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July 10, 2011 10:38:11 PM

Hi. I am planning to build an $850 gaming PC, and with this being my first time building a PC, would appreciate some advice.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $850-$900 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: No preferences for parts
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 currently, but hope to get a new monitor in the future with either 1680x1050 or 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is my first PC build. I hope to be able to play most current games with decent FPS/settings.
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Here are the parts I'm looking at:

Case: Bitfenix Shinobi Window
https://store.bitfenix.com/chassis?product_id=173

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Need some advice here. Can somebody recommend me a motherboard that will work well with my other parts?

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive: LG CD/DVD Burner 22X - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Misc.: Intel 622AN.HMWWB Wireless Adapter (no place to plug in LAN cable)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total (after rebates and w/out motherboard): $740
Anyways, how does that look? Is there any parts that should be replaced? Do you guys have any recommendations for a motherboard that costs around $110-$140?
July 10, 2011 11:40:26 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $224.98 save: $15.00
ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $68.99
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING $5 off w/ promo code EMCKCKB22, ends 7/14
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67P3B3&tit... $121.99 Free Shipping
ASRock P67 Pro3 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard - P67PRO3 B3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $226.98 save: $12.00
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
July 11, 2011 11:35:42 AM

Thanks!
However, after reading some reviews of the G.skill RAM (specifically a lot of reports of it arriving DOA) I have instead decided to go for this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would the the 2GB less ram make a large difference in this setup?

Also, the wireless card I chose uses mini PCI express. Would this adapter allow it to work with a regular PCI slot?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 11, 2011 11:44:47 AM

the_gosh_darn_batman said:
Thanks!
However, after reading some reviews of the G.skill RAM (specifically a lot of reports of it arriving DOA) I have instead decided to go for this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would the the 2GB less ram make a large difference in this setup?

Also, the wireless card I chose uses mini PCI express. Would this adapter allow it to work with a regular PCI slot?

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

That's DDR3 triple channel RAM you have in that link. That RAM is meant for 1336 boards. You want DDR3 Dual Channel RAM.
July 11, 2011 12:02:22 PM

Here's my suggestion based around i5 2500K & GTX 560 Ti, includes OS as well :

CPU & Motherboard: $325- i5-2500K & MSI P67A G45

OS: $100-Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64 bit)

RAM & Power Supply : $125- Corsair Vengeance 2X 4GB & Corsair Builder Series CX600

Graphic Card: $240- EVGA Superclocked 560Ti

HDD: $55-Samsung Spinpoint 1TB (Same as Why_Me)

Case: $35-Sentey Black

Optical Drive: $19-LiteOn

Total (Excluding Rebates) : 899 USD

Rebates : 55 USD

EVGA GTX 560Ti is an overkill for the present resolution, but it will com in handy when you upgrade to a higher resolution monitor.
The motherboard supports SLI/Crossfire , so if you plan on adding a second card to boost performance no problem, look out for the power supply though.
If this goes overbudget possible recommendation include :
1.Drop to 4GB RAM (Mushkin Enhanced ) Save $20.
2. Drop the power supply to Antec Neo ECo 520 worth $55.Save $15.
3. Drop the card to Sapphire Radeon 6870 worth $175. Save $65.
That should be of some help I suppose.
July 11, 2011 11:41:17 PM

How about this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm tempted by the MSI motherboards, however I've read mixed reviews regarding their quality. One of the main things I'm going for in this build (other than to run current games with decent settings) is to have the computer be made of quality components that will last. E.G. no flimsy/cheap plastic on the case. I know that with an $850 budget this won't be possible with all parts, but I'm still going to aim for this goal.
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