Review my 750-800$ gamer pc [STILL NEED HELP]

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I know what I'm getting

Budget Range: 750-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, then other stuff that all computers do.

Parts Not Required: I will need to buy everything (including monitor)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm buying in Canada, so I will use a website with canadian distribution like or

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None really

Overclocking: Probably!

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 1080p

Desired HDD space: I dont need much, 250+ would be enough

Additional Comments: Look at my replies for my latest build ideas.
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  1. the 650W PSU isn't needed. a 450-550W will be plenty, since the 880 is single-GPU and chop $30-40 off that price. With the saved money, try a 5850 or a 6790

    also, AMD is releasing Llano processors in 2 weeks, possibly bulldozer as well. so you might want to wait

    also, check ncix, which price matches.
  2. 29$ after MIR: OCZ StealthXStream 2 500W ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC 80PLUS ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black
    I must say im a bit scared of cheap PSU like this one, is there any known reliable PSU that would be good for my needs?

    As for waiting for something new well Im guessing it wont fit in my budget anyway... I might be wrong.
  3. OCZ is a decent brand.

    however, this will work with any GPU up to a 560ti (though you'll have to use a 2 Molex into 1 PCIe converter cable if your GPU takes 2 6-pins -- like a 460, 560, or 5850)
  4. Best answer
    Check out my siggy for the $600 build.
    Change the i3 2100 to an i5 2400 (+60) then change the GPU to the 6870 (+40)
    That'd bring you to $700+Plus monitor= $850-ish.

    It'll give you way more performance than your current build and is only 30$ more.
    5830 vs 5870 (Since the 6870 = 5870)
    i5 2500K vs 970 (The 2500K is just the 2400 but with higher clock rate, so to compensate just chose the 970 to make an example)
  5. Ok so I made some research on good deals around the build you suggested. Let's first say I wanted to cut down on prices, so Im ending up closer to the 600$ version then to the one you suggested. I also swapped some pieces for others that had as good reviews but that were sold cheaper in Canada.

    CPU& MOBO combo 200$
    1x Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100

    1x GIGABYTE GA-H67M-D2-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    145$ after 20$MIR GPU
    XFX Radeon HD 6850 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Display Port HDMI PCI-E Video Card

    PSU 39$ after 20$MIR
    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Case 55$
    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...

    DVD 22$
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    Ram 45$
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

    HDD 37$
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN Sata 6GB/S With Ncq Internal Hard Drive Oem

    Monitor 145$ after 20$MIR
    ASUS VH236H 23 Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 16:9 2MS 20000:1DC HDMI DVI VGA With Speakers

    Keyboard and mouse 19$
    Microsoft Wired Desktop 400 English OEM Single Pack

    Total: about 760$ before MIR, -60$MIR = 700$ +Shipping and taxes

    +shipping and taxes= 795 after MIR.

    Right on my budget.
  6. Ye but by choosing Intel you must forgot O/C and double GPU unless you go with 2500K and a P67 / Z68 motherboard with 2 PCI at atleast 8x / 8x bandwith.
  7. From what I have been reading, I will survive without double GPU, and probably OC too. That would be a semi temporary build, that I would maybe change the CPU and GPU on it next year if I feel the need to. I appreciate the opinions but with no solutions to do better for the same price, it doesnt really help.

    I could maybe replace my MOBO to allow more place for improvements. I will keep looking.
  8. 120$ MOBO
    Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 mATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 HDMI DVI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

    115$ CPU
    Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB

    That takes my total up by about 35$, how much better would that be?
    Is everything working together so far? Any suggestions to make it better WITHOUT increasing the price.
  9. Mich you are incorrect there. Crossfire can run on 16x/4x and not take a HUGE hit. About 9%, which isn't that bad. Also You don't need Z68 on a low budget. If any motherboard I recommend this.
    Gives you ability to future SLI or CF and overclock at a low price.
  10. Best answer selected by dirle.
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