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$800 Budget Gaming Build

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September 16, 2010 2:45:31 AM

This will be my first build, so I am rather clueless. I've done some researching and came up with a build, but wanted to run it by this community before moving forward, as I am not sure on compatibility and wouldn't mind some advice on ways to improve. I'm mostly looking for a system that will be able to handle intense graphical requirements.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple of weeks

Budget Range: ~$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media Center, Surfing the Web

Parts Not Required: Will pick out a Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor later

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: TBD

Additional Comments: n/a


Here's what I've come up with:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor $165.99

Motherboard ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard $139.99

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $139.99 (after rebates)

Hard Drive:Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM $93.99

Optical: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 12X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $16.99

Power Supply + Case: Combo: Combo Deal $129.94 (after rebates/combo)

- Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

- Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Cooling Device: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler $29.99

1) Will these all be compatible?

2) Is there anything else I need? more fans?

3) Any room for improvement, without pushing the price up too much?

Thank you very much!
September 16, 2010 2:54:36 AM

Ram looks mediocre -- either save 4$ and get the G.skill 4GB 1600 1.5 volt kit, or spend 4$ and get the CAS 7 1600 speed 1.35 volt eco kit.

Drop the Caviar black for the Samsung F3 to save 15$ (the F3 is faster anyway). Take that money and get a 1055t http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite.... Alternatively, drop to an Athlon X4 635 and the Asrock below to get a GTX 460.

If you're willing to use Asrock they have a comparable board for 30$ less. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


5770 may be a bit weak depending on resolution.
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September 16, 2010 3:13:40 AM

Here are some other combo deals to consider...

Mobo/DVD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU/CPU: PSU comes w/ an additional promo code

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram/Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And here's a 1 TB HDD that's ~58$ w/ another promo code

Could save you enough money to upgrade your GPU to say...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and stay in your price range, or just keep the money in the bank!
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September 16, 2010 3:15:56 AM

Don't go for the 1055t if you're building a gaming rig, the amd 6 core CPU's perform less for games. If you want a phenom, go with a 955 over a 965. They are almost the exact same thing, except one is factory overclocked. If this is mostly a gaming computer put an athlong II x3 or x4 in there and buy a better card. (radeon 5830-5850 or geforce 460)

Definitely go with the F3 over the WD, the 6gb/s sata doesn't do anything seeing as the drive itself doesn't actually read/write any faster.

If you aren't going to crossfire get a lesser power supply (550-650). If you plan on it later on the 750 is perfect.

That Asrock board sp12 pointed out checks out to be a good board. The company isn't bad, it's just a second tier compared to a few select others.
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September 16, 2010 3:44:40 AM

With all the advice I came up with:

HDD:
-- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$74.99

GPU:
-- XFX Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
$199.99

MoBoard/DVD Combo:
-- ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
-- ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A6T/BLK/B/G
$144.99

CPU/Power Supply Combo:
-- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
-- XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
$234.98

RAM/Case Combo:
-- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
-- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$141.98

Total: $796.92


Would the CPU Cooler ($29.99) be necessary with the above case?

Thanks for all the help so far.
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