Family Desktop Build $800 - Want to go fast then faster.

I previously posted a thread for $1700 but my father wants me to help him prepare a build first.

We're trying to keep a budget of $800 and want it to last 3+ years. Our goal is to make a fast computer. I looked into a SSD but the cost will put us over budget. Though I have my own laptop, I find myself using the desktop a lot so I want it to be fast enough.

Approximate Purchase Date: 4-29-11


Budget Range: $800


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multipurpose


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


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, tiger direct and possibly amazon. Open to new and reliable websites


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Intel for processor. Other parts are flexible.


Overclocking: Yes (after seeing how stock speeds perform)


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080. Looking for good deals and quality.


Additional Comments: I'm looking for a good balance among performance, reliability and energy/eco friendly. My father pretty much said, "I want to go fast then faster."

Are these compatible and efficient?


Mobo: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130573

CPU: i5-2500k (didn't see a reason to pay an extra $100 for i7-2600k)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

Video/Graphic card: need help on this one.

optical drive: SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151232

Case: NZXT Guardian
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070


Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

So far the total cost is $714.93. Thanks in advance! Feel free to add any components I may have neglected.


Edit 1:
Thanks ukee for noticing that. I actually thought I include the PSU.

This is the PSU i had in my wish list.
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015
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  1. The ASUS motherboards have a whole bunch of power control tools that are useful. The ASUS P8P67 would be a good drop in for the MSI board!

    Do you really need a Blu-ray? for software Blurays are never going to be utilized so unless your watching HD movies

    Your missing a Power supply! Seasonic 620 watt from newegg!

    GPU ... Will this be used for gaming? As you are on a tight budget I'd recommend the 5750 from AMD RADEON. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125324 If no gaming then you can probably drop down even lower to a 5600 range or the nvidia GTX440
  2. Thanks ukee. The seasonic looks very promising and I may choose it. The desktop would be used for very light gaming (little cousins). I'll look into the Nvidia GTX440. I personally wanted just a CD/DVD+RW combo but my father insisted on blu-ray.

    Thanks again!
  3. im not telling you not to overlclock, i just built this out of curiosity (the c300 costs $200 now and its a tomshardware recommended buy at $260):

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-ssd-price-per-gb-ssd-performance,2880-5.html


    NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811146070
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $69.99


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    -$5.00 Instant
    $69.99
    $64.99


    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
    Item #: N82E16817371033
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    -$20.00 Instant
    $59.99
    $39.99


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231311
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $84.99


    SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support (Retail)
    Item #: N82E16827151232
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    $74.99


    Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820148348
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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    -$55.00 Instant
    $254.99
    $199.99


    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
    Item #: N82E16819115074
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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    BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813138296
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    -$15.00 Instant
    -$17.00 Combo
    $294.98
    $262.98
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  4. You're unlikely going to need the 2500k. I'd go with with the 2400 like genghis suggested. Snatch one up from Microcenter.com, they have the most amazing deals on chips. I'd say a 5750/5770 would suffice for your gpu. Not quite sure what you're leaning towards as far as usage goes. Other than that, cute build. :)
  5. Thanks everyone. After reading your suggestion, I wanna try this build

    Case: NZXT Guardian 921 $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070&cm_re=nzxt_guardian-_-11-146-070-_-Product

    CPU: i5-2400 (should be fast enough per Genghiskron) $189.99 unfortunately microcenter is not available in my area.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074&cm_re=i5_2400-_-19-115-074-_-Product

    Mobo: ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703

    GPU: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit $144.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127490

    RAM:Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (someone highly recommended it) $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220558

    otherwise I will probably get CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (NewEgg has a 25% off sale) $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL042811&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL042811-_-EMC-042811-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20145345-L0A

    PSU:COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171036

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power $54.99 (2nd Choice)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034


    HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795&cm_re=western_digital_caviar_black-_-22-136-795-_-Product

    Optical:SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R (blu-ray) $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151232&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=hay3smkdimjq

    Monitor: ViewSonic VX2250wm-LED Black 21.5" $164.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824116442

    Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $34.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=coolermaster_hyper_212%2b_air_cooler-_-35-103-065-_-Product


    New 1st Choice: $939.82 + Monitor (164.99)= $1,104.82
    New 2nd Choice: $889.91+ Monitor (164.99)= $1,054.90

    More than likely not going to get the monitor until I get the everything working. Thanks in advance for the feedback. I will probably purchase the main part later today.
  6. Looks good! ... You don't really need the "Pro" edition motherboard unless you are going to SLI or Overclock (which you can't easily with the 2400) So I'd recommend the standard P8P67!
  7. ukee1593 said:
    Looks good! ... You don't really need the "Pro" edition motherboard unless you are going to SLI or Overclock (which you can't easily with the 2400) So I'd recommend the standard P8P67!



    Thank you Ukee. I appreciate the feedback. With your suggestion, I think I'm going to purchase this mobo (save $30):
    ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131706&cm_re=ASUS_P8P67-_-13-131-706-_-Product
  8. actually with a 2400, I'd suggest the ASRock H61M/U3S3 which is only $79.99

    has pretty much all the features you need on the $100 more expensive P67. It doesn't do RAID, and it doesn't do crossfire/SLI.

    I'd get the $75 corsair RAM, tthe 430W PSU, And the Seagate 1TB drive that is $59.99 instead of the WD 500 GB.
    also, there is an Acer 23" monitor that is $149.99, I'd suggest that over the viewsonic.
  9. Hello all. Thanks one more time for your suggestions. This should be my final production (barring any unfortunate incident)

    Case: NZXT Guardian 921
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070

    CPU: i5-2500 (will not overclock)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

    Mobo & RAM (with promo code and combo deal a saving of $50)
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 (haven't heard anything bad about this manufacturer)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.637592

    HDD: WD Caviar Black 500GB (thanks ScrewySqrl but I had a bad experience with Seagate plus I do not need 1TB)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795

    GPU: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127490

    PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034

    Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    I will get the Acer monitor later. Unless there is a good (compatible) touchscreen. Should I get a warranty for the CPU; Mobo and the GPU? Or just one?

    Total cost is $885.91 with 3-day shipping and discounts.
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