Building a new gaming pc 500-700 budget

Hi everyone, my fiance is a huge Diablo fan and is planning on building a new gaming PC prior to release and his budget is 500-700. However I know he's way too busy (full time student/full time employment) to do this before Diablo 3 comes out so I've decided to build him one as an early birthday present. Except for the mouse, keyboard, and monitor he is absolutely not picky at all. I've done some research but most of this is beyond my understanding. I really don't know much about computers =/

Anyways, I've read some great things about the i5 2500k so I wanted to build around that. I found this build but am not sure if there's anything currently out that's better for the same price or if there are cost effective alternatives. Also we don't have a prior computer (both have laptops) to upgrade instead so this will be completely new. Thanks in advance I appreciate everything!


CPU-i5 2500k $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

Motherboard-Asrock H61M/U3S3 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236&Tpk=Asrock%20H61M%2fU3S3

Ram-PNY Optima DDR3 1333 8gb $41
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178333&Tpk=PNY%20Optima%20DDR3%201333%208gb

Video Card-XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 900M Video Card $175
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=869185&CatId=7005

Power Supply-Antec 520w ATX $80
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0348766

HD-500gb Hard Drive 7200rpm $80
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6091097&CatId=2459

Computer case - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

Total cost w/o rebate comes to: $696
I'm sure there's probably better motherboards out there. I'm willing to spend an extra 100-200, but would actually prefer to reduce costs. Thanks again!
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  1. Yeah that looks good. A nice birthday present no-doubt. :-P

    The 25k is a phenomenal CPU, but in very graphically intense games on high settings (like battlefield 3/crysis 2 Im not familiar with the system requirements of diablo 3) you will find the computer struggling because of the HD6870. If graphics power is a higher priority than processing power you could get a weaker i3 2100 and a stronger HD 6950/7950.

    That being said if you do stick with the 25k, you should probably get a motherboard based on the p67 or z68 chipset, as you can overclock on those motherboards. You cannot on an H61. The 25k can overclock like crazy on a cheap air cooler, which is an option you might want to keep open for the future. If you want good, cheap motherboards look at the AsRock Extreme boards.
  2. Right now, the rig has a ton more processing power than graphics ability. If you're planning on upgrading the video card later that's fine. However, if you'd rather build a balanced gaming PC off the bat (one where the CPU and graphics card top out around the same time and neither one bottlenecks the other), Here's a build you can use as a starting point:

    $128 Core i3-2120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    $65 ASRock H61ICAFE
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157246&Tpk=ASRock%20H61ICAFE

    $47 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    $50 Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    $60 Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200

    $85 Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    $250 SAPPHIRE 11200-00-20G Radeon HD 7850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102986

    ____
    $685

    One good rule of thumb for building a balanced game PC right now is to spend 2-3x as much on your video solution as you spend on your processor.
  3. That's pretty good, but you can probably get it done for cheaper. See the $600 build in my sig.
  4. Stick with the i5-2500k. People who played diablo 3 beta have said that the game actually uses 4 cores. The i3 is only a dual core. Also you can get a Hd 6870 for cheaper on newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006662&IsNodeId=1&Description=hd%206870&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=100
  5. gogoJulieRanger said:
    Hi everyone, my fiance is a huge Diablo fan and is planning on building a new gaming PC prior to release and his budget is 500-700. However I know he's way too busy (full time student/full time employment) to do this before Diablo 3 comes out so I've decided to build him one as an early birthday present. Except for the mouse, keyboard, and monitor he is absolutely not picky at all. I've done some research but most of this is beyond my understanding. I really don't know much about computers =/

    Anyways, I've read some great things about the i5 2500k so I wanted to build around that. I found this build but am not sure if there's anything currently out that's better for the same price or if there are cost effective alternatives. Also we don't have a prior computer (both have laptops) to upgrade instead so this will be completely new. Thanks in advance I appreciate everything!


    CPU-i5 2500k $180
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    Motherboard-Asrock H61M/U3S3 $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236&Tpk=Asrock%20H61M%2fU3S3

    Ram-PNY Optima DDR3 1333 8gb $41
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178333&Tpk=PNY%20Optima%20DDR3%201333%208gb

    Video Card-XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 900M Video Card $175
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=869185&CatId=7005

    Power Supply-Antec 520w ATX $80
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0348766

    HD-500gb Hard Drive 7200rpm $80
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6091097&CatId=2459

    Computer case - $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Total cost w/o rebate comes to: $696
    I'm sure there's probably better motherboards out there. I'm willing to spend an extra 100-200, but would actually prefer to reduce costs. Thanks again!



    Looks good the only thing i think you need to do is swap the MB for this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270
    Its $14 more nut at least it will enable you to OC your lovely 2500k
  6. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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