Looking for a $500-700 Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: End of August, beginning of September

Budget Range: $500-700 (no rebate)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Crysis 2, new Star Wars RPG, Battlefield 3, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers, OS I DO WANT A KEYBOARD and MONITOR HOWEVER

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or tigerdirect or even amazon

Country of Origin: All the way in the Caribbean, but I can still get it shipped

Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter, whatever gives the most bang for the buck. This includes the monitor

Overclocking: Probably

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Hey everyone! So I'm basically looking for an inexpensive gaming build. The 500-700 price range is for the tower and I'd pay whatever extra for the monitor. Just because I have a 500-700 price range doesn't mean I really want it at the $700 price... if you can find a good bang for the buck at say 600 or whatever, I'd take it!

I saw the guide on how to build a 600 gaming build that would run Crysis 2 like a boss and was wondering if that's worth it?
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  2. sadams04 said:

    That build looks mighty fine! I would definitely need the CPU cooler if I plan to overclock right? I read on newegg it has a 90mm fan already and you have a choice of installing a 120mm fan in the front, so I take it i'd install that fan in the front?

    Also now the thing is I'm a first time builder. Should have probably put that in my first post >< Is this everything I need to build it? I'm sure the parts come with instructions as to where to connect them, etc.
  3. Yes. If you plan to overclock you need to pick up a CPU cooler. Regarding fans on the Hyper 212+, I would add two aftermarket 120mm fans in a push / pull configuration to replace the stock single fan. This will give you the best cooling for the CPU. While you are buying fans, consider a case fan or two to prompte front-to-back air flow through the case. Stick with fans at or below 20dBA for a quiet PC.

    Everything should be there except maybe SATA cables for the HD and DVD. If the description says "bare drive" you can assume it will NOT come with one. I believe you will need to pick two up... There are plenty of tutorials for assembling a PC available through a quick Google search. It is a fairly straight forward process, but don't hesitate to come back to the forum and ask for help.
  4. i would go with this motherboard, xfire ,sli support and am3+ at the same price
    ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    for power supply,
    antec earthwaats green 650w
    same price and high quality, you can xfire 6850 if you want in the near future.

    for gpu, a 6870 is much better
  5. Best answer selected by lvluffinz.
  6. I'm gunna follow suit with sadams04 and grab those stuff! I will post on forums when I need help to build it. By the way! I wanted to grab a monitor.. which not-expensive monitor do you guys recommend? I want some cheap (well not cheap as heck) but damn good in quality. At least at the 1920 x 1200 resolution
  7. Manu 11's mobo choice would make a LOT more sense for future-resistance.
  8. I am pretty much doing the samething. I have a local microcenter, should I take advantage of the i5-2500k deal for $180 and $40 off a mobo? or this:

    ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS [...] 6813157262

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 - $120

    Antec earthwatts green 650w [...] 6817371044

    RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 1.5v CL9 - $46

    haf 912 - $55 or NZXT Apollo - $60

    My budget is $600 so that leaves me like $200 for a graphics card ( I have OS, keyboard, mouse and monitor...its low quality though) what you guys think?
  9. ^hd 6870 for you gamerx
  10. I was wondering if that was the right way to go or if i should get the i5 2500k instead
  11. sorry to kinda hijack the thread but I think I will go with this for now:
    AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition Callisto
    it combos with the 6780 and is only $90. The board will let me xfire and use BD later down the road. I will upgrade to a 750W PSU so I can just drop another GPU in there and I think this is looking great :]
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