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$700 Gaming PC

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May 15, 2011 3:19:36 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, very little rendering.

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: TigerDirect.ca, Newegg.ca

Country of Origin: Toronto, Canada

Parts Preferences: i5 Sandy Bridge CPU, No HD5xxx Series GPU or GTX 4xx GPU!

Overclocking: Nope

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: a i5 PC that can run games maxed out and can handle everything i throw at it :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2011 8:23:07 AM

That's $700 CDN, so not a given. Let's see what the rest of the build comes to then plug in the CPU/MB:

Antec 300 case $50 $20mir
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=29812&vpn=THREE%20HUN...

Corsair 650TX V2 $85
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58381&vpn=CMPSU-650TX...

Seagate 1TB $70
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58746&vpn=ST31000524A...

Asus optical drive $28
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW-24B1ST%...

Asus 6870 $205 20mir
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=56357&vpn=EAH6870%20D...

Intel i3 2100 $132
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58339&vpn=BX80623I321...

ASRock H67 $107
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59672&vpn=H67M%20%28B...

G.skill 4GB $45
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=42745&vpn=F3-12800CL9...

That's $722 before rebates, but you'll have other expenses also....

Any less and you are looking at an AMD build. Athlon X4 640 and an AMD 870 chipset board:

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=53854&vpn=ADX640WFGMB...
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=52049&vpn=GA-870A-UD3...
That only saves about 23 bucks though (or loonies as the case may be)
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May 15, 2011 5:15:38 PM

is it not possible to squeeze a i5 2500 or i5 2400..?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2011 5:24:28 PM

You could go 2500k, but without a seriously bitchin, top-of-the-line gpu the processor probably won't be the bottleneck in gaming
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May 15, 2011 5:31:30 PM

What u mean the processor probably won't be the bottleneck in gaming..?
i5 is great for gaming isn't it?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2011 7:41:02 PM

Siggy, $600 build and just change the i3 2100 to an i5 2400.

BTW, why does it need to be anything above the 4xx or 5xxx series. The 5850 performs better than the 6850 for a cheaper price and the 460 768mb is better than the 550 Ti for a cheaper price.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2011 8:40:02 PM

shihaab said:
What u mean the processor probably won't be the bottleneck in gaming..?
i5 is great for gaming isn't it?


You need to spend money where it will do the most good. You only have so much to go around. You need to protect your parts with adequate cooling and power, that's the first priority.
Then, you want the best frame rates for your money. At that budget level that means you will spend more on your GPU than your CPU.

Here is an article that will tell you what the best gaming processors for the money are:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-int...

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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2011 8:40:32 PM

This entire build is Free Shipping.

This build includes a factory over clocked gtx 560 along with a i5 2300 Sandy Bridge cpu and 8GB of low voltage RAM.

Direct Canada and Best Direct are affiliated. Both companies use the same address. Both offer Free Shipping... Best Direct free shipping on all orders over $80, and Direct Canada on all orders over $50.

http://www.directcanada.com/contact/ <----- Contact info / addy Direct Canada

http://www.bestdirect.ca/contact/ <----- Contact info / addy Best Direct

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC2534&v... $89.70
Coolermaster USP 100 ATX Mid-Tower Case RED/BLACK 4X5.25 1X3.25 6X3.5INT Front USB Audio W/ 550W PSU

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD0755&v...(B3)&manufacture=MSI $57.11 - MIR. Savings: $5.00 - $52.11
M-P21 (B3) H61 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 PCI-E16 3PCI-E VGA Audio LAN SATA2 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD6306&v... $179.63
Intel Core i5 2300 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 2.8GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232566/F3-10666CL9D-8... $75.17
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233111/ST31000524AS/S... $59.79
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14040DR8105&v... $19.99
Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black Dvd Writer Sata Oem

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD8066&v... $237.88 MIR. Savings: $20.00 - $217.88
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card

Total: $719.27 - 694.27 w/mail in rebates

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-froze... <----- review of that MSI card

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms... <----- review of that MSI card

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin... <----- review of that MSI card

http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/... <----- review of that MSI card
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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2011 8:47:37 PM

There is no way I would trust that PSU, and I'm a bit surprised that you would... is there a review I'm missing?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 15, 2011 8:52:39 PM

^ I concure, the 550w I would assume is a non-CM made one or at least a crappy one. The good cooler master PSUs are 500, 600, 700, 850 etc. etc. Which are all Silent Pros. I wouldn't trust the GX/Extreme older series of CM power supplies to last long.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 16, 2011 5:32:24 AM

Why_Me said:
Don't anyone suggest a psu to the op....




:lol: 
I really liked your list and was hoping you could find a way to make it work. And I was hoping there was a good review for the PSU somewhere ;) 
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May 16, 2011 5:58:43 AM

you really need to find better PSU. i would suggest find corsair 550vx of 650 tx.

or find antec neo eco or HCG series.

anything less then that and your whole system becomes unstable or a power hog.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 16, 2011 6:19:57 AM

Proximon said:
:lol: 
I really liked your list and was hoping you could find a way to make it work. And I was hoping there was a good review for the PSU somewhere ;) 

lol...ok I was rolling dice with that cm 55w...but that combo was such a sweet deal and it got the op under budget I figured I could slide that one by on here without anyone noticing. Bad move on my part.
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