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$750 budget, in the dark.

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August 26, 2011 1:43:04 AM

So I've been out of the computer world since I built my last PC (4200+ X2, 8800GT, 2GB). I'm not up to date with current hardware but I'm looking for the best PC I can build for the price, preferably around $700 but willing to go up to $750. I don't need a monitor nor do I need Windows.

My goal: Well, it seems as if BF3 will soon become the standard - SO I HAVE TO RUN BF3 ON MAX! Kidding, but as close to max as possible with this budget of course. In reality, I'd be happy to run The Old Republic, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 etc on high settings without any hitches. Not expecting a god machine with my budget, just something that I can continue to upgrade as I receive future paychecks and perhaps transform into a god machine over time.

Thanks guys!

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August 26, 2011 1:55:13 AM

look for a budget case you like - around $50-75
get a decent PSU - if you can pull the trigger today, newegg has the antec neo-eco 620w on sale for $30 after rebate.

intel i3-2100 CPU + Z68 mobo. the i3-2100 can easily run any game out there today plus SC2 only utilize two cores (Diablo III will most likely be the same). you can upgrade to an i5-2XXX quad core down the road when needed like the i3-2500

4GB of DDR3 RAM from just about any brand name (they all come from the same handful of suppliers).

dump the rest of the money into your video card like the Nvidia GTX560ti, GTX570 or AMD 6950, 6970. video cards do all the heavy lifting in games, they make or break gaming PCs.

August 26, 2011 1:59:10 AM

I assume you mean ATI 6950, 6970. Unfortunately I can't pull the trigger for a few days late as I'm waiting on a paycheck, is 4GB going to be enough for a ram-intensive game as I'm sure The Old Republic will be?
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August 26, 2011 2:07:26 AM

the ATI brand is no longer used by AMD after the 5XXX series so starting with the 6XXX ( 6450, 6770, 6850, etc.,) all the cards are AMD.

4GB is plenty RAM for any game today. as for the old republic, in bioware's own words

"GW (BioWare): We are definitely not intending it to be extremely high. That’s great. I would like to be able to play it on my 3 year old gaming notebook.

GW: It’s going to more modest to let more people into the game because not every gamer changes out their machine for super hardcore machines."
August 26, 2011 2:08:05 AM

Processor : Intel Core i3 2100 - Dual Core - 65W - 32nm LGA1155 Sandy Bridge - $124.99
Motherboard : ASRock H67M-GE/HT (B3) LGA 1155 - $99.99
Graphics Card : XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $209.99
RAM : Corsair 2 x 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz Dual-Channel Memory - $45.99
Storage : Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $59.99
Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $19.99
PSU : Corsair CX500 V2 500W - $59.99
Case : Your Choice - Rosewill Backbone Plastic/Steel ATX Mid Tower - $39.99

Total : $660 after rebates.

You can get the i5 2400 for $65 more i.e. $725 total. Though i3 2100 is enough for playing any current and upcoming games.
August 26, 2011 2:11:38 AM

Look if there is a microcenter close by
August 26, 2011 2:13:35 AM

Thats why I wrote "Case : Your Choice."
August 26, 2011 2:25:01 AM

i rarely comment on a case since the decision should always be about "what case looks nice to the end user" but the fans on that case are useless. they run at 500rpm and they hardly move air even for a 500rpm fan. the USB ports become loose after just a few pushes with a USB stick. the on/off switch sticks...
August 26, 2011 2:25:35 AM

Intel Core i5 2500k $220

Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H ATX $129

XFX HD-685X-ZNFR Radeon HD 6850 $160 [$130 after MIR]

Kingston KHX1600C9D3X1K2/8GX 8GB DDR3 1600 $49

Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200RPM $50

Rosewill Challenger $50

Antec Earthwatts 650W $65

Some $20 DVD Burner

$743 before MIR. You should bump up to 700-750W preferably from Antec/XFX/ Seasonic/ Corsiar [can try OCZ] if you want the crossfire HD 6870 instead. I would just stick with a 6850 for now and wait for Keplar or how the newer generation AMD graphics turn out [I believe it's releasing this year]. The parts you can get and won't regret are pretty much everything other than the GPU. The HD 6850 will continue to be a good priced card with great performance though. 650W is enough to add on another HD 6850 if you want.
August 26, 2011 2:34:55 AM

008rohit's build would outperform that AMD 6850 build in gaming and if you used the antec 300 illusion, it would also run cooler
August 26, 2011 2:42:52 AM

Definitely keeping that in mind, and my apologies for not posting in the correct format. I definitely like the newer vid card in 008' and if its' true the only thing I could possibly regret is not going all out on a video card, than I'd rather go that route. Just debating between the I3 and I5
August 26, 2011 2:54:57 AM

Like I said, You can buy the i5 2400 for $65 more, but the extra price is worth it only if you do a lot of other things (heavy multitasking, HD Video transcoding etc) on your PC, too, instead of just gaming, watching movies and browsing the internet.
September 1, 2011 5:48:52 PM

So I'm pulling the trigger tonight on 008Rohits build, any last minute suggestions would be appreciated :) . Hoping it really does come out to $660 when all is said and done
September 1, 2011 6:33:15 PM

Good Luck, mate. :) 
September 1, 2011 7:04:06 PM

it won't cause there is shipping and tax
September 2, 2011 3:14:19 AM


The CX430 is the bare minimum I'd recommend to run a mid end GPU.
September 2, 2011 8:03:11 PM

if you have not pulled the trigger today. PC Power and Cooling 500w $59 out the door - $20 MIR = $39 after the rebate check. its today only and you won't get a better PSU for that price.

it also comes with a decent case bundle that's also another 15% off if you use the promo code " SenteySep15 ", look further down the page on the left hand side
September 2, 2011 11:06:34 PM

here's my slightly off suggestion fora $700 build:

i5-2400 + 8 GB DDR3-1600: $221.98

AS Rock H61M/U3S3: $69.99

Lite on DVD + Seagate 1 TB HDD: $72.98

PNY GTX 560ti: $219.99 w/ $30 rebate

SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze PSU: $59.99

Rosewill R102 Micro ATX Case: $24.99 w/ Promo code

Rosewill 120mm Blue LED Fan: $7.99

Masscool 80mm fan: $2.99

This is $680.90

Optionally, you could drop to a GTX 560 (no ti)
MSI GTX 560: $189.99 (saves $30: $650.90)

and then add a Crucial C4 64GB SATA III SSD: $89.99
(Total $740.89)

Or you could keep the higher end GPU, and get the SSD, a bit over budget at $770.89