800 dollar Gaming PC - First time builder

Approximate Purchase Date: (this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: (600-800) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, watching video, surfing the web)

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (

Country of Origin: (USAUSAUSA)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (I would like to use an intel processor, NVidia Video Card, asus/gigabyte mobo, )

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: N/A

Additional Comments: (I want to use it for now when Portal 2 comes out, to run some basic steam games (ccs..etc.) and Starcraft 2. I also would like it to be easily upgradeable in order to play higher end games when they come out in the future.


LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive - OEM

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA 512-P3-N987-TR GeForce 9800 GT HDMI 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
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  1. Best answer
    For a more future proof build I would not go with LGA1156 socket processors but with the newer Sandy Bridge processors, you should be able to get a decent $800 Sandy Bridge build.
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