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Starcraft 2 budget gaming rig. First time build.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week or next

BUDGET RANGE: Under $1000, hopefully around 800.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Could re-use my old monitor but its resolution in 1024x768?

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg but doesn't really matter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really. maybe nvidia for physx, but i dont know if that does much

OVERCLOCKING: probably not, i dont know how. Is this overclocking difficult? I've never tried but im pretty good at figuring stuff out.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No for now, would like to leave room to add it in the future for an upgrade.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: doesnt matter

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet and cool would be nice since i live in so cal and its a million degrees out. I want to get this pc for starcraft 2 and diablo 3 mainly and would like to run sc2 at its highest settings. I'll probably get other games like crysis as well but dont expect to max it out. I will also be using it to surf the internet.


First off, thanks in advance for any help, these are the parts i picked out:

combo 1

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CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Item #: N82E16817139005
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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LITE-ON 22X DVD Writer Black IDE Model iHAP422-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106328
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$30.00 Instant
-$12.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-139-005

was $143.98
sow $101.98

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combo 2

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HIS IceQ 5 H577QT1GD Radeon HD 5770 Turbo 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Item #: N82E16814161333
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

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OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1333LV4GK
Item #: N82E16820227478
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$24.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card20-227-478

was $314.98
now $270.98

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combo 3
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RAZER Mamba Black 7 Buttons USB Laser Gaming Mouse - Dual Mode Wired/Wireless Functionality
Item #: N82E16826153048
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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RAZER Carcharias 3.5mm Circumaural Professional Gaming Headset
Item #: N82E16826153043
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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RAZER Lycosa Black USB Wired Game Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823114004
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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RAZER Destructor Professional Gaming Mat
Item #: N82E16826999075
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant
-$60.00 Combo


was $329.96
now $259.96
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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

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EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813188055
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

-$25.00 Instant
-$39.99 Combo
$40.00 Mail-in Rebate Card13-188-055

was $399.98
now $334.99

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Thermaltake Armor A90 Black Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis Case With Cable Management Water Cooling SSD Support And Tool-Less Installation ...
Item #: N82E16811133176
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148374
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant
-$40.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card11-133-176

was $169.98
now $124.98
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All of these items are combo deals to help try and save money. Also, I dont really know how to tell if i am creating a bottleneck with this setup or not, so any help is appreciated!
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  1. crap my links didnt work. ill fix them if someone can tell me what i did wrong, cause I have no idea.
  2. It looks like you don't have anything inside the hyperlinks.

    Example:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.451467

    Should have words inbetween the "HERE[end url]"

    So that it looks like this

    BTW that's a notebook hard drive, try going for something like a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Segate Barracuda i think it is... Also, i wouldn't go for a i5-750 at that price point, you could go with AMD, get the same performance in SC2 AND save money. Maybe something like the AMD Phenom II X4 955 would be a better choice for you? I put one in my new system and i have NO compaints with it at all.
  3. Thanks for the help and damn that was fast. The links are fixed now. Those seem like good suggestions to me, but I believe if i change to amd I also need to change mobos. not a problem i guess though, just feel dumb for choosing a notebook hd when it is clearly labeled :pfff: .
  4. You will absolutely want a new monitor. It will put your budget over $1000 probably but it will be worth it. I recommend this:

    ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers

    I personally own this monitor and it is amazing quality and an unbeatable price. It runs at 1920x1080.
  5. That monitor does indeed look fantastic and maybe it could fit into my budget with a liitle more adjustments. although i would like a monitor with very minimal response time (2ms). i also play super street fighter 4 with friends and milliseconds of lag make a huge difference for this game.
  6. TheSnappy said:
    That monitor does indeed look fantastic and maybe it could fit into my budget with a liitle more adjustments. although i would like a monitor with very minimal response time (2ms). i also play super street fighter 4 with friends and milliseconds of lag make a huge difference for this game.


    I use the HDMI input for my PS3 and I play Super Street Fighter 4 with this monitor and I haven't noticed any problems at all just FYI
  7. haha, ok then good to know. That monitor looks excellent then.
  8. Ok so i changed the mobo and cpu to this combo and added this monitor and cable combo, which brings the total to $1,189. any other suggestions (especially price related since im now $200 over budget)?

    Edit: Just realized I dont have a copy of windows 7 in there. Add another $100. Total price $1,289.
  9. Best answer
    +1 New LCD: never underestimate the impact of a big juicy display on sheer enjoyment using any/all rigs hehe

    $660AR before 22-24" and OS
  10. Batuchka how the hell do you find these things?
  11. He's the master!
  12. wow that rig looks great batuchka. I took what you gave me and modified it a little. hows this?

    Phenom II X4 955 3.2ghz with msi 790gx-g5 mobo (same combo as batuchka)

    NZXT m79 case with CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (same combo as batuchka)

    gtx 460 fermi 1gb with windows 7 home premium combo(wanted 1 gb version of this card after reading the review on toms hardware)

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive with OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply combo

    dvd burner

    ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor with hdmi cable combo (similar to luciddre4m's suggested monitor but with shorter response time/ same price)

    mouse and keyboard

    Total price for this setup is $1170, a little over budget but with a monitor i could do that. Also, should I get that arctic silver stuff? and do I need a cooling system? Thanks again for all the help!
  13. Hmm for the CPU/Mobo bundle you top up to $240AR from $225AR and u may gain 8/8 CF but irrelevant if going GTX 460 (SLI GPU) IMO That and u lose SATA 6GB/s, USB 3.0 and SB 850
  14. Ok thanks changed mobo/cpu combo to this one, and psu/hdd combo to this one.
  15. Best answer selected by TheSnappy.
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