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$800 - 1200 Gaming build

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March 24, 2012 8:54:18 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: few months from now (2-4)

Budget Range: $800 - 1200 (7700TT)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Movies etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD (would need a SSD to run windows on not a big one, 60GB SDD would work fine), CD / DVD Burner

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Trinidad and Tobago

Parts Preferences: Intel core i5 2500k (don't think I have the money for a i7 :??:  )

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm not to sure what motherboard I should get for my build (I like anything ASUS makes.. z68 or p67 which is better?). what I'm looking to get out of this build is to able to run the new games out ( BF3, Batman: Arkham City , etc.) on ultra settings. ;) 

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March 25, 2012 7:16:00 AM

Lets start with some general basics:

1. get a good 750 or 600 watt power supply, like a Corsair, seasonic, or antec.
2. look at some of the asus p67 motherboards, and chose a good one
3. Stick with the i5, the i7 will not show any significant gains in gaming performance
4. Get 8gb of some good ram, it is not expensive. A good brand is Corsair.
5. Choose a gpu, a hd7870 will probably do all that you need, it will run all the games you listed @full hd (1920x1080). Other choices are a hd7950 or a gtx 680 (but that is expensive, so wait for the 670 and follow up models to be released).

Note: if you go with a hd7870 or hd7950 you should be ok with a good 600watt psu (go with 750 for future upgrades), if you want to overclock, or run crossfire, or sli you will need to go for a bigger psu, like 750watt will be fine for dual hd7870's, or a single one with a overclocking of cpu or gpu. If you want some more power supply calculations, see some benchmarks, or use a psu calculator like:

Hope this helps!
March 25, 2012 7:26:41 AM

rough build

7870 OR 7950
8GB 1600 RAM (Corsair, Kingston, PAtriot, and Mushkin are good)
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March 25, 2012 5:47:30 PM

thanks for the help guys
March 25, 2012 6:00:08 PM

I tool sometime and made a list I didn't put a GPU since the 680 just came out I'll wait until the other cards are released

Wish Lists: $800 - 1200 Gaming build

if there is anything I should change or doesn't work with this build if you can point it out I'll really appreciate. everything came up to $761.94 so far
March 25, 2012 8:07:05 PM

What will you be using to cool your cpu, the stock cooler, or are you planning to get an aftermarket one? For gaming it would be highly recommended you get one.
March 25, 2012 10:04:16 PM

Oh ok, i missed that then. In that case your fine.

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March 25, 2012 10:21:55 PM

Newegg doesn't ship outside of the US sorry to break it to you. The only countries Newegg ships to is CA, US, and some parts of China.

As for your build you're going to have to look at local online retailers or Amazon. Most of the retailers we at THG recommend or use are mainly for the UK, CA, or US.

In any case, you can check out my $650 or $850 build here:
Just replace the HDD with your SSD choice:

Remember though, my pricing is US.
March 25, 2012 10:59:22 PM

I know newegg doesn't ship to where I am but I just used the site to look for the parts. :)  I looked at your builds (I like the $850 one) thanks for the Advice
March 25, 2012 11:07:00 PM

Yep no problem. My build would better as you have Dual channel vs quad channel that Sandy Bridge Z68 boards don't support. You get the better board as mentioned, and you have a PSU that's cheaper but offers practically the same amount of power.
April 10, 2012 9:24:11 AM

j0191 said:
I know newegg doesn't ship to where I am but I just used the site to look for the parts. :)  I looked at your builds (I like the $850 one) thanks for the Advice

Amazon had a gtx 480 for 230 its performance is equal to gtx 570
April 10, 2012 10:29:02 PM

Yes, but the gtx 480 is a bit old, the gtx 570 runs more or less equal but it uses less power, and runs cooler.
April 10, 2012 11:43:22 PM

^+1 But that wouldn't be a route to go imo. Mainly because the 7870 and 7850 are released and offer similar performance but with even lower power consumption, better overclocking, lower temps and higher performance depending on the card.

Also the 6 series is about to be released.
April 18, 2012 10:03:30 AM

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