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First Timer Gaming build $850

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February 15, 2011 8:14:15 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid March


Budget Range: Around 850 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing web


Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers. I will just get that from best buy


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: America


Parts Preferences: AMD and Ati because I am under the belief they are most cost effective


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future


Monitor Resolution: No idea


Additional Comments: Don't need fastest computer ever just something that will run games nicely and be reliable and last 4 or 5 years

Well here is what i put together on new egg, any input at all on performance and compatibility would be greatly appreciated.

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1678A - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 15, 2011 9:29:07 PM

You could probably do an $850 build with an i5-2500 and and an H67/P67, but I think what you've got would be sufficient if you really want AMD.
February 15, 2011 10:04:56 PM

jalexbrown said:
You could probably do an $850 build with an i5-2500 and and an H67/P67, but I think what you've got would be sufficient if you really want AMD.

+1

And get a better vid card out of the deal.
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February 15, 2011 11:46:34 PM

That's a pretty good build, OP.

If I were you, I'd skip 8GB RAM and buy a 4GB stick instead , like this one for $40.99.

A great PSU deal would be this hec Zephyr 750W for half the price of that XFX.

The money saved from these could then go toward a Radeon HD 6950, which is much faster than the 5770, 5850, and for the most part faster than the 5870.

Since your going to be mostly gaming, a better GPU would help much better than 8GB RAM, not to mention it really just takes 400w to run a 6950 regardless of which PSU you buy.
February 16, 2011 9:51:46 AM

Thank you all, I swapped the 8GB of ram for 4GB, went with the power supply sartorius suggested and scrapped the 5770 in favor of this

HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Brought my total down to $797.92
February 16, 2011 9:56:39 AM

Opperating system brought my total up to $892.91
February 16, 2011 5:23:41 PM

I'd like to know what you're using for a monitor.... size/resolution....... and I would bypass the 6800 series. They are lower performing than the 5800 series. Hows about a 6950 ?
February 16, 2011 5:27:41 PM

swifty_morgan said:
They are lower performing than the 5800 series.
Because they were meant to replace the 5700 series.

That's the whole reason why the 6900s exist..
February 16, 2011 7:02:42 PM

Thank you guys for the help, looks like after two recommendations for the 6950 I am going with that. As for a monitor what do you guys think of this for

ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 16, 2011 7:05:32 PM

I know i'm over the 850 stated in my topic, but i forgot about the money i'm getting back on taxs so it's not a big deal.
February 16, 2011 7:40:28 PM

First, I have no problem with that monitor. But if you have the "extra" money, at this time and place....... seeing how the 3d stuff is becoming more and more relevant ( games and movies ) I would look into that. Just food for thought - not trying to sway you into anything but why not be 3d prepared ?

I don't have a 3d monitor and don't miss it and probably wouldn't get one until my current monitor goes belly up. By then they might be 28-30 inchers.
February 16, 2011 7:45:35 PM

motzjr said:
Thank you guys for the help, looks like after two recommendations for the 6950 I am going with that. As for a monitor what do you guys think of this for

ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Good one, I recently bought 21''5 Asus LED w/Speakers. Don't relay on built-in speakers tho, these are only good for casual sound.
February 17, 2011 6:27:22 AM

Ow for less u could land 955BE + HD 6870 + CF and USB/SATA 3.0 @@

$652AR (+100 for OS)
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