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Building a mid-ranged gaming/buisness PC.

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June 6, 2011 1:12:25 AM

Hi everyone!

I am currently in the process of building a PC for a neighbor. He is not a hardcore gamer, but does not want to settle for anything low end. His price range is from $900 - $1000.

Here is what I put together so far.

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz Quad-Core LGA 1155.


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333

Video Card
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100328VXL Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM (x2 in RAID 1)

Wireless Card
D-Link DWA-556 IEEE 802.11g/n

DVD Drive

I'm going to stick with the i5, but please give me any suggestions if I should change any of the other parts.
As for the video card, I am not sure if I want to go with AMD or NVIDIA. I just picked that card because I thought it would be a good fit at a good price.

The PC will be running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

All together, the price comes out to around $980 without a case.
I want to purchase a case for him that has good airflow and is less than $70.

With my current set up, the total will be over $1000. Please let me know what I can change to reduce the price (besides getting rid of the i5 or 8GB of RAM).

June 6, 2011 2:33:21 AM

What games does he play and at what resolution?
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June 6, 2011 2:55:00 AM

It looks solid, but I would get better graphics if you want to play on more than high settings.
June 6, 2011 2:58:51 AM

genghiskron said:
you can cut the mobo down to an h61 or h67 board. the p67 boards are for overclocking and dual card setups.
Do you have a power supply in mind?
This is probably the best deal for a graphics card in that price range:

With the listed budget he could actually upgrade to either dual cards or a 2500k where the p67 motherboard would be useful.
June 6, 2011 3:07:37 AM

yep, i thought id go with a monopolar suggestion because the alternative is implied, but you are absolutely correct. i dont know how his parts total is $980 at the moment, especially with no psu or case.
June 6, 2011 3:41:08 AM

Does he already have windows 7?
June 8, 2011 1:51:24 AM

Woops! I forgot to include a power supply! I am thinking about going with this one.

Hmm.. I want to try and get the price less than $1000 so please let me know what might need to be changed.

My neighbor is not a hardcore gamer, so even something less than the once I chose will suffice.

@genghiskron: Have you worked with ASRock motherboards? I never have and and only started hearing about the company a few months back.

@MGF Derp: When I asked what kind of games he plays, he said Call of Duty and BF2 and his daughter plays the Sims. He is not interested in playing CoD at the highest settings.

As for the case, I am going to go with something less than $70 with good airflow, but have not decided yet.

Sorry for the delay on the reply. I work for most of the day.