$700 Gaming Computer

Hey all,

I'm interested in building my first computer. I've done a lot of research, and these were my ideas for a build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month, but I will wait for hard drive prices to go down.

Budget Range: $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Every day use (iTunes, microsoft office, internet)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com , Amazon.com , Microcenter.com (I am open to any combination of these websites)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel processor, at least 20" monitor, at least 1600 x 900 resolution

Overclocking: Most likely not

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not

Monitor Resolution: At least 1600 x 900

Additional Comments: I also need a monitor. And speakers. And a wireless adapter.


Processor: i5 2400 LGA 1155 - $160 after tax
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS Intel H61 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 Motherboard - $60
Graphics Card: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 - $150
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory (With free 4GB SDHC card) - $40
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series 600W 80 plus certified - $70
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans - $55
CD/DVD Drive: Lite-On Lightscribe 24X SATA - $23
Hard Drive: Waiting until prices drop back to normal, but will get a 1TB. - ~$65
Probably from newegg.com or amazon.com
Monitor: HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers (reviews for this say the speakers aren't good) - $120
Speakers: Logitech S120 2.0 USB Speakers - $10.54
Wireless Adapter: TP-Link 300Mbps USB Wireless Adapter with antennas - $25

Total cost: About $783.49

I'd really appreciate it if you all could find someway to lower the price to ~$700 (no MIR, I don't trust them), while retaining the quality. If there is no possible way to improve for roughly the same price or lower, then I guess I'll just stick with this. Thanks for all the help in advance.

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  1. cut the RAM to 2 x2 gig . That wont affect gaming performance at all and unless you handle very large files it wont hurt much anywhere else either .

    Once you include shipping this case
    is the same price and its not junk like the challenger

    Use the monitors speakers for now , because the logitch ones wont be much better at that price .

    Ditch the wireless adapter

    This 6850 is $120

    That saves you nearly $70 , and gives you a decent case
  2. the i5-2400 is $160 only if you pick it up in store, so unless you live near one, you'll be looking at $189.99+tax.

    8gb ram for $29.99

    Hard drive prices probably won't come down anytime soon

    So unless you need 1tb, this fits into your budget

    Case is usually $39.99 and only comes with 1 fan, although u can add a few for a couple bucks each.

    600w is more than you need for this system, u can save $10 and get this

    wireless adapter for $18.99

    Are you going to use lightscribe for your dvd/cds? if not then save a few bucks

    The video card Outlander_04 listed looks good, although you said that you don't like rebates, consider it $139.99.
    And as he said, use the monitor speakers til you have the funds to get a decent 2.1 setup.

    With the new revisions it comes out to about $732+tax(added $8 for additional fans)
  3. Allright, I read over your suggestions, but decided that I'd be able to increase my budget to $800. I want to make the best all around gaming computer with that budget, and these are my new revisions. (Keep in mind I have no intentions of overclocking or crossfire/sli, hence my H61 MoBo. I also live near a Microcenter, about a 20-30 minute drive each way.)

    Processor: i5 2500K - $180
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2H LGA 1155 H61 mATX - $25 ($50 discount when you buy i5 2500K)
    Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 - $165
    RAM: Kingston HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) - $30
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified - $58-$70
    Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Mid Tower Case - $60
    CD/DVD Drive: Lite-On 24X LightScribe SATA - $23
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal - $85

    Monitor: HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers - $120
    Speakers: Logitech S120 2.0 Multimedia Speakers - $10-$15
    Wireless Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN822N 300 Mbps High Gain Wireless N USB Adapter with 2x 3dBi Antennas - $25

    Other Misc:
    18" Right Angle SATA Cable - $4
    Arctic Silver AA-1.75G Thermal Compound - $6

    Tax+Shipping: $16.62

    Total: ~$809

    So, what do you guys think? Stick with my new stuff, or do you have more suggestions? Also, should I do what @Outlander_04 suggests and just not get speakers and use monitor speakers for now, and save up for a decent 2.1 sound system? I'd like to keep 8GB RAM just because it's so cheap now. I'd also like to keep this wireless adapter because it has the two adjustable antennas, it is 300Mbps, and I don't have access to Ethernet.

    So, what are your suggestions?
  4. For your price range, thats good for what you can get. But just a note that the motherboard + Cpu deal is only when you purchase a z68 or p67 board. I recommend the Asrock pro3m z68 for $110. Then change the psu to Antec Eco 620w for $60 on Newegg. You should be set then, but personally i like Cavier Blue over Seagate and think it is a little faster. But its your choice.
    Last thing, just get 8gb, like serioulsy, its like $10 more for double the memory.
  5. Just saying, it goes for any lga 1155 motherboard; the price was reduced by $50 in my cart. But I'll check out the motherboard and psu you suggested. Yeah, I'll stick with 8GB of RAM.
  6. Just use the monitor speakers for now. I'd personally just use the thermal paste that comes with the stock heat sink, since you won't be overclocking. If you don't like the temps, then i suggest getting an aftermarket CPU cooler, such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212+.
  7. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121019

    I think I'm going to get this 2.1 speaker system, only $26 and it has pretty good reviews, this will do just fine for me. New total is ~$830. I dropped the thermal compound, didn't know the processor came with one. How does it look now? Not sure if "newcustomer10" $10 discount works on New egg anymore, if it does then the total cost will be about ~820. So what do you all think?
  8. Looks like your good to go.
  9. Allright. Do you think I should wait until the new ivy bridge and radeon hd 7xxx series comes out because I could get this build cheaper, or get new tech? What do you think?
  10. If you can actually wait, then wait. I couldn't though :lol: Built my system 2 weeks ago because my old setup couldn't keep up with the games I wanted to play.
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