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Building a 800-budget gaming comp -would appreciate some input/advice

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January 31, 2012 11:50:07 PM

Hey, I'm new to this and trying to build my own computer for the mostly the satisfaction. I have a low budget for a gaming computer of 800 and I have put togethe a build which after taxes and shipping comes up at 868.99 so not to bad. I would just like some input from people who do this daily and know their stuff. I just cleaned the case all out and hope to be ordering this parts by early next week.

Pretty much everything is from

CPU- Intel i5-2500k (N82E16819115072) -229.99

MOBO- AsRock z68 extreme3 gen 3 (N82E16813157271)- 149.99

GPU-Sapphire radeon 6850 1gb (N82E16814102908) 144.99 +additional 15mail in rebate

PCU+Mem combo- Corsair enthusiast 650w (N82E16817139020 ) + Corsair vengence 8g ram (N82E16820233196 ) = 135.99 + 10mail in rebate

HDD- Refurbished Western digital 750g 7200rpm (N82E16822236118) 83.99

I have an old Atrix-A9001-c4 case I was planning on using as well as an old cd/dvd writer/burner
I also have a copy of windows 7

The atric case has a rear and side fan but also what looks to be a spot for a top fan so I may purchase one for that spot later.

I would like to know if this system will be fairly easy to upgrade as time goes on, I was trying to chose pieces that will maybe work with some newer technology. As for MOBO I had no idea were to begin I heard Asrock was decent for the price and to go with a Z68. My main concern is if all these pieces will run smoothly together?

I was also wondering about OC will the i5 2500k be solid for awhile or should I be looking into an aftermarket cooler sooner than later and with that I'd need a suggestion.

Any advice/suggestion/input would be greatly appreciated as I am skeptical as this is my frist build and I want to get the best I can for my low price with the possiblity of upgrading as I go. I don't want to be picky but if you could give a reason for a different part or an example im just trying to gain more knowledge.

Thank you for any time spent
also I am in Canada - so any links CA websites would be prefered


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a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2012 12:24:57 AM

looks decent.
Is your CD/DVD a SATA drive? is so you're good.

the 2500K is all about overclocking, add a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO ($35), and you should be able to be 4.4 to 4.6 GHz
February 1, 2012 12:29:10 AM

I'm going to go ahead and guess that it is not SATA it's pretty old (06) maybe (05) is that something I should also upgrade?
a b 4 Gaming
February 1, 2012 12:38:10 AM

you'll have to. IDE is dead.

a new, SATA DVD drive is cheap. under $20