Building Gaming Computer *This Week*

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!
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144 Rosewill DESTROYER $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131374 PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 $170 - $150 after MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016 Antec BP550 Plus 550W $65 - 50 after MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231179 G.SKILL 4GB $43
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128476 GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 $135
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115076 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=N82E16814130564 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 :(
  2. $588AR (+$100 for OS)
  3. 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.
  4. 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=N82E16817371021


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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131647


    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=N82E16814127518


    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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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......
  8. ^so any thoughts?
  9. Looks pretty solid....
  10. Not a bad build at all but you forgot a PSU.
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