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Need Advice on My First Gaming Rig (Budget is Between $500 and $800)

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October 21, 2011 1:35:45 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP


Budget Range: $500-$800 After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, or anything else that I have not listed below in my post as items to buy

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: nothing that I know of


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Monitor Resolution: whichever one works just fine (doesn't need to be the biggest one, nor should it be something that's a little too small)

Additional Comments: I would like to be able to run most of the games out there, including ones like Crysis, The Witcher 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Starcraft II, and/or Battlefield 3 at max settings (or close to that, if a budget of $800 isn't possible). Someone over at the GameSpot forums actually said that he/she got these parts w/rebate for around $770 and was able to run every major PC game at max settings, so I don't see why it is impossible for me to be able to do the same.

Here are some of the parts that another person recommended to me to fit this budget (assuming that the rebates take care of it all):


MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (COST: $109.99)

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (COST: $64.99)

Antec EA750 EarthWatts 750 Watt EPS12V ATX Modular Power Supply (COST: $98.99)

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 (COST: $19.99)

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 (COST: $219.99)

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K63 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (COST: $119.99)

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 (COST: $47.99)

Asus ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 Graphics Card - GeForce GTX 560 Ti 900 MHz Core 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM PCI Express 2.0 4200 MHz Memory Clock 2560 x 1600 SLI HDMI DVI (COST: $273.99)

Total cost: $955.92 (w/out taxes and shipping fees included)

As you can see, this is waaaaayyyyyy above my budget.
October 21, 2011 1:48:48 AM

Uh, graphics card?
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October 21, 2011 2:03:55 AM

ares640 said:
Uh, graphics card?

Edited the first post. Graphics card now included. Please let me know if everything that I listed above for a $500-$800 budget is possible. If it isn't possible, then I'd really appreciate it if you could give me an alternative that will fit that budget pretty well, while still being at max settings.
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October 21, 2011 2:33:39 AM

everything is good but the motherboard, get a z68 board with pcie3 slots. its not necessary but its available so why not.
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October 21, 2011 6:08:40 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
everything is good but the motherboard, get a z68 board with pcie3 slots. its not necessary but its available so why not.

Thanks, but I would really prefer if you can find a better set of parts to fit in with my budget ($500-$800). It doesn't do much to help me if I only have to be paying more money than what I originally had been shooting for.
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October 21, 2011 6:12:56 AM

Check the $800 build in my sig. Includes OS.
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October 21, 2011 6:15:18 AM

I'd suggest just saving the extra 200 dollars and putting 1k down on it.
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October 21, 2011 9:40:04 PM

You can save some money on the case, and you can pick a cheaper 560 ti. There are a few in the $210-220 range if you look in the right places. Otherwise, you already have a good baseline gaming computer.
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