$700 Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month (No combo deals because of this).

Budget Range: $700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (FPS’s – MW2, MW3, BO, BF2, BF3 etc.), Light Editing, Movies, School

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com and Amazon.com (Wherever is cheaper :P)

Country of Origin: California, United States

Parts Preferences: None.

Interested in:
XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB

Overclocking: Nope.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe?

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 +

Additional Comments:
Best bang for the buck.
I want to it be able to last a while, in terms of gaming.

Thanks!
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  1. I think you would be better ordering from Amazon or Tiger Direct because Newegg charges sales tax =/, esp. for your video card.

    Also, do you live near a Micro Center? If so, you could get a seriously good deal on CPU + motherboard.
  2. t3chnique said:
    I think you would be better ordering from Amazon or Tiger Direct because Newegg charges sales tax =/, esp. for your video card.

    Also, do you live near a Micro Center? If so, you could get a seriously good deal on CPU + motherboard.


    Yeah, taxes suck. I've never heard about TigerDirect, I'll have to look into it.

    I'll have to check out the Micro Center(s), I'd like to go to one.
  3. aznshinobi said:

    Copy, paste, copy, paste? :P I might just go with that, unless there are other suggestions o:

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    What about AMD? Is it worth going with AMD? Or just go Intel?
  4. ^ AMD isn't worth it until we see BD's perf.
  5. BD's performance is unknown so you also cant discount it .

    You can argue that building an AMD based system now with a relatively cheap processor you intend to replace in a few months could be worth the risk

    GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510

    AMD Athlon X4 640 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 $185
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185


    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W $65
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044


    That adds to $650 dollars , has the latest 9XX series chip set that supports all of Bulldozers features , and includes a quality PSU and a 6870
    You'd only have $50 for a case and a dvd drive , but by searching for combo deals there are potential savings , I guess.
  6. Thanks guys!:D I think I'll go with Intel. It comes out to around 805 with the OS, oh well.

    Around how long do you think it will last, in terms of gaming, until I need to upgrade? A couple of years, at least?
  7. It is just as likely that BD will be a new socket, especially considering its extravagant development time. I would try to get away with an i3 2100 at this budget. Should last you at least 2 years.
  8. Eh, might as well go with i5. :D

    Here's what I have:

    GPU - XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

    CPU - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    MoBo - ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236

    PSU - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

    OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Optical Drive - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275

    Case - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Just want to make sure everything is compatible. I think it is, right? Hopefully this gives me no problems, it is my first build, after all.
  9. The H61 mb only supports 1333 MHz RAM so you can save a bit there .

    It also cant be overclocked , and upgrading later means a new copy of windows so thats not cost effective ... but it will make an awesome HTPC in a couple of years when you are done with it

    It will be a really strong gaming build.


    @grody bulldoxer is NOT a new socket and can run on motherboards with current AM3 chipsets
  10. Outlander_04 said:
    The H61 mb only supports 1333 MHz RAM so you can save a bit there .

    It also cant be overclocked , and upgrading later means a new copy of windows so thats not cost effective ... but it will make an awesome HTPC in a couple of years when you are done with it

    It will be a really strong gaming build.


    I didn't want to overclock anyways. So basically with the Windows version I have, let's say I get a virus (lol) and want to re-format, I would need to buy another copy? That... sucks..

    What RAM would you recommend?
  11. You can re-install the OS if you need to, OEM generally means that Microsoft doesn't provide you with any extra support but instead you kinda take that responsibility for yourself. Thus the idea with it being generally meant for OEM manufacturers that provide support for their machines like Dell / HP etc.
  12. :D Glad you took my advice!

    Looks solid for what you wanna do. This generally is pretty decent ram.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161279&cm_re=4gb_ddr3-_-20-161-279-_-Product
    Not half bad w/ a 5$ promo discount.
  13. andreax3 said:
    Eh, might as well go with i5. :D

    Here's what I have:

    GPU - XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

    CPU - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    MoBo - ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236

    PSU - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

    OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Optical Drive - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275

    Case - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Just want to make sure everything is compatible. I think it is, right? Hopefully this gives me no problems, it is my first build, after all.



    I went through a fair amoung of research and this is almost the exact build I came up with... I went with the 300 Illusion case because it was on sale (might still be).. The only other differences were I went with the G.Skill Ripjaws 4g at 1600z... and the PSU was a Corsair 650w (30 dollars off normal price with rebate.. I can find link if you want it)..

    The main difference is I went with the i5-2500k CPU and the Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 so I could utilize the 2500k's onboard graphics until I buy a sick video card for later games (like BF3).

    Don't let the onboard graphics fool you either, they can run Starcraft 2 on medium! : )

    That way you can drop that cash on an ever better setup now, and just throw a video card, or two in later!
  14. inficere said:


    The main difference is I went with the i5-2500k CPU and the Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 so I could utilize the 2500k's onboard graphics until I buy a sick video card for later games (like BF3).

    Don't let the onboard graphics fool you either, they can run Starcraft 2 on medium! : )


    Yeah, I wanted a MoBo with onboard graphics originally. But I'm already over budget :P
    And I changed the ram to what Shinobi advised.
    Thanks for all the help guys! :D
  15. Good luck!
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