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Gaming PC < 700

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within two months

BUDGET RANGE: < 700 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, video card (nvidia 9800 gtx+), I do have an Antec 350 EarthWatts PSU also

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: doesn't matter

OVERCLOCKING: Yes/Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

What I had in mind so far:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130239

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146058

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136161

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

ASUS Black DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

I've gathered this from poking around. Did I do it right?
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  1. Best answer
    Not really. First, unless you're planning on saving up for a better GPU, you should be looking for a new one. Second, Intel's CPUs are really expensive, and it's causing you to sacrifice a lot to get it. Thrid, a 350W PSU (though decent quality) will not be a good choice going into the future. You'll need something bigger. Finally, that WD HDD is going to be really slow.

    Here's what I'd recommend (assuming you're saving up for a decen GPU and a better monitor later):

    CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $285 after rebate (with free game)
    RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
    Case/PSU: Antec 900 and Earthwatts 650W $116 after rebate and promo code
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $18

    Total: $599

    Turns out that Intel will fit the budget, assuming that's all you need. I will caution that going this route wouldn't be the best idea, since the LGA1156 socket is going to be dead by the end of the year.

    CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $360
    Rest is the same

    Total: $674
  2. Is the 9800 going to be a bottle neck at all? How much of an impact would a better card have on a game like SC2 or Diablo 3 in the future. Right now I have no problems running SC2 besides taking about an hour to install (lol). What would you recommend as an alternative graphics card?
  3. The 5770 would be perfect. That's pretty much the cheapest card I'd recommmend right now.
  4. Agreed with above... go with the $600 AMD build.

    9800gtx will be fine for that resolution... as it compares to a current GTS 250.

    When you get some money saved up... scoop up a GTX460 and a 23" 1080p monitor
  5. Except a single 460 isn't quite powerful enough for 1080p, but that doesn't really matter.
  6. Awesome thanks for the help. Only problem is missing out on the promo code unless I pull the trigger today, but it only amounts to about $25 and is not that big of a deal.
  7. Best answer selected by jmiele.
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