    Total: $781
  2. Im guessing SATA 6.0gbs isnt worth the extra cost?
  3. A SATA III HDD isn't. The F3 is just as fast.
  4. Would you recommend using cat 5 or cat 6 cables vs using a wireless internet adapter? I live in a 126 year old house and im about 40-50ft away from the router. The walls in the house are very thick.
  5. CAT 5/6E is always better than a wireless connection. Also cheaper.
  6. I seem to have issues with my Linksys WMP600N. I get an average of 26.0mbps and a two bar connection if im lucky enough to get it to connect at all. I also seem to have this strange grunting & lag issue when I do things online (Grunting sound comes from the speakers, not computer hardware).
  7. You could also save $20 by getting a 500gb F3 if you really need it under $700.

    This ripjaw kit will also save you $10 after promo code. Higher v, but same performance.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=ripjaw_1600_4gb-_-20-231-303-_-Product

    Using this 5850 and OCZ modxstream combo will also save you some money. $15 in savings, but a worse PSU, still 80+ and Xfire capable though.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.445986

    $45 in savings, still not under $700 though >.<

    Might just have to go with a 1gb GTX 460 instead to fit in $700.


    If you take out the 5850 and swap HD and PSU

    GTX 260 1gb here $230
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261075

    and this OCZ 550w and 500gb F3 combo $100 w/ $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.441361

    Will put mads second build at $671 after rebates.


    Really think you could do a 5850 for $700 though.
  8. $642AR
  9. like the case combo above, but I'm not a huge fan of the board. IMO, MSI isn't that high quality.

    Another board you could check out if you don't want to be able to Crossfire is the Ggiabyte GA-770TA-UD3. It's $80 after rebate (might have a combo with the X3 440), and is high quality with USB 3/SATA III support.
  10. EDIT: Double post.
  11. MadAdmiral said:

    GPU/PSU: HD 5770 and OCZ StealthXStream 600W $215 after rebate


    Had built with lots of MSI for clients (AM2+/AM3) chipsets and it's been great though i wouldn't go StealthXStream for OCZ PSUs as they are not 80+ certified.
    http://80plus.org/manu/psu/psu_detail.aspx?id=55&type=2
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