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$700 budget gaming build help (i5)

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April 6, 2011 12:54:14 AM

What do you guys think of this build? I don't think I can cut anything else down but I also want to make sure that these components work out OK. This is only the second computer I've tried to put together, so bare with me if I made any stupid mistakes.

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard [$115]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W BX80623I52500 [$210]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 [$165]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS [$40]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply [$50]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive [$60]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 22X SATA DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive - OEM [$20]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case [$40]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Comes out to about $705 shipped after rebate.
April 6, 2011 2:17:53 AM

EHHHH on the PSU.

Check out my build guide for 600$. Add the i5 2400 instead which is +70. That brings it to 670$. Then 20$ more for the drive which is 690$. You'd get a much better PSU and IMO a pretty nice looking case.
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April 6, 2011 4:37:35 PM

Thanks for the response. Your guide is very helpful.

The i5 2500 is $20 more than the i5 2400. Should I just go ahead and get the 2500 or is it just a waste of money?

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April 6, 2011 4:39:46 PM

u go for a 2500 if it's costs 20$ more than a 2400
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April 6, 2011 5:40:42 PM

If you live near a Microcenter pick up a intel i5 2500k for 179.99. Since you have a Motherboard that can support OC the i5 2500k is easy as pie to OC and is a cheaper buy too.
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April 6, 2011 6:18:55 PM

the build in my signature (2400, with a 6850 in a micro ATX build) was $700.81 shipped from Newegg, including Windows 7.

Its getting fantastic stats in most games. at 1680x1050, I'm getting 150 FPS in DCUO, 80 FPS in LOTRO at Ultra/dx11) 70 FPS in Star Trek Online, 100 FPS in the Dragon AGe 2 Demo, and 27 FPS in Second Life, which may be the most graphically demanding game out there -- because there are no pre-rendered items, a fairly full Second Life sim is putting a workout on your CPU and GPU like running 3-4 simultaneous runs of Crysis.
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April 6, 2011 8:22:14 PM

Hardly, the i5 2400 to i5 2500 has virtually zero difference. You won't notice it at all. The only difference is the clocks and that's meh when the i5 2400 performs so well already.

If a microcenter is near you, as Subidoo stated, the i5 2500K costs 180, that may be something you'd like.
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April 7, 2011 12:49:10 AM

I went ahead and picked up an i5 for $190 with tax at Micro center. Thanks for the tip.

I also decided to go with the Antec 300 case.

One last question: are there any other 1155 motherboards floating around out on the internet for $100 that I should look at? Thanks for the responses thus far.
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April 7, 2011 1:41:07 AM

Nice, The ECS P67 H2 I believe, it's in my siggy build for 600, is a great low priced board.
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April 7, 2011 6:00:49 PM

I forgot to mention that the ECS P67H2-A3 is sold out on newegg and I can't find it elsewhere on the net. I think I'm just going to go ahead and get the GA-P67A-D3-B3.
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April 7, 2011 6:30:12 PM

Alrighty sounds good.
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