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$700 COmputer Build

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July 14, 2010 5:07:28 PM

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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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2010 5:13:20 PM

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
July 14, 2010 5:21:21 PM

Im guessing SATA 6.0gbs isnt worth the extra cost?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2010 5:23:01 PM

A SATA III HDD isn't. The F3 is just as fast.
July 14, 2010 5:29:47 PM

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.
a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2010 5:34:42 PM

CAT 5/6E is always better than a wireless connection. Also cheaper.
July 14, 2010 5:36:44 PM

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).
a b 4 Gaming
July 14, 2010 5:40:50 PM

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=N82E168...

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?Ite...

$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=N82E168...

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

Will put mads second build at $671 after rebates.


Really think you could do a 5850 for $700 though.
a b 4 Gaming
July 15, 2010 5:03:17 AM

$642AR
a b 4 Gaming
July 15, 2010 12:21:55 PM

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.
a b 4 Gaming
July 15, 2010 12:22:37 PM

EDIT: Double post.
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