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June 27, 2011 5:30:29 AM

I'm building a rig for a friend of mine, and he's interested in something for gaming. I'm not talking like playing Crysis on Very High with AA on, but he'd like to be able to play current gen games and some future games on decent settings. No crazy high resolutions, but I'd like it to be able to run a native resolution of a 19" widescreen monitor. (The one I have picked out is an 18.5" with a resolution of 1366x768)

Budget: Not over $1000 (including Monitor)

I posted on here a few weeks ago about an AMD build and figured it would all work out, but then some of the parts were no longer availible so I did a little more research and decided to try an Intel build.

Motherboard:
MSI P67A-G43 B3

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2300 (2.8ghz)

GPU:
ASUS ENGTX550 TI

RAM:
Crucial Tracer 4GB (2x2GB) 240 Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333Mhz

PSU:
Corsair TX750 (750W) ATX

Case:
Cooler Master RC-310 ATX Mid-Tower

HDD:
Seagate 1TB Barracuda Hard Drive

CD/DVD Burner:
LG Internal CD/DVD Drive

Sound Card:
Sabrent PCI Sound Card

Wifi Card:
Zonet ZEW1642D 802.11N

Monitor:
Hanns-G 18.5" (1366x768)

When I add all of this together the price comes out to around $950 including a copy of Windows Home Premium 64 bit.

Is this a good build for gaming? I know I can probably make a quad core AMD build for less, but once I found out that an Intel Core i3 beat a AMD Phenom X2 955 black edition I figured it was more worthwhile to make an Intel build.

This will be my first build, but I'm fairly certain everything is compatible.

Is the Core i5 worth the extra money or does it make more sense to get a Core i3 for now and upgrade to a core i5 or i7 down the road? and maybe get a higher end GPU instead?

Any comments/advice appreciated!
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2011 6:15:40 AM

Suggestions -
Here is a rebuild,...
i5 2400 + Rosewill Challenger
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo-
MSI P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Same - Nice find on that one,... A solid one for the money

GPU - HD 6870 with 2 Free games
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Corsair 750TX + Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Monitor- Why that one, get this - 1080p and with HD 6870, it would be pretty good
$10 off w/ promo code EMCKDHG47, ends 6/29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound card - Dont waste money on that,.. the onboard is good enough,...

Wireless, DVD - Same

Total - ~$950 without rebates, including coupons,...
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a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2011 6:52:11 AM

All the board manufactures recommend low voltage RAM (1.5v or less) for these 1155 boards. No need for a 750w psu, and those gtx 550's suck. And like gkay pointed out up above...a sound card these days is a total waste of money seeing how onboard sound these days rocks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99
ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite... $184.99
Intel Core i5-2310 BX80623I52310 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 2.90 GHz, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel HD Graphics, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite... $129.99 - $99.99 after mail in rebates
EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI 1.4, DirectX 11

Total: $597.92 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, o/s, monitor, wireless card, etc...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-550-ti-... <----- gtx 550 ti review/benchmarks
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a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2011 3:26:05 PM

No need for P67 if your not overclocking or using SLI. H67 is what you need.

i5-2300 is more than fine for any gaming your going to do unless your running 2 or more HIGH end video cards..

If no plan for SLI, go with a better video card and a smaller power supply.
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June 27, 2011 4:04:03 PM

Thanks everyone for all of your input!

Does this look better?

Case/CPU Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Core i5 2400.

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI PH67S-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

DVD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LITE-ON DVD Burner

Monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB

Wifi Card/HDD same as original build.

The total including shipping and not including rebates comes to... $828.99

Is this a better build than my original?

This isn't as important, but the motherboard doesn't have USB 3.0 is that a big deal or is not worth shelling out extra money for a motherboard with USB 3 on it.

Thanks everyone for all your help!
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a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2011 4:19:55 PM

Change the psu to this:

More powerful, way more efficient, better warranty and $15 cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$55 with promo code.

That board has poor reviews. Why do you need full atx? Why not m-atx? There are several H67 m-atx (asrock and asus) in that price range with usb3.0.
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June 27, 2011 4:24:00 PM

i completely agree with everyone's assessment that the i5-2500k is unnecessary if you arent going to overclock. HOWEVER, im a huge fan of this supercombo, so i will suggest it as an alternative.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
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June 27, 2011 4:35:58 PM

Thanks everyone!

I think I'm going to go with the combo deal that genghiskron suggested along with the other parts in my previous post that aren't in the combo deal.

You've all been a tremendous help!
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June 27, 2011 4:36:14 PM

Best answer selected by AndrewT229.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2011 8:12:26 PM

Nice choice. Glad you picked the psu I suggested. lol
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