[New Build]Budget Gaming System 800$-1000$/1300$

Approximate Purchase Date: expected would be March 15 or March 25

Budget Range: 800$ - 1000$ but i can go up to 1300$ if i need to at max but i prefer if it goes down a lot

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming,facebook,youtube, etc.

Parts Not Required: mouse/keyboard/os/speaker/odd/monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/tigerdirect

Country: these parts are being sent to US

Parts Preferences: Intel i7 3820, MSI/asus mobo or if there are any nice gigabyte ones

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: Yes if it fits budget and no if not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 depends on the video card i got 3 monitors available at 1080 but if the graphics card at budget can only handle 1 or 2 then i'll just stick to 1 but hoping it to play bf3 at ultra settings with all turned up really high and at 45-60+ FPS even if i go crossfire/sli in a single monitor

Additional Comments: wanted to build a Intel i7 3820 system for gaming

was looking at this

Processor: 319.99$
ntel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

Motherboard: 214.99$>184.99$ after rebate

Memory: 89.99$
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL

Graphics Card: 169.99$>159.99$ after rebate (buying 2 in crossfire)
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Hard Disk Drive: 94.99$
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply: 129.99$
SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

Chassis: 59.99$
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU Cooler: 34.99$
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

Total: 1284.91$>1234.91$ after rebate

any other recommendation is great ^___^ since it's just a budget gaming system, was actually looking at changing the case for something cheaper and well i know antec 300 is an awesome case but i'll snoop around for more cheaper variation and if anyone else can recommend a cheaper variation that looks nice both inside and outside that would help too

of course any recommendation on any of the above would be great hopefully to make it cheaper much cheaper.

Well i do see that it fits the max budget nicely even after rebate but i would like it to go lower since there would be some shipping charges on other items and other stuff with it
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  1. or is it better going with a single card mixing the budget of 339.98 before rebate and 319.98$ after rebate (from dual 6870) and get a single gpu hmmmm can't make up my mind
  2. I don't understand why you are going for a Sandy Bridge E/2011 build when a) the most important task on this computer is gaming, when the Sandy Bridge/1155 chips are competitive and b) you want to reduce cost.

    The i5-2500K is ~$100 cheaper.
    8GB of RAM (4GB is all you need for gaming, so 16GB is overkill) saves ~$40.
    You could get a high end 1155, Z68 motherboard for the same price as that entry level X79 motherboard, so lots of potential for saving in that area.

    The NZXT Hale82 750W uses the same platform as the Seasonic SS-750AM and is cheaper:

    XFX Pro 750W XXX Edition 80Plus Silver Modular$120 ($20 rebate)

    OCZ ZT series 750W 80Plus Bronze Modular $110 ($6 shipping, $15 rebate)
  3. I think you are a bit confused about building a gaming pc :)

    You put an uber-duber processor and a weak gpu in your list. For a gaming pc your first aim is to get the best graphics card possible for your budget. GPU is much more important than the CPU when you are building a gaming pc.

    As it was mentioned, You should definitely go for i5 2500k . i7 is an extreme overkill for you atm.

    For GPU you should at least aim for hd 6950 - 6970(I recommend sapphire) or gtx 560 ti - maybe gtx 570 if you are an nvidia fan depending on your financial situation

    Again as mentioned 16gb ram is not needed. 8gb is fine. I use kingston hyperx 1600mhz rams and im happy.

    The motherboard you linked has some bad feebacks in newegg and it seems its not very popular. I would recommend:

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    or some other z68 chip motherboard produced by asus or gigabyte will also do fine.
  4. first of all.... your usage for this build are gaming... and i don't see spending more on i7 3820 platform plus 16gb ram will yield any extra performance advantage over an i5 2500k platform plus 8gb ram.... the extra money leftover you can save it for better graphics card(since that makes the most difference in gaming)... since you're about to buy in the next two weeks... you can buy almost every parts but leave out the grahics card.... since nvidia is about release its next generation kepler-based video cards(most likely this month or next) and will likely drive graphics cards prices down for both nvidia and amd.... so hold up your purchase until kepler hits the shelves...

    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel Core i5-2500K - $225

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $130

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $47

    hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
    CORSAIR CAFA70 - $30 after rebate

    odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236
    LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19

    hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $115

    psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341051
    OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular - $85 after rebate

    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139012
    Corsair Obsidian Series 550D - $120

    total: $771 after rebate excluding shipping...

    i know the case may be little expensive but since that you won't upgrade that part as often as replacing hdd or graphics card it is better that you get a more featured durable and better build quality that will last you through years of upgrade....
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