Help please. Gaming pc on budget.

Hello, Title pretty much says it. I know close to nothing about the inside of a pc. My friend will be putting this together but said he felt out of touch since he hadn't built one in over 5 years and recommended that I ask here. So after reading over a dozen post for gaming pcs between $700-900 and I felt a little confused, uninterested, and honestly getting lazy. Was looking to spend right at $850 but less and a little more won't hurt. Thanks in advance for help.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Friday, September 3, 2010

BUDGET RANGE: $700-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, nothing else. Maybe pandora/winamp in the background.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers.







ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm currently playing Aion, SCII, and might pick up FFXIV as well as a few others down the road. Would like to have something that runs these games at max setting if thats possible for the budget I have. I do play for up to 4-5 hours sometimes and wasn't sure if that mattered.
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  1. CPU : $210 Intel Core i5-760

    Mobo : $150 ASUS P7P55D-E

    RAM : $98 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

    HDD : $55 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3

    ODD : $23 LG SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe Support

    GPU : $240 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi)

    PSU : $70 Antec NEO ECO 620C

    Case : $45 Rosewill CHALLENGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Total = $890. At the higher end of your budget. If you wanna go for AMD. you'll save a few bucks though.

    CPU : $150 AMD Phenom II X4 955

    Mobo : $140 ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3

    You get to save 70 bucks this way. But here's the benchmark - 750 vs 955. Mind you - this is only the 750 & not the 760.
  2. I prefer Gskills Eco series ram (lower voltage) since its the same price as the Ripjaws.

    That CPU benchmark doesnt mean much. The GPU and overclocking make up too much of the perfromance. A 460 is a good GPU, but still mid-range and even an Athlon IIx3 isnt going to bottleneck it.

    CPU: ( $75) Athlon II x3 445

    Mobo: this is tougher, if you want to be able to add a second 460 in the future, you are stuck with an older nforce motherboard that does not have USB3 and might as well go with the i5 build. If you think you will never need to add a second 460 (which is true probably 99% of the time) then
    Gigabyte 770T-USB3 is good enough and has USB3 ($80)

    Which means you save a substantial $200 over the i5 build.

    You also should consider a good CPU cooler so you can play around with light overclocking to get a bit more performance.

    Kingwin XT 1264 ($25)
    Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer ($40)
    Scythe Mugen 2 ($40)
    Zigmatek Balder ($45)
  3. I think I forgot to add it, but I also need a OS included in my budget. Thanks for the replies so far.
  4. Windows 7 64bit is generally about $100.
  5. Best answer
    For 1st week SC2 for peeps insisting on Ultra/AA then yes Nvidia ftw but not now with ATI updated drivers. Ideally though GTX 460 mostly for my $5xx-6xx gaming configs if one hits it where it counts ^^
    Starcraft 2 Multiplayer GPU Performance Analysis
    FFXIV favors red camp as well

    So in summary:

    Tower @ $756AR

    OS $100

    $856AR Grand Total
  6. But really, I'd advise you to hold on to your cash just a little longer, 'coz come 2011, prices will fall. Both AMD & Intel are gonna come out with their Bulldozer & Sandy Bridge architecture respectively, & that'll shake everything up. Prices should go down quite a bit.

    And the 6xxx series cards, and the 25nm SSD's. I'd wait a few months to see where this goes. Exiting times ahead...
  7. I completely agree with calguyhunk.

    I was thisssssss close to getting a similar 760 system and then sandy bridge came and destroyed my dreams. I'm now more of the mind to get a really cheap i3 system with a 460, then swap it out for the 1155 chipset with a new 2600k (which would be the equivalent of the 760 in sandy bridge terms).
  8. Best answer selected by boosh.
  9. Thanks guys for the builds, thoughts, etc. Have 3 I'm looking at will go ahead and buy when I wake up
  10. Yep happy building/shopping and u are welcomed ^^
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