Strictly $650 gaming build XMAS.

Hi guys, I'm trying to put together a new gaming computer to be ready before XMAS. I've built many PC's in the past but a 2nd opinion is always a good thing. So if you guys could help me out that would be great.

Approximate Purchase Date: Today / Tomorrow

Budget Range: Strictly $650 before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA.

Parts Preferences: AMD, Best bang for the buck =)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not right away.

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200

I'll be putting what I've come up with in a few minutes.
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  1. +1 ^ batuchka. You are a tough act to follow. Buy it whitefang. I would.
  2. Looks good, I'm kinda picky about cases though.

    Here's what I've found, I'll look at your at your build some more in a bit, gotta go for now.

    The video card I chose is $15 off with promo, so deduct $15 from that price.


  3. if it's a gaming machine... you can try to go for an Athlon instead of a Phenom (as the L3 cache has proven to be not that important at all for gaming), as well as getting a triple-core over a quad-core (again - in gaming you won't need more than 3), to save more money to invest into the best video card you can get...

    here's an option to look at... you can get even a R6870... while still keeping all quality components... (Case + PSU are important too :)):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    - ASUS DVDRW drive: $17

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320
    - WD Caviar Black 500GB: $60

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129084
    - Antec 200 v2: $50 (/w promo code)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139018
    - Corsair 500W: $60

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443
    - GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 870 SATA6 USB3: $95 -> Gigabyte... 800 series... SATA6... USB3... you won't regret it

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211409
    - A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2x2) DDR3 1600: $54

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886
    - AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2GHz: $80 -> 3 cores @ 3.2GHz for that price... real good 'gaming' value..!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349
    - HIS AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB: $220

    sub-total: ~$635


    for 1600x1200 this will be slight over-kill of course... but if you get a 1080p monitor down the road (as most people do nowadays) you'll be happy you invested now... believe me... invest in the PC while purchasing it... you'll probably find yourself on a 1080p monitor sooner than you think...
  4. wasupmike said:
    if it's a gaming machine... you can try to go for an Athlon instead of a Phenom (as the L3 cache has proven to be not that important at all for gaming), as well as getting a triple-core over a quad-core (again - in gaming you won't need more than 3), to save more money to invest into the best video card you can get...


    There are a few games that actually have some performance (like WoW) with an L3 Cache. Majority don't have much of a difference, but some do. =)
  5. that's right... some do... :)

    at the end of the day though... better GPU /w no L3 would win most case scenarios over lesser GPU /w L3...

    i think for 'whitefang' - it should boil down to whether he'll be absolutely sticking with a 1600x1200 monitor for the next few years... in that case he can save money and go for a R6850...

    but taking into consideration a 1080p later down the road (which is highly likely nowadays... monitors can fail too... and if you were to buy a new one from this day on... you'll get a 1080p for sure), then i would suggest the R6870 route... or you may regret it later... if you have a full $650 budget... use it to its fullest...
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