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[new build] budget gaming rig

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February 24, 2012 8:10:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next week since my 12yr old mobo finally failed.

Budget Range: $800 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, movies, internet surfing, MS office

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, dvd/cd burner, hard drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel i5 2500k z68

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: dunno really, its an acer al2216w monitor

Additional Comments: quiet conspicuous budget gaming rig


so Im pretty set on everything, except the video card. I cant decide for nvidia or amd, but amd seems to have a nicer price range.

comments, reviews?
February 24, 2012 9:33:34 PM

For $800 I'd really hesitate to recommend a case that cheap (nothing against NZXT though), and do not use a 5900 RPM HD as your primary - that will be a major bottleneck. You want a 7200 RPM or an SSD as your primary to avoid lag time as much as possible.

Try this for an $800 build:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair CX600 V2 - $69.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $229.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1.5V - $38.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB - $89.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $169.99 ($10.00 MIR)

Total: $810.92 - $40.00 MIR = $770.92

With this build - there's a way better case, a decent PSU, the best cooler in it's class, a faster HD, and an upgraded video card.
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February 24, 2012 9:34:18 PM

The NZXT case will fit the cooler. It is actually a really good case. I would try to find a 7200 RPM HDD however, the Caviar Green will be quite slow. (Caviar Blue or a drive from another manufacturer)
February 25, 2012 2:20:58 AM

So i adjusted few things, and ill be picking up that win7 branded for $69

A little over budget. I think I'll be happy with it.

My old HDD are Seagate ST380013A, and WD cavier SE WD1200JB-00GVA0. Will I be able to reuse these in this system? they are IDE/ATA or something?