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~$800 Gaming Build

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December 14, 2011 12:15:37 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Dec2011/Jan2012

Budget Range: $800-$900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, light video conversion, internet browsing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, headset

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Most likely, but I don't want to spend too much on an aftermarket cooler.

SLI or Crossfire: Not intially, possibly down the road

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
  • This is my first build, and I'm coming off of an Athlon II X2 2.1ghz laptop with integrated Radeon HD 4250.
  • I play games like LoL and Minecraft (since thats about all i can run for now :whistle:  ).
  • I'm looking to get Skyrim/BF3/Borderlands 2, as well as some cheap steam games as they go on sale.
  • I haven't heard great things about AMD's Bulldozer chips, but I could sacrifice some performance if the price was low enough.
  • I would like an i5-2500k, but with the higher priced chip and higher priced motherboard, I don't know if it's worth it.
  • I have also never overclocked, but I would be willing to try.
  • My monitor is an Acer H233H 23" LCD 1920x1080.
  • My headset is a Turtle Beach DX11, it has an optical audio decoder built in, so it would be nice if the motherboard had built in optical audio.
  • My keyboard and mouse are both USB wireless.
  • With the price of hard drives right now, I could probably get a 250GB old drive to work with until prices come down. How much would a slower drive affect performance?
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    I found this Newegg Combo and thought it looked okay for the cost:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

    Here are some of the parts I was considering:

    Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Processor, Black Edition
    http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-1090T-Processor-HDT90Z...

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 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=N82E168...

    ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • More about : 800 gaming build

    December 14, 2011 1:27:39 PM

    You should go with the 2500k, antec25 h20 cooling, and a p67 lga1155 board. I built one for 757 plus windows. Don't go AsRock... They seem overpriced for the quality you're getting. Go gigabyte, Asus, or maybe msi. 970 chipsets is good but 990x is probably going to be more stable for overclocking. The corsair hyper 212 is also a good thing to have as the stock fx fans are unreliable. As for graphics, stay amd with an amd chipset; they seem to work better performace wise. Myth or not, extra money probably isnt worth it if youre on a budget. Point is, don't shop specifically by deals and rebates; find something that you will be confident in.
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