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1080i 50 inch gaming rig

Hello, I currently own a Vizio 50 inch 1080i plasma, I would like to build a gaming PC for $700 and get good performance at 1080i. I also will be streaming HD. I like a wide spectrum of games from the graphics intensive FPS to processor punishing strategy simulations like europa universalis and its ilk. What components are best for gaming on a big HDTV? Is AMD better bang for buck or would it definitely be better to go with intel? Thank you in advance for your help.
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  1. First it's definitely better to go with Intel. I'd suggest filling this out and we can better assist you: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  2. Ok thanks g-unit here goes:
    Approximate Purchase Date: within 1 month

    Budget Range: 600-800

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, and HD video

    Parts Not Required: Monitor ( want to use on bigscreen ), any peripherals

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type ATX

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: in the future

    Monitor Resolution: 1080i not sure what that is in pixels
  3. Make sure that the TV can display at a 1080p COMPUTER resolution.
  4. It does i recently have had a friends comp hooked up to it and it will display 1080p @ 60 Hz
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    Here you go:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
    CPU: 3.10GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $38.99
    HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 500GB - $89.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99

    Total: $733.89
  6. Thanks again Gunit would a cpu cooler be a good idea to add on as well or can you overclock the i5 with the stock cooler?
  7. gity69 said:
    Thanks again Gunit would a cpu cooler be a good idea to add on as well or can you overclock the i5 with the stock cooler?


    The only way you can overclock is if you go for the 2500K and that will run an extra $50 - pushing the budget to $800. With that you will need a cooler - something like the Hyper 212 Evo.

    The i5-2400 that I linked to is not an unlocked CPU which means that it cant be overclocked, and with that you're fine using the stock cooler.
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