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$800 Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably in two weeks. Once I receive the gift cards.

Budget Range: $800 preferably after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: BF3 baby.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Country of Origin: Missouri, USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is my first build but I cant wait.
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  1. Do you need an operating system like windows 7? If not I have multiple options to follow here:

    AMD Route: Probably an overclocked 955 BE CPU along with an 6970 and 8 gigs of RAM.

    Intel: i5 2500k with an 9650 that is flashed to a 6970. (Flashing is basically making the card think it is better than it actually is, and it actually would perform just as good as an 6970.) Also, 8 gigs of RAM here too.

    Now I don't have a complete parts guide here for you, if someone doesn't put one together for you I will in a little. (Very Sleepy lol) But these would be the basic guidelines here. You could even get a gtx 560ti though, but these above options would be what I would stick around with the CPU and GPU.
  2. No OS needed but thanks for the reply. I neglected to mention that I will need to get most of the parts from
    Amazon (gift cards). I am also distracted at the moment with the Mizzou - Oklahoma game. Only happens once a year.
  3. copy and paste this form from this link to this thread

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  4. here is an Intel base build, it came to about $845.00. I will compare these components on neweeg to see if you get it cheaper after rebates.

    Hopefully you can see that wishlist if not i will post links
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2GR35DG94CVWW/ref=topnav_lists_2
  5. Looks great. I was hoping I could fit the I5 Sandy Bridge into my build. Thank you.
  6. you can save some money here and there. For example on the HDD (get 500 gb or 750 depends on your needs). You could also get a different GPU, or a different version of the 560ti. I am sure others in the community will have better or more suggestions.

    On newegg the same build is $865.92 before rebates 800.92 after rebates. The ram is different but it wont really effect the quality of the build. I can post the links if you want them.

    You mentioned AMD, but bulldozer is coming hopefully in October so it would be kind of pointless to build AMD b/c your cpu would be 'obsolete' in a month.
  7. IF I may ask, how much is your expected amazon gift card? So once we reach that amount, we can pick the rest of the parts wherever is cheaper.
  8. Sky03 said:
    IF I may ask, how much is your expected amazon gift card? So once we reach that amount, we can pick the rest of the parts wherever is cheaper.

    +1
  9. I have a total of $450 in Amazon cards. Thanks for the replys so far.
  10. I also don't work far from a Microcenter and they have great deals on I5 2500K right now $179.99.
  11. Best answer
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-KKN1/dp/B003ZM7YTA $49.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-Supply/dp/B005A2RJOI/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1316980203&sr=1-4 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    OCZ ZS Series 750 Watt 80PLUS Bronze Performance ATX Power Supply - OCZ-ZS750W

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-DDR3-Motherboard-GA-Z68A-D3H-B3/dp/B00518M77U/ref=sr_1_2?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1316980403&sr=1-2 $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 $179.99
    Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_c $27.06 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Ballistix-Channel-240-Pin-BL2CP25664BA160A/dp/B004TPI42I/ref=sr_1_104?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1316980679&sr=1-104 $29.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 4 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM BL2CP25664BA160A

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZR/dp/B004JLNZXU/ref=pd_cp_e_1 $224.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-DVD%C2%B1RW-DVD-RAM-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_cp__3 $18.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x 8x 16x (DVD) 48x 32x 48x (CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200-12-Internal-ST31000524AS/dp/B004IZN3YI/ref=sr_1_2?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1316985722&sr=1-2 $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST31000524AS

    Total: $799.98
  12. I took parts from both of the above part lists. Thanks for the help.
  13. If you're making a trip to Microcenter for the i5-2500k might as well take advantage of their great 2500k and motherboard combo deals such as http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?sku_list=200121+525667 or GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard. You get a $40 discount on the motherboard and it also has a $10 mail-in rebate right now! Btw, I actually picked this up my self for one of my builds and am happy to say the motherboard is amazing especially at $119.99 and $10 rebate. Most noteworthy feature is two x8/x8 pci-e slots for future sli and crossfire configurations.

    (NOTE: Need to put both in cart to see/get discount)
  14. Best answer selected by Control_tech.
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