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$800 Gaming Build - Seeking Input

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December 12, 2010 8:08:11 PM


I'm looking to put together a new PC and I haven't done this in a while so I am looking for some criticism on my build. I'm aiming at a price of $800. This is what I have so far, tell me what you guys think.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week or so.

Budget Range: Around $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: None

CPU: intel Core i5-760

Mobo: EVGA P55 LE 123-LF-E653-KR *UPDATED*

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 6870 *UPDATED*

Memory: OCZ Signature 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) *UPDATED*

HDD: Western Digital Black 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

Power Supply: Corsair 550W

Case: Antec 300


Thanks in advance!

Updated the Graphics card, Ram, and Motherboard per combo packs available at Newegg.

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December 12, 2010 8:55:05 PM

Sorry but there are no microcenters in my state :??: 
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December 13, 2010 12:55:30 AM

I'm mostly hoping someone could point out if there are any compatibility issues with the hardware selections, or if any of these pieces suffer from known chronic problems. The reviews seem pretty good, but everything has their quirks :??:  .
December 13, 2010 3:59:24 PM

Looks like a fairly solid lineup of parts to me, goes well together WRT levels of performance and shows you've done some research. What could tip the scales is details like are you planning to upgrade RAM and GPU later, and which kind of games do you play - just graphics intensive FPS (Crysis etc) or RTS (World in Conflict, Eve Online etc)?

Check that the mobo vendor lists your chosen type of RAM as compatible on their site, or that it's recommended for the mobo by the RAM manufacturer (OCZ's memory configurator).

The 6870 seems to be a rather long card - in theory something on the mobo or in the case could get in the way.