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$800 gaming machine

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August 5, 2010 10:54:37 PM

I'm in the market to build a new gaming machine. I haven't built a computer in 6 years or so, so i'm a little out of date with current technology. I've always bought MSI in the past, and while i'm not opposed to other brands I prefer to stick with brands I've used in the past if the difference is only a few dollars.

My primary goal for this computer will be to play starcraft II for an absurd amount of time and to run web development software like visual studio and dreamweaver/photoshop. I'll consider buying a better soundcard for audio recording down the road, but right now that's not a priority.



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: to play starcraft II for an absurd amount of time and to run web development software like visual studio and dreamweaver/photoshop, audio recording.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don't need anything outside of the tower.



PARTS PREFERENCES: MSI / AMD preferred, but not a deal breaker.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: likely not


Just browsing through newEgg this was my first suggestion:

MSI 790x-G45 Motherboard - $99.99 usd
AMD Phenom II X2 555 - $100.99
MSI N460GTZ Geforce GTX 460 1GB - $234.99
Cooler Master GX 650w power supply - $69.99
Kingston 4gb DDR3 1066 RAM - $95.99
Western Digital Green 1TB 5400 SATA - $79.99
Rosewill R102 cheap-man's computer case - $29.99 (i just noticed this is a micro case, i'll likely buy a case from a brick and mortar store, so it's just a placeholder)
LITE-ON SATA dvd/cd burner - $18.99
Windows 7 oem - $99.99


Does anyone have any opinions or better suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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August 6, 2010 12:36:31 AM

look at this motherboard

If you dont plan to Crossfire, then it's better than the one you selected. has the newer 8xx series chipsets and supports faster DDR3 memory - you should be looking at DDR3 1600 memory for roughly the same prices as that junk 1066

Samsung spinpoint f3's are better than the WD green - roughly same price - should be getting a 7200rpm harddrive... definately not a 5400 this day in age

Use the Newegg available combos two... you can shave $60 off that build just by combo'n things together
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August 6, 2010 6:45:06 PM

There's a microcenter about a mile from where I work, so I built a system there with the mobo deal they have. It's a bit cheaper, but i'm not sure if it's worth the downgrade in performance. I'll post both builds, one from NewEgg and one from MicroCenter. I could do either or, or other parts, or a combination of the two...if anyone has an recommendations. The previous posts were quite helpful though, thanks.

AMD Phenom II X2 555 - $100.99
OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $90.99
ASUS M4A87TD MOBO - $99.99

edit: found a combo deal with the OCZ ram that saves $15

MSI 785G-E53 AM3 785G ATX Motherboard - $29.99
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Processor Boxed - $99.99
Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3-1333 - $109.99

Rest of the build:
MSI n460GTX Cyclone Geforce GTX 460 - $234.99 (NewEgg)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM - $64.99 (MicroCenter)
Cooler Master GX 650w power supply - $69.99 (NewEgg)
LITE-ON SATA dvd/cd burner - $18.99 (NewEgg)
Windows 7 - $99.99 (NewEgg)

This is tax-free weekend so i could get the MicroCenter computer with no Tax or shipping and the newegg shipping is only $10, so neither of those are much of a factor. Looks like i'd save about $60 with the MicroCenter build vs NewEgg, though the mail-in rebates would decrease it to closer to $100.
August 12, 2010 8:03:46 AM

they both have the same cpu so there probably pretty much the same i'de say your choice cheaper sounds better
whoops the gtx 460 you picked is a good card looks good
August 12, 2010 12:55:06 PM

I would swap out the 555 BE for the x3 RANA 440. Having at least 3 cores is a must nowadays in my opinion.
Also, really not a fan of OCZ RAM, would avoid that if possible
August 12, 2010 2:00:45 PM

My Build: (sorry for the long pic, dont have time to edit at work ><)


Its a little more pricey that batuchka's build, but it uses more quality components.

THe motherboard is definitely better, its got great reviews for a small price tag.

THe PSU is awesome, its made my PC Power and Cooling, so its guaranteed quality.
great review:

The graphics card is not as good as 5850, but should run sc2 utlra high, plus this gigabyte design will keep you card COOL even after a good oc, past the 5850 (ofcourse, you could oc 5850 too) this just saves you money for other areas.

The harddrive is awesome, fastest 7200pm out there, beats the WD Blacks. And for a 60 dollar price tag and 1tb, its a must for pretty much every build. I have not that much knowledge on the case, it just came with a new combo price. Look up some reviews, im sure its not bad. it has good newegg reviews.... =p

standard cheap yet wickedfast ram, not too much needed there

and same proc. oc it with that mobo, get speeds over the 965 at stock.

Oh also, in case you dont have sc2, this includes it for only 40 bucks.

So with sc2 and AFTER REBATES: $801.51 - 20 - 30 = $751.51 [+os is a little bit over budget, but you're paying for good parts AND it includes sc2]

Withotu sc2 and AR: $801.51 - 20 - 30 - 40 = $711.51 [+os is PRETTY MUCH on budget]

of course, if you're budget is tight, batuchka's build is cheaper with a better graphics card, but lacks quality in mobo, harddrive and psu