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July 26, 2011 2:24:46 PM

Okay So I am in a predicament, This is my first build ever :ouch: 

I want a new gaming rig so I can play future games like BF3 and Skyrim on high or near max settings ( I want it to look good)

Problem is, I am on a tighter budget because I wont know how much I will use the new computer as college is starting up and I have a new job on campus so I dont want to overspend on a computer that I will never fully use

So I was looking at a 1440 X 900 LCD 19 inch monitor for 100 Bucks on Newegg and that Has put my budget around 700 Dollars

Is it possible for anyone to build a $700 gaming rig capable of playing these future games on high and near max settings?

Budget: $700

Use: Gaming and future gaming. everyday stuff

Comments: Don't care about specific parts, AMD or Intel, just want something that will run them great :) 

Thank you
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July 26, 2011 2:32:20 PM

Do you have access to Windows or is that to be included in the $700 budget ?
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July 26, 2011 2:37:59 PM

Why_Me said:
Do you have access to Windows or is that to be included in the $700 budget ?


Worst case scenario, I have to buy it full price but it seems like I can get it for 20 bucks from school
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July 26, 2011 2:50:30 PM

G3LesPaul said:
Okay So I am in a predicament, This is my first build ever :ouch: 

I want a new gaming rig so I can play future games like BF3 and Skyrim on high or near max settings ( I want it to look good)

Problem is, I am on a tighter budget because I wont know how much I will use the new computer as college is starting up and I have a new job on campus so I dont want to overspend on a computer that I will never fully use

So I was looking at a 1440 X 900 LCD 19 inch monitor for 100 Bucks on Newegg and that Has put my budget around 700 Dollars

Is it possible for anyone to build a $700 gaming rig capable of playing these future games on high and near max settings?

Budget: $700

Use: Gaming and future gaming. everyday stuff

Comments: Don't care about specific parts, AMD or Intel, just want something that will run them great :) 

Thank you


This combo deal is a pretty decent start:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

1x Thermaltake VL84301W2Z V3 Black Edition with 430W Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Model:VL84301W2Z)


1x MSI A75MA-G55 FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard (Model:A75MA-G55)


1x AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3850WNGXBOX (Model:AD3850WNGXBOX)


1x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL (Model:F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL)

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


1x LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 (Model:iHAS124-04)


1x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (Model:GFC-02050)

Total $483.99

From here I would add a Video Card with the remaining budget. Maybe a Nvidia GTX 560 or ATI Radeon HD 6950
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July 26, 2011 3:17:42 PM
a b 4 Gaming
July 26, 2011 3:32:43 PM

FREE SHIPPING for this entire build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $254.98 FREE SHIPPING
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
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $58.99 FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code Julsv10, ends 7/31
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... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $26.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA1339

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $159.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Palit NE5X5600HD02F GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Total: $680.92 *not including mail in rebates
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July 26, 2011 4:44:00 PM

Why_Me said:
FREE SHIPPING for this entire build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $254.98 FREE SHIPPING
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
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $58.99 FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code Julsv10, ends 7/31
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... $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
MSI P67S-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996586

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $159.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Palit NE5X5600HD02F GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Total: $698.92 *not including mail in rebates


This looks great thank you! But I have heard from people that if you go cheap on a Mobo and a PSU your entire system wont even matter. Is this true?

Thank you!
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July 26, 2011 4:53:00 PM

G3LesPaul said:
This looks great thank you! But I have heard from people that if you go cheap on a Mobo and a PSU your entire system wont even matter. Is this true?

Thank you!

It's true, you don't ever want to get a crap mobo and/or psu. MSI mobo's...although not my first choice, have been steady with the P67 chip sets. On another note, I found a Gigabyte Z68 board for $15 cheaper, and a special on RAM...so I edited that build up above...check it out now.

As far as the psu goes, that Antec psu in that build I posted is manufactured by Seasonic...which means it's as good as it gets. In other words that build up above is solid.
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July 26, 2011 5:16:53 PM

seriously? i dont want to be a whiner, but its a little irritating to spend the time making a build that is nearly identical to why_me's and have it completely ignored, despite it being posted earlier. Please at least take a look at the ram+mobo combo i posted, which gets you the same "updated" gigabyte mobo + 8gb 1600mhz ram (instead of 4gb 1333mhz) for $3 more. the only other difference is that he has chosen a superior hdd and an inferior graphics card. btw, i forgot to add in the PSU promo code, so the grand total (after shipping) is actually $706.
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