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February 23, 2012 6:28:50 AM

Budget Range: 600-700, including the price of an OS (Windows 7 Home)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim-level gaming,) internet browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything reputable, probably Newegg.

Country: United States

Overclocking: I dont quite know what this is or how to do it (some type of performance gain?) so probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: No idea what this is either ;) 

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900


So this is my first time building a PC, and will be my first time owning a PC with more than 1GB ram and without Integrated Graphics (my mother has bought my PCs until now as birthday presents and such. She isnt very good at choosing.) I was thinking of just following this build here: http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2012/02/600-gaming-pc-feb... but I think it would be better if I had 8GB of RAM? Also, I have an emachines monitor from about 2 years ago. Monitors are pretty much the same these days, so I dont need to get one thats "compatible" or anything, right?

I've looked up a lot of budget gaming PCs builds, but a lot of them seemed like they were half-assing it a bit too much. And most of them are from 2009 to early 2011, so I doubt I should be following them anymore. Any advice would be appreciated. Also, is there really any differences between Radeon and NVIDIA? Or is it really just a performance arms race between them?

I may be willing to spend up to 800, but I really doubt I will unless it's really worth it.

Thanks guys. :) 

Edit: After reading the second sticky, I may go with this.
$750 - Budget - $779.92 w/o Rebates $759.92 with Rebates

CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $230

Motherboard : ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $150

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $30

CPU Cooler : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $45

HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $85

PSU : Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $75


GPU : SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $110

Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans $55

But isnt RAM one of the important aspects of gaming computers? The cheaper 550 budget one has 8GB, rather than the 4 this one has. Or is RAM importance a bit over exaggerated?

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February 23, 2012 6:50:34 AM

foreigneez said:


Overclocking: I dont quite know what this is or how to do it (some type of performance gain?) so probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: No idea what this is either ;) 



Hi, Overclocking is the process of making a computer component run faster than specified by the manufacturer. It can be done for RAM, Processors and grahic cards. More info here if you're interested:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overclocking

Crossfire or SLI, is when you use multiple graphic cards in a single comp thus increasing the processing power. Crossfire being the AMD brand and SLI the Nvidia one.
February 23, 2012 7:03:06 AM

foreigneez said:
Edit: After reading the second sticky, I may go with this.

CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $230

Motherboard : ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $150

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $30

CPU Cooler : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $45

HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $85

PSU : Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $75


GPU : SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $110

Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans $55

But isnt RAM one of the important aspects of gaming computers? The cheaper 550 budget one has 8GB, rather than the 4 this one has. Or is RAM importance a bit over exaggerated?


You won't need the cpu cooler as the chip already comes with one and it should be more than enough since you are not overclocking.

One of the more important aspects of gaming is having a good graphics cards, so don't worry about the RAM too much. I would say 4Gb is sufficient.

I don't see a CD/DVD drive in there... since you will be using it mostly for gaming, I would suggest a cheap one something in the $20 range since I assume you won't be burning any CDs

Otherwise I would say it seems fine to me. See if anyone else has anything to say this build.
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February 23, 2012 7:07:30 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99
COOLER MASTER Elite 311 RC-311B-RWN1 Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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XFX ProSeries P1-450S-X2B9 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Core Edition V2 Full Wired Power Supply

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Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100

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G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT

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Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

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SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $708.91
February 23, 2012 7:20:49 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99
COOLER MASTER Elite 311 RC-311B-RWN1 Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $58.99
XFX ProSeries P1-450S-X2B9 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Core Edition V2 Full Wired Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $36.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99 FREE SHIPPING
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $20.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphi... $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $708.91


Thanks! Unless anyone else has anything to say, Ill probably be using this. The only problem is the intel processor you recommended has been discontinued. What should I use in its place?
February 23, 2012 7:27:57 AM

foreigneez said:
Thanks! Unless anyone else has anything to say, Ill probably be using this. The only problem is the intel processor you recommended has been discontinued. What should I use in its place?

That link for the cpu is fixed now.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?model=h61m/u3s3 <------ make sure you have the latest bios for that motherboard, if not you can download them here.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <------ combo deal
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