$700-$900 Gaming PC request / Advice

Well this is sort of a dual request thread. :sweat: If it isn't too much trouble, I'd like to have everyone review a build I've put together and post their thoughts, like where I could cut the cost down without sacrificing performance. I haven't used any combo deals in my build since I've been working on this for a while. ;_;

(For sake of thread length, I'll link to my public wish list instead of piecing out individual parts like the sticky suggests. http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=15880952


Next I would like to request the following build if the one I put together isn't worth nitpicking certain parts and you guys feel I could have a better system for the money.

Approximate Purchase Date: Around April 22, 2011 and I don't plan on upgrading for at least another year

Budget Range: $700-$850 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Crysis series, Just Cause 2, Assassin's Creed, GTA4) MMOs (KOTOR 3, Vindictus), Emulation (Ps2, Dreamcast, DS, maybe Wii)

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Full tower/Large mid tower

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080p

Additional Comments: I've used an HP Athlon X2 w/ integrated graphics on a 17" monitor my entire life, being able to play only Halo Trial @ low settings and extremely choppy MMOs. I'd like to max out (4x AA) most recent games and the ones I listed at 30+ FPS @ 1080p, but I'm perfectly fine with lowering some settings like particles or draw distances to get steady FPS... The only exception is Ps2/Wii emulation which will require at least a 3.2 GHz CPU to get stable gameplay and I won't really be able to lower settings.

Also, I chose a huge, pricey case in my above build for a reason. Since this is my first time actually building a PC, I figure my cable management is going to suck hard. I know heat kills hardware, and buying a huge case w/ great airflow and large fans (as well the vapor-x GPU) would make up for it if I do a horrible wiring job. I guess it's more of a safety net for the hardware and peace of mind for myself. :pt1cable: It also might look better if I throw some purple cathodes in thar.



I greatly appreciate any responses I get. :)
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  1. ok, try this:

    i5-2500: $210
    AS Rock H61/U3S3: $80
    4 GB DDR3-1333: $40
    Samsung 1 TB HDD: $65
    HD 6850: $165
    Corsair CX430: $45
    Antec 300 Illusion: $70
    ---
    $694
    Add Windows 7 home premium: $100

    $794 total.
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 $59.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016 $64.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.619743 Combo Discount: -$11.99 Combo Price: $262.99
    Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52300
    ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092 $42.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1302635159&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $21.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102925 $219.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100314VXSR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    Total: $832.92
  3. Oh wow, thanks for the quick replies :o

    Sounds like the common theme here is going with the Intel i5 2300. How would it preform over the Phenom II X4 840 since it has a lower clock speed?

    And I have to be honest here, I'm concerned about the power supplies that both of you chose. Based on the reviews, there's a 12% chance that the 550w Antec could be faulty / not last long, and a 51% chance for the 430w. Are there any others you could suggest?

    I'll definitely go with the HAF 912 case if I end up going with Intel to lower the cost.
  4. salmontwist said:
    Oh wow, thanks for the quick replies :o

    Sounds like the common theme here is going with the Intel i5 2300. How would it preform over the Phenom II X4 840 since it has a lower clock speed?

    And I have to be honest here, I'm concerned about the power supplies that both of you chose. Based on the reviews, there's a 12% chance that the 550w Antec could be faulty / not last long, and a 51% chance for the 430w. Are there any others you could suggest?

    I'll definitely go with the HAF 912 case if I end up going with Intel to lower the cost.


    the 2400 is a very solid gaming CPU, does everything you might ask of it.

    The CX 430W is actually VERY reliable, and is a JonnyGuru recommended buy. I'm using it myself.

    Antec and Corsair are two of the top-5 PSU makers, very reliable companies with quality parts.
  5. Well ***. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102925&Tpk=vapor%20x%206870

    Vapor-X 6870 out of stock / deactivated. Does that mean it's completely discontinued, or will they restock it in a few days?

    I decided to go with an i5-2400 and this case/psu combo to lower my budget a bit, but with my luck that combo will end by next week.

    Any suggestions for a $200~ video card that doesn't produce a lot of heat and can handle my needs?
  6. Alrighty well I have some more questions now. D:

    Saw alternate 6870s with a different cooler, http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&Description=iceq%20x%20turbo%20x&bop=And&Order=PRICED&PageSize=100HIS IceQ X. Is HIS a good brand? And do card's performances differ with brand? For example, would a Sapphire 6870 perform better than an XFX 6870?
  7. the only real difference is quality of build materials, warranty, what sort of fan/heat sink chosen, and if they overclocked the GPU or its Memory. If the GPU & Memory clocks are the same, it'll have similar performance. Different fans may give different heat and noise levels, and overclocks will be faster that reference cards.

    Otherwise no real difference
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