$650 gaming system buying tomorrow suggestions

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow

Budget Range: $650 after MIR (high cant go high than that).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, High school homework, some video editing and 3d designing.

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect and amazon. (No newegg tax in ca)

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel 2400 with a p67 board. :)

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: Doesnt care if its loud or anything. Mobo should have 4 memory slots.

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MY CHOICE -

CPU and mobo - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=165440&CatId=6982

Case - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5222597&Sku=A406-1094

DVD drive - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4829307&CatId=1624

HDD - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7332879&CatId=2459

Memory - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4531833&sku=P56-3980

PSU - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5344842&sku=T925-3012

GPU - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=199805

THE TOTAL COMES TO ABOUT 660 AFTER SHIPPING AND MIRS. THIS IS HOW FAR I CAN GO WITH THE PRICE.

ANYTHING BETTER OR SHOULD BE CHANGED. THIS MOBO DOESNT SUPPORT CROSSFIREX SO I THINK 500 WATT SHOULD BE ENOUGH. CHECKED ON ANTEC WEBSITE.

THANKS
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  1. Tigerdirect links dont work for me for some reason. Could u name those parts for me?

    Heres a build for about 530$.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-pc-phenom-ii-radeon-hd-6850,2903.html
    with a 650$ budget heres what u can improve.
    GPU
    add 70$
    i.e for about 245$ after rebates HD6950 2GB.
    CPU
    Phenom II X4 955BE for about 20$ more.
    PSU
    a 500w Antec unit for about 20 - 30$ more.
    which brings us to ur 650$ budget. Good luck.
  2. You can't overclock the i5-2400. You'd need the i5 2500k http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=165442&CatId=6982 so $330.

    Dang, I'm trying to find things cheaper/better in your selections to compensate for the extra 30 but I can't. If you can't go to $690 then you might want to pick a different motherboard as you don't need a p67 since you can't overclock the processor anyway.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7343097&CatId=6977 $90

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073164&CatId=6988 $190

    That would save you $20 from what you currently have to get you under your $650 budget.
  3. Why dont these links work for me?
    From what I understand its a i5 2400 based build?
    What GPU does he have presently?
    Since this is for Gaming I 'd suggest going with a better GPU than a CPU.
    Good luck.
  4. He's got the 5850 for a gpu which he won't get anything better at $150.
  5. He could if he went lower on the CPU and mobo. My 1st post in this thread is an example.
    Good luck.
  6. MOBO/CPU combos on TD are a ripoff FYI. They don't save you much money if any at all.
    I would also upgrade your memory, it runs @ 1333 and if you gonna OC you can get more performance out of memory bandwidth at least at 1600.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
    Tax is negligible unless you're buying over $100 FYI.

    Your PSU:
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermaltake-TR2-RX-750-W-Power-Supply-Review/902/9

    YIKES.
    Quote:

    Thermaltake TR2 RX 750 W is, according to our methodology, a flawed product that must be avoided at all costs. It can’t deliver its labeled wattage at high temperatures, but this is not the worst of it: ripple and noise level are way above the maximum allowed when you pull 80% or more from the unit’s labeled capacity (i.e., 600 W and above), overloading your components (especially electrolytic capacitors from the motherboard and video cards), which can cause your PC to present an erratic behavior (crashes and random resets) and, under extreme conditions, damage components.


    Protip: Look up reviews for your PSU models you are considering to buy. I typed in "Thermaltake tr2 review", omitting 500w in your case, because they won't review 750w 600w 500w versions obviously.

    If you must buy ASAP, I recommend:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
    don't forget the promocode.

    If you must not wait, lemme know and I can update you with deals I find on slickdeals and newegg which with tax, offers surprising deals. I have tax as well but bought most of my parts from NewEgg because their deals were cost effective STILL.

    $650 got me
    elite 430 case
    955 be
    4gb gskill ram
    samsung 320gb f4
    ocz vertex ssd 30gb
    hyper 212+
    ocz stealthxstream ii 600w
  7. that cpu intel 2400 can't be overclocked, want overclock choose amd cpu's.
  8. i changed my mind about overclocking. i know that the k series can overclocked but i5 2400 can't. so i dont want to overclock(as it performs decent). i plan on changing the gpu every year bu no the cpu and mobo.
  9. That build is fine but I'd change the mobo to the H67 chipset and get a better PSU.

    Any H67 mobo will do fine as they don't overclock so they should perform relatively the same. When going H67 it's about features, quality and price.

    There are lots of choices for PSU, but considering you upgrade video cards frequently then you may want to get something around 600W and 80+ bronze certified, namely from silverstone, antec, enermax, PC power & cooling, seasonic, xfx, corsair, cooler master, thermaltake or cougar.

    EDIT: i own a xigmatek 600W bronze PSU and it's not bad considering the price (think it was $59?) but reading reviews online their PSUs are hit or miss. Seems very good so far, though :)
  10. Yep. Just bear in mind the mobo is microatx format.
  11. i noticed that. thanks!
  12. you could go a bit cheaper with the H61 motherboards. an AS Rocl H61M/U3S3 is $79.99 with all the features of an H67 board, except no RAID.
  13. it has 2 memory slots but biostar has 4.
  14. Hi OP,

    May I ask what games you play? As Pelov said, you're going to want an h67 board for your 2400. I'm glad you chose sandy bridge, wonderful chips for gaming!
  15. I play fps like crysis 2 and 1, call of duty and gta 4. all the fps. dirt 2.
    i ordered it already. i5 2400 with biostar th67+ mobo, sapphire 5850 gpu, 4 gb 1600 ripjaws.
  16. taran95 said:
    I play fps like crysis 2 and 1, call of duty and gta 4. all the fps. dirt 2.
    i ordered it already. i5 2400 with biostar th67+ mobo, sapphire 5850 gpu, 4 gb 1600 ripjaws.


    Ah, hope you enjoy!
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