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~$800 Gaming PC Build

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January 17, 2011 2:51:08 PM

Hi guys, I'm looking for a gaming build that is in the ~$800 range, it isn't a super hard budget but I would like to stay around there so I can be close to being under ~$1k with a new monitor.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the month

Budget Range: ~$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, normal day to day use

Parts Not Required: No OS, speakers, keyboard, mouse, monitor will come later...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, but grouping on shipping would be optimal

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Bit more of an intel & nvidia fan, but it wouldn't be a total killer if I ended up getting increased performance for the price.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (down the road, so I would like a good enough card where I can just add a second one later to keep my PC gaming-able for the next 4+ years)

Additional Comments: I would really like this computer to be able to play games for at least the next 4 years or so. I am not against adding a second video card later or something of the similar nature to keep it up to par, but I don't really want to have to rebuild this again 2 years down the road.

Sorry for my lack of knowledge/research, I was previously going for a i5-750 build but it looks like the i5-2500k may now be the optimum? It has been years since I was in the game more and knowledgeable, so I appreciate all and any of your help. Thanks :) 

More about : 800 gaming build

January 17, 2011 3:25:06 PM
Antec 100
Biostar TA890FXE
AMD 'Propus' (645)
Corsiar 1x 4GB 240pin DIMM - DDR3 1333MHz - 1.5v 9-9-9-24
XFX Radeon HD5830 1GB
WD Caviar Black - 640GB SATA2 7200rpm - 32MB Cache
Corsair A50 - 120mm CPU Cooler
Corsair 750w Modular PSU - Singular +12V rail @ 60A
Now I know this is a bit of an overkill but as you say, you will be using the computer for some years. 750w leaves room both for the power supply unit to degrade and for any future upgrades if wanted/needed.

January 17, 2011 6:08:54 PM

Thank you for your assistance Omnisome. Just looking more into sandy bridge, it looks like those processors would be an extra ~$150-200. My question is would they truly be that much more powerful than the AMD core you suggested? If paying a bit more for the intel be likely to equate to another year or two without having to upgrade CPUs?
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January 17, 2011 6:30:36 PM

If you get an AMD socketed motherboard and then try to upgrade to an Intel counterpart, you will need a different motherboard.

For an extra $150-$200 over the AthlonII 645 Propus CPU, there certainly won't be a worthwile proportional difference. Also, Intel processors have bad thermal problems! Bit of a bias there, sorry. lol

Besides, AM3+ will almost certainly be faster than Intel's SB line of processors.
a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2011 6:35:49 PM
January 17, 2011 6:42:48 PM

+1 ^ on mosox's build
January 17, 2011 6:55:34 PM

Wow, I most definetely can't argue with that build/price ratio. Go for what he posted.
January 17, 2011 7:12:54 PM
January 17, 2011 10:52:29 PM

Thanks everyone for the help, I look forward to getting this computer together!
a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2011 11:04:21 PM

bombat1994's build is faster in games but since you want Intel...Or get a 6950 anyway.