$650-700 budget gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: this weak or the next


Budget Range: 700$ that's the max is can go


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, movies.


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


Country of Origin: England. but i'll buy from USA


Parts Preferences: intell sabdy bridge all the way


Overclocking: mayb for the gpu. but won't try if it's messy


SLI or Crossfire: Nope


Monitor Resolution:1366*768. that's my TV's resolution. idk if it can go higher than that. it's a 32" samsung LCD TV series 4

Additional Comments: i want the best performing machine. don;'t care much about looks so 30-40$ case would be ok
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this is my list. need ur views
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400 = $ 190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard = $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case = $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133094

Seagate SV35.5 ST3500410SV 500GB 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive = $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148488

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT = $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply = $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card = $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518

that makes up a total of $665 (unless my calculator decieved me :D )
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  1. You'd be better off with a i3-2100 and a 560 Ti. Other than that build looks good for your budget.
  2. i did fear that someone was going to recommend that :(
    actually the feel of an i5 is awesome and makes u think that u r future proof for atleast 3 years :D .
    but if that's in my own interest that might make that correction as soon as other people recommend it too
  3. My suggestion is to get a HD6850, which is a toe-to-toe match for the GTX 460, but cheaper.

    HIS HD6850 is $164.99 with a $15 rebate and free shipping:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161348

    There's even a combo with a free copy of Total War: Shogun 2
  4. that was quite helpful squirell .
    but what about my TV and its resoluton. do u know anything about that?
    will it be able to display higher than 1366*768
  5. its its a 720p/1080i HDTV, then 1366x168 will be its largest resolution. If its a 1080p TV, then you can get 1920x1080.
  6. how do i know if it's a 1080p TV? *noobism alert*
  7. mrrul3z said:
    how do i know if it's a 1080p TV? *noobism alert*


    Your 32" Samsung LCD TV series 4 is only capable of native 720p. It will accept input feeds of 1080p, BUT it will scale down to 720p through its internal hardware. So the choice here is to either have the computer scale to 720p resolution or have the TV do that.

    Hopefully this will explain it better:

    1) Set your computer resolution to output 1080p > signal goes through DVI/HDMI cable > TV receives 1080p signal from cable and will convert/scale down to native 720p resolution and display.

    2) Set you computer resolution to output 720p > signal goes through DVI/HDMI cable > TV will receive 720p signal from cable and leave the signal alone (no conversion scaling needed) and display.

    Although your TV may show 1080p on the screen, it doesn't mean it's displaying in 1080p. It's just displaying the signal feed it is receiving. It will auto scale to 720p and display what it is only capable of displaying (it's native resolution).
  8. Look what comes from AMD Side!

    Xigmatek ASGARD II B/O CPC-T45UE-U01 Black / Orange 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815006

    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    ASRock 880G PRO3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157243

    2 x Patriot Signature 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model PSD34G13332
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220480

    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

    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

    Sum 622$ with MIR for a more powerful system than the one with H61 + i3, with powerful graphics card and fully upgradable to AMD Bulldozers! For me, the best you can get at this price!
  9. the i3 actually games harder than the 955:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-core-i3-2100-phenom-ii-x6-1075t,2859-10.html

    and the fact is, he can afford afford an i5-2400+gtx560ti, which is more powerful than either:



    Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
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    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    $21.99


    EVGA 01G-P3-1560-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814130634
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    -$28.00 Instant
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $249.99
    $221.99


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
    Item #: N82E16820231275
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $46.99 ($40 w/ promo below)


    ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157236
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    $79.99


    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
    Item #: N82E16819115074
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    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
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    -$10.00 Instant
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    $249.98
    $226.98


    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817371047
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    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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    -$19.00 Instant
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  10. neograndizer said:


    Although your TV may show 1080p on the screen, it doesn't mean it's displaying in 1080p. It's just displaying the signal feed it is receiving. It will auto scale to 720p and display what it is only capable of displaying (it's native resolution).


    ahh thanx alot.
    so that mean all i'll be getting is 720p which also means that the gpu (gtx 560 Ti is my choice now) would also not be utilized to its fullest?

    @genhiskron: ur suggestion also seems to be pretty solid. i am deifintely chosing the combo deal for the cpu+case. howver, i think i'll stick with my earth green watts 500D . all the positive feedback for this PSU has really convinced me not to look into another option. and i don't need an optical drive which i forgot to mention :cry:

    @mchxymi: lol no thanku. first iam an intel guy :pt1cable: and second AMD loses to intel pretty hard :kaola:
  11. Don't look only to the processor...The whole build matters! What do you think is faster 955+8gb RAM+6870 or i3 2100+4gb ram+460?? If he want Intel he must start looking from i5 2400 and higher!
  12. if you want to get the most from a 460/6850 or faster GPU, you want a 1920x1080 monitor.
  13. so u mean to say that right now a 450 would do the job for me? at 720p?
    coz i don't plan on getting a new montior right now
  14. The 450 is a decent card, I've got one. But you ALWAYS go with the best you can afford, that way the hardware lasts longer before you need to upgrade. And to, you are set for when you want to upgrade to a better monitor.
  15. Also, as for AMD side, whoever says Sandy Bridge is better than bulldozer. Prove it. Bulldozer is not out yet, so you have nothing to base that on. When bulldozer processors come out, you can make that statement if true. But the rumors are that bulldozer supposedly will compete with i7 series processors and at a better price. If true that sounds like a winner. Also, a great processor is good, but you want balance. Whether you go intel or AMD.
  16. No no, I think you're mis-reading about Bulldozer. The Bulldozer processors will compete with last gen's i7s(i7-930s) not the i7-2600k. Food for thought
  17. Ah, thank you. But it still remains that we don't know exactly what bulldozer will do yet. So for people to make assumptions is a little premature. In fact, I think overclockers.com had a small article on their main page yesterday saying AMD is bringing back the "FX" label for some of their chips, which it's been a while since they've used that, so they must confident of something. They are talking about on the higher end native 8 core processors with unlocked multipliers, so things could get interesting quickly.

    Link.

    http://www.overclockers.com/amd-announces-fx-brand-highend-cpus/
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