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

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March 17, 2012 6:16:33 AM

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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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2012 6:53:48 AM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2012 6:53:48 AM

double post, sorry.
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March 17, 2012 7:02:04 AM

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.
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March 17, 2012 7:49:35 AM

Thanks guys. I'll replace the psu with Corsair's 600w version next time I'm on my pc.
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March 17, 2012 11:34:19 PM

Best answer selected by darkclownjoe.
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