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$800 - $1000 Gaming Rig

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April 16, 2012 2:17:12 AM

So i'v finally become tired of the old laptop ive been using for some years now, and I want to break away from console gaming in favour of PC gaming. I've priced together a few but always seem to hit over my budget. So any recommended builds would be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month (This is more so I can figure out which parts im going to use)

Budget Range: $800-$1000 (After Shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Music

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (although if a new one could be worked in that would be great), speakers, Windows 7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel processor, Preferably HAF 922 Mid-Size tower.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in later coming months.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


So if you guys could share your recommended $1000 builds it would be extremely helpful!

More about : 800 1000 gaming rig

April 16, 2012 2:43:49 AM
April 16, 2012 2:57:22 AM
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April 16, 2012 2:59:31 AM

Quote: [...] 6811119197 HAF 922 [...] 6822136769 500GB HDD [...] 6814125419 7850 2GB [...] 6820231424 8GB RAM Kit [...] 6835103099 Hyper 212 EVO [...] 6813157297 ASRock Z77 board\ [...] 6819115074 i5-2400 [...] 6817151096 Seasonic 620w PSU

I know i went a bit over, but it'll be worth it.

Total $1017.91

^That doesn't make any sense. Why would you get an i5-2400 and a CPU cooler? As well as a Z77 board made for overclocking? Get an i5-2500k. Also, you added wrong... it's $878...

Also, get DDR3-1600 RAM... it's worth it. Anything higher isn't, though. For $20 more you could get a 1TB 7200rpm HDD... just sayin'

I'd really recommend getting the i5-2500k which is $30 more... if you get it at microcenter, it's the same price, though. However, if you were to implement some other stuff (RAM is $47... or like $10 more: 1TB HDD.

So everything I would change:

HDD to 1TB 7200rpm $100

RAM to G.Skill DDR3-1600 $45

CPU to i5-2500k $220

GPU to MSI Twin Frozr II OC 7850 - $260

So that brings the total to: $937

So what would I change to make it EVEN better? I'd change the motherboard to an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 at $140... making the total $977! Here's the link:

(P.S. I would advise you to wait for the IB 3750k because both the GPU and the mobo are out of stock atm, so at least you'll be waiting for a good cause).
April 16, 2012 3:05:00 AM

You are both forgetting one thing, he is in Canada. No point in linking to as the prices differ on ($5-$40 difference in some cases).
April 16, 2012 3:11:48 AM

Dangit! AARRRGGHHH! Now it's gonna cost WAY more! screws Canadians over, anyway... I think that there are some other retailers. Could a Canadian see how much this cost in Canada? pcpartpicker is helpful for that kind of stuff too.

Arrrggghh... I'm sorry, AnotherKidFromCana... you're gonna get screwed over on the prices. Grrr... the injustice.
April 16, 2012 4:04:28 AM

Psst... zerokcontrol... your link is wrong. It just directed me to my own build (I was surprised). Make sure you copy the link not in the URL bar, but in the box on top of your build where it says something like: Permalink: (That's my upcoming build... but I'm in the US).

By the way, this is my 500th post! I joined about a month ago, and now I'm ranked 6th in Systems for April! Yaaaayyy! :) 
April 16, 2012 4:09:26 AM

Actually, never mind! The link that I posted as an example up there works in Canada... in fact, it's a decent build! Here's a great build that's just under $1k:

I think this is the best possible... I'd really suggest this. I exchanged the case for a HAF, since that seems to be the consensus.
April 16, 2012 4:47:36 AM

Thanks for all the input guys! Honestly, I'm not to worried about going extra over due to the fact I live up north, not a huge deal. But what's everyone's opinion on IB? Is it going to be worth it? Or should I wait till they come out and hope it brings the price of SB down and build a rig with that? Basically, what's the advantages of IB?
April 16, 2012 6:05:21 AM

FREE SHIPPING for this entire build. These retailers are affiliated and both offer free shipping. They are located in Richmond, BC.

This build allows you to add another one of those cards in the future. Just add a case. $86.60 MIR $61.60*
OCZ ZS Series 750W ATX12V V2.2 24PIN ATX SLI Ready 80PLUS Bronze Performance Power Supply 135mm Fan $164.35
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Z77DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard $225 USD
Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz $31.05
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM $44.07
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 1.5V CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit $16.79
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $111.30
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM $249.60
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 860MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

Total: $842.55 *not including mail in rebates
April 16, 2012 9:55:49 PM

After doing some more research, I'll probably just wait a couple weeks extra and get IB. Might as well when the 3750 offers the same (correct?) price, more powerful, and the ability to OC higher... Might as well. Those extra weeks might give me enough time to afford a second GPU !
April 16, 2012 9:59:55 PM

Anotherkidfromcanada said:
After doing some more research, I'll probably just wait a couple weeks extra and get IB. Might as well when the 3750 offers the same (correct?) price, more powerful, and the ability to OC higher... Might as well. Those extra weeks might give me enough time to afford a second GPU !

If you can save $100 until the end of the month and go for the 7870. Not sure about IB o/c higher though. I along with just about everyone else thought it would o/c like a monster but so far it isn't looking like that from a few leaked benches...not sure though how reliable they are seeing how they were done with an engineers version of that chip. NP though, SB doesn't gain anymore FPS in regards to gaming after 4.4 - 4.5Ghz. Anything past that is just for bragging rights.

April 16, 2012 10:13:34 PM

IB is running hotter, too (meaning temperatures, not popularity). People just don't know what to think, at this point.. we're all waiting for the 23rd!
April 17, 2012 1:36:33 AM

Well I figure so long as I replace the stock heatsink I should be fine. Although should the price of Sandy Bridge go down, I'll set up a rig for that and then upgrade to haswell when it releases.
If I were to go with that, i would choose a setup like the one you suggested ddan49. Overall seems like a great build that should easily get me to haswell.
April 17, 2012 1:41:17 AM

Yeah... I wouldn't upgrade my CPU that often, but it's your choice. You'll still be able to play most games fine, and it won't bottleneck a GPU any time soon. But that's in the future... :heink: