In need of help building a budgeted gaming system (amateur)

Hello - I created this thread because I need guidance on building a gaming desktop. I don't have much experience with this - the only thing I know is about what the components actually do.

My goal is to make a great GAMING PC for myself for about 600-800$ - I want to try to not go over 700 but i also want to get the most out of my money. I am using websites such as google, newegg( especially the reviews!). I won't get state of the art technology with that budget, but I still want it to last a good number of years with the latest games. I live in and will be buying from the USA.


Keep in mind that since i have never built a computer so I'm not really sure too what I'm doing. I figured that I would order all the parts and then just try to put it together.

So far, the parts that I think I need are:

Processor
Motherboard
Video Card
RAM
Monitor
Computer Case
Hard Drive
CD/DVD Burner

I have done a little researched on the processors and I would prefer to have an intel over amd.

I have narrow it down to two processors but not sure which one is better and more worth the money. please help.

1. 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 )

2. Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819115037 )

And the following items I chose out of best ratings and mostly positive reviews. Please give me your honest opinion.

Motherboard - ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813131232 )

Video Card - ASUS EN9500GT/DI/1GD2/V2/A GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814121339 )

Ram or Memory - I was not really sure if this was the best one. Any better memory or about the same price I can use?
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820231098 )

Monitor- I currently have a Vizio 32', hopefully I can use that as a monitor. If you know any good deals. Please help me out! Greatly appreciated

Computer Case (Chassis) - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811129066 )

Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822136218 )

CD/DVD Burner - ASUS black 24X DVD ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16827135204

I probably would not be overclocking (OC) it just simply because I don't know how or even know what that means =/

I'm not too concern about keyboard and mouse but if you know tips, please post.

Let me know if I left out anything. I really appreciate the help. Thanks a lot for posting!
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  1. Looks like I'll be watching your thread as well as I'm looking for about the same thing !

    jasonboba said:
    Hello - I created this thread because I need guidance on building a gaming desktop. I don't have much experience with this - the only thing I know is about what the components actually do.

    My goal is to make a great GAMING PC for myself for about 600-800$ - I want to try to not go over 700 but i also want to get the most out of my money. I am using websites such as google, newegg( especially the reviews!). I won't get state of the art technology with that budget, but I still want it to last a good number of years with the latest games. I live in and will be buying from the USA.


    Keep in mind that since i have never built a computer so I'm not really sure too what I'm doing. I figured that I would order all the parts and then just try to put it together.

    So far, the parts that I think I need are:

    Processor
    Motherboard
    Video Card
    RAM
    Monitor
    Computer Case
    Hard Drive
    CD/DVD Burner

    I have done a little researched on the processors and I would prefer to have an intel over amd.

    I have narrow it down to two processors but not sure which one is better and more worth the money. please help.

    1. 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 )

    2. Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819115037 )

    And the following items I chose out of best ratings and mostly positive reviews. Please give me your honest opinion.

    Motherboard - ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
    ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813131232 )

    Video Card - ASUS EN9500GT/DI/1GD2/V2/A GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814121339 )

    Ram or Memory - I was not really sure if this was the best one. Any better memory or about the same price I can use?
    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820231098 )

    Monitor- I currently have a Vizio 32', hopefully I can use that as a monitor. If you know any good deals. Please help me out! Greatly appreciated

    Computer Case (Chassis) - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811129066 )

    Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822136218 )

    CD/DVD Burner - ASUS black 24X DVD ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16827135204

    I probably would not be overclocking (OC) it just simply because I don't know how or even know what that means =/

    I'm not too concern about keyboard and mouse but if you know tips, please post.

    Let me know if I left out anything. I really appreciate the help. Thanks a lot for posting!
  2. I would go with the i5 750 over the EOL E8400 but for a gaming system your lacking GPU power maybe look into a build like this.




    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151192
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192


    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811129066
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$15.00 Instant $69.99
    $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066


    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148395
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    -$5.00 Instant $59.99
    $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395


    GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128435
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128435


    SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814102873
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    -$25.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $174.99
    $149.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873


    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
    -$30.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $119.99
    $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    Item #: N82E16820231303
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant $114.99
    $104.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303


    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103872
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872
    Subtotal: $699.92
  3. Niklas_13 said:
    This would be a good build also a better CPU but puts you over your 800

    only 1 dollar for a much better gpu and cpu and with the rebates he will be still in budget
  4. He said 600-800 but wanted to stay closer to 700 ( So its 101 more ) but yes i do agree if he wanted to max out the budget, he would be better off in the long run with the 955 and the GTX 460
  5. I have a questions with regards to INTEL i5

    what is a better chip. i5 LynnField, Clarkdale, or Arrandale for gaming?

    I was looking at this one I have a questions with regards to INTEL i5 Lynnfield 2.66ghz
  6. Please see if this is a good SET-UP.. I'm open for opinion

    CPU – $209.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

    Motherboard –$119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=13-128-412&SortField=0&SummaryType=1&Pagesize=10&SelectedRating=5&PurchaseMark=&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=2

    Video Card – $109.99 (plus shipping $7 )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121362

    Power Supply – $89.99 ($20 mail in rebate - $69.99) Shipping $3.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    RAM (memory)- $ 97.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Harddrive - $74.99 (promo code EMCYWYP32 $20.00 off )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319


    CD/DVD Optical Drive – $18.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289


    Computer Case (Chassis) – $69.99 (shipping $9.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Monitor – 32” Vizio TV 720p with RGB and HDMI input

    Total = $812.90 cents
    -$20 promo code
    -$20 mail-in-rebate
    -------------------------
    $772.90 cents

    About wireless, I need Ethernet cable and a router? I cant get like an internal wireless adapter for it to work? Cuz its cheaper that way.
  7. I have reconsider, I will be going with the AMD Phenom X4 965 or 955 BLACK EDITION... what is a good MOBO, RAM, and Video Card to use.. and i'm thinking about getting a CORAIR cpu cooler to fit in my ANTEC case??? ANY SUGGESTION?? I'm in need of a PC LOL
  8. jasonboba said:
    I have reconsider, I will be going with the AMD Phenom X4 965 or 955 BLACK EDITION... what is a good MOBO, RAM, and Video Card to use.. and i'm thinking about getting a CORAIR cpu cooler to fit in my ANTEC case??? ANY SUGGESTION?? I'm in need of a PC LOL


    If you read the post there are AMD mobos ram and gpu that we posted
  9. Okay! I am going with the AMD PHENOM II X4 965 Black Edition.
    I need a motherboard that will last and is good for playing starcraft 2. If the motherboard has a onboard video card HD 4290.. do I need to get another video card to play Starcraft 2 and use it?

    Here are the list I came up with. (cannot decide)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128435&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131633&cm_re=m4a89-_-13-131-633-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131366

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402
  10. I'm ready. i hope this is the best list

    CPU AND MOBO $289.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.430439

    RAM $ 93.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189


    Video Card – $109.99 (plus shipping $7 )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121362

    Harddrive - $74.99 (promo code EMCYWYP32 $20.00 off )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    Power Supply – $89.99 ($20 mail in rebate - $69.99) Shipping $3.99 ($10 off w/ promo code EMCYWYP25)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=


    CD/DVD Optical Drive – $18.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289


    Computer Case (Chassis) – $69.99 (shipping $9.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066


    Sub-Total - $731.92
    -$20 MIR
    TOTAL = $711.92
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