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$700 Build

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May 14, 2011 11:02:20 PM

Ok, I'm not all that tech savvy, but I'd like to build a PC for gaming.

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably in a month

Budget Range: $650 - $700 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mmorpgs), Videos

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I don't really care

Overclocking: Yes, but I don't know how

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

I'm too lazy to copy all the specs ;)  so here's a link:

What I'm aiming for is a decent and cheap gaming computer. (Though no matter what I stuff into the case, it will be better than my current Laptop, with 3GB RAM, 2.0GHz CPU, onboard video... yeah.)

I have a couple questions:

1. Is it all compatible?

2. Is it worth it to spend $50 more and get the Radeon HD 5850 over the Radeon HD 6670? (I was originally aiming for $650, but if it's worth it, I'll go up to $700)

3. Is there anywhere I can get these parts for cheaper, or something better for the same price?

4. How much power will I need? I have up to $80 set aside for the power supply, but I'd like to use less if possible.

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a b 4 Gaming
May 14, 2011 11:13:38 PM

Check out my siggy for 600$, just change the i3 2100 to an i5 2400 and your good to go, that'll keep you below the 700$ mark for a much better PC.

1. Also... You can't use an Intel H55 board with a AM3 chip. Does AMD CPU+Intel motherboard sound right to you?

2. 6670 is WAY below the 5850's performance, and the 6770 is just the 5770 renamed/rebranded. It has no advantage and is more expensive.

3. Amazon is your best bet for certain parts, Newegg for others.

4. 80$ is a good amount. 550w at most maybe 600w.

This is the i5 2500K vs AMD 980, it'll be similar, to compensate for the i5 2400/i5 2500K clock difference i just switched the 955 to a 980.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 14, 2011 11:44:54 PM
May 15, 2011 12:52:03 AM

Just had a thought, am I forgetting a wireless card? I'll need one to connect to internet, right?

Also, after changing the videocard to the Radeon HD 5850, will 550W still cover the power supply?
a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2011 1:00:15 AM

Yes the 5850 would do, I strongly suggest going with an i5 2400 though because some MMO's do benefit from the extra cores. IE WoW, Rift, Everquest.
May 15, 2011 2:00:09 AM

In your opinion, is the $65 jump from i3 2100 to the i5 2400 worth it? That would bring it up to the $700 mark. Would I still be good with 550W power supply?

I think I'll stick with the i3. I would love the i5 but it brings the price to $730+



And: Do I need a wireless card to connect to the internet? (If I don't plan on using an external adapter)

(Thank you for answering my many noob questions.)
a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2011 4:01:45 AM

I would totally suggest going 30$ over your budget to get the extra two cores and performance. It'll be worth it, I guarentee it, it'll also future proof you. I promise you having the extra cores for things in the future even if you don't see you doing it, it'll be benefitial.
May 15, 2011 6:18:19 AM


get the i5 2400. u will be happy u did. check out my build -
even though i3 2100 is not a bad cpu but i5 2400 is worth every penny.
get the lg dvd drive its 22x compared to 18x. so its faster. but it depends on how fast u want the dvd to burn. If you are not connecting to internet with cable then u need a wireless adapter. i got a recertified one from newegg for $7.
good luck :) 

May 16, 2011 1:04:04 AM

1. Is microcenter for in-store pickup only? I'd get the i5 2400 from them, but I don't live near any of their stores. Otherwise I'll go with the i3 2100.

2. Will the sapphire radeon HD 5850 fit in the case I chose (Antec 300)? The case is limited to 11" cards, and I can't find any size specs for the card anywhere.
May 16, 2011 5:12:00 AM

Best answer selected by serendipitous7.
a b 4 Gaming
May 16, 2011 6:17:25 AM

The 1st PSU you listed would be fine, good enough for a CF system even. So It's a solid buy.
a b 4 Gaming
May 16, 2011 6:17:47 AM

The 1st is actually better than the 2nd option you listed.