Help creating a $850 pc

Approximate Purchase Date: This month (July)


Budget Range: $800-$900 After Rebates

Hello all. I'm looking to get myself a relatively budget computer for my birthday. Mostly, I'm looking to be able to play games (SC2, Crysis, other major releases) at a respectable setting with decent FPS, as well as watch Blu-Ray movies. This will be my first home-built system, so I don't want to try anything too fancy like overclocking just yet. Thanks for your help!


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Internet, Productivity


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: none, although I'd like to stay away from unbranded parts


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Additional Comments: I'd like to include a Blu-Ray player, if possible.
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  1. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/315111-31-first-budget-build-2500k-help

    but drop the processor to a 2500 , and get a Z68 motherboard from Asus , Gigabyte , Asrock , MSI
  2. Thanks for the help, Outlander_04. Since I'm pretty much new to the world of MOBO/processor relationships, can you recommend an i5 2500 and board that will go together well?

    Also, can anyone recommend a good Blu-Ray drive?

    Thanks!
  3. the i5 2500 is the same as the 2500k, only without the ability to Overclock, therefore the MoBo will be compatible.
    A good blu-ray drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106325

    EDIT: Although if you want another MoBo, you can try the MSI p67a-g43: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130583
  4. I would honestly suggest just getting a i5 2400 rather than a 2500. Why pay $20 more for practically the same performance.
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