Help with new system ~750

Hi everyone I need advice on new budget gaming rig... the last pc i built was more than 10 years ago.. P4, Geforce 2MX. so it's been quite a while and I am completely lost now that I am looking through all the technical stuff.


Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: ~$750 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing, watching HD vids online, word processing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, 17" monitor, speakers, optical drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or anywhere else, I don't care

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: i am not too far from microcenter, so i can pick up the i5 760 for $170, so ill probably build around that

Overclocking: Maybe/dunno
SLI or Crossfire:No idea

Monitor Resolution: 17" samsung lcd at 1280x1024 might consider upgrading to 21" so a gpu that will be able to support that

Additional Comments: Will use for playing, Starcraft2, war3, L4D2, and must be able to run Diablo 3 when it comes out at max

Thanks in advance!!
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  1. ^ Frankly for a budget gaming PC, the AMD Phenom II X4 955 would be a good option, also saves money compared to the i5 build...
    Sample i5 build -
    i5 from Microcenter - $170

    Mobo + OS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.534196

    RAM + CASE -
    Corsair 4GB + NZXT M59
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514332

    Samsung F3 500GB + OCZ 550W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514468

    HD 5830
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150497

    Total - ~$708 After rebates...

    AMD build -
    CPU + Graphics
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.516539

    Mobo + OS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.533850

    Rest same...

    Total - ~$643 After rebates
    As for the performance I doubt you would notice any significant difference in gaming...Actually you can get a better graphics card within the budget -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.516577
  2. Thanks for the advice!! vastly helpful and I'm pretty much gonna order the combos mentioned
    I've decided to go with the AMD route

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

    GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

    NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

    Any last thoughts, advice, warnings, imcompatibility issues before i hit the order button??

    Thanks alll

    MoPo
  3. Thanks again! you've been most helpful

    MoPo
  4. What is the recommended OC'ing potential for this build? 3.6, 3.8GHZ? with the 212+ HSF and 3 fans.. i wanna be able to use24/7 and for as long as possible

    thanks

    MoPo
  5. 3.6-3.8GHz shouldn't be much of a problem with the 212+...
    And for 24/7, dont go above 3.8GHz...
    Check these articles...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/processor-power-management,2453.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/undervolt-cpu-phenom,2348.html
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