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Gaming rig for 800$

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever i get around to it ( just trying to get some kind of list together)

Budget Range: Before:800 max / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,School, Movies

Parts Not Required: monitor(get new on if room in budget) ,keyboard, mouse,speakers,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD quad core or intel quad core and an asus motherboard, 1-1.5 TB Hard drive

Overclocking: no

SLi/ Crossfire No

Monitor Resolution: Preferred 1024x768 max: 1440x900 (dell 19" monitor)

Additional Comments: i would like for the case to have a window, with nice cable management add os (windows 7 OEM)


Thanks, :sol:
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  1. AMD Phenom II X4 955 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

    G.SKILL Sniper (2x4GB) DDR3 1866 F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 $180 [$150 after MIR]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

    LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239

    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044

    Lite-On iHAS124-04 $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    $765 before MIR/ $735 after MIR should be free shipping on all of them.

    This is well under your $800 budget. A good suggestion is to sell your older monitors and purchase a newer 1920x1080. I won't go for 1920x1200 unless you go for 24" monitor but that will costs a lot. I think you can find good 20-23" monitors for $100-160. The 6870 will run everything at the highest setting at your current resolutions with no problem. I tried sticking to your preferences as closely as possible. I chose a AMD quad core along with Asus motherboard , fast 1TB hard drive, good cable management with side window, etc. The AM3+ is for future upgrade to Bulldozer which will probably run best on 1866Mhz RAM. You have low resolution monitor so spending any more than $120 will actually be overkill but I'm expecting you to upgrade soon anyway so whatever. If you can afford it, go the distance and buy a 6950 for around $250 and then flash it to a 6970 without spending any extra. I just got home and edited this and added the missing stuff.
  2. p.s

    some of the games i am planning on playing is

    Battlefield series
    Dirt 3
    Dirt 2
    Fallout series
    Star Wars the old republic
    The Sims 3
    etc.

    i kind of think that graphics card is a little bit of an overkill for me maybe a 6850 or a 560ti?

    any benefits from using amd or intel edited it for both also thinking a bout a coolermaster/ raidmax/ NZXT case

    also thinking about staying with a stock cpu fan
  3. Quote:
    Sinner v1.2 -

    Total - $871.91
    Total After Rebates - $811.91



    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 - $89.98 ($79.98 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    Antec High Current Gamer Series 620W - $69.99 ($49.99 after MIR w/ free shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 1600MHZ CL9 4GB (1x4GB) - $31.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231313

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ $189.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736

    MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB - $289.99 ($259.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127562

    AMD Phenom II X4 955BE 3.2GHz - $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    LITE-ON DVD Burner 24X - $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289


    This is a build I edited a little for you ^_^

    Its a red/black themed pc (minus the sabertooth's yellow) that is bulldozer ready so whenever that cpu comes out you have the option of putting it in your pc.



    thanks but case has no window and graphics card is a little bit overkill and i guess i forgot to mention at the top i was kind of going with a blue black theme, if you could modify some of the parts that would be great
  4. Quote:
    If you are thinking about a few cases, lmk which ones because there are so many options with nzxt and raidmax

    This is one I just picked out real quick that looks nice and has good cable management


    NZXT LEXA S - $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146060

    CORSAIR Builder Series V2 500W - $59.99 ($39.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866MHZ - $89.99 ($79.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233170

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ $189.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736

    MSI Hawk Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $216.99 ($196.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127560

    AMD Phenom II X4 955BE 3.2GHz - $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    LITE-ON DVD Burner 24X - $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289


    Total - 836.92
    After Rebates - $786.92

    blue/black theme ^_^


    actually i was thinking about the coolermaster storm enforcer and changing the front fan to blue and adding blue cathode lights what do you think and maybe getting a 650 watt psu (89.99) and getting the xfx hd 6850(163.99)
  5. Quote:
    Thats a good idea ^_^

    er sec


    problem thats not including windows 7 oem which is 89.99
  6. wintermint said:
    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

    G.SKILL Sniper (2x4GB) DDR3 1866 F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 $270 [$260 after MIR]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161372

    LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239

    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044

    Lite-On iHAS124-04 $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Alternative to 6950:
    Radeon HD 6850 $150
    ASUS VH226H 21.5" $160 -> $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051

    $555 not including GPU. $150 will net you a HD 6850 which is good performance. You will have some room to buy a good monitor if you increase your budget a little more.
    I tried sticking to your preferences as closely as possible. I chose a AMD quad along with Asus motherboard, fast 1TB hard drive, good cable management with side window, etc. The AM3+ is for future upgrade to Bulldozer which will probably run best on 1866Mhz RAM. You have low resolution monitor so spending any more than $120 will be overkill. I assume you will upgrade monitor soon but you should check the alternative I listed. The 6850 is a really good card and will handle everything you throw at it. I do recommend getting the 6950 and flashing it to the 6970 without spending extra. Hope you read this, I just got home and finished the build.


    thanks for all your help and maybe by the time i get this the bulldozer will be out so i can get that as well
  7. Quote:
    COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer $89.99 ($79.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

    CORSAIR Builder Series V2 500W - $59.99 ($39.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866MHZ - $89.99 ($79.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233170

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ $189.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $179.99 ($159.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102913

    AMD Phenom II X4 955BE 3.2GHz - $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    LITE-ON DVD Burner 24X - $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200MM Blue LED fan - $27.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103073


    Total - 837.91
    After Rebates - $777.91


    Was I supposed to include os? I thought you had that listed under parts not needed..


    my bad i did have it listed in the wrong section an i fixed it sorry
  8. Quote:
    Bulldozer comes out in September.

    So if you plan on waiting till then, you should just wait till a few reviews come out about them first to see which one you want.

    TBH you could go with the 955 and use that for the next 2 years or however long it takes till you feel the BD cpu has gotten cheaper or you read enough reviews.

    GL with the build, im off to get high.



    Thanks for your help
  9. Best answer
    Hey I just got back and revised the first post I made. I added in the missing HDD components and the missing links to the parts I suggested. I'll repaste it here in case you miss it.

    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103808


    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065


    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131767


    G.SKILL Sniper (2x4GB) DDR3 1866 F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231460


    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185


    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 $180 [$150 after MIR]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150506


    LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811112239


    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371044


    Lite-On iHAS124-04 $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106289


    $765 before MIR/ $735 after MIR should be free shipping on all of them.


    This is well under your $800 budget. A good suggestion is to sell your older monitors and purchase a newer 1920x1080. I won't go for 1920x1200 unless you go for 24" monitor but that will costs a lot. I think you can find good 20-23" monitors for $100-160. The 6870 will run everything at the highest setting at your current resolutions with no problem. I tried sticking to your preferences as closely as possible. I chose a AMD quad core along with Asus motherboard , fast 1TB hard drive, good cable management with side window, etc. The AM3+ is for future upgrade to Bulldozer which will probably run best on 1866Mhz RAM. You have low resolution monitor so spending any more than $120 will actually be overkill but I'm expecting you to upgrade soon anyway so whatever. If you can afford it, go the distance and buy a 6950 for around $250 and then flash it to a 6970 without spending any extra. I just got home and edited this and added the missing stuff.

    Thanks p07, it appears we both left out the OS. As for the OS, you can cut money off the RAM. We don't have any detailed information about Bulldozer yet. I did read that llano has better performance with 1866MHz better than 1600MHz. You can drop down to 4GB 1600MHz for now and buy the OS, and then add on another 4GB 1600MHz when you feel like it. They should be around $35-40 for 2x2GB.
  10. Quote:
    Don't forget he needs the OS as well ^_^


    got it on newegg for 94.99
  11. wintermint said:
    Hey I just got back and revised the first post I made. I added in the missing HDD components and the missing links to the parts I suggested. I'll repaste it here in case you miss it.

    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103808


    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065


    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131767


    G.SKILL Sniper (2x4GB) DDR3 1866 F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231460


    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185


    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 $180 [$150 after MIR]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150506


    LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811112239


    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371044


    Lite-On iHAS124-04 $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106289


    $765 before MIR/ $735 after MIR should be free shipping on all of them.


    This is well under your $800 budget. A good suggestion is to sell your older monitors and purchase a newer 1920x1080. I won't go for 1920x1200 unless you go for 24" monitor but that will costs a lot. I think you can find good 20-23" monitors for $100-160. The 6870 will run everything at the highest setting at your current resolutions with no problem. I tried sticking to your preferences as closely as possible. I chose a AMD quad core along with Asus motherboard , fast 1TB hard drive, good cable management with side window, etc. The AM3+ is for future upgrade to Bulldozer which will probably run best on 1866Mhz RAM. You have low resolution monitor so spending any more than $120 will actually be overkill but I'm expecting you to upgrade soon anyway so whatever. If you can afford it, go the distance and buy a 6950 for around $250 and then flash it to a 6970 without spending any extra. I just got home and edited this and added the missing stuff.

    Thanks p07, it appears we both left out the OS. As for the OS, you can cut money off the RAM. We don't have any detailed information about Bulldozer yet. I did read that llano has better performance with 1866MHz better than 1600MHz. You can drop down to 4GB 1600MHz for now and buy the OS, and then add on another 4GB 1600MHz when you feel like it. They should be around $35-40 for 2x2GB.


    you have the motherboard twice and your links dont work
  12. Try using the first post instead of the second post I made but include the mention of the OS. Are you sure I have the motherboard url listed twice? A quick glance shows all the URL are different.
  13. wintermint said:
    Try using the first post instead of the second post I made but include the mention of the OS. Are you sure I have the motherboard url listed twice? A quick glance shows all the URL are different.


    it says ASUS m5a97 Am3+ motherboard twice the url is correct but no the name
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    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

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    XFX XPS-450W-SEW ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply - 85% Efficiency - 450 W - Internal - 110 V AC, 220 V AC - P1450SXXB9

    http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-H67M-GE-B3-Intel-Motherboard/dp/B004S9ROCQ/ref=sr_1_6?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1312326763&sr=1-6 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASRock H67M-GE B3 Intel H67 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 Motherboard

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

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1312081809&sr=1-1 $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.amazon.com/Sony-SATA-Internal-Drive-AD-7260S-0B/dp/B003MRHOQG/ref=dp_cp_ob_pc_title_2 $19.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B - Bulk (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-100314-2SR/dp/B004E0KV3I/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1312330612&sr=1-1 $179.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100314-2SR

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    Total: $751.16

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    Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 12,000,000:1 (ACM)

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=H67M-GE <----- more info, specs, and pics of that Asrock board.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-core-i3-2100-phenom-ii-x6-1075t,2859.html <---- Benchmarks "Intel > AMD"
  15. I fixed it. The link is to a Phenom II x4 955 but the name was the same as the motherboard. Sorry about that. You're free to switch away my case and drop down to cheaper RAM. 1866 should be the amount you want though. It will bring the OS into better affordability. Hope this settles everything :)

    Glad we are able to help you. I finally achieved my first badge :D
  16. wintermint said:
    I fixed it. The link is to a Phenom II x4 955 but the name was the same as the motherboard. Sorry about that. You're free to switch away my case and drop down to cheaper RAM. 1866 should be the amount you want though. It will bring the OS into better affordability. Hope this settles everything :)


    yup thanks
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