~$800 Gaming PC Help

Trying to do a build specifically for gaming and was hoping I could get some input on this build.

CPU: Phenom II x4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

MOBO: MSI 990FXA-GD65 AM3+ AMD 990FX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130604

GPU: XFX HD-695X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150524

RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820104173

HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

Case: NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146058

DVD Drive: Asus 24x DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204

CPU Fan: Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Extra Fans: 3x COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103060

PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W Continuous
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182067
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  1. usncooper said:
    Trying to do a build specifically for gaming and was hoping I could get some input on this build.

    CPU: Phenom II x4 955
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    MOBO: MSI 990FXA-GD65 AM3+ AMD 990FX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130604

    GPU: XFX HD-695X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150524

    RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820104173

    HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

    Case: NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146058

    DVD Drive: Asus 24x DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204

    CPU Fan: Hyper 212+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Extra Fans: 3x COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103060

    PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W Continuous
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182067



    I would knock down to a well-reviewed 600-650W power supply like this one, and swap out the AMD CPU/mobo for an i5-2500k and decent P67 motherboard. The Sandy Bridge platform is such a good value buy right now, and I wouldn't be looking to buy an AMD machine anytime soon given the relatively weak reviews of the first Bulldozer CPUs.
  2. ultimabeam said:
    I would knock down to a well-reviewed 600-650W power supply like this one, and swap out the AMD CPU/mobo for an i5-2500k and decent P67 motherboard. The Sandy Bridge platform is such a good value buy right now, and I wouldn't be looking to buy an AMD machine anytime soon given the relatively weak reviews of the first Bulldozer CPUs.

    +1
  3. I've been getting a lot of switch from the 955 to the i5 2500k builds.. so I think i'll start down that route. But that extra puts me over my budget, really close to 900. Without sacrificing much (if any) quality and performance.. any suggestions on how I can keep this around 800?
  4. Case with USB III in front panel

    NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146077

    High quality PSU from Cougar with enough power for the system

    COUGAR A-Series A560 (CGR B3-560) 560W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Ultra Quiet Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817553009

    The i5 2500K...after Bulldozer released it's the clear winner in terms of perfomance / price

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Z68 motherboard from Asrock

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    8GB RAM

    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095

    A 560ti from Gigabyte

    GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401

    The best seller HDD

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    And optical

    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233

    Sum 800$ without MIR(40$)
  5. usncooper said:
    I've been getting a lot of switch from the 955 to the i5 2500k builds.. so I think i'll start down that route. But that extra puts me over my budget, really close to 900. Without sacrificing much (if any) quality and performance.. any suggestions on how I can keep this around 800?


    Easiest way is to bump your GPU down to a 6870. You can also definitely get away with only 4GB RAM, but that's only going to save you $15-$20.

    If you happen to live near a Microcenter, you can get an i5-2500k for $180, which may allow you to keep a 6950 and still stay within budget.
  6. So as far as the CPU goes, i5 2500k it is.

    Two different MOBO's were recommended.. any rhyme or reason as two why one should be chosen over the other or is this preference based? The P67 doesnt support USB 3.0.. also as far as gaming goes, what are the main differences I'll see between the Z68 and P67?

    GPU: I was pretty set on either a Radeon, though am interested in the GTX 560ti.. would I similar performance between the 6950 and 560ti? Also how much of a step down would it be to the 6870?

    PSU: I was a bit concerned about the one I chose so thank's for the input. I think i'm going to go with the PC Power and Cooling one recommended, though I'm not entirely familiar with the brand.. Has anyone used this before?

    Same situation with the Mushkin ram.. I've only ever used G. Skills or Corsair, but it does have great reviews. So I think I can be okay with it.

    Does the i5 2500k stay relatively cool or is a separate CPU fan encouraged?

    Thanks for all your help in advance!
  7. usncooper said:
    So as far as the CPU goes, i5 2500k it is.

    Two different MOBO's were recommended.. any rhyme or reason as two why one should be chosen over the other or is this preference based? The P67 doesnt support USB 3.0.. also as far as gaming goes, what are the main differences I'll see between the Z68 and P67?

    GPU: I was pretty set on either a Radeon, though am interested in the GTX 560ti.. would I similar performance between the 6950 and 560ti? Also how much of a step down would it be to the 6870?

    PSU: I was a bit concerned about the one I chose so thank's for the input. I think i'm going to go with the PC Power and Cooling one recommended, though I'm not entirely familiar with the brand.. Has anyone used this before?

    Same situation with the Mushkin ram.. I've only ever used G. Skills or Corsair, but it does have great reviews. So I think I can be okay with it.

    Does the i5 2500k stay relatively cool or is a separate CPU fan encouraged?

    Thanks for all your help in advance!


    The main reason you get a Z68 motherboard is the Intel's Smart Cache and Virtu...google them ;)

    560ti is similar performer with 6950 but it has a huge advantage....huge overclocking that can make it in pair with stock 570...No reason to get a 6870 when you can get a 560ti / 6950 and still be in your budget

    For PSU you can see my recommendation too

    Finally, i5 2500k runs cool and quiet in stock heatsink but if you plan to overclock, you have to get another one
  8. michxymi said:
    The main reason you get a Z68 motherboard is the Intel's Smart Cache and Virtu...google them ;)

    560ti is similar performer with 6950 but it has a huge advantage....huge overclocking that can make it in pair with stock 570...No reason to get a 6870 when you can get a 560ti / 6950 and still be in your budget

    For PSU you can see my recommendation too

    Finally, i5 2500k runs cool and quiet in stock heatsink but if you plan to overclock, you have to get another one


    good post. if you want USB3.0 and smartcaching, Z68 is definitely the way to go.

    the only other thing i would say is that if you decide you're not going to overclock, you can save a few bucks getting a regular i5-2500 without an unlocked multiplier.
  9. Would overclocking be required for games like BF3, Diablo 3, MW3, Skyrim? Never have overclocked before, but wouldn't be opposed if the performance increased significantly..

    As far as the Gigabyte GTX 560 ti card goes.. is Gigabyte a trusted brand? I've had advice to steer clear of them, and wouldn't mind spending 20 more dollars for MSI or whoever else produces a more solid product..

    GPU: MSI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    Would this be a better choice than the similar Gigabyte model?

    I guess the only other thing left to discuss is a case. I'm not at all concerned with flashiness, but would more prefer adequate space and cooling.

    Rosewill Challenger Mid-Tower Three Fans-1x Front 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan (Front dual USB 3.0)

    This case an okay choice?
  10. I've had some moderately annoying driver issues with my Gigabyte 5870 (disclaimer: sample size of 1, etc.) If you're looking at the MSi 560 Ti, though, I might just stick with the 6950 you'd originally had pegged.

    The i5-2500k is an incredible buy largely because it has so much overclocking headroom. People have had very little trouble overclocking from 3.3GHz to 4.5GHz with just an aftermarket air cooler. That said, it's definitely not required for new games coming out -- those games are much more likely to be GPU-limited than CPU-limited -- but you will see a real-time improvement in the speed of other applications, or when multitasking.

    Rosewill Challenger should be a fine case at that price point.
  11. Outstanding. So much help here, it is truly appreciated.

    So far the build looks like this:

    CPU: Intel i5 2500k

    MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Case: Rosewill Challenger

    DVD Drive: Samsung Optical
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233

    PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S650 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703026

    GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950
    Should I spend the extra 10 dollars for dual fans?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150552
  12. usncooper said:
    Outstanding. So much help here, it is truly appreciated.

    So far the build looks like this:

    CPU: Intel i5 2500k

    MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Case: Rosewill Challenger

    DVD Drive: Samsung Optical
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233

    PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S650 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703026

    GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950
    Should I spend the extra 10 dollars for dual fans?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150552

    the $10 for dual fans would be quite useful
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