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~$825 Gaming Build ($500 left to spend)

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.

Budget Range: $800-825 ($500 left to spend after CA taxes)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Browsing, Watching Movies, Light Editing (Sony Vegas/Photoshop)

Parts Not Required: Hard Drive, OS, Mouse & Keyboard, Case, Dvd Drive, Monitors

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Microcenter Store in driving distance

Country: California, U.S.

Parts Preferences: Reliability > Initial Performance

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Two 1920x1080 Monitors (21.5" and 23.6")

Additional Comments:
-I am going to be gaming casually and I don't need to get highest settings on games like BF3, so I think this setup is worth it for the price I am paying. (Correct me if I am wrong.)
-Is my PSU choice fine for the 6870? I am not going to be overclocking my GPU or CPU.
-I am using a single display for gaming, but I will be using dual displays for casual computer usage.
-Which display would be best for gaming? The 23" or 21.5"?

Parts I Already Own:
-Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB SATAII
-Case: Rosewill Gear X3
-OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
-Optical Drive: DVD/CD Combo Drive
-Monitor: Acer P215H 21.5" 1080p
-Monitor: Acer P236H 23" 1080p

Parts I Need to Buy:
-Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 mATX - $69.99 @ Newegg
-CPU: Intel i5 2400 - $149.99 @ Microcenter
-Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1333 (2x4GB) - $29.99 @ Microcenter
-PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX v2 500W 80+ Certified - $49.99 @ Amazon
-GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $169.99 @ Amazon

This comes to around $491.66 after taxes
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  1. Best answer
    Solid build for your purposes. Your PSU is barely carrying the system, though.

    CPU - 95w (120w @ load)
    6870 - 108w idle (275w @ load)
    Optical - 30w
    case fans - 5w per fan (15w for the x3's default 3 fans)
    CPU fan - 5w
    HDD - 30w
    SSd - 3w

    478w @ load. after a few years degradation, a 500w 80+ psu won't be able to provide adequate wattage when the machine is pushed. try a 600w 80+.

    Another option is the HD 7770 instead of the 6870. Slightly lower performance, but only 142w @ load, and it's $20-30 cheaper than the 6870.
  2. double post, sorry.
  3. I own the Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 and similar parts to what you have/plan on getting and it performs admirably, although I don't run two monitors. I have the same sort of needs as well and only game casually but the video card continues to impress me. I agree with quilciri but if you don't plan on expanding then it should be fine.
  4. Thanks guys. I'll replace the psu with Corsair's 600w version next time I'm on my pc.
  5. Best answer selected by darkclownjoe.
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