~ $800 Gaming Build TL;DR *first timer

Hello everyone :) I am new to this forum and have been reading many stickies and threads here, and they have been very helpful, but I'm still not quite sure what build I should go with. There are so many builds listed for $800 budget gaming builds and I'm just not really sure what is best for me. Also, I have seen some pretty sweet $500 - 600 builds that seem to have pretty good graphics cards, etc., so is there really a major advantage or anything to having an extra $200 to spend? Anyways...

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon. I'm in no hurry but maybe from now until the end of January/ beginning of February?

Budget Range: $500 - $800 after rebates. I am willing to possibly go up to 900, but that is if it is very necessary. I'd also like to know how well cheaper 500 and 600$ gaming builds do, compared to $800.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Vindictus, some FPS, maybe even Crysis 2 when it comes out), simple internet browsing and watching youtube videos, networking.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: but i will consider other websites if there are better deals

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I heard that AMD gives better bang for buck for these lower budget builds since you can afford a high end gpu... Insight? Other than that, I don't really have too much preference. I just want a decent computer without unnecessarily wasting too much cash D:

Overclocking: Maybe, but this is my first time building so would it be better for me to just not?

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. More of a No than Yes, since again this is my first time but will it be significantly better if I SLI/Crossfire?

Monitor Resolution: I'm leaning towards 1920x1080, but I'm aware that that's pretty high resolution for just an $800 budget. I'm definitely completely ok with lower resolution if you guys think that is better, since I have to buy a new monitor anyways.

Additional Comments: Again, I'll be playing games such as Vindictus, Genesis A.D mostly. I want to be able to run it on high/maximum settings. Is that too much to ask at my 1920x1080 resolution? Again, I'm willing to go with a lower resolution. I also wish to play Crysis 2 when it comes out since it looks amazing, and I'm aware that it's a pretty intense game so I don't necessarily have to have max settings (but that would be pretty sweet). I do need Windows 7 OEM but don't count that towards the budget.

I've been looking through this forum and looked at many cheaper builds and builds with similar budget, and am sort of confused, but I think I saw some nice builds shared by ScrewySqrl, and batuchka. I hope they don't mind me stealing the builds they shared with some others D: Anyways, here are their builds, respectively:
1)Win 7: $99
i5-2500K $216
P67 Mobo: $100 (est)
4 GB 1333 RAM: $42
1 TB HDD: $70
Rosewill Destroyer case: $50
HD 6850: $190
450W PSU: $45
~$812 not including monitor BUT OS price is included here so not a big deal.

This uses Sandy Bridge, however. Although I've heard great reviews for the 2500k, I read somewhere(some other computer forum) that since it's new, there will be some bugs and that it will be more difficult for a beginner like me to deal with. Is this correct? Also, the PSU here is only 450W. Will that be enough to power an HD 6850? I've been hearing many dissenting opinions... Many posters are saying that I should use at least 500-550W for a single GPU, especially a higher end one like the HD 6850.


This build here is $735 after rebates. Wow, that is cheap! However, I still need to get a monitor. Any suggestions for a
monitor for this build? Do you think I could handle games on high settings at 1920x1080 res with this build? Again, I'm
open to suggestions about what monitor I should get; I don't really mind having a slightly lower res if the result is significant increase in performance/ decrease in price.

I'm honestly leaning more towards batuchka's build, the second build, but I'd like to hear everyone's opinions on everything. I am a beginner at this and am just learning so I'm sorry if I'm not too helpful. I only recently found this stuff interesting and think I'm ready to build my own computer! :)
Thanks if you read all this; I greatly greatly appreciate it :D
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    U will need a branded 500W PSU to run dat card
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  3. Thanks for the link, Amit.
    Thank you too, Why_Me. I have a question though.. For your graphics card, isn't a RADEON 6950 better? And why do you think your build is better than the other two? o.o
    I appreciate the feedback, though :)
  4. divz said:
    Thanks for the link, Amit.
    Thank you too, Why_Me. I have a question though.. For your graphics card, isn't a RADEON 6950 better? And why do you think your build is better than the other two? o.o
    I appreciate the feedback, though :)

    Check my post out again...I edited it with a ati 6870.

    I'm not sure if my build is better than the other two...I just wanted to give you another option to look at. You had a decent build, and batuchka is about as good as it gets for squeezing the most out of a build money wise. Think of my build as "option #3" :)
  5. Why don't u wait for some tym to see if there is any proble with the sandybridge..If there is any problem it will come out soon..
  6. Thank you :)
    Since I think I'm leaning more towards batuchka's build more than the first one...
    It seems like his build has a better graphics card than your build, but you make up for it with a better CPU. o.o That seems to be the major difference I spot, I think...
  7. Ya batuchka's buil is gr8..just go for a branded 500W PSU 650W atleast if want xfire..
  8. I don't thin u will really need a 1TB HDD..
    If not then see this one

    U will sum money dat u can in the PSU
  9. I think I'm going to go with batuchka's build o.o
    The second one posted.

    I noticed that there's no PSU, so since I'm going with a Radeon 6950, the recommended PSU on the site said 500W+.
    So would going with SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    be ok? Or should I go with a higher PSU such as a 650W?
    Also, for the monitor do you guys think I should go for 1680 x 1050 OR 1920 x 1080?
  10. Go for 1920X1080 I think 6950 will perform well at dat resolution just check some benchmarks u wil get an idea..
    That PSU will b fine if u don't want Xfire
  11. Best answer selected by Divz.
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