Building a 700-800 Dollar Gaming PC

I'm trying to build a new gaming/general use PC that will last me a couple years. The one I have now is having some problems and as such makes it fairly hard to go about my normal activities. (Gaming, Photoshop, Unreal Design Kit)

I've used the Step by Step guide on these forums, but i'm not sure if I've created one that will fit my needs. I've never actually built my own computer (although I've assembled some for people before.) Anyway, lets cut to the quick.

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the course of the next 3-4 months.

Budget Range: 700-800 Dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, UDK(map/game creating software), Surfing the web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: As I don't know much about this, I have none.

Overclocking: No/Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: It would be a plus, but isn't necessary.

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: A quieter PC would be best, but nothing is set in stone just yet.

Parts already looked at/chosen:

CASE: Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel Mid Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128435

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996782
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103

Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125327

Disk Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

Price after Rebates: $749.92

As i've said, I don't know a whole lot about the technical aspects of this, so i'm up for any suggestions you guys feel would be appropriate.

Thank you!
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  1. Let me start out by saying; The motherboard you have chosen (890a-ud3) is way too expensive, for gaming that is. I would rather go for a 870A-UD3:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443&Tpk=870a-ud3
    With the spared money and the last 50 bucks in your budget, you can afford the MUCH better gtx 470 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125320&cm_re=gtx_470-_-14-125-320-_-Product
  2. Save yourself $15 and get the 955 instead of the 965. Same chip different clock speeds, you can oc it youself.
  3. mbkcod4 said:
    Let me start out by saying; The motherboard you have chosen (890a-ud3) is way too expensive, for gaming that is. I would rather go for a 870A-UD3:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443&Tpk=870a-ud3
    With the spared money and the last 50 bucks in your budget, you can afford the MUCH better gtx 470 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125320&cm_re=gtx_470-_-14-125-320-_-Product


    With those changes (and bavman's suggestion) it will put the computer at about $838, which is a bit over budget, but I can afford an extra 38 dollars if the card is that much better, I suppose.
  4. Oh, i am sorry, i miss-calculated.
    Here is what you should do;
    Go with the 955, get a 4 gigs pair of Ripjaws instead of you current RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&cm_re=g.skill_ripjaws_series_4gb_%282_x_2gb%29_240-pin_ddr3-_-20-231-277-_-Product
    Throw away the Disk drive, and get this instead:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    On a final note, the case you have chosen has many equalities to the cheaper ROSEWILL DESTROYER case, which you should certainly look at.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144
    That should net you the last $38, and even get you under the budget line :)
  5. Hmm perhaps

    Asrock 870 - crossfire capable + USB/SATA 3.0
    HD 6850
    955BE?
  6. Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Item #: N82E16835100007 $9.99
    .

    1 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Standard Return Policy $29.99

    . 1 Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
    Item #: N82E16811147153
    Standard Return Policy $49.99

    . 3 IPCQUEEN IPC-12025 120mm Case Fan
    Item #: N82E16835168006
    Standard Return Policy $11.07
    ($3.69 ea)

    . 1 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157198
    Standard Return Policy $94.99

    . 1 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
    Item #: N82E16820231193
    Memory Standard Return Policy $58.99

    . 1 LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827136177
    Standard Return Policy $17.99

    . 1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    Standard Return Policy $69.99

    . 1 HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    Item #: N82E16814161348
    VGA Standard Return Policy $184.99

    . 1 COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS700-PCAAE3-US 700W ATX 12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817171054
    Standard Return Policy $79.99

    . 1 AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103851

    Subtotal $786.98
    Tax $0.00
    UPS 3 DAYS $14.91
    Order Total $801.89


    This was my christmas build, you can swap out the x6 for a x4 and save some money, case fans and the extra fans would also save you some money.

    Got mine OC'd to 4016mhzs and it idles at 23*c on the cores, 38*c when under amd overdrive stability test.

    The rosewill case is just amazing for the price, although the cable management area in the back is a bit tight you can still get the majority of stuff back there, also some people complain about the HDD connections being on the back side...i actually like this as the MOBO came with 90* sata cables and this facilitated a cleaner install
  7. sorry, meant minus the extra case fans, the CPU cooler and the arctic silver, x6 to x4, and a lower wattage power supply. Those being modified would fit an OS into the budget under $800
  8. How much better is your build than mine, Taphius? I don't know a whole lot about this stuff, other than how to actually put it together, so I won't be overclocking anything just yet.
  9. Minus the video card, the builds are similar. Althought mine is a bit cheaper now as some components have gotten cheaper.

    Like others have said the motherboard you picked is overkill. I picked the ASrock for the price and that is supports crossfire at 8x8x and the overclocking software for it is amazing.

    Since you are not going to overclock you wouldnt need the aftermarkert CPU cooler or the extra fans. That would be ~$40 cheaper, going with the x4 955 over the x6 1055 is another ~$30. No thermal compound ~$10, the ram is on sale for $10 cheaper for today only.

    So you could get the exact same computer as myself minus two cores for the same price including the OS at current prices.

    The only thing i was iffy on was the power supply as i do not know much about them myself, but so far so good and i am very happy with this system so far. Something like 11431 score on amd overdrive test, 7.6 cpu score on Windows experience, 7.8 on video card and the obligatory 5.9 for the hdd.


    Just swapping out the motherboard you have for the one i had would save you $40, $15 for going with a 955 over a 965. This would give you the difference in going with a 6850 over the 5770 and using the other components you listed.
  10. instead of cooler master psu go for antec 750W
  11. This is my newest build, taking the replies I've gotten into account:



    The item not shown is the Operating system.

    Altogether this will cost $713.92

    I still haven't chosen a power supply because I don't know how strong it needs to be. I do plan on getting a second video card eventually so i'd like it to be strong enough for that.
  12. where is the psu
  13. Quote:
    where is the psu


    Jesus man, look at his post!

    "I still haven't chosen a power supply because I don't know how strong it needs to be. I do plan on getting a second video card eventually so i'd like it to be strong enough for that. "

    He has not chosen any PSU yet. Here is the thing: The build you have right there will not draw more than 500W off the wall, but since you want Xfire later on, and for heavy tesselation tasks, you wanna go for a 750W PSU at least. Not only will it supply your finest needs today, you will also be able to use it if you upgrade your computer again.
  14. Oh yeah btw, a combo deal of the 1055t + asus m4a88 (with the 880 chipset) is on newegg right now. I know the clock speed of the CPU isnt that high, but remember that it has the "T" extension which means that 3 of the cores will clock themselves up to 3.2 (or something like that) GHz upon playing games that takes less than these 3 cores. i would say it was worth a look. Then you can still go with the 6850 and get a Corsair/Antec 750W PSU (still grab the Ripjaws)
  15. 750W is required for 6850 CF or maybe a bit lower than that
  16. Thanks for all the replies everyone! Sorry I haven't responded to the post, been a bit busy the last few days. I've decided on this:

    Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182067

    I chose that because it has a lot of very good reviews and very few complaints.

    I also decided to go over budget to get a PSU tester just so I don't fry any of the new parts I buy.
  17. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
    Best Of The Best in 750 W Segment Corsair 100$
  18. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015
    650 would actually be good for 6850 cf^. They do not consume as much as the 5xxx series (which was already pretty damn low)
  19. Zooted, would that meet all of my power requirements even with two cards, or would it just be safer to go with a 750W?
  20. the 650 should be fine for xfire of 6850s and at that price it is hard to pass on the Earthwatts 650.
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-crossfirex-review/4

    you can check an estimate of what you will draw using this calculator.
    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
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