Advice needed on my budget build for COD MWF 3

Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 15 days

Budget Range: 700-800 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming. I use laptop for general computing needs.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and Mouse

I am thinking of reusing this computer case. I bought the case in 2005 when I built my last system.

If my old case is not suggested, then I will buy this one:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

United States

Overclocking: Not important at this time

SLI or Crossfire: No really sure

Monitor Resolution: 22" Widescreen LCD Panel The Acer AL2216Wbd combines an ultra-large 22" LCD screen with a 16:10 (1680x1050) widescreen aspect ratio to provide a truly broad window for superior viewing comfort and total HDTV movie and game immersion. (I have acer monitor I bought in 2008.) Still works great!

Hi everyone, I am hoping to upgrade my computer soon so that I can play Modern Warfare 3 with my guild mates at It has been well over a year since I have been able to join them. That is mainly due to not being able to afford a new build. I have put together a build on NewEgg that I would like some input on. I am trying to go as cheap as possible but with the options to upgrade a couple years down the road from now.

Your input is very much needed and appreciated.

I will list everything I am looking at in my reply to this message.
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  1. If you have part suggestions to save me money without losing quality or performance please let me know.


    INTEL i5. I was going to go with the 2500 but I have decided to go with the 2400 to save costs. I am not looking to do any OC at this point.

    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400


    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


    Choosing 1600 unless there are cheaper options

    Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1600ELK

    Video Card:

    I have chosen a lower end video card for now with the idea of upgrading in a year or so. I figure this one will work good for the price. However, do you recommend any other options that are not too expensive.

    EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Hard Drive:

    I currently have this hard drive. I thought about reusing it to save costs. However, it is probably better I buy a newer one and use the older one for media storage. I am not interested in SSD and I do not need a huge hard drive because this computer will be mostly a gaming rig.

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3120827AS 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    dNew Drive:

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Computer Case:

    This is my current case:

    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower
    Computer Case

    If it is recommended then I will use a new case listed below:

    COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

    Power Supply:

    I have an old power supply that works well. Never had an issue.

    Thermaltake W0093RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Version Passive PFC Power Supply

    If needed, I will upgrade to a newer one listed below:

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    Additional parts:

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

    Thank you very much.

  2. Looks great, although with that graphics card, I would look at an HD7850. It does cost a bit more now, but it blows that 550ti out of the water.
  3. A radeon 6850 is what I'd suggest you to get. Better performance(20-30% better), better price to performance ratio too. 6870 is good too if you have the budget.

    Drop the OCZ psu, get a corsair one instead(or seasonic or antec whichever you prefer)

    Everything else seems pretty good.
  4. So the case looks good still ya think?
  5. EzioAs said:
    A radeon 6850 is what I'd suggest you to get. Better performance(20-30% better), better price to performance ratio too. 6870 is good too if you have the budget.

    Drop the OCZ psu, get a corsair one instead(or seasonic or antec whichever you prefer)

    Everything else seems pretty good.

    What about the case? Do you think the case is worth reusing?
  6. You'll probably have to change the case because the one you have now doesn't seem to provide adequate ventilation. The elite 430 is going to be significantly better based on the ventilation holes and fan mounts available, but I don't own it so can't make any definite conclusions there
  7. If you want to play MW3 then just get a brick, That should run it just fine.
  8. get a better case and grab sapphire 6850 or 6870, never get that 550 or 550ti or something.
  9. Where do most of you get your computer parts from? I live in the US and have been using NewEgg. I almost placed an order last night but I am waiting to see if any special deals or discounts pop up soon.
  10. And I am not planning on over clocking. Does that change anything with my build in terms of finding cheaper parts. Only other thing I would like to do with this rig is to poss connect my hdmi cable to my tv downstairs when I want to stream my netflix to my tv rather than watch on my computer screen....
  11. If you're not overclocking, drop the Z68 board and get a cheap H61/H67 board. The cheapest H61 mATX board is around $60. I would suggest you get an aftermarket cooler as well, something like the cm hyper 212+ or cm hyper TX3 is good enough for eventhough you're not overclocking since intel stock cooler is terrible. They're around $28 or lower

    As I said before, get a radeon 6850 and an i5-2400. MW3 might not be the most demanding games(a 5770/6770 could max it at 1080p) but having a little bit of extra muscle in your gpu does give you a little more flexibility in more demanding games. 6850s are around $140 I think though you should check up on that
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