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January 29, 2012 4:42:19 PM

HI, can anyone help me make a gaming PC for less than $800

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: 0-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:none

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, dont know what they are

Monitor Resolution: doesnt really matter

Additional Comments:I would like a quiet PC and I also want to be able to rund diablo 3 and wow on high/ultra graphics smoothley
thanks-Aaron

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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2012 5:05:10 PM

Do you need an OS? A monitor?
January 29, 2012 5:07:14 PM

yes, i just need windows 7 home premium and a decent monitor
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January 29, 2012 5:07:37 PM

i5 2400 $190
Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 $110
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB $90
Gigabyte GTX 560ti $235
Lg DVD drive 22x $18
Cooler Master Haf 912 $60
Kingston HyperX 1333/1600 8GB Ram $40
Antec ECO 620w $70

Total: $813 if you want to have a little cheaper, find a different 500gb 7200rpm hard drive. I think Hitachi is $70
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2012 5:09:43 PM

If the answer to both is no, you could get something like this with your budget:

Intel i5-2400
8GB Kingston HyperX
ASRock H61M/U3S3
MSI Twin Frozr II HD 6870 1GB
Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Corsair CX-500
Fractal Design Define Mini
ASUS DVD Burner
Arctic Cooling ACALP64 Pro CPU Cooler (Purely for quietness)

EDIT: Total for those is ~$793 (Newegg)

It would be great for those games, you shouldn't have any problems playing those on max settings. It should also be really quiet. The case may seem a bit overkill but it looks great, will seriously help for quietness and a good case is nice for your first build because it will make everything a lot easier and more satisfying. Not to mention that you're far more likely to finish it with all your fingers intact ;) 
January 29, 2012 5:10:36 PM

@somekidxd what site is this from?
January 29, 2012 5:13:16 PM

@jmsellars1 total price and site please thanks!
January 29, 2012 5:15:00 PM

Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED $100
Windows 7 home $100
Asrock H61cafe $70
i3 2100 $125
Kingston HyperX 1333/1600 $40
GTX 560 $190
Hitachi 500gb $70
Lg 22x $18
elite 311 $40
Antec Basiq BP500U 500W $55

Total: $808
January 29, 2012 5:15:43 PM

From Newegg. But with the mon and OS you needa go with the second one i posted.
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2012 5:16:35 PM

OK so if you need both of those we will have to make some adjustments. I'd swap the CPU for an i3 and get a cheaper case. You could probably drop the cooler as well. I think you would also need to get a slightly cheaper graphics card. Bear with me a second and I'll see what I can do.
January 29, 2012 5:19:39 PM

yea, im currently using a laptop so i dont have a mon
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2012 5:27:10 PM
January 29, 2012 7:32:40 PM

so i can still overclock and play on ultra with i3?
January 29, 2012 7:33:53 PM


my Processor is Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 900 @ 2.20GHz, 2194 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1
January 29, 2012 7:36:45 PM

that is in my laptop
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2012 9:10:36 PM

You can't overclock that i3 or the i5, you would need an i5-2500k for that really and that's a bit out of your price range. The i3 will be fine for any current game, it's great for gaming. It beats virtually anything AMD put out at the moment, even the 8 core stuff.

For playing on ultra high settings though it's not really your CPU that matters, it's your GPU that will make the difference there. The GTX 460 is good though, I have it and it's been fine for any game, I had to tone down the AA a bit for Skyrim and BF3 but it still plays great.
January 30, 2012 7:08:37 AM

CPU -> Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard -> ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)

Memory -> Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive -> Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card -> Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($152.55 @ Newegg)

Case -> NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply -> Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)

DVD Writer -> SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner ($17 @ Newegg)

Monitor -> Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $770.34

(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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