$750 Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime before August 31, 2011


Budget Range: $750 After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the net


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any would be fine, but I prefer to get everything from one place


Country of Origin: California, USA


Parts Preferences: Any


Overclocking: Most likely not


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: Not sure


Additional Comments: Would prefer a quiet PC. Hoping to play SC2 on at least High Settings and newer games at Medium. Also need a monitor. Don't know much about monitors, but I'm currently using a 17'' and anything bigger would be great.

Are there any changes you guys would make? This is my first time actually choosing the parts, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

ASRock H61M LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157255

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130660

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334
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  1. Check out my $550 build. Do you have a Microcenter near by? If so, you should try to run by there and pick up a i5 2400 ($150) or i5 2500K ($180). If you plan to overclock get the 2500K, if not the 2400. If you plan to overclock. Get the board I refer to in my $850 build.

    Try to stick to Amazon, it'll be cheaper since you don't pay taxes. Though it depends. Here's a monitor that's pretty solid btws.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824262011
  2. i would say get gtx 560 ti instead of gtx 560
    do you have microcenter nearby?
    there is $50 off i5-2500k compatible motherboard

    edit: didn't notice you need a monitor included with the budget
  3. Look through Neweggs website for combo deals, You could easily combo the I3 2100 with a way better mb and there are a lot of combos for Memory and PS's and HDs and CD burners. You could easily save 50-100$ doing this if you keep to all combos.
  4. 50$ ?? I thought it was 40 .. anyways microcenter while supplies lat :D
  5. they just changed it today. google it and you'll find out
    i will get mine tomorrow
  6. Thanks for the help guys. Unfortunately, I don't live near a Micro Center. Here is my updated build:

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425

    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive & ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM COMBO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696141

    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100 & BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.700849

    SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.722040

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824262011

    Using the monitor aznshinobi recommended. Switched out the hard drive, motherboard, and graphics card since the GTX 560 was out of stock. Comes out to $773.36 with two $20 MIR for the grand total of $733.36. Is this build any good?
  7. Biostar board are not of really gread quality. I would go for something like Asus or Asrock. I understand that u trying to save and bundle some things up but the bundles usually either consist of really expensive components or of crappy ones. In this case it's mobo.
  8. ^ what happened to recommending AMD with HD6950 2Gb for under 650 ??

    ;D
  9. Looks like a solid build to me! ;)

    Biostar isn't a reputable motherboard manufacturer, so I'd stay away from them. Check out this one : ASRock H61M - SATA III and USB 3

    The power supply you've chosen is rock solid and capable of handling two HD 6870s in Crossfire mode. But I don't think you'll need another one.

    The i3 2100 is great budget gaming processor. The Seagate Barracuda should perform better than the Spinpoint as its SATA 6.0GB/s.


    I'll however only recommend you getting 2x4GB RAM instead of 2x2GB. Your MoBo has only two RAM dimms and you cannot upgrade later on. 4GB is going to be outdated soon. Atleast get a single 4GB stick and get another one when you can afford it if you can sacrifice the dual-channel mode for now.

    Good Luck.
  10. SATA 6 GB/s channel will never get filled up with either HDD so it doesn't matter.

    It's only useful for SSD
  11. ^^

    How do you know that?
  12. cause I am SATA .. :D
    6gb/s drives will read faster from cache but with 7200 rpm it will never fill even 3Gb/s SATA channel

    IMO best deal is something like 3 gb/s 7200 rpm and 32 or 64 mb of cache
  13. Thanks for the recommendations. Found most of the same parts on Amazon, so I'll probably be buying from there since I won't have to pay shipping or tax. Here's what I have:

    Corsair XMS3 8 GB 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003N8GVUY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 6Gb/s 1 TB Internal Hard Drive with 32MB Cache (ST31000524AS)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IZN3YI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B - Bulk (Black)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MRHOQG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Viewsonic's VA2033-LED 20-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor (Black)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WSKCCW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GQMHBI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    ASRock H61M/U3S3 Intel H61 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 Motherboard
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S0CTNE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Antec Green Energy-Efficient Power Supply EA500D
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VLYKDO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 01G-P3-1460-KR
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050I1PHO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Intel Core i3-2100 Processor 3.1GHz 3 MB Cache Socket LGA1155
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JEVGMO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_9?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Total comes out to $725.96. Only things I'm unsure about is the RAM and monitor. The case is also an Antec 300 instead of the Illusion, but the only difference is just the lights and an extra fan? Would I need to buy another fan with this build? Or should I just buy the Illusion from Newegg and the other parts from Amazon?
  14. Get ram that's 1.5V
    monitor looks fine ..Viewsonic is very decent brand
  15. Wtf? 008Rohit. You just said a Corsair CX500 can handle Crossfire 6870? That is wayyyy offf.

    As for Seagate vs Samsung. There would be virtually no difference. Mechanical drives have not yet taken full advantage of SATA III, and get about 1-2% boost in real world performance. The difference is so slight it'd be unnoticeable either way. SATA III with SSDs though is more beneficial.

    Better PSU
    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-BP550-Plus-ATX12V-Modular/dp/B0017KE3DM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1314547695&sr=1-1
  16. ^^

    Err...
    I read "Corsair 650W PSU". Sorry that I misread. :(
  17. Using the Antec 550W that was recommended. Looks like I'm almost ready to order parts. :D

    Would this RAM be better?

    Corsair 8 GB 1333mhz PC3-10666 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 8 Dual Channel Kit - CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055LGG3Y/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
  18. I would say yes just cause it's 1.5 V also it's cheaper so go for it
  19. Looks good.
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