I seek the Gurus- Homebuilt Question [Budget build] GAMING

Hello! thankyou for taking the time out of your day to look at this thread.

I'm in a dilemma- Money is tight, I have a "Grandma" computer, I'm not getting the best of experiences when it comes to Internet gaming.

So here is my question; or a design model so to speak of what I am looking for.

Is it possible to build a computer similiar to these specs for 700 bucks?

Processor: I5
GPU: Radeon hd 6850
Ram: 8GB
PSU: 500-600W?
OS: Win7
MoBo: Your opinion
HD: 500GB

Is this possible? And if so, can you build it?

I will be using a 37" Vizio HDTV for monitor, through HDMI cables.

In your honest opinion, for what the market has to offer now adays, what should I go for if the above is not possible?
I greatly appreciate the help.
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  1. Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 months

    Budget Range: 700
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMES!!!-->all the rest

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I prefer opinion from an experienced user.

    Country: Again, an experienced user can give me there opinion.

    Parts Preferences: None really.

    Overclocking: Not too important at the moment, will buy heatsink and whatnot later to do so.
    SLI or Crossfire: For the future, yes.

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments-- Thankyou :D
  2. Really, for gaming it's better to get an i3 with a GTX 560 Ti than an i5 with a 6850. Here's a build I recommend.

    Intel i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz Dual Core CPU ($119.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) Motherboard Z68 ATX ($98.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128538
    Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti ($209.99) ($2.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401
    Crucial 8GB DDR3 1333 MHz ($34.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148476
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB HDD 7200RPM ($84.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
    Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($39.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147023
    OCZ ZT 550w PSU Fully Modular ($69.99) ($20 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341050
    LG 22x DVD Burner ($15.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240

    Total = $674.92 + $2.99 shipping

    Just save the rest of the money and get an i5/i7 when Ivy Bridge comes out. :D
  3. Excellent build, although the prices need updating :P

    Its closer to $680 now, and the OP still needs an OS :(
  4. Pezcore27 said:
    Excellent build, although the prices need updating :P

    Its closer to $680 now, and the OP still needs an OS :(


    Computer builds generally don't include the OS. :/ But now that you mention it, it loks like cuts will have to be made on the GPU and such. :(
  5. Normally they don't, but the OP doesnt mention that he has one, so one unfortunately must be included. Thankfully I can give you link to a cheap Windows 7 64 bit install.

    http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/microsoft-windows-7-home-premium-64-bit-oem-branded.html
  6. Thankyou all for the help. I do have a Harddrive with windows 7 on it, but it came as a prebuilt from bestbuy, and i'm sure that it's built into the mobo.

    I'm sure it would save me 200 bucks if I could get around this.

    once again- thankyou for the information. I was learning towards a radeon hd 6850, it is only 130 dollars, and is benchmarked as the best for the price gpu. What do you all think?
  7. Jman28101 said:
    Thankyou all for the help. I do have a Harddrive with windows 7 on it, but it came as a prebuilt from bestbuy, and i'm sure that it's built into the mobo.

    I'm sure it would save me 200 bucks if I could get around this.

    once again- thankyou for the information. I was learning towards a radeon hd 6850, it is only 130 dollars, and is benchmarked as the best for the price gpu. What do you all think?


    You can't build in hard drives into motherboards. Just use the old hard drive as that is what I did for my gaming build too. And about the 6850, the best choice would be crossfire 6850's right now for $260... Just change the PSU to this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200&Tpk=rg630 and get more watts and amps for less money. :D
  8. No no not the hard drive man lol, the Windows 7 :P
  9. Jman28101 said:
    No no not the hard drive man lol, the Windows 7 :P


    Windows 7 is on the hard drive. If you go to C: there's a folder called Windows.
  10. lol, sorry i just had to laugh.
  11. but the 6850 is a great card, it can easily game at that resolution. But i would get a quad core, the dual core's are slowly getting phased out of gaming and newer game engines are utilizing more than two cores, if you don't feel like upgrading any time soon i would get the i5, or an amd FX cpu.
  12. the_creed4 said:
    but the 6850 is a great card, it can easily game at that resolution. But i would get a quad core, the dual core's are slowly getting phased out of gaming and newer game engines are utilizing more than two cores, if you don't feel like upgrading any time soon i would get the i5, or an amd FX cpu.



    Yeah I agree, the i5 will last you longer till you need to upgrade it then a better video card will.

    the I3 is nice but will hold you back in BF3 vs an i5 + 6850 (or whatever semi cpu bound game)

    not saying its a bottleneck at all im just saying performance wise, i5 + 6850 > i3 + 560ti
  13. What I ment about the windows, is I was reading about OEM and only being able to used for that one computer ?
  14. Jman28101 said:
    What I ment about the windows, is I was reading about OEM and only being able to used for that one computer ?



    hah yeah, OEM is tied to the mobo, pretty sure that guy was just messing with you though :)
  15. mouse24 said:
    Yeah I agree, the i5 will last you longer till you need to upgrade it then a better video card will.

    the I3 is nice but will hold you back in BF3 vs an i5 + 6850 (or whatever semi cpu bound game)

    not saying its a bottleneck at all im just saying performance wise, i5 + 6850 > i3 + 560ti


    Nope. http://www.techspot.com/review/458-battlefield-3-performance/page7.html
    i3 has 1 less frame than i5?
    http://www.techspot.com/review/458-battlefield-3-performance/page5.html
    GTX 560 Ti has a 25% higher average framerate?
    Not to mention that nVidia has better driver support... and this is when the game first came out so I expect the GTX 560 Ti to be something like 40% better now.
    In Skyrim too, with the new drivers, GTX 560 Ti + i3 2100 will completely dominate an i5 unless you get an i5 2500k and overclock that to like 4.6GHz.
  16. Really? Interesting. I will be going with a cheaper build then, thanks for the info samuel.
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