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First Time Gaming Build for $850

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon Around July 4th


Budget Range:850 After Tax Rebates and Shipping


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet


Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com, micro center


Country of Origin: Chicago, IL


Parts Preferences: Intel Cpu


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: As an Upgrade


Monitor Resolution: right now 1280*1024 later will be 1920*1080


Additional Comments: i would like to have some upgradibility

GPU: HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.656836

PSU + HDD: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.668399

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

CPU: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

MOBO: P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 P67 ATX Intel Motherboard (this auto bundles with CPU saving $40)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0358172

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

This build currently puts me exactly at $850

BTW the system iam currently using has an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ with 1 gb of DDR2 ram and integrated 6150LE graphics how much of a difference would i notice
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  1. Best answer
    That build looks great and it will make the world of difference, that build will max any game on ultra high settings at a playable FPS, i know it because every part is a bit better than mine and i can max anything.
  2. looks good, id get this ram:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    its faster and has better timings (for a really good price). it wont make a huge difference, but its not that much more expensive and it comes with a free flash drive.

    youre getting such a good deal on the rest of the parts, its hard not to recommend a graphics upgrade, but its not like a 6870 is bad, and 2 of them are quite powerful.
  3. Corsair 2x4GB cheaper after MIR and faster.

    Probably worth it to get an after market cooler for the 2500k for overclocking.
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ ~$30 from amazon with free shipping ( cheaper than newegg ) for example will do great.

    The MOBO is no good though, it doesn't support XFire or SLI. the GD53 does but unfortunately the G43 does not, GD53 is quite high priced though. So here is a nice alternative.
    Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 at $129.99 does support SLI/CrossfireX and it and also comes with the Z68 goodies.

    The PSU is good and should be able to run a 2nd 6870 just fine.
  4. the corsair is 1.65 V which i heard is bad for the memory controller on sandy bridge i probably wont go that far on overclocking tht i would need a aftermarket cooler and on the msi website it says it supports crossfire and on the SBM for the 1000 pc they used this mobo whith two 6850s and the mobo u reccomended is 125 while this one is 80 after the 40 combo discount
  5. yes, i dont know where you are getting your facts rvilkman. the g43 supports crossfire AND SLI. good catch as well on the ram saood. you can always get a cpu cooler later if you deem it necessary.
  6. I do apologize for that, the ordering on the MSI web page was odd to say the least and checked the wrong board( C instead of G ).
    It does indeed support sli & crossfire, I stand corrected.

    As for the memory yeah, should be a 1.5V kit as suggested. Check for sales tough, plenty of 1.5V 2x4GB CAS9 1600MHzkits have been on sale in newegg lately. At roughly the price of the kit that was listed in the post.
  7. ya hopefully one comes on sale oh ya can i use a 600W or 650W corsair if i still wanna do CF or do i have to be with the 750W
  8. you could crossfire 6870's with a corsair 650w, although you would need to use molex to pci-e connectors to power one of the cards, because you will need 4 x 6 pin pci-e connectors total.
  9. 650W might be cutting it a bit fine with 2 6870's and overclocking. I mean it would probably work but i'd personally get 750W.
  10. would a good 700W do it and if so could u recommend one ( im trying to cut costs so i could get better ram)
  11. The price difference is actually 10 bucks.

    Gskill ripjawsX cas8 1600MHz 1.5V $74.99 with free shipping

    Due to the combo deal with the HDD and PSU it's probably hard to beat that.

    However there is currently a promocode PSU624 that gives you 10% off of corsair PSU's and atleast in my basket it gives $11 off which would pay for that difference. Not sure if you were using that yet, or if it works for you but give it a shot.
  12. the code does indeed work with the 750tx spinpoint combo. sweet. +1 on the ram. i actually linked that above... its really a great deal.
  13. i knew about the promocode but i did not include it because i thought it wouldnt work with the combo and now i no it does so thnks i might get the 1600mhz ram
  14. Best answer selected by saood06.
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