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Building Gaming Computer *This Week*

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March 12, 2011 7:09:27 PM

Experience: Beginner (First Time Building Computer)
Time Frame: This Week
Budget:$600-$700
Resolution:1440x900 *I'll rarely play on a 32 inch 1920x1080
Games I want to play at at least 50 frames : Starcraft 2, Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect, BattleField 3, Just Cause, etc.
Places I can buy parts from: Newegg, Frys (local), amazon, etc.
Parts I need to buy: everything (including OS) except for monitor, keyboard, mouse

SO this is my first time building a computer. I am not exactly interested in overclocking, crossfiring. I just want to buy parts that won't give me any trouble and will run nice and cool.
Thanks!
March 12, 2011 8:41:36 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Rosewill DESTROYER $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 $170 - $150 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec BP550 Plus 550W $65 - 50 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.SKILL 4GB $43
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz $185

$715 shipped $680 after MIR

If looking to spend a little less this GPU would be fine for you:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Superclocked 768MB $140 - $110 after MIR
Also could drop down to the Core i3-2100 and get a cheaper LGA 1155 board to save another 75-100 bucks

Edit: Crap just noticed you wanted an OS, windows 7 would be another 100 bucks :( 
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March 12, 2011 8:47:34 PM

$588AR (+$100 for OS)
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March 12, 2011 9:12:39 PM

batuchka's build is a nice AMD build with a really nice GPU and leaves room for an OS. I just wanted to show that you could build a system with the new sandy bridge CPU's within your range. Even the entry level core i3 2100 seems to be as good or better than the Phenom II X4's for gaming from a lot of the latest reviews/benches. Most games are gonna benefit more from a better GPU than CPU tho.
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March 12, 2011 9:43:20 PM

Yes, I believe your best off with an AMD 955 build in this price range...

NOTE: be sure to purchase Win 7 64 bit version

I'd recommend a better quality 650watt power supply for Either build, Antec TP, Corsair, Silverstone..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For motherboard my favorites are ASUS & Gigabyte.... will do nicely for the AMD 955

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


HD I prefer WD but Samsung's are also highly rated any one between 500Gb and 1Tb that's on sale will do....

A 5870, 6850, 6870, or MSI Hawk 460 (it's as fast as stock GTX 470's) / 560 Ti for video cards. I really like this card $170:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


NOTE: In this price range you need to focus on ONE GPU Only.... setting up for a dual GPU would cost about another $100--$150 without the second GPU
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March 12, 2011 11:43:19 PM

You said you are near a Frys. Check their ad for any of those parts. They will easily beat Newegg. Check fi you have a Microcenter close by, they have the best processor deals anywhere.
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March 13, 2011 12:47:21 AM

rlf3911 said:
You said you are near a Frys. Check their ad for any of those parts. They will easily beat Newegg. Check fi you have a Microcenter close by, they have the best processor deals anywhere.



lol just came back from frys. Half the guys inf Frys don't know what they are talking about. A guy thought that 850 mhz meant that the graphics card will take up 850 watts. Ill just stick with newegg
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March 13, 2011 12:54:47 AM

Yeah, sorry to take us on a Tangent here, BUT..... Most of the guys at Fry's couldn't build a computer to save their lives. I am fortunate to have a MicroCenter near by too. While it's true most of their sales folks don't have a clue either, some are REALLY pretty knowledgeable......


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March 13, 2011 1:57:32 AM

^so any thoughts?
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March 13, 2011 3:56:32 AM

Looks pretty solid....
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March 13, 2011 6:45:19 AM

Not a bad build at all but you forgot a PSU.
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