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800-900 Dollar Gaming PC

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February 21, 2011 12:30:15 AM

Well, tax refund money has come and it's burning a hole in my pocket. I got the OK from the wife, and after much delay it's finally time to build me a new gaming PC.

I'm looking to spend around 800 dollars for the computer, without a monitor. I'm looking into getting a new monitor also, but that may wait a bit.

So here we go...

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week


Budget Range: 800-900


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mainly, it's mostly going to be gaming along with gaming related programs. I play MMO's mostly, so Vent, TS, and internet pages will be open while the game is running. I'll do other general computer stuff also, but nothing out of the ordinary.


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tiger Direct, Newegg, wherever is cheaper. Newegg charges tax where I am, Tiger Direct does not. I live in NJ if that helps. I don't mind ordering parts from multiple websites, and planned on doing that and ordering wherever is cheaper on each part.


Country of Origin: USA: New Jersey


Parts Preferences: No real preference, just the most bang for the buck really.


Overclocking: No, don't plan on it at least.


SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but it's something I will do later if I ever do.


Monitor Resolution: Right now I have a 19inch Monitor running at 1280x1024. I do plan on getting a new larger monitor looking at something around 27 inches


Additional Comments: Nothing too specific here, just the most bang for the buck with room to upgrade as time progresses and I may need to.

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Here is what I have so far, let me know what you guys think.

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
APPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Additional Notes
Now I've heard about some problems with the Sandy Bridge CPU's and Motherboards, is this something I shouldn't buy because of this? Or is anything I order safe? I'd rather order the computer now instead of waiting a month or two. I don't want problems down the road with this computer. I'd be open to other setups as long as it's around the same price.

I also know I don't "need" 8 gigs of ram, but for another 50 bucks I think I'm just going to go ahead and purchase it because I've always been of the mind of "You can never have too much ram" ;) 

So any help from you guys would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all very much for your advice.

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February 21, 2011 12:39:32 AM

Yeah, I just realized I'm a moron and that Motherboard will not fit the processor I have. So I guess it's back to the drawing board...
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February 21, 2011 12:56:52 AM

Now the question...

Would it be worth waiting a month for the Sandy Bridge? Or should I go a different route all together?
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February 21, 2011 1:20:51 AM

I do not know why they are selling Sandybridge CPU's when the compatible motherboards will not be available who knows when in April.

I suggest that you just replace the CPU with an I5-760. You live near Patterson by any chance? Here is the CPU for $169 at MicroCenter: Core i5 760 Processor Boxed.

Upgrade your HDD to a Western Digital Caviar Black
or a Samsung Spinpoint F3.

Leave yourself room to intsall even more ram by purchasing 4GB sticks. Here is some that is a little bit slower, but you should not notice any difference: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 for $64 After Rebate.

Finally, that case is pretty, but there is only one fan! Get some extra 120 mm case fans. Oh, and if you are going to MicroCenter, they have the Elite 430 case for $35, which is just as nice as the 912. They have cheaper fans too.

Correction on the 912 case fans: there are two now shipped with that case. I would still recommend additional fans to improve the airflow.
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February 21, 2011 1:21:22 AM

My 1K build could work out. It's stretching it a bit. 985$ but I think it'd turn out pretty sweet.

You can save 50$ on my build in fact since Microcenter sells the 2500K for i think 180$.

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February 21, 2011 9:47:41 AM

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I suggest that you just replace the CPU with an I5-760. You live near Patterson by any chance? Here is the CPU for $169 at MicroCenter: Core i5 760 Processor Boxed.


Unfortunately I do not live near Patterson, I live about two hours from there :(  There's no Microcenter near me.

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Upgrade your HDD to a Western Digital Caviar Black
or a Samsung Spinpoint F3.

Leave yourself room to intsall even more ram by purchasing 4GB sticks. Here is some that is a little bit slower, but you should not notice any difference: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 for $64 After Rebate.

I would still recommend additional fans to improve the airflow.


Thanks, I'll look into those hard drives and the Ram you suggested, plus an extra Fan.
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February 21, 2011 12:08:13 PM

2 hours? That's not much of a drive, unless you get carsick easily :D  It would save you $40 on the CPU and you more than likely would be able to find some good deals on other parts as well.

Other than that I really like the build. I totally agree with the RAM, it's so cheap now that 8GB is just as much as 4GB used to be.
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February 21, 2011 1:57:26 PM

This was $878AR - if u think thats too high hold off the SSD, (no render/encode) cut down to 4GB DDR3 or a Seagate 7200.12 500 hdd for possible measures ^^
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