650-700$ Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: This month.

Budget Range: 650-700$, the lower the better.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard&mouse, Monitor,OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: For cases, i dont want anything bulky or ugly lookin like the HAF 912.. mayby something like the Rosewill Challenger or better. Would also like Sandy bridge if i can fit that into my budget.

Overclocking: maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: nah

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments:Just need a good gaming pc that will play most games at medium-high settings and will last a couple years. This is my first time building one.
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  1. do you live near a microcenter?
  2. i5 2500k 3.3ghz quad core 220$
    cooler master haf 912 mid tower case 55$
    Antec earthwatts green 650w 60$
    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 40$
    Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA1339 30$
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard 100$
    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 21$
    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 180$
    total: 706$
  3. I'll need a 1TB drive... got alot of steam games to install. And i specificaly said no haf 912 case.
  4. Zoid7 said:
    I'll need a 1TB drive... got alot of steam games to install. And i specificaly said no haf 912 case.

    Well the rosewill challenger case is $5 less and it looks nice. So just change that case he said to the challenger. It'll save money and look better.
  5. manu, where do you get your prices? Antec Earthwatts 650W is $75 now.

    Intel Core i5-2500K $220

    Stock heatsink can handle overclocking to 4.0 easily. If you plan to push beyond, I recommend Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $30.

    ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) $110

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL $35

    XFX HD-685X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6850 $170 [$140 after MIR]

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ $60

    Rosewill Challenger $50
    Cooler Master Elite 430 $50

    XFX Core Edition PRO550W $76 after shipping [$56 after MIR and shipping]

    Lite-On iHAS123-04 $20

    $741 before MIR, $691 after MIR. I know I passed your budget by a good margin but the spending is justifiable. The i5-2500k is an amazing CPU at $220 and is well known for its easy overclocking. THe motherboard you can switch out. There are Z68 motherboard from Biostar and Gigabyte for $100. I would stay away from Biostar if you can help it. Gigabyte is a good brand, I have a gigabyte motherboard myself but I hate the bios. It's just old and ugh. I would stay around $100 for the motherboard since you on a predefined budget. I chose the G.Skill RAM because it's designed for P67 so it's guaranteed to work. It's cheap and reliable. There's another set from G.Skill at the same price if you want a different look. There are also cheaper ones than G.Skill from Kingston and A-Data but they are at 1.65V while G.Skill is at 1.5V. For the GPU, I chose the 6850, it will run your games just fine at medium to high setting. Here's a benchmark for it, they used AA and the available highest setting: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291 I gave you two options for case, they're both $50. One has a side windows, the other one doesn't. I highly recommend this XFX because it's actually made by Seasonic [extremely reliable]. Last of all, you can ditch the Lite-On I chose and go for either Sony Optiarc or Asus. I don't think the ASUS oem one has free shipping anymore but you should take a look. I hope this helps. You will be within your budget after rebates. If you don't mind spending $15 more, you can grab the 2x4GB RAM from G.Skill. Here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=1727683&SID=
  6. Alright, looks good but do you know how reliable those rebates are?
  7. I would say XFX is reliable. Just be sure to include all the necessary paperwork and did not leave anything out. You should also make a copy or two before you send anything in so if they were to have any error you can just fax in to them. The rebate form should include instructions. XFX is not a small company. They also make power supplies.
  8. Check this out http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.693945 its rosewill challenger case and 600 w power supply for 100, and i got a recertified video card for 70, its a gts 450, in regards to mb and hdd and other such i wouldnt know but hope these two items help http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133403
  9. The PSU in that last post is an ancient, inefficient design. The smaller one from the same line passed jonnyguru's testing way back when, but there's no excuse for it today.
    A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands.
  10. I'v just read about the Bulldozer cpu's that are supposed to release in September. Should i hold off buying my pc until then, in hopes that there maybe a price drop in Intel Proccesors?
  11. Sandy Bridge now will give you the best performance for your money. Bulldozer is not guarantee to match Sandy Bridge. I also don't think Bulldozer's 8 cores, I believe, will beat Sandy Bridge in gaming. Not many games utilize more than two cores. It's mainly up to you but just remember there's always new technological advances around the corner. Ivy Bridge is set for LGA 1155 and a bios flash will enable you to use ivy bridge [some features will be disabled but not enough to be of major concern] Hopes this solve everything :]
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