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$800 Budget Gaming System Needed

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September 17, 2011 10:35:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: From now - next 2 weeks

Budget Range: 800-850 After Rebates including Monitor

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

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX, Canadacomputers, any Canadian retailer

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: I5-2500k (if possible), 22-24inch monitor

Overclocking: Yes, but not a priority

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (not neccessary, but nice to have)

Monitor Resolution: Depends on monitor selected

Additional Comments: I want the best bang for the buck, so if I5-2500k is pushing it, feel free to replace it with a cheaper alternative. So basically I want the best gaming system you can build for under $850 (including monitor).

Thanks guys!
September 18, 2011 1:30:25 AM

Intel i5-2500k-------------------------$209.69
Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3------------------------$109.69
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3 8GB 1600Mhz------------------------$47.19
Powercolor Radeon 6850 1GB----------------------$119.99 (NCIX)
Coolermaster HAF 912--------------------------$51.19
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB-------49.69
Antec Earthwatts Green 650W Power Supply------$49.69
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM------$18.69

TOTAL WITHOUT TAX-------$655.82
TOTAL WITH TAX (12%)-----$734.52
Everything from DirectCanada with exception to the GPU which is onsale at NCIX.


Hmm... already $735 without the monitor.
Should I downgrade to a i3, and perhaps downgrade mobo as well to save cost and get a better GPU?
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September 18, 2011 1:51:22 AM

s3an said:
Intel i5-2500k-------------------------$209.69
Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3------------------------$109.69
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3 8GB 1600Mhz------------------------$47.19
Powercolor Radeon 6850 1GB----------------------$119.99 (NCIX)
Coolermaster HAF 912--------------------------$51.19
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB-------49.69
Antec Earthwatts Green 650W Power Supply------$49.69
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM------$18.69

TOTAL WITHOUT TAX-------$655.82
TOTAL WITH TAX (12%)-----$734.52
Everything from DirectCanada with exception to the GPU which is onsale at NCIX.


Hmm... already $735 without the monitor.
Should I downgrade to a i3, and perhaps downgrade mobo as well to save cost and get a better GPU?

That's a great build. Keep the 2500k. It will last a good 2 to 3 years before needing an upgrade. You GPU is fine (you also have the choice to get a second in the future and you PSU will still have more than enough power to supply your PC).
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September 18, 2011 5:06:20 AM

^Thanks!

Anyone else have an opinion on this?
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September 18, 2011 5:32:30 AM

do you prefer AMD they r also very good for gaming?
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September 18, 2011 6:04:29 AM

Have you consider Intel Core i5-760? There is a sail on Canada Computers. CPU is 169.88 $. That is slower CPU than 2500k, but faster than any Core i3 CPU and have good overclocking possibilities.
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September 18, 2011 6:37:39 AM

Processor : i5 2500K - $220
MoBo : ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 - $125
RAM : 2x4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333 - $42
Graphics : XFX HD-685X-ZNFR Radeon HD 6850 1GB - $130
Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
Optical Drive : LG 24X DVD R/W - $20
PSU : XFX Core Edition PRO650W - $60
Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower - $60
Monitor : ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $130

Total : $847 after rebates

Get a CM Hyper 212+ for $28 once you save some more money.
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September 19, 2011 8:38:08 AM

rohit why are you suggesting 2500k for $800 gaming rig.i3 2100 will do his job for now.and he can also upgrade to ivy bridge.change the gfx to msi radeon hd 6870.
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September 25, 2011 10:09:45 PM

Best answer selected by s3an.
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