$750 gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $750 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, then everything else you use a comp for

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard and monitor and OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com. I also have a compusa next to me and do not mind going to the store if the deal is worth it.

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: I would really like an i5 2500k

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I posted a thread about a month ago but never had a chance to buy and build it, but now i have more money(thank you graduation) and can purchase the items right away.
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.644166
    Grab that and a Graphics card thats the most you can get for the money and you will have a very nice rig within your budget. Look for a GTX 560Ti onsale/with a rebate. Hope this helps
  2. Hi! Welcome back.
    Here's the build I would recommend. It's a very capable gaming machine, with the latest gen Sandy Bridge tech.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) $190
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074&cm_re=i5-2400-_-19-115-074-_-Product

    Mobo: ASRock H67M-GE (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157234&cm_re=h67-_-13-157-234-_-Product

    GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 $188
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506&cm_re=6870-_-14-150-506-_-Product

    Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $45
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425&cm_re=g.skill-_-20-231-425-_-Product

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 $45
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=haf%20912

    HDD: Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB $60
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1307457561&sr=8-2

    OS: Win7 OEM $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-986-_-Product


    That comes out to $786 before rebates.

    Now, I know you wanted the 2500k, but I could not fit it in the budget. You really need a p67 board to take advantage of it, and those are much more expensive.

    The i5-2400 is the same chip but clocked a few MHz lower and doesnt have the same OC capability. However, it's just as strong a chip.

    I know I went a bit over, but see if you can stretch it.
  3. mgf derp said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.644166
    Grab that and a Graphics card thats the most you can get for the money and you will have a very nice rig within your budget. Look for a GTX 560Ti onsale/with a rebate. Hope this helps


    Good combo. However, it's more important to have a strong GPU than it is a strong CPU. OP, if you can stretch the budget $50 or so then this combo is definitely worth looking at. However, I would not go lower than the 6870 or GTX 560 for a GPU otherwise it might hold back the processor.
  4. That's a single stick, meaning you can't take advantage of the faster dual channel technology. You have to have even pairs to use dual channel.
  5. Also I forgot to add That i have 64-bit Win 7. Sorry about that
  6. Ram is usually ram. Unless your willing to pay a lot for teh highclocking tight timing stuff the rest will perform about the same.
    Also Striker since he has Win 7 he could get that combo and something like the MSI Twin ZFrozer GTX 560Ti for $240 and be $10 over budget before rebates. Or even an XFX or Sapphire 6950. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102921
  7. blkpanther09 said:
    Also I forgot to add That i have 64-bit Win 7. Sorry about that

    ...Well that changes things. We can go 2500k for sure.
    Get the combo Derp suggested, and get something like a 560 TI or 6950.
  8. Lol you beat me to it while I was editing my post to say the same thing
  9. So before i purchase this, I just want to make sure that everything in the combo is good.
  10. It looks pretty good. My only beef is that it's not a crossfire/SLI compatible motherboard. However, you shouldn't need to crossfire/SLI for quite some time with a 6950 or 560 Ti (make sure it has the Ti).
  11. Like Striker said the only gripe is no SLi/CFX support but for the money your getting a 2500k 6950/GTX 560Ti thats alot of game crushing muscle right there so you should be fine for awhile.
  12. Out of those 2 cards which one is better for the money?

    Also i just want to say i really appreciate you guys helping me out
  13. I used the case in a build not to long ago, and it is incredibly quiet and cool. Only gripe i had was the cable management was difficult because i didn't have a modular power supply so trying to get the cables out of the way were a pain.

    The motherboard is a great single card mobo. If you want to OC, the oc genie is pretty good, and it is a stable well built board imho. Only problem is you can't add a second video card later because there is only PCI 2.0 slot.

    GREAT PSU, Antec makes them good. Not powerful enough to add a second VGA card later, but your mobo couldnt handle it sooo not a problem :-)

    Good ram and hdd, nothing flashy about them, but they are definitely good.

    Proc, Best bang for your buck when it comes to gaming.

    VGA: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161368

    If you are feeling ballsy flash it to a 6970 and oc it a little

    http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/942034-how-flash-6950-6970-guide.html

    GL HF and most of all enjoy
  14. sleapeasy said:


    Not to rain on your parade, but that card is not reference design, meaning no dual BIOS switch meaning no way to recover if the flash goes bad.
    Basically, it's not flashable. Still an excellent card for the price.

    I personally would go 560 ti, but that's because I'm a big overclocker :D
  15. damnit... now i am second guessing on purchasing this. It would be the most money i have spent on anything besides a car (just turned 18, never really spent that much).

    :(
  16. Yeah, it's a tough call. Let me tell you this though.

    -you would need a new computer anyway, right?
    -you would probably get a $500 prebuilt, right?
    -You want a computer than can be lugged around, and is built to last right?
    -Plus, you wanna be the envy of all your friends with a super pimped out machine, right?
    -Also when people see you built your own computer, they think you know alot about computers. This opens up a lot of job opportunities (not big ones, like $50 here and there) when people need their easy problems fixed.

    It's up to you, but $250 isn't a big premium for a pretty sweet gaming rig.
  17. striker410 said:
    Yeah, it's a tough call. Let me tell you this though.

    -you would need a new computer anyway, right?
    -you would probably get a $500 prebuilt, right?
    -You want a computer than can be lugged around, and is built to last right?
    -Plus, you wanna be the envy of all your friends with a super pimped out machine, right?
    -Also when people see you built your own computer, they think you know alot about computers. This opens up a lot of job opportunities (not big ones, like $50 here and there) when people need their easy problems fixed.

    It's up to you, but $250 isn't a big premium for a pretty sweet gaming rig.


    I just got a laptop as a gift.
    I've wouldn't buy pre-built
    This will be built to last
    Skip this one
    I've already built multiple computers and do it part time for my dad

    With the laptop I got I don't know if I can justify building a computer just for gaming
  18. well, there goes my reasoning.

    It's all up to you, man.

    If you have a laptop that serves your needs, you might wanna get a cheap console (gasp) for gaming. There's plenty of used ones floating around.
  19. Yuck to your console gaming (jk I have an Xbox three sh*ter). Yeah it is quite an investment but you could also lower your budget and gives us forum creepers another challenge to price out another rig ;P
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