Homebuilt Gaming Computer for World of Warcraft and Black Ops

Hello everyone! I am brand new to this forum but have used this website for alot of intellegence for the last couple months on computers/gaming etc.

I have come to the conclusion that I will be building my own PC instead of buying a manufactured builded one. I am very thrilled but still after weeks and months of research I still don't know what exactly to buy. I will give you everything I know I want and everything I have ATM. Thanks very much in advance.

Budget $400-$600 Intel and Nvidia
400 would be nice but I could extend it to 600 as I will probably not be buying everything all at once. Newegg yes.

Use: mostly gaming and internet browsing
world of warcraft, black ops, mw2

Resolution: my monitor is native at 1360x768 and I don't think I will need anything more than a single 9800gt and medium settings are fine

I don't know much about overclocking so I don't think I will be doing it. All I have is the monitor so I will be needing everything else. I don't know if I missed anything but thanks in advance for any help or input!
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  1. 9800 isn't going to cut it with today's games. You'll need at least a 550 or 560 at minimum. And with HD prices the way they are you're not going to hit $400 - fair warning. You might not even hit $600 right now.

    Try this setup:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 - $149.99
    CPU: 3.30Ghz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $25.99
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600Mhz - $48.99
    HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM - $109.99
    Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $19.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 550 TI 1GB - $149.99

    Total: $793
  2. Lookie here for inspiration: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970.html ;)

    EDIT That's an AMD GPU though. They're better at that price point. Arguably so are AMD CPUs but the i3 is a great part.
  3. I actually saw this kit in my Newegg e-mail deals - just get this, add a GTX 550 and a Windows license - you're set!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.765928&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL111011&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL111011-_-EMC-111011-Index-_-Combo-_-Combo765928-L0D
  4. Finneous gave you a very good starting point with this $576 link:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970.html

    I'd suggest these modifications:

    + $100 for Windows 7 64-bit OEM

    - $110 Substitute HD 5670 for HD 6850. You do not need more than this for your current monitor resolution:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3067-2.html

    Sapphire HD 5670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102871

    - $15 replacing memory with this kit:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253


    You're at $550, and you will have a fine gaming system FOR YOUR SCREEN just within your budget if you can squeal by with a mouse/keyboard/speaker set for ~$50 . . . ignoring sales tax and shipping if any.
  5. I like my own build it was around $600:

    Phenom II X4 970BE 3.5GHz (OCed to 4GHz)

    Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3-1600

    ASRock 890GX Pro3 Socket AM3+ ATX

    XFX Radeon HD5670 1GB GDDR5(OCed to 900MHz clk, 1.15GHz mem)

    Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 6GB/s 7200RPM HDD

    OCz StealthXStream 700W PSU

    Antec 300 ATX

    16x DVD+/-RW
  6. Yeah I can run BF3 on medium at 1440x900 with that...
  7. For you hard drive, I have that Best Buy has been really cheap compared to other stores for example

    Western Digital - Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops - $130.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+Caviar+Black+1TB+Internal+Serial+ATA+Hard+Drive+for+Desktops/8909595.p?id=1213047091732&skuId=8909595
  8. I would just go with the 500Gb version..
  9. FinneousPJ said:
    Lookie here for inspiration: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970.html ;)

    EDIT That's an AMD GPU though. They're better at that price point. Arguably so are AMD CPUs but the i3 is a great part.



    Inspiration indeed! So an AMD would be cheaper to go, but is intel i3's, i5's, and i7's better than AMD phenom II x4 965?
    The i5's are about $229, the i7 are much more but the Phenom is $129. If it fairs well I would rather get the Phenom and switch to an AMD mobo. Can you run Nvidia cards with AMD processors and mobos?
  10. Twoboxer said:
    Finneous gave you a very good starting point with this $576 link:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970.html

    I'd suggest these modifications:

    + $100 for Windows 7 64-bit OEM

    - $110 Substitute HD 5670 for HD 6850. You do not need more than this for your current monitor resolution:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3067-2.html

    Sapphire HD 5670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102871

    - $15 replacing memory with this kit:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253


    You're at $550, and you will have a fine gaming system FOR YOUR SCREEN just within your budget if you can squeal by with a mouse/keyboard/speaker set for ~$50 . . . ignoring sales tax and shipping if any.



    Yeah I'm definetly getting Win 7 64-bit :D I have vista now on my laptop and it is Horrible.
  11. Thanks all for your input so far. What I'm trying to research now is whether going with this processor

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5692033&sku=A79-1965

    and this mobo http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=743639&sku=M452-6225

    would be just as good or better than going with an intel i3 or i5. It seems to be cheaper going with an AMD3+ socket mobo

    that can be upgraded in 3-5 years possibly more. But then again I am running low screen resolutions and do expect no

    more than mediumish settings ingame.

    Black edition is unlocked and overclockable right?

    So if all is well with those (listed above) two I will start there and then maybe add

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6430030&sku=C283-3122 for case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171046 for PSU

    Seagate Barracuda 6 gb/s 250-500 gb Hard drive

    120mm cooler fan

    dvd/cd rom drive

    Win 7 64-bit with 4-8 gb of RAM

    Graphics card I'm trying not to spend more than 100 bucks on.

    I will be looking forward to Black Friday coming up that's for sure!
  12. You should just get the Phenom II X4 955 and save a few bucks, same as te 965, just factory clocked lower. Also a 600W psu would be best for future proofing, and even the stuff you have now I suggest it. Black Edition is OC-able and unlocked. For a sub one-hundred dollar gfx card get the Radeon HD 5770, should bet medium at 1080p at 60FPS in BF3.
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