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I5 Gaming Rig, thoughts and advice.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2010 6:52:08 PM

Hello,

I plan to build me a new gaming/high-performance PC for Christmas. I wanted it to be Intel "i" based, and be around $900 for the first plan, and around $750 for the second plan. I have a pretty considerable knowledge of computers and its hardware (been messing around with them since 10, I am 18 now). But this is my first complete build, so I am looking for some advice.

I want to be able to play Bad Company 2 on pretty good settings.


Build 1, i5 Based, $900 budget. (Prices based on Newegg.com)


CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - $200

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TH55B HD LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX - $90 <-- Know of any better ATX mobos under $90?

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory - $75

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $140

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $43

PSU: Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W ATX12V Power Supply - $45

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA - $16

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower - $70

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99

Monitor: ASUS VH198T Black 19" 5ms LED Backlight LCD Monitor - $125

Total: $910


Build 2, i3 Based, $750 budget.


CPU: Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $118

Motherboard: ASRock H55M-LE LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX - $62

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $65

Video Card: HIS IceQ H567Q1GD Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity - $95

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $43

PSU: Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W ATX12V Power Supply - $45

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA - $16

Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $40

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99

Monitor: ASUS VH198T Black 19" 5ms LED Backlight LCD Monitor - $125

Total: $715



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a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 1:40:38 AM

Don't buy that crappy Rosewill PSU; go with a Corsair, Seasonic, or Antec. They will cost a few bucks more, but it will go a long way.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 1:47:50 AM

he updated it to a corsair PSU....
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 1:58:21 AM

Whoops, didn't see it was the OP who posted that!
a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2010 6:04:03 PM

only thing it needs is a bigger HDD
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