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Building a $600-800 Gaming PC

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December 23, 2011 2:31:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month
Budget Range: $600-800
System Usage: Gaming (Skyrim, Battlefield 3, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, i have a Radeon HD 4890 I can reuse for now
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com if there is any other reputable sites i have missed i would appreciate being informed of them
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: i5-2500k or a AMD alternative
Overclocking: I want to but I've never done it before
SLI or Crossfire: Yes please
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Best bang for my buck, Don't care about the flashy lights on the case just want to keep the pc cool and basically run skyrim on ultra and have no issues

Parts that I have been looking at
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 23, 2011 2:38:40 AM

Oh also i have absolutely no need for a 1TB HD, my current PC only has 250gb and I only used 105gb of that between games, and music
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December 23, 2011 2:50:42 AM

Are you going to salvage parts from the old PC, or do you want to keep it running?
2500K for sure; you picked the two most CPU-intensive games around.
You don't have the budget for SLI/Xfire at the moment, but we can build you something that'll let you add another card in the future.

$220 2500K
$125 ASRock Z68 Extreme3
$100 Hitachi 500gb HDD
$35 212 EVO
$20 ODD whatever
$60 case? Trawl Newegg and see what catches your eye; most cases work fine. Just check here.
Try the Apollo, Challenger, 912 and Antec 300.
That's $560 without PSU and GPU. This is looking a little tight, especially if you want a PSU that can handle SLI.
Corsair TX750W, $90 after rebate.
$160 for a GPU? That's kinda lame for a 2500K build, and it certainly won't come close to maxing BF3.
You can get a 560 Ti for $190, and two of those will almost max BF3. One will do you quite well on high settings, and you can add another later to catch up to the latest games.
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December 23, 2011 3:09:04 AM

I can just take my 4890 and use that for the time being and whenever it decides to snow in Illinois when my other job picks up I can dump an additional $300 on a GPU.
I do have this in my current rig its only a year old.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
My current rig is a AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ with Asus M3N78 Pro with 6GB of DDR2 ram i dont see anything other than possibly the GPU and PSU being salvaged..
I was thinking of reusing the case tho i have a NZXT Tempest
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December 23, 2011 3:11:00 AM

Salvaging the case and PSU, you can throw in a 560 Ti, and then another one as far down the road as you like, and still be well under $800.
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December 23, 2011 3:16:06 AM

And what are your thoughts on the RAM?
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December 23, 2011 3:21:23 AM

Oh, that's what I forgot. Yours is fine.
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December 23, 2011 3:23:39 AM

Best answer selected by mingomadness.
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December 23, 2011 3:26:36 AM

this month's $600 SMB is pretty solid, though you might step up to a 6950 from its 6870
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