Budget gaming upgrade

Hey guys its been awhile since I last asked for help on a build but you havnt let me down so far. Ill be upgrading the wifes 6 year old PC so about the only thing Ill be keeping is the case.

Approximate Purchase Date This month

Budget Range 800$ max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and surfing

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard etc. Just upgrading the tower

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin US

Parts Preferences: CPU: thinking I5 750
MB: no clue, Ive had good luck with gigabyte and ansus
PSU: no clue
Vid card: Thinking 5770
Ram: 4gig ddr 1600 ?
DVD Burner: no clue
HD: 500 to 750 GB sata 6.0 if it works in budget

No Crossfire and not Overclocking
Monitor 1600x1200
And I will need a OS but wont include it in the 800 unless you guys can figure out how. Think thats all you need so see what we can come up with and thanks for the help again
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  1. Intel i5-750


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W

    Total= ~$700

    or, an AMD system with:
    AMD 955

    ASUS 870 mobo

    Sapphire HD6850

    These can give you ~$95 cheaper and still you have the performance equal to the intel system

    Oh, and for the DVD burner, go LiteOn DVD-RW. It's around $25 and it's good
  2. Thanks for the reply they both look good. One question I have is about the hard drives, the 3.0gb vs 6.0gb. I see the cache is 32 vs 64 will this make a differance I will notice. I can still stay in budget by using a WD black 6.0 HD and a motherboard like
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    should I go that rout or stick with the 3.0 ?
  3. SATA 6 has larger bandwidth to access hard drives. But, it won't give any difference in gaming.
  4. Ok one last thing, Ill be going with the AMD sys to save a few bucks. I noticed that the ansus MB is 6gb and the HD is 3gb are these compatable or do I need to swith one? Ill be ordering in the next few days and dont want to have to RMA.
    And thanks for the help you guys came through again
  5. sata 2 and sata 3 are compatable
  6. Yup, they should be compatible. It's good to always check the compatibility first before you purchase some products. You better ask the customer support for 100% sure..
  7. hw about this Sandy Bridge Build:

    Samsung dvd burner: $17.99

    Rosewill Destroyer: $49.99

    Seasonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze PSU: $59.99
    with 40A on the 12V rail, this model can handle the selected GPU in crossfire easily

    G.Skill 4GB dual-channel DDR3-1333 kit: $41.99
    cheap, reliable, and faster isn't needed for overclock anyway

    Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 HDD: $64.99

    AS Rock P67 Extreme 4 motherboard: $152.99
    you could save $22 getting the MSI P67-C43 which has only PCIe16 slot at x16, but I chose the as rock for future crossfire needs

    CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler: $29.99

    i5-2500K + HD 6850: $379.99

    total: $797.92
  8. I will go with the 955 set up for cost savings but thanks for the other sugestions. Since its a unlocked cpu was thinking about a mild OC to 3.4 ghz or so. Now before you laugh at me about this case it has been running a OC xp-2600 for about 5 or 6 years and performed well. I will be gutting this and using high flow fans to get the air flow. If I get a cooler for this cpu what would fit? and what would you recomend.
    Old case I'll be using
  9. So what HSF will fit in that old case? with the parts Im going to use. Or will I need one if I only go to 3.4 using the multiplier. Does the 955 and 965 use the same HSF? Dont want it to run hot she will be using this set up for atleast 4 years or till it just wont run the programs that she needs.
  10. Thanks Malmental heading to newegg :)
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