New build suggestions? 800-850

hows every one doing?

i am helping a friend build a pc, and ive been going at it the wrong way. i need a gaming pc that is good and will last. now i know that 800 is a tight budget for a pc that will "last". my friend is not technically inclined and does not want to mess with overclocking. he is willing to upgrade down the line with sli/crossfire/ to up his performance later on.

i understand the p67 motherboard have had a recall, im not sure what the status of that is. he is moving up from a gaming laptop, by asus which has become underpowered.

i also understand bulldozer is on its way in a few months but my friend doesnt want to wait so long.

this doesnt have to be a specific build, i know my way around hardware enough. but i would very much like the input of the toms hardware community

thanks in advance!

Approximate Purchase Date: sooner the better

Budget Range: 800-850 (900 MAX) before rebates

System Usage : Gaming primary.

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard mouse, speakers,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com for most of the parts, unless something else has a better selection/ price for all coponents.

Country of Origin: united states

Parts Preferences: quality parts, 3 12v rails, unless you think that is unnecessary

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080
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  1. The number of 12V rails is not terribly important, despite what the marketing folks at Antec might say. If you are getting a very large PSU, perhaps.

    With $850 and keeping the possibility of crossfire open, you are definitely looking at an AMD setup. Probably a 6870.

    E-blast deals, become a subscriber to use the codes:

    http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail/latest/index-landing.aspx?cm_sp=ShoppingGuide122710_email-_-ShoppingGuide122710-_-http%3a%2f%2fpromotions.newegg.com%2fhomepage%2fblackNov10%2fbnr_homeLinkList_email.png

    From that list, these parts

    Corsair 650TX V2 PSU $90
    1TB Seagate HDD $55
    Rosewill Destroyer case $40
    total $185

    Moving on:
    Asus 870 board and X4 965 CPU $240
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.596008

    4GB G.skill RAM 1333, CL 7 1.5V $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231439&cm_re=ddr3_1333-_-20-231-439-_-Product

    Sapphire 6870 $200 (note promo code)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102913&cm_re=6870-_-14-102-913-_-Product

    Asus DVD burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Win 7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=win_7_64_bit-_-32-116-754-_-Product

    I think that's $800 before shipping. You might want to grab 8GB of RAM as an upgrade:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231440&cm_re=8gb_ddr3_1333-_-20-231-440-_-Product

    Or go with a 6950:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102921&cm_re=6950-_-14-102-921-_-Product
  2. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-overclocking-processor-recommendation,2866.html

    Quote:
    As the editor responsible for our Best CPUs For The Money column, this puts me in an unfortunate position. Do I tell people to hold off on the second-generation Core chips and recommend inferior processors for a short while, or do I acknowledge the fact that Intel's new chips are actually worth waiting for?

    For me, it comes down to this: Sandy Bridge-based CPUs offer such an impressive performance boost that I think it would be irresponsible to push new system builders toward a different platform, especially if they're spec'ing out a mid- to high-end machine. With this in mind, we're counting on revised motherboard availability in March (we're almost there), and sticking with our recommendations of the processors back on the market.


    Do you need an OS ?

    Case - $60 - Antec 300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    PSU - $65 - XFX 650 W PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    RAM - - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221

    This is $897 .... $3 less than your $900 max:)

    If you need the OS, then the only target is the vid card.

    This 6850 is $150, the $100 savings covers a copy of Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121419

    To compare the GFX options:

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-gtx560-directcu-ii-review/11
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