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Around $800 gaming build

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=N82E16819115073

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-P35-B3-Desktop-Motherboard/?cm_mmc=Mercent-_-Google-_-Computer_Parts_and_Upgrades-_-629377-%7Bcopy:IQ_PE%7D&mr:trackingCode=960CBCFD-1341-E111-870B-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA

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=N82E16814102948&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-Sapphire+Tech-_-14102948

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=1-1-catcorr/qid=1332095313/ref=olp_pg_new?ie=UTF8&coliid=&startIndex=0&qid=1332095313&sellerID=&sr=1-1-catcorr&colid=&condition=new

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=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

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=N82E16817371044&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Power+Supplies-_-Antec-_-17371044

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=N82E16811147060

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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  1. Here:
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=14112369

    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.
  2. obsama1 said:
    Here:
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=14112369

    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.
  3. LOL didn't notice the low speed of the RAM!
  4. OK, made the needed changes to the build.
  5. 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?
  6. since he is not OCing I would go with the I5-2400, it is cheaper and has the same performance.
    Also this ram is cheaper.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178333
  7. Best answer
    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-review-benchmark,3148-21.html

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


    rosewill challenger
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
    seagate 500gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
    hd7870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102983
    antec 500w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035
    8gb 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311
    asrock h61
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236
    i5-2400
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074
    $836 (enter promo codes: EMCYTZT1327, EMCNGHN92, EMCNGJE28
  8. don't forget the price of an OS, win 7 greatly changes the build
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Best answer selected by Peg Let Pete.
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