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Dirt Cheap Gaming Build

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October 16, 2011 1:25:40 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Christmas

Budget Range: <$850 after rebates and peripherals

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Autodesk software (if able), photo and video editing, everyday computing

Parts Not Required:none, need them all

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Country of Origin:USA

Parts Preferences: I originally wanted an i5-2500k, but with my price range I found that probably won't happen. I looked at the i3-2100 and thought about that, but was worried about the fact it's only dual core. I don't know much about the performace of AMD or which of there products is best, so I was looking for some help with that.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:p referably 1920x1080

Additional Comments:Must be able to play new games at mid. to max settings. Need it for Guild Wars 2 and my schoolwork. I really would like it if I was able to use Autodesk software, but if i can't within my price range it's ok.

October 16, 2011 1:26:50 AM

oops accidentaly made a smiley out of : after monitor resolution
October 16, 2011 1:41:32 AM

well, since your budget is that tight and you need a monitor and windows 7, you're going to have to go amd. Also, a mouse/keyboard is included, since I assumed you need them.

and my list of parts is really out of order, since it's partially from a previous build I posted.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black 8 Function Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

ASRock 880G PRO3 AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 12,000,000:1 (ACM)


I was all happy, cause I was like yay this is going to under budget, and then I add the monitor and it's way over :pt1cable: 

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October 16, 2011 1:22:34 PM

Don't worry about the i3 being dual core, still beats virtually any AMD CPU in games and it's hyperthreading helps with other stuff. I would also stay away from wireless keyboards and mice for gaming, wired will be more reliable and responsive.

ASRock H61M-VS
1 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1333Mhz
Sapphire HD 6870 1GB
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Corsair CX-500
Coolermaster Elite 430
Samsung DVD Burner
Acer 23.6'' Monitor
Logitech K120 + LS1
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Total - $846.88 before shipping and $40 rebates.

EDIT: If you need a headset too I would get something like PLANTRONICS GameCom 367 at $24.99 after you get the rebates.
October 16, 2011 1:43:26 PM

for $60 more then the above system a quad core i5 2400 could be yours instead of a due core.
October 16, 2011 2:17:11 PM

TheRandomWookie said:
oops accidentaly made a smiley out of : after monitor resolution

just to help'ya.....

instead of dbbl posting.........

the edit button is in the bottom righthand corner of your most recent post.......

just edit in that second comment

the modderators will love you for it



search the tech site cassifieds.....there are alot of pissed amd fans selling their 990fx boards cheap!!!

see i just did it too....(kinda on purpose tho.....)