Building a new gaming rig, $700-800

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this weekend, July 23-25, or the following week

BUDGET RANGE: 700-800, before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (World of Warcraft, Bad Company 2, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3), internet surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS (Windows 7), monitor, keyboard, mouse



PARTS PREFERENCES: I like AMD because of their value, also like CoolerMaster cases


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, will do if recommended


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC with as little LED's as possible. I am mainly looking for value while trying to get as much of the latest technology as possible; this includes SATA 6Gb/s, DDR3, DirectX 11, and possibly a USB 3.0 port. I would also like a hard drive with at least 1TB of space. I just want my PC to last.

This will be my fourth build, so this is nothing new to me. I've had a cheap case before, which is why I preferred a CoolerMaster case, but really any other reputable brand will work too.

The price range is also not set in stone.

Thanks a bunch!
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  1. Here's a quick build for you, not good for crossfire and can't do SLI since I'm suggesting an nVidia card but should be more than enough for what you want to do.

    CPU/Mobo:Phenom II X4 955 and MSI 870A

    PSU/Optical:OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W and Sony Optiarc 24X CD/DVD Burner

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600

    GPU: Gigabyte 1GB GTX460

    HDD:Spinpoint F3 1TB

    Didn't include a case because it's probably better if you choose your own. The total for the above comes out to ~$710 before rebates but based on your preferences that shouldn't be more than 50 bucks really.
  2. $660AR
  3. Eh, the memory I put in is a little better and IMO the 1GB 460 is definitely worth the $30 over the 768mb but it's up to him if he thinks the extra money would be worth it. But I also didn't put a case because I'm not sure what he would like. He stated cooler master and there's one on newegg for 39.99 after a code with a $10 MIR.

    Here it is. COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 $10 off code: EMCYVNY48

    Would bring total of my build up to ~$750 (~$710 after rebates)
  4. If 1920 x 1080 worth it but not 1680 x 1050 For the former res i'd consider small top up and hit HD 5850 ^^
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