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March 20, 2012 8:20:17 PM

Hello there kind folks. I'm trying to piece together a gaming build for the first time and, as stated in the title, would like to keep it around 800. Obviously if I manage to get the job done for less then I'm not complaining. I will be ordering parts this week, putting together the machine in the US, and am not trying to overclock anything.

I have picked out a tentative list of all the parts I need. Any suggestions on what is/isn't worth it are greatly appreciated, as well as double checking to make sure all my components are compatible and anything else you happen to think of while giving this read. The parts are as follows:

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MotherBoard: MSI PH61A-P35 (B3) Desktop Motherboard - Intel H61(B3) Express Chipset - Socket H2 LGA-1155
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/629377/MSI-PH61A-...

Graphics: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005CT56R6/sr=1-...

Memory: Kingston Technology HyperX Blu 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2) KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004DDI0IE/ref=d...

Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will be using a monitor I already own, so don't worry about that aspect. Thank you in advance for any advice or comments.

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March 20, 2012 10:10:26 PM

obsama1 said:
Here:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

It'll let you overclock too and it's $719 not factoring in rebates/promo codes, so there's a lot more room to add better parts, but its just a start. It has an i5 2500K.

That looks pretty good. I'll suggest a few changes.

This hard drive is triple the storage for $15 more. For RAM, I'd go with at least 1333MHz; having 8GB is not as important, but here are two kits. This power supply is more efficient and less expensive ($49.99, $39.99 after rebate, and %15 off today), and still more power than he needs.
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March 20, 2012 10:17:40 PM

LOL didn't notice the low speed of the RAM!
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March 20, 2012 10:20:19 PM

OK, made the needed changes to the build.
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March 20, 2012 11:08:31 PM

Thanks for the input, good stuff here. The power supply is definitely an area where I'm unsure, namely in calculating my needed wattage. Are you sure 500W will run the HD 6870 and the i5 plus the rest of the components?
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March 20, 2012 11:32:04 PM

if you move some money around, its surprising what you can get for around $800. if youre not going to overclock, theres no point in wasting money on it. the fact is, the gpu is going to bottleneck a stock i5-2400.

an hd7870 is in your budget range and performs at the level of a gtx 580, which cost $500+ a month ago:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...

500w is plenty of power for an hd7870 (or an hd6870, hd7850)


rosewill challenger
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
seagate 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
hd7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
antec 500w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8gb 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
asrock h61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i5-2400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$836 (enter promo codes: EMCYTZT1327, EMCNGHN92, EMCNGJE28
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March 20, 2012 11:42:17 PM

don't forget the price of an OS, win 7 greatly changes the build
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March 21, 2012 7:45:06 PM

Peg Let Pete said:
Thanks for the input, good stuff here. The power supply is definitely an area where I'm unsure, namely in calculating my needed wattage. Are you sure 500W will run the HD 6870 and the i5 plus the rest of the components?

It will, even if you plan to overclock. And if your budget allows, I too would recommend upgrading to the 7870.
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March 21, 2012 8:07:16 PM

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
It'll give you basically the same CPU performance, a better motherboard (more features), the same card and similar everywhere else but still save you some money.

That or check out the $850 on that very same page:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
You get the i5 2500K, a solid board, the ability to SLI/CF w/ a 750w power supply, and the all new 7850.
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March 28, 2012 1:35:54 AM

Best answer selected by Peg Let Pete.
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