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

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March 19, 2011 10:25:41 PM

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: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

What i have so far

mobo
MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU
Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W

Things that i need most advice on

CPU Debating between the

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz

or

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.







March 19, 2011 11:07:21 PM

any help?
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March 19, 2011 11:14:16 PM

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.
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March 20, 2011 5:09:38 PM

Ok edited so hopefully you guys can help me out now.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2011 6:21:29 PM

Here is an $800 build:

I5-2500K + Mushkin 8 GB RAM: $291.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MSI P67-A G45 motherboard: $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
does 8x/8x Crossfire

Sapphire HD 6850: $164.99 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
if needed, add a second one later in crossfire

XFX 80+ Bronze 550W PSU: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
enough to crossfire the 6850

Samsung F3 1TB HDD: $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Destroyer Case: $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus 24x DVD burner: $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: $799.92
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March 20, 2011 8:17:22 PM

yeah but i want to finish my build off of what i have so far.
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March 20, 2011 8:58:01 PM

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.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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.
$313

For a case, assuming you don't have one already, the Antec Three Hundred is a cheap budget case that's got great reviews.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$45

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.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$43

For your hard disk, you can use SATA 3.0Gb/s so here's this 1TB one that people also recommend highly.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$65

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.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphic...

So is that $800 what you currently have or is it before deducting the price of the mobo and PSU?
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March 21, 2011 9:19:35 AM

currently have sorta i havent really saved up much.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 21, 2011 9:30:26 AM

what parts do you currently have, an how much is left to spend?
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March 21, 2011 9:51:50 AM

What do you think of the stuff I recommended?
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March 21, 2011 10:04:24 AM

mobo
MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU
Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W

and i forgot i have the case too

Xclio windtunnel
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March 21, 2011 10:05:33 AM

trickstar said:
What do you think of the stuff I recommended?



i just bought the ram, for that price how could i not?
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March 21, 2011 10:30:55 AM

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.
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March 21, 2011 3:44:23 PM

you meant the i7 870? Or i5 760?
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March 21, 2011 10:12:06 PM

errr >____< hang on. i think i mean the 760.
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