Gaming pc under 900

Approximate Purchase Date: End of the month

Budget Range: 900 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Only really looked at newegg but I'd be willing to go elsewhere for cheaper prices

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Most of the brands I've picked are just because I recognize them from my limited experience. I'm not attached to any of them.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Well I only have the most rudimentary idea of what I'm doing when I was picking out the parts, tried to match those that I thought would be compatible as best I could. Only going by newegg I'm about 60$ over budget but I don't really know where to compromise to have the least impact in performance. If from my selected items it looks like I have no idea what I'm doing if someone could point me in the right direct that'd be good.

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131770

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130570

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

PSU: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139023

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

cd/dvd drive: 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit – OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
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  1. would 500w for the psu be enough? The calculator for power needed on the newegg website puts me needing 451w for the items I had listed. I swore I had read somewhere that even if a PSU said it was rated at 500w doesn't necessarily mean it puts out that. I was trying for some leeway there, was I wrong in assuming that?
  2. Don't worry. A 6870 isn't that power hungry. A 500w is plenty for it.
  3. so does the rest of my build look pretty solid then?
  4. yah
  5. would I be able to overclock the computer with these parts? I know I would need to pick up an additional cooling system and I probably will eventually.
  6. Here's another setup

    Value 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

    80+ Bronze PSU with enough watt for the system

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

    Quad Core CPU that goes easily to 3.8 - 4.0 GHz on air

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    AM3+ CPU so you can upgrade if needed, with native USB & SATA III plus 8x / 8x Crossfire support

    ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157272

    8GB of high speed RAM

    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

    6950 plays everything at 1080p with playable fps and also has low temperatures / power consumption

    SAPPHIRE 100312-1GDP Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102949

    And a 750GB HDD

    HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721075DLE630 (0F13179) 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145532

    709$ without rebates
  7. michxymi said:
    Here's another setup

    Value 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

    80+ Bronze PSU with enough watt for the system

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

    Quad Core CPU that goes easily to 3.8 - 4.0 GHz on air

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    AM3+ CPU so you can upgrade if needed, with native USB & SATA III plus 8x / 8x Crossfire support

    ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157272

    8GB of high speed RAM

    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

    6950 plays everything at 1080p with playable fps and also has low temperatures / power consumption

    SAPPHIRE 100312-1GDP Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102949

    And a 750GB HDD

    HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721075DLE630 (0F13179) 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145532

    709$ without rebates


    Wow, that looks awesome for a great price.

    would that let me run say.. Champions Online, Blade & Soul, or Modern Warfare 3 on decent settings with good fps?
  8. Pizzacake said:
    Wow, that looks awesome for a great price.

    would that let me run say.. Champions Online, Blade & Soul, or Modern Warfare 3 on decent settings with good fps?


    Dude, IT WILL EAT IT ALIVE.
  9. cutebeans said:
    Dude, IT WILL EAT IT ALIVE.


    Well this :D
  10. michxymi said:
    Well this :D


    Hehe, got me sold on this one.

    To think I was considering getting a DS machine.


    You guys rock.
  11. Good luck!
  12. The biggest difference between mine and michxymi as far as I can tell is my processor is more powerful but he picked out a better video card. If I was looking to use this computer for primarily gaming would that be the better way to go? Is a more powerful video card more important than a processor? What about the longevity of the system, which of the two specs would last me longer before I had to start replacing parts?
  13. Galasieni said:
    The biggest difference between mine and michxymi as far as I can tell is my processor is more powerful but he picked out a better video card. If I was looking to use this computer for primarily gaming would that be the better way to go? Is a more powerful video card more important than a processor? What about the longevity of the system, which of the two specs would last me longer before I had to start replacing parts?


    For gaming you need the best possible card that won't bottleneck with your CPU...so for gaming my system is better. Phenom II is one generation behind sandy bridge but I can say it's the best CPU for the money. I have mine for 1+ year overclocked @ 4.0 GHz in pair with 5850 crossfire and I didn't find something unplayable...Sandy Bridge may last a bit longer but when you will upgrade you have to spend a fortune for mobo + cpu. Amd keep their motherboards and you only have to change your CPU...IF NEEDED ;)
  14. Thanks for the quick reply, I kind of feel like I'm asking basic questions that I should know but like I said in my first post I'm really new at this whole thing. How well would your system run the newer games that are just recently coming out? Also if I were to attempt to overclock that would I be able to get away with an air cooled system or should I go water cooling?
  15. Galasieni said:
    Thanks for the quick reply, I kind of feel like I'm asking basic questions that I should know but like I said in my first post I'm really new at this whole thing. How well would your system run the newer games that are just recently coming out? Also if I were to attempt to overclock that would I be able to get away with an air cooled system or should I go water cooling?


    For example at BF3 I'm playing with Ultra Settings @ 1920x1080 and I get 40 - 50 fps average... For OC 24/7 a good aircooler will do the job ;)
  16. Alright last question, is there a big difference between lower priced cd/dvd drives and the higher priced ones? I see alot on newegg in the 17-30$ range and then they jump up to 50$+. What sort of price range should I look at getting before its not worth to go any higher?
  17. If you don't use DVD drives much except for installing stuff. Get the cheapo one. :O
  18. if u plan on buying blue ray disk, then then buy a BD reader.
  19. michxymi said:
    Here's another setup

    Value 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

    80+ Bronze PSU with enough watt for the system

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

    Quad Core CPU that goes easily to 3.8 - 4.0 GHz on air

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    AM3+ CPU so you can upgrade if needed, with native USB & SATA III plus 8x / 8x Crossfire support

    ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157272

    8GB of high speed RAM

    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

    6950 plays everything at 1080p with playable fps and also has low temperatures / power consumption

    SAPPHIRE 100312-1GDP Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102949

    And a 750GB HDD

    HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721075DLE630 (0F13179) 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145532

    709$ without rebates


    Galasieni based on what I know which isn't a lot but enough to build my own gaming pc's, michxymi's set up would be A LOT BETTER than the set up you have if your priorities are like you said 1. Gaming 2. Movies 3. Browsing Internet
    Remember is the Video Card handling your graphics in the game, you know Pixel Rate, Textel Rate, etc... etc... etc....
    and for that price I'm also sold on it, I have several set up's that I put together cause like you I have the same priorities and by the end of month will buy my components and I'm sold on michxymi's set up, granted I'll tweak it a little but mostly will be this. =)
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