First time builder, trying to finish building a semi budget gaming pc.

I started this build last year but I couldn't finish it because i didn't have enough cash or time to continue it. This is my first ever gaming build. Currently i've spent t around $260. So my budget is going to be roughly $800 not including monitor or keyboard or mouse. So here goes.

Budget Range: $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video editing

Parts Not Required: Already have mobo, psu, keyboard, mouse, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

What i have so far

MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W

Things that i need most advice on

CPU Debating between the

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz


Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz

and now im at a loss for everything else.

I don't know how to tell if a video card is compatible with my motherboard as well as ram too.
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  1. any help?
  2. I'm getting an i5 2500k and that seems to be what a lot of people are recommending for budget gaming pc's.

    If you go for the sandy bridge i5's/i7's, you should get a P67 board to get the right chipset (LGA 1155) for them.

    I don't know about power supplies sorry. I got a xfx 650 watt for $50 and it seems to be fine.
  3. Ok edited so hopefully you guys can help me out now.
  4. Here is an $800 build:

    I5-2500K + Mushkin 8 GB RAM: $291.98

    MSI P67-A G45 motherboard: $149.99
    does 8x/8x Crossfire

    Sapphire HD 6850: $164.99 w/ $15 MIR
    if needed, add a second one later in crossfire

    XFX 80+ Bronze 550W PSU: $69.99
    enough to crossfire the 6850

    Samsung F3 1TB HDD: $64.99

    Rosewill Destroyer Case: $49.99

    Asus 24x DVD burner: $17.99

    Total: $799.92
  5. yeah but i want to finish my build off of what i have so far.
  6. If you want to save some money, then the core i5 760 is a much better value than the 870. You'll save $100 which you can definitely invest in something else.
    Your mobo supports both SLI and XFire so as long as you get two of the same, your mobo will be able to utilize both. Although personally, I'd rather get one high-end card than two mid-end cards. Just less hassles to take care of.

    This combo is pretty cheap and will do you fine.
    It's the core i7 760 with a 5770 graphics card. It's not the best card available but with the rebates and promo, you're getting it for a great price.

    For a case, assuming you don't have one already, the Antec Three Hundred is a cheap budget case that's got great reviews.

    For ram, you only need about 4 GB, any more is non-essential.
    This G.Skill ram is good. Patriot, Mushkin, Kingston and Corsair are all brands that I trust, so any deals by them are good. Aim on getting 2x2gb instead of 1x4gb.

    For your hard disk, you can use SATA 3.0Gb/s so here's this 1TB one that people also recommend highly.

    Total= $466

    If you have $800 after the mobo and power supply, I'd recommend buying a more expensive graphics card, like an Nvidia 560 Ti or an ATI Radeon 6870.
    Here's a good chart for comparing graphics cards. Just remember to buy the same brand if you're going SLI or XFire.,2879-7.html

    So is that $800 what you currently have or is it before deducting the price of the mobo and PSU?
  7. currently have sorta i havent really saved up much.
  8. what parts do you currently have, an how much is left to spend?
  9. What do you think of the stuff I recommended?
  10. mobo
    MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W

    and i forgot i have the case too

    Xclio windtunnel
  11. trickstar said:
    What do you think of the stuff I recommended?

    i just bought the ram, for that price how could i not?
  12. You should really get the i7 760. You lose $100 for .13 Ghz extra, which is a terrible deal.
    You will probably find a great deal for the i7 760 because newegg and other companies probably want to stock the second generation of sandy bridges.
  13. you meant the i7 870? Or i5 760?
  14. errr >____< hang on. i think i mean the 760.
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