$870 Gaming Build. New Builder D:

Approximate Purchase Date: This Saturday.

Budget Range: $870 Max.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Word Processing, Watching Streams, Web Browsing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter. I have one of these about an hour away. If I were to order off of Newegg I would need to pay shipping and Tax as I am from New Jersey. The store I would buy from is in Patterson, NJ.

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Thinking an i5 2500k but not sure on GPU.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, by Christmas (gift).

Monitor Resolution: Lower Res 19 inch T.V. for now. Will get a new computer monitor when I have the $.

Additional Comments: I would love a case with a side window. I play games like WoW, the new Star Wars MMO, D3, SC2, and will play games like Skyrim and other RPGs as well as some FPS. Hopefully I can get a decent machine for running BF3.

I look forward to hearing back from you guys!
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  1. Best answer
    It will be a tight fit but you should be able to get:

    CPU: i5 2500k $180
    Mobo: Z68 based Gigabyte or Asrock $130 supporting SLI
    Mem: 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $50
    GPU: GTX560Ti $210
    Case: something in the $50-60 range HAF912, Antec 300
    PSU: 750W PSU PC power and cooling, Corsair, Antec, XFX $100
    DVD: DVD writer $20
    HDD: 1TB HDD $60
    CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper EVO $35
  2. Is the GTX 560 ti the best out there for the budget? How are AMD cards? I've heard that they don't work so well with Blizzard games and a few others.
  3. If you can find a deal on 6950, it would be about the same on the AMD front.
    For WoW for example, Nvidia cards have been working better, but you will get great performance for either one.
  4. Sounds good =) What kind of FPS do you think I'll be getting in the games I have listed? I'm hoping that GTX 560 ti's in SLI will be decent for BF3.
  5. rvilkman has it right. Build what he said pretty much exactly for the best bang for you buck.
  6. 560TI will be good and and 2 will be Great !
  7. Well for WoW for example this article lists the single MSI twin frozrII 560Ti getting 77 fps with 4x AA and Ultra settings at 1920x1200.

    So I think it will be sufficient for you, and after SLI amazing.
  8. Ok, thanks a ton!
  9. Best answer selected by greencba.
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