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Is This a good $800 gaming rig?

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July 4, 2011 5:49:58 PM

Parts NOT needed: A monitor, OS, Mouse, And a keyboard.

Optional Parts I would love to have: A Router adapter (so I don't have to use Ethernet), and some Very cheap speakers (until I can save up).

Major things ill be doing: HD Gaming, Watching Hd youtube videos, and Surfing with a million tabs open.

Time Frame: No time frame.

I might overclock But I will defiantly NOT combine 2 graphics card (forgot what thats called)

Here Are The Parts Im Interested In:
All Parts Are From Newegg.com
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The Case - COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case


The Motherboard - ASUS M5A87 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

The Graphics Card - XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

The Power Supply - Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

The Processor - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

The RAM - Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1600ELK

The Hard drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

The Dvd/Cd Reader - SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

The Router Adapter - Premiertek PT-H10DN-1W USB 2.0 WiFi Adapter (Im Not Sure If This Will Work Good For Online Gaming!!)

Some Extra Case Fans - (x2) Thermaltake AF0018 ISGC Fan 12 120mm Case Fan

TOTAL - $806.89

SHIPPING - $16.84 (Covered. Dont include this in the budget!)

Once Again All Parts Are From Newegg.com!

I do Feel like I am missing something but I just cant find out what it could be.

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July 4, 2011 6:12:47 PM

I would change almost everything.
Check my $600 build here.
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Switch the i3 2100 for the i5 2400 (+70)
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2400-Processor-3-10GHz-L...
Switch the 5850 for the 560 Ti (+100)
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ...
DVD Drive (+20)
Total: $790

The 560 Ti is better card, plus the model I suggested is stock OC'd to run @ the 570's level. It also runs cooler and quieter.
6870 vs MSI 560 Ti TF II
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=306

Mopped
i5 2400 vs 965
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=363

The F3 is cheap fast and quiet. Plus gives you 1TB, vs the 500gb of a WD black. The F3 is reliable and actually proves to be able to keep on par in benches with the Blacks. However it really doesn't matter because any modern decent speed HDD will perform the same in reality. Since they'll always just spin at 7200RPMs and it's not like an SSD.
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July 5, 2011 3:22:34 PM

I second aznshinobi's recommendations - i3-2100/i5 2400 and the GTX 560Ti

Additionally:
4Gb of Ram is plenty for most apps and gaming
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,...

Better Case has 4 120mm fans (Blue LED) and a built in fan controller - free shipping
ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel $70 (Z for Zombie Killer)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot ram is 1.65v ram I would go with 1.5v ram runs cooler and has more OC headroom.
4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or if you really think you need 8gb after reading the above article then:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Generally Gaming via wiFi adds latency and is not recommended. I have done it with mixed results. in a first person shooter you will get pwnd. WOW works fine.
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July 5, 2011 3:31:38 PM

Love the fact your going down the AMD route. Keep it up its a decent system just make sure you check your motherboards manufacturer listing for supported CPU's. It makes a huge difference in core stability. Dont complicate stuff you know what you want and need it looks like. let us know how the system runs for ya. oh one thing to add. Faster ram equals faster tab access....and if you can afford it. Throw in a few extra bucks and get a better Case. Makes a world of difference when setting stuff up.
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July 6, 2011 3:33:20 AM

^ Looks good too.
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July 6, 2011 5:47:09 AM

In my opinion, No. Check this out:


Ubercombo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.644166

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K (Model:BX80623I52500K)

Mobo - MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Model67A-C43 (B3))

Case - 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 (Model:CHALLENGER)

PSU - Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply (Model:EA-650 Green)

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM (Model:F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM)

HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Model:ST31000524AS)

Other - BYTECC 6 ft. 18AWG Power Cord w/ 3 Conductor PC Power Connector – Black Model POWERCORD-6K (ModelOWERCORD-6K)

Seperate:

Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Total: 784.50 before rebates. After shipping: 793 After Rebates final price: 773. You can find a dvd burner for under $25 like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could also look for a gtx 570 used or a 6970 used if you want to go a bit over budget with a lot more graphic performance.

THAT is a good $800 gaming rig. (boom)

EDIT: damn, genghiskron beat me to it. This has a better graphics card.
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July 6, 2011 5:53:08 AM

^ The 560 Ti of Genghis's build is better IMO, as it equates to the level of the 570. Just IMO.
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July 6, 2011 6:03:21 AM

Wow! thanks for the tip!
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