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January 8, 2012 5:18:22 AM

Ok so I am trying to build a decent gaming PC for about $800, I don't really want to get near $900 but if the $100 made a big difference I would be ok with it. As the topic said this is my first build so bear with me if you could.

Approximate purchase date: Jan-Feb

System usage: Gaming and surfing the internet

Parts not required: Copy of Win 7, monitor, keyboard, mouse.

Preferred website: newegg or any other site I can do a bill me later like thing so I can pay half now and half next month.

Country: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: none

overclocking: maybe

Sli or crossfire: maybe

monitor resolution: well I am going to playing on a tv till I can save up for a good monitor so not sure about this sorry.


This is what I have come up with so far i'm really not sure about the motherboard (if it's very good or not) and the case. The rest I feel is ok.

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

MSI PH61A-P35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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...

NZXT Source 210 Elite Black Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


One more thing if someone can has a build that is more bang for my buck I have no problem dropping all the parts I pick as long as it is in my price range.

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January 8, 2012 5:58:33 AM



I just added all this to my cart on newegg total came to about 907 thats including shipping and everything. I may go with this just one thing would it be able to run most games on high or medium settings?
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January 8, 2012 6:40:06 AM

^ Well his build would be questionable as to the length of time the PSU would function, mainly since the GX series from CM was a flop, they used cheap capacitors which would shorten the lifespan.

Overall it's OK though other spots could be allocated else where.

Seriously though, check out my $900 build here a good read :D 
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
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January 8, 2012 7:11:23 AM

XDAO_ROMANS said:
I just added all this to my cart on newegg total came to about 907 thats including shipping and everything. I may go with this just one thing would it be able to run most games on high or medium settings?


Nice build dont think you will have a problem with the PSU considering all capacitors are like 10cents a piece i dnt think there such things as cheap ones lol....
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January 8, 2012 3:02:03 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ Well his build would be questionable as to the length of time the PSU would function, mainly since the GX series from CM was a flop, they used cheap capacitors which would shorten the lifespan.

Overall it's OK though other spots could be allocated else where.

Seriously though, check out my $900 build here a good read :D 
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore



I looked at your build and it's nice but the only thing is I decided to get my all my parts from newegg (I know I should have edited my post but I forgot sorry) because of bill me later. With bill me later I can pay half now and the rest next month.

Which brings another question has anyone here ever used bill me later?

Also when I put together your build on newegg it was a little more than I can spend.
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January 8, 2012 3:44:22 PM

Ok I really do appreciate the help from everyone

ltpenguin I took your build and downgraded it a bit the price went from being $907 after mail ins to $810 before mail ins but if you or anyone else could tell me if this build would work well that would be great.

MOBO: MSI H67MS-E23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As I said this ended up being $811 which would be a great price for me.

And one last thing if I got this build is there anything else I would need to buy ex cables, fans or will it run with just these things in it.
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January 8, 2012 5:14:40 PM

h67 and 2500K is not a good combo you lose a lot of overclocking potential.
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January 8, 2012 5:29:46 PM

spentshells said:
h67 and 2500K is not a good combo you lose a lot of overclocking potential.


Well overclocking isn't a big deal for me. I just want to play most games on high or medium settings anyways.

Do you know of a good motherboard that is under $120?
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January 8, 2012 6:44:12 PM

If you're not overclocking, change the i5-2500k to the i5-2500 and save $10; the only difference is the k series is overclockable. And since you're not overclocking, you're getting way more power than you need. All you need is a 500 watter from a reputable brand, like this. Pick whatever H61 or H67 motherboard has good reviews and is in your price range.
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January 8, 2012 6:56:46 PM

Itpenguin...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Alright, the parts I was just suggesting so you can still buy it off Newegg... But here is what I'd recommend.

i5 2500K + CM Hyper 612 $247 ($10 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 $121
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600 $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte 560 Ti $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ ZS 750 $100 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 500GB $85
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&m...
NZXT Tempest 210 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $862

I'd recommend you just get the 2500K now and be done with it. It's nice to have the overclocking feature for the future. Plus in my build you already get a pretty solid heatsink to overclock with. It'll probably get you to the 4.6-4.7 range.
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January 8, 2012 7:27:38 PM

i think he needs it around 850 with shipping :I maybe. but i agree you have a nice build maybe drop the extra heat sink? can get 4.0ghz with stock i believe, i haven't overclocked because of lack of knowledge :D  i'll leave that to you :3
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January 8, 2012 8:07:12 PM

Then OP you can drop the HSF if you need to keep it below that price. The MB, GPU and HDD are the only things w/o free shipping I believe.
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January 8, 2012 8:27:24 PM


I just want to say thanks to everyone that posted and helped cause as you can see I needed it.

but I'm most likely going to get aznshinobi build but im just not gonna get the HSF right now I may pick it up at a latter time.

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January 8, 2012 8:27:53 PM

Best answer selected by XDAO_ROMANS.
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January 8, 2012 8:42:24 PM

NP Good luck~!
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