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Gaming/Balanced build for $800

Hi all,
After 5 good years with my old rig, it's time for a new build.

I'm looking to spend about $750-$850 on the components.

My needs are for a balanced system that can game well at 1920 x 1080. I'm not a performance addict and my gaming time will diminish over the next few years so I'm aiming for balance and longevity in the system. I might overclock a bit (have never tried before) but I'm not planning on anything too far beyond stock.

This will be the first time I've put a PC together so any comments/suggestions are appreciated. All prices taken from Newegg.


My planned build:

Not needed: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers

Processor - Intel i5-2500k ($225)

Motherboard - ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 ($190)

Memory - Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ($62)

Graphics - HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) ($140)

Storage - WD Caviar Black 500GB ($60)

Optical Drive - ASUS 24X DVD+RW ($20)

Power supply - Corsair CMPSU-650TX ($90)

Heat sink - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 ($30)

Case - Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel ($70)


That puts me at $887 so a little over budget especially after buying the OS. Do you think waiting 2 or 3 months will let prices drop to put it more in budget? I'm willing to spend a bit more, wait for prices to drop or deal shop each component if it will increase the rig's longevity.

If necessary I have a WD Caviar Blue 350GB I can take from my current PC and put in the build to save some money.

I'm a big music fan too so should I get a sound card?

Anyway, thanks for any help!
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  1. bsteck said:
    Hi all,
    After 5 good years with my old rig, it's time for a new build.

    I'm looking to spend about $750-$850 on the components.

    My needs are for a balanced system that can game well at 1920 x 1080. I'm not a performance addict and my gaming time will diminish over the next few years so I'm aiming for balance and longevity in the system. I might overclock a bit (have never tried before) but I'm not planning on anything too far beyond stock.

    This will be the first time I've put a PC together so any comments/suggestions are appreciated. All prices taken from Newegg.


    My planned build:

    Not needed: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers

    Processor - Intel i5-2500k ($225)

    Motherboard - ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 ($190)

    Memory - Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ($62)

    Graphics - HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) ($140)

    Storage - WD Caviar Black 500GB ($60)

    Optical Drive - ASUS 24X DVD+RW ($20)

    Power supply - Corsair CMPSU-650TX ($90)

    Heat sink - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 ($30)

    Case - Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel ($70)


    That puts me at $887 so a little over budget especially after buying the OS. Do you think waiting 2 or 3 months will let prices drop to put it more in budget? I'm willing to spend a bit more, wait for prices to drop or deal shop each component if it will increase the rig's longevity.

    If necessary I have a WD Caviar Blue 350GB I can take from my current PC and put in the build to save some money.

    I'm a big music fan too so should I get a sound card?

    Anyway, thanks for any help!


    seems good but you know sound cards arent really necessary just gonna give you a slightly better quality compared to your on board sound device, it can slightly boost performance on games sometimes tho. and if u can wait and earn more just lurk around newegg for good deals. that is if u can wait.
  2. Either splurge on a top-end sound card or use the onboard audio. Why? The mid-range sound cards are more or less the same as integrated audio. In some cases, the sound card may use more cpu processing power than the onboard one. Which one? I don't know. You have to read reviews of each sound card to find out.

    Also, if you do get a high-end audio card, be sure to match it with quality headphones or better yet a 7.1 speaker system. Otherwise, you're missing out on the goodies in the audio card.

    If you use regular earphones or earbuds, forget a sound card altogether.

    You can save some money by going with another mobo with more or less the same features. FYI, ASROCK is a unit of ASUS.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157217
  3. let's get you within your budget with a Sandy Bridge system + better parts:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039
    - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVDRW: $17

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB: $65 -> the 1TB HD's are now the best bang-for-your-buck... and you won't saturate your SATA6 with a normal HD anyways

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower: $70

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094
    - SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W: $80 -> you won't need more than 500w for your system

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092
    - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2x2) DDR3 1333: $40

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575883
    - [COMBO] Intel Core i5-2500K + GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 SATA6 USB3: $340 -> you definitely don't need the Asus 'Pro' mobo... get this combo and save lots

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125348
    - GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB: $180 -> much, much better video card than the 5770...

    TOTAL: $792

    also you won't need an extra CPU cooler... as the Sandy Bridges run quite cool on the stock coolers... even when overclocked. Since you mentioned a slight or minor overclock... stick with the stock cooler for sure
  4. as for your sound card question... the onboard audio will be more than enough (unless you're recording music)

    speaker quality will mostly dictate the 'sound-quality'
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  6. This would be $775AR with one 2GB HD 6950 1st for CF + Eyefinity


    HD 6K: Cayman Crossfire in Eyefinity scaling
    http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/wiki/AMD_Radeon_6970_6950_-_Featured_Review_Page_11
  7. batuchka said:
    This would be $775AR with one 2GB HD 6950 1st for CF + Eyefinity
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-247.jpg

    HD 6K: Cayman Crossfire in Eyefinity scaling
    http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/wiki/AMD_Radeon_6970_6950_-_Featured_Review_Page_11



    Unfortunately, The build you listed has changed. It seems the PS/HD combo is no longer available and the MTHBD + GPU went up in price.
  8. Thanks everyone for the help. With the SB issues it looks like I might be waiting until summer to make the purchase. But that will let me add some more to the budget!
  9. batuchka said:


    Checkout this build using this combo you selected
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.592322
    meh for $10 +/- 2GB HD 6950 hehe

    ASUS M4a79XTD EVO Combo
    Antec 300 Illusion
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    Antec EA 650W PS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015
    Lite-On iHAS124-04 CD/DVD Burnder
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    HIS H695F2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161355
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    Total Cost: 834.93 Total Cost AR: 789.93 :bounce:
  10. Antec 300 would be fine for a single GPU all its life rig but for a potentially HD6950CF i would pick another case and with heavy OC on the table 650W is too close headroom wise for CF as well
  11. wasupmike said:
    as for your sound card question... the onboard audio will be more than enough (unless you're recording music)

    speaker quality will mostly dictate the 'sound-quality'


    You said it better than I did. I suck at articulating.
  12. Best answer selected by bsteck.
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