Want to build a budget gaming PC around $700


It might be like $20 cheaper with bundles
I want to make this AS CHEAP AS POSSIBLE
But, i do not want to sacrifice the graphic card for something worse, and I do not want a bad hard drive(we know what happens with that).I really like this cpu due to the reviews and price. The case is not the prettiest, but it has great features, and it is really cheap.

I realize i might not get under $700, but around 750 would be nice, but again, the cheapest will be good.

I want this to be for normal computer use, music, video, and gaming, not games like solitare and minesweeper, but real games.

If you can find a better motherboard, make sure it has 6gb/s and ddr3 1600. Because I dont want to buy better parts, if the main board can not make use of it.
If you see anything else that can be make cheaper, please tell me.

I might wait a while until the new AMD cpu's come out, just because I dont want to regret my purchase.

I will be very open to all options, but it must have like a review on the internet, and some reviews on newegg or similar computer part website.

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  1. I'd change it completely.

    Check out my $600 build.
    Switch the i3 2100 to an i5 2400
    Then switch the 5850 for a 6870
    Switch the case from the Illusion to this to save some money.
    That'll give you much better performance especially CPU wise.

    DDR3 1600 really doesn't matter but it is dirt cheap now. But in reality 1333 it is only about 1-2% slower.
  2. At that price you can get a much better CPU from intel that will blow AMD Systems away. Have a look at this :

    CPU & Motherboard: $333-i5 2500K & MSI P67A G45

    HDD & Optical Drive: $53- Seagate Barracuda 500GB & LG DVD Writer

    OS: $95-Windows 7 Home Premium SP1(64 bit)(Hurry it has $15 off with promo code)

    Power Supply: $55- Antec Neo Eco 520 (will provide sufficient power to this system)

    GPU: $175- Sapphire Radeon 6870

    Case: $35- NZXT Gamma Classic Series

    RAM: $44-GSkill Ripjaw (2X 2GB)(Hurry it has a $9 off with promo code)

    Total(Excluding Rebates): 790 USD

    Total (Including Promo) : 766 USD (on OS & RAM)

    Rebates: 20 USD

    If you don't like overclocking, which the above processcor is capable of get this combo :
    $262- i5 2400 & Biostar H67(CPU has $10 off with promo). Save $80.
    With the save money , get EVGA GTX 560Ti worth $230 (has $30 worth MAIL-IN-REBATES)
    Review of gtx 560Ti : http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-review/
  3. Why get i5 2400/2500k? 2500k is for 1g build, not $700 if you cant increase it to $900 so i would prefer i3 2120(SB) because performs better than a Q9550 and it's $140 cheaper than a Q9550... With a $80 MoBo, it should work well with 2120... Note: It wont be overclockable(Not sure) but better than Q9550(One of the best LGA 775 Processor)...
  4. ^ You can fit the i5 2400 into a $700 build.
    Why would you get the 9550 anyway, it's overpriced. It should only be worth like $100-$150 now. The Socket is a dead socket.
  5. I have a 2400/H61 built that was $600 back at the start of April, I went with a smaller video card as a micro-atx case, but with your choice of video card, I came up with this:

    1 HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case w/ Front Blue LED 120mm Fan & Top 120mm Fan
    Item #: N82E16811121096
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    (I'd add a 3rd 120mm fan, cannibalized from your current PC, or pick it up locally for $5-ish)

    1 Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148697
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    1 SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814102948
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    1 Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817371047
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    1 Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ...
    Item #: N82E16820146748
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate

    1 ASRock H61ICAFE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157246

    1 Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
    Item #: N82E16819115074

    Subtotal: $625.93

    after shipping ($11.64) and promo codes (-$15)
    its $622.07 with $30 in rebates (which would make it $592.07)
  6. ^ Sucks that OP isn't replying to tell us if he is going to SLI/CF.
  7. Hi, im sorry for not replying.
    I made a amd based computer list because I didnt know you can get intel stuff for that cheap, but since you can, I will see if I can make something that works using the parts you guys suggested.

    I dont plant on sli/crossfire at all.
    Plus, I dont think i should overclock because I do not want to take a risk at all.

    I will reply soon with a build using the intel parts.
  8. http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=18189486
    the total is about $25 less with bundles
    I made this using the suggestion from all of yall.

    The one thing I left out is the motherboard. The reason is because everyone suggested something else, and I cant seem to see which one is the best. This will be my first build, so I really need help, and I am worried about getting one that doesnt work properly or messed up. So, i want to make sure I get a good one.

    From your suggestions, and from newegg, I picked these: (I am open to recommendations of other motherboards)

    If there is any other good ones that I missed, please tell me, but give me a reason why it is good.

    I thought between the xfx and sapphire graphic card, but I picked the xfx because it has 2 fans and it has a lifetime warranty. And, the price is almost the same

    I can get a way cheaper hard drive that has twice the memory, but they have mixed reviews. I do not want to get a OK hard drive because I know how it feels to have a hard drive mess up, and I really dont want that to happen. So, I want to get the best I can for the best price, and the one I picked seems like the most reliable one.

    I seen some comparisons where they 4 and 8gb are very similar, but I picked 8GB because the price is really close, and with the bundle with the graphic card, it is like only $1 more than 4GB of ram. But, there are SOOO much types of 8Gb ram, and most of all of them are gskill, and they all have identical reviews, so I really do not know which one to get, i picked that one because it has the best ratings. Please tell me the best 8GB for cheap I can get

    Thanks, Now I know Antec is the best budget PCU for me. I was thinking about yalls choice, but the one I had in mind has more reviews, so it gives me a better idea of the quailty of the PSU, and the one I picked is very good apparently, so I went ahead and picked that one. If my choice is not the best, please recommend me better.

    I picked that case because it came with a bundle, so I might change the case selection, just think of it as a price point for the case.
  9. the build is quite solid!

    I'd go with the AS Rock H61 board, personally
  10. Thank you, i agree, i like that build the best too.

    But, which motherboard?
    This is the one on my wish list:
    I really like it because of the ratings and reviews. But, what I do not like is the price.I dont really count rebates, because many times I never got a rebate for things. And, there is a price for shipping.
    I am also never going to SLI or or Crossfire.

    So, is that motherboard better, or this one?
    This is one is basically the same, but no crossfire/SLI. But, I do not like this one because of the ratings and reviews. It is not too good compared to the other one.
    The price is great though.

    Any other motherboard suggestions? Please tell me, thanks!
  11. I would go with that board, the G43 is probably the cheapest board that will run 8x/8x in dual card config. But you aren't taking advantage of that so it wouldn't matter.

    This MB would be the best for you.
    You won't be able to OC with the i5 2400, so no need for P67, you save quite a bit of money.
  12. Hi!
    Wait, im got comfused, are you recommending the G43 or C43, i didnt understand because you said "But you aren't taking advantage of that so it wouldn't matter. " im sorry

    I dont want to risk it and buying a biostar. The reason is because I recearched some motherboard brands, and I heard it is not the best, and the customer services isnt good either, and based on the reviews for that product, i guess some of the things i heard are true.
  13. Well the G43, is good for people taking advantage SLI/CF, you aren't doing either.
    For the C43 and G43 both at P67 but you won't take advantage of overclocking because the i5 2400 can't overclock.

    Just get the cheapest board you can find.
  14. that one is good, but I want one with usb 3.0, plus I though getting a full ATX board is the best.
  15. if you want SATA 3/USB3 and aren't worried about overclock, then the ASRock H61M-iCafe or H61M-U3S3 (at $70/$75) are your best bets
  16. ^+1

    Full ATX is best for people wanting to run dual configs in the future. It also is better for longer cards, but Micro-ATX would fit just fine.


  17. I cant find the ASRock H61M-iCafe anywhere. But I like the H61M-U3S3 alot. I read a couple of reviews about it too, and it seems great for me. I dont want something fancy with stuff I dont need. But, I need a great functional board that isnt 5 years old.
    And this one seems to fit it, plus the price is really nice.

    From your description of atx and micro atx, i think micro would be best. But, would the 6870 be considered a long card?
  18. Yes, but it'll be fine.
  19. I have a graphic card question.
    Is it worth getting the XFX for the lifetime warranty over sapphire? Because I heard sapphire has better support than XFX. Plus, the sapphire is cheaper. I dont really count rebates because then I have to remove the UPC, and then I cant send it in for newegg RMA...(They are cheaters, either you get 30-day newegg policy, or you get rebate-the rebate ends before 30 days)
  20. XFX has a nice double lifetime warranty that covers overclocking.
  21. So does a double lifetime warranty mean that if after I die and my kids computer hypothetically still uses this card they will replace it?
  22. It means if you register for lifetime warranty you will get it. Then if you sell it, the next user that registers will also get lifetime warranty.
  23. My mom said she can raise the price a little because I told her for a little bit more money, I will not ask to upgrade later on using more money to upgrade then buying it in the first place. So, with that, this is my latest build:

    I picked the Haf 912 because I heard cable management is awesome, and the airflow is better. Plus it is only slighty more money than the challenger. I just hate that the Haf 912 doesnt have lights or anything. But I think I will just add some LEDS around the inside of the case or something and use the PSU's power(is that possible or safe? Like using the 5V?), or batteries or something...

    I also upgraded the RAM to 8GB because I decided that even if I have 4GB and it is fine, I will always feel that I should have got 8GB just so then I am future proof for like 50 years(more like 5 years)...

    If there is a better case for around the same price that has cable management, then please tell me, because the more suggestions, the better.
  24. hey um ya nice build but um you could save some money if your a college student and have a .edu email adress or use one of your friends.

    this way u can get a dl version of windows and discset for 42 dollars.

    heres the link for it. hope this helps in saving money so you can get the best build possible

  25. Thanks!!!!
    I have a sister that will go to college soon, but that will take forever, and I was hoping for something sooner.

    but i can ask my cousin!

    But, is this a upgrade disk, or an install disk? And, is it 64bit?

    Wow, i got happy for no reason...
    I looked at the picture on the website, and it says uppgrade on the box.

    Please, if it is a full installation disk, please tell me.
  26. you can do a full install from an upgrade disk. Its perfectly legal, and there are several ways to do it outlined on the web.
  27. ^+1

    You can get $30 disks to work. I have some inside connections to Microsoft as I know some people that work there and they get them for $30 bucks which is what I used install it on my home computer. However the thing is I don't exactly remember if it was an upgrade disk.
  28. Thank you guys!
    When I get my PC, I will run Linux on it for a while until my sister gets her email address.

    Here is the link if anyone needs it:
  29. looks pretty solid.

    I'm going to suggest this Antec PSU that is the same price (well, its $50 with the 10% promo code), its 520W instead of 550W, but its 80+ Bronze instead of just 80+
  30. Thanks for the recommendation
    I completely forgot to upgrade some of my stuff due to the extra budget from the windows 7.

    One question-Is there another power supply instead of the antec that you linked? I was hoping for a modular one. Unless, if it makes no difference for air flow. If it makes no difference, I will change the PSU to the one you said
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