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New gaming PC $800ish

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week.


Budget Range: $700 - $900 prefer around $800


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mostly playing wow at the moment). School work. Very light video editing (youtube).


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg. tiger direct if a better price.

Overclocking: Would prefer not to.

SLI or Crossfire: not sure?

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: would like to run wow on ultra (other games on high/ultra) as best I can for my current price range.


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So far im thinking about:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL


Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400

SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity Possibly?


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
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  1. Welcome to the forum.
    Here's a motherboard to fit with those parts
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131729
    Assuming you're not going to crossfire then yes that 1GB 6950 is good and you could use a PSU such as this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371020
    Add on a F3 also
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=spinpoint%20f3
  2. Best answer
    CPU : i5 2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=i5_2500k-_-19-115-072-_-Product

    GPU: if its only wow go for 560Ti as wow is optimized for nVidia
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565&cm_re=560-_-14-127-565-_-Product
    But if u r looking to play other games at high settings also
    6950 2GB is better value. (also plays wow at ultra settings no problem)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&cm_re=6950-_-14-102-914-_-Product
    also its capable of unlocking to a 6970 specs
    Mobo :
    decide on whether u want to go with z68 or p67

    Do u need PSU and other components also?
  3. gametstr said:
    CPU : i5 2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=i5_2500k-_-19-115-072-_-Product

    GPU: if its only wow go for 560Ti as wow is optimized for nVidia
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565&cm_re=560-_-14-127-565-_-Product
    But if u r looking to play other games at high settings also
    6950 2GB is better value. (also plays wow at ultra settings no problem)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&cm_re=6950-_-14-102-914-_-Product
    also its capable of unlocking to a 6970 specs
    Mobo :
    decide on whether u want to go with z68 or p67

    Do u need PSU and other components also?



    Thanks for the reply!
    I do want to play different games as well but as for right now I am spending a lot of time in wow.
    I do need a PSU and everything else (minus mouse/keyboard/speakers/monitor).
    As for the mobo I think I will be going with a z68... im just not sure which one.
    For the PSU I was thinking of going with a corsair... everyone gives them great reviews. Maybe this one:
    CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139023&Tpk=corsair%20gaming%20psu
  4. gametstr said:
    CPU : i5 2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=i5_2500k-_-19-115-072-_-Product

    GPU: if its only wow go for 560Ti as wow is optimized for nVidia
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565&cm_re=560-_-14-127-565-_-Product
    But if u r looking to play other games at high settings also
    6950 2GB is better value. (also plays wow at ultra settings no problem)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&cm_re=6950-_-14-102-914-_-Product
    also its capable of unlocking to a 6970 specs
    Mobo :
    decide on whether u want to go with z68 or p67

    Do u need PSU and other components also?



    Who ever told you that is a liar. They perform the same, He should get a ati 5850 no need for a card like that on wow. 60 FPS is good enough.
  5. Mobo:
    AsRock z68 extreme 4.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250&Tpk=z68%20extreme%204

    GPU
    Since u want to game at high settings on other games also go for the 6950 2GB

    The RAM and PSU u selected are good. That corasair unit a bit pricey for me tho.

    HDD:
    Samsung spinpoint f3 1 TB

    Case :
    what kind of case do u want? Look at antec 300 and haf 912 if u want 'em on the cheap but very good air flow and build quality.
  6. The AsRock z68 extreme 4 mobo is out of stock on newegg, im buying all the pieces in the next few days (right before I move), could you recommend another mobo?
    As for the case I do want a coolmaster with very good air flow.
  7. For the mobo, I recommended one option above. And yes, the HAFs would all suite your needs.
  8. well I am having a hard time picking one of these.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%20600093976%20600158412&IsNodeId=1&name=Intel%20Z68
    pick one that best suits YOUR budget and needs.

    Are u set on other parts?
  9. So far I have :
    windows 7 64 bit:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=2l2xzodn66ak

    Antec 300 illusion case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102921&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=sv8lgpk2k00w

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=i5_2500k-_-19-115-072-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=bir3nshv2839

    CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139023&Tpk=corsair%20gaming%20psu&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=pg11lbvpfe5e

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=Samsung%20spinpoint%20f3%201%20TB

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    So far the cost is roughly $900. Would there be any way to lower this cost without sacrificing too much power?

    As for the mobo I was thinking of ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    Im choosing that one since the one gametstr linked is out of stock... Will that one work out with my build so far?
  10. Looks fine.
  11. shreddawg said:
    So far I have :

    SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102921&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=sv8lgpk2k00w


    As for the mobo I was thinking of ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    Im choosing that one since the one gametstr linked is out of stock... Will that one work out with my build so far?


    I would seriously consider this for the GPU 233$ AR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102928

    Mobo: Yes it will work. Note that its p67.
  12. Looks like this is my final build I would like to double check that everything is compatible and make sure im not missing anything.
    Also, my total came out to just over $1000 is there anywhere I can lower the price a bit without sacrificing too much?
    Current build:

    OS:
    windows 7 64 bit:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=2l2xzodn66ak

    CASE: Antec 300 illusion case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102921&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=sv8lgpk2k00w

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=i5_2500k-_-19-115-072-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=bir3nshv2839

    PSU: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139023&Tpk=corsair%20gaming%20psu&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=pg11lbvpfe5e

    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=Samsung%20spinpoint%20f3%201%20TB

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    Mobo: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    CD drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
  13. gametstr said:
    I would seriously consider this for the GPU 233$ AR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102928

    Mobo: Yes it will work. Note that its p67.


    I understand why you recommend that GPU but I am currently trying to cut costs... Original budget was up to $900 and I just passed the $1000 mark (before rebates only about $30 in rebates though).

    Is there a problem with the P67 mobo? Still kinda confused with the p67 and z68.
  14. Have u ignored my comment about the GPU for some reason?

    edit : typing while u posted.

    Well its only 10$(considering both prices after rebates) more for double the V-Ram which can be a lot of help at high resolutions. And this card can delay ur next GPU upgrade. I wouldn't think 10bucks is too much to spend for the added benefits. Its way more than worth it imo.

    As for cutting the costs

    4GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming presently. If need be it can be easily upgraded at a later time(possibly cheaper than now)?

    How much over 1000 are u presently?
    I forgot the fact that u were trying to stay close to 800. If that were to be achieved we 'd need to do heavy revisions with the build.
  15. gametstr said:
    Have u ignored my comment about the GPU for some reason?

    edit : typing while u posted.

    Well its only 10$(considering both prices after rebates) more for double the V-Ram which can be a lot of help at high resolutions. And this card can delay ur next GPU upgrade. I wouldn't think 10bucks is too much to spend for the added benefits. Its way more than worth it imo.


    I would like to get that GPU and I know its not that much more (considering I already went over my planned budget haha). But I am really trying to crunch numbers here... I am already looking at everything trying to decide where I can cut costs.
    You wouldnt by any chance have any recommendations?

    ... You are really making me want that GPU... ^^


    EDIT : I think I typed when you typed now... haha
  16. gametstr said:
    Have u ignored my comment about the GPU for some reason?

    edit : typing while u posted.

    Well its only 10$(considering both prices after rebates) more for double the V-Ram which can be a lot of help at high resolutions. And this card can delay ur next GPU upgrade. I wouldn't think 10bucks is too much to spend for the added benefits. Its way more than worth it imo.

    As for cutting the costs

    4GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming presently. If need be it can be easily upgraded at a later time(possibly cheaper than now)?

    How much over 1000 are u presently?
    I forgot the fact that u were trying to stay close to 800. If that were to be achieved we 'd need to do heavy revisions with the build.


    I am currently at $1065 before rebates. I was actually thinking of downgraded it to 4bg but I wasnt sure if there was something else I can change first. I know someone in an earlier post said my PSU was a little pricey but everyone on the forums is saying not to cheap out on the psu.
  17. Well idk I 'd probably wait for a couple of weeks and see what bulldozer has to offer. and where r u from? Do u have a microcenter there?

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    It was me that told u about the PSU actually. I meant pricey as in about 10 - 15bucks tops. No big deal. Its a good unit. Stick to it. Or u could consider the Corsair VX550.

    Whats ur position if u downgrade to 4GB and after rebates?
  18. I am trying to get it ASAP because im moving to AZ in about 2 weeks.
    I currently live in Cypress,CA OC so I guess i do have a microcenter near by! =]
    Ill check out some of the prices.


    EDIT:
    WOW the i5 is a lot cheaper there!
  19. gametstr said:
    Well idk I 'd probably wait for a couple of weeks and see what bulldozer has to offer. and where r u from? Do u have a microcenter there?

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    It was me that told u about the PSU actually. I meant pricey as in about 10 - 15bucks tops. No big deal. Its a good unit. Stick to it. Or u could consider the Corsair VX550.

    Whats ur position if u downgrade to 4GB and after rebates?



    Im still checking prices but so far if I downgrad to 4bg and get the i5 from microcenter I will be under $1000! =)
  20. Yup do that and u could save a good 30bucks on the CPU alone. (which I 'd spend on the 6950 2GB ofcourse :P)
    Check the prices on other parts too ofcourse. And see if they have the z68 u wanted.

    and u said school work. If u r a stundent and have a .edu email address u can download windows 7 for 27bucks I think, and have a backup disk mailed to u for 13$ total to 40$?

    Heres a link
    http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/default.aspx

    Its an upgrade version but I believe its possible to perform a clean install with it. The non updrade student version is about 65$ apparently.

    http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/software/windows/default.aspx

    and we forgot a CPU cooler. r u ok with a stock cooler for now?
    and I was checking the prices at microcenter for other parts and I gues I wouldn't bother with it. Newegg is much cheaper for everything else.
  21. gametstr said:
    Yup do that and u could save a good 30bucks on the CPU alone. (which I 'd spend on the 6950 2GB ofcourse :P)
    Check the prices on other parts too ofcourse. And see if they have the z68 u wanted.

    and u said school work. If u r a stundent and have a .edu email address u can download windows 7 for 27bucks I think, and have a backup disk mailed to u for 13$ total to 40$?

    Heres a link
    http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/default.aspx

    Its an upgrade version but I believe its possible to perform a clean install with it. The non updrade student version is about 65$ apparently.

    http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/software/windows/default.aspx


    NICE! Ill have to check that out! Well, with all this im under 1k so I think im happy! I will be getting the 6950 2gb now!
    Thanks for all the help!
  22. Best answer selected by shreddawg.
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