$800 New Gaming Build

Hi guys. I've been lurking the boards for the last couple months, and I've finally saved up enough for a new gaming rig. Hope you can help!


Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, unless I should wait a bit till Bulldozer comes out for any price drops.

Budget Range: I'd like to keep it around $800-850 before rebates if possible, but if anyone thinks $900 would be worth it I'd look into it.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Netflix, Surfing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tiger, Amazon - Anything is fine, I'm not within distance of a Microcenter though.

Country of Origin: Brooklyn, NY.

Parts Preferences: No preference, whatever will give me the best bang for the buck.

Overclocking: Maybe, if worth researching - I have no experience with it.

SLI or Crossfire: Sure, if I could save some cash or truly max out the system by tossing in an extra GPU in a few weeks after I've built it, it would be doable.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 max

Additional Comments: I'd be using it to game mostly, looking to run Skyrim when it comes out and possibly Diablo 3 or any other MMO's. I usually play with headphones on for audio, and I'm not sure if I'll be needing a sound card? Thanks for your time!
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  1. CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K $225 (180 if you can find a microcenter near you)

    motherboard: GA-P67X-UD3-B3 $155

    Graphics Card: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II $250 $20MIR

    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) $95

    PSU: CORSAIR HX Series 750W $140 $15MIR

    Case: Rosewill CRUISER $70

    cpu cooler: I use CM hyper 212+ put it's 40 bucks atm...not sure what you can get that is good for like 20.
    total = 955 (920 after MIR) $910 ($880MIR) if you can get the cpu from microcenter.

    I'd recommend this build for the ability to add a 2nd gtx 560 later on if you want and the i5 2500k is the best you can do for gaming cpu atm. If you wanted to save more you could go with 4GB of RAM to save you $50ish or go with a non modular psu to save another $20ish and a cheaper case to save some more.
  2. They came out with the z68 boards for 5 dollars more!
  3. Awesome, thanks for the reply crewton.

    I'd probably like to bring it down to 4GB mem to save some cash initially, and throw in another 4GB later.

    Would that z68 board be fine for SLI down the line? I see that the PCI-E slots run at x8 when dual instead of x12 - should that make a difference?

    As for the processor, would I need to look into overclocking?
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  5. Good build crewton, but you forgot the HDD lol.
    That Z68 looks good, but wait until you can see more info on it.
  6. ryzen if you are buying a K SKU then either it is because you want to overclock or want the upgrade to Intel HD 3000 Graphics

    if you decide you want to overclock then i suggest the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ cpu cooler or if you want to go big then the Noctua NH-D14 cooler
  7. Ugh I never remember the HDD. I've always just used them from my prior computers.
  8. Thanks for the input everyone!

    How's this based on Striker's build - I've added in the Coolermaster and a HD so everything's through Newegg to make it easier.




    Video Card:





    Bonus CPU Fan:

    Grand Total: $886.31 (The PSU has a $15 promo code live till today, not sure if it's worth keeping this one or switching to Striker's newer choice)


    Any other tips? Perhaps hold off a month or so till Bulldozer, or is this good enough now for the price?
  9. Nice compilation! As you can see, me and Crewton think pretty alike :p
    I would grab the Hyper 212+ from amazon, save a pretty $20. The reason for a 750w is if you want to add another GPU down the road.

    P.S. If you grab the 212, dont forgot some good CPU paste
  10. It's hard not to think alike :P There really isn't much of a variety atm when it comes to items other than brand preference. Hopefully bulldozer and lga2011 bring some more spice.
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