$700 - $1000 first build gaming PC

Hello All,

I'm a recently registered user and I just want to say that, from what I've read on this forum, the contributors are very knowledgeable and polite :) This is my first build, so I welcome and appreciate any advice you guys may have. I know this build is a bit overkill for my gaming needs, but I don't mind paying extra for something that will last a few years. Thank you so very much for your time and help!


BUDGET RANGE: $700 - $1000 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (primarily StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, and various strategy games), MS Office, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, (I live near a Micro Center so I can easily pick up parts :) )


PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer, but am not committed to an Intel CPU and would like to use a full tower case




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't need a monster rig, as I primarily plan on playing Blizzard and other strategy games, but I would like something that will last a few years, if possible. Also, I am in need of a wireless internet card, if anyone can recommend one? Here are some parts I already picked out:

Intel Core i5 750 ($160)

Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 ($120)

G.Skill Ripjaws ($100)

XFX Radeon HD 5850 ($310)

Hard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB ($45)

SeaSonic S12II 620B ($70)

Antec 300 Illusion ($70)

Optical Disk Drive
Asus 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM, 2MB Cache, SATA ($20)

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium ($100)

Total = $995 Before Rebates
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  1. ^ Well nice setup there...
    But IMO you wont need the HD 5850 for playing SC2 at high settings...
    The GTX 460 would do...Check this...

    And some good combos to reduce the build price

    GTX 460 + OCZ 600W

    GSKillz 4GB DDR3 + Lian-Li K58

    And you should know that going with AMD will save you some money as even the X3 440 would be a good gaming CPU, but as you plan on keeping the build for a long tme, then a Quad will better suit...As you are getting the i5 for a better price, there wont be a significant price difference between the X4 955 and the i5...
  2. Thanks for the reply gkay09, I appreciate it! I guess I can definitely save some money by going for the GTX 460. I have 2 more questions:

    1. Is the Lian-Li K58 case a good one?
    2. Can you recommend any good wireless internet cards?

    Thanks again!
  3. 1. Lian-Li are one of the best case manufacturers...As you will be going with a single card, 2 case fans would do the job...
    2. Wireless card - Maybe this one?
  4. Thanks again! Also, do you think the SeaSonic or OCZ PSU is better? :)
  5. Any other suggestions? :hello:
  6. Best answer
    @ just 1680 x 1050 can get by with a config near that min point of your budget range hehe
    $649AR + $100 for OS
  7. Hi batuchka,

    Yes, the 1680 x 1050 is the limiting factor here, but I am comfortable with that monitor :)

    Thanks for the build advice; it definitely saves me a lot of money! (I am a student, after all!)

    Thanks to gkay09 as well. You both are very helpful :)
  8. Sure happy building/shopping and u are welcomed ^^
  9. One more question batuchka, if you don't mind: the GPU you recommended has 768 MB memory; if I replace it with the 1 GB GTX 460 that gkay09 recommended, will that still work with the rest of the setup that you posted? (I don't mind the extra money for that.)

    Other than that, I think I am ready to pull the trigger on this purchase :)
  10. Sure but even at Full HD the 768 one does fine
  11. ^ Well I would rather pay little more and get the 1GB - It has larger memory interface and also more memory, so at say high resolutions - even 1680X1050, in demanding games especially when enabling AA, it would help...also as you will not be going SLI, so I would highly recommend buying the 1GB...
  12. Hey guys,

    I am about to order the parts. I basically followed batuchka's template, except I went for the 1 GB GPU. I also added this wireless internet card:

    I just wanted to verify that all looks good and, importantly, that the wireless internet card is compatible with the motherboard that batuchka recommended.

    Sorry for all the questions, but once I get this sorted out, I will be ready to order :)
  13. ^ Yes that board has PCIe x1 slot, so it will be compatible...
  14. Best answer selected by jak3099.
  15. Sorry for the late reply, but I have been busy with work. I put together my computer last Saturday over the course of 6 hours. I was pretty nervous, as it was my first time, and I realized how cable management is an art form in and of itself! Finally, the moment of truth, I booted the system and heard one beep :)

    I'm still taking it easy on the system, but I have played SC2 on it and it works like a charm. I do have one question however: It appears that the BIOS registers the RAM at 1333 MHz (should be 1600), but I couldn't find where to change the frequency in BIOS. This may be a "noob" question, but do I change it in BIOS or somewhere else?

    Many thanks again to gkay09 and batuchka. You guys and this forum are amazing :)
  16. This build looks great, i am interested in how SC2 is running. What kind of settings and frame rates are you getting?

    Also wondering if this build can be overclocked at all. First time builder, would not need to major overclock, just enough to get some experience.
  17. erzbe said:
    This build looks great, i am interested in how SC2 is running. What kind of settings and frame rates are you getting?

    Also wondering if this build can be overclocked at all. First time builder, would not need to major overclock, just enough to get some experience.

    Hi erzbe :) My original settings were: fullscreen, 1680x1050, ultra textures, and everything else on ultra except shaders (as I heard a rumor that the shaders really work the GPU, so I put it on low just to be on the safe side). The interesting thing was that my frame rate was around 50-60 on menu screens, but as soon as I started a 3v3, the rate jumped to 125, and there was noise from my computer! I quickly exited and restarted, but this time with Vsync on. This limits my frame rate to a maximum of 60, but I'm OK with that. Given that this was my very first build, I'm happy with what I have.

    As for overclocking, the CPU is black edition, which should make it easy to overclock, from what I understand, and the MOBO has some utilities to assist with overclocking as well. This is just my $0.02; I'm not an expert by any means. Hope this helps!
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