First Timer Gaming build $850

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=N82E16811112239

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131366

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=N82E16819103808

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=N82E16820231314

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=N82E16817207003

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=N82E16814102873

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=N82E16822136533

Sony Optiarc Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1678A - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827131061
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Opperating system brought my total up to $892.91
  6. 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 ?
  7. 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..
  8. 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=N82E16824236117
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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=N82E16824236117


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

    $652AR (+100 for OS)
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