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700-900 Budget Gaming Comp

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April 16, 2012 4:34:25 PM

Sorry if this isn't in the template format. I looked around for the thread with the sample template and I couldn't seem to find it :( 



My M11x laptop is slowly beginning to show signs of death (won't boot after sleep mode if I close the lid before it sleeps. Random freezes, ridiculous load times, etc etc).

I really want to build my new PC asap just in case something happens but I still need to wait a few more weeks or so for some paychecks.

Currently I have this wishlist saved up on newegg, but I was thinking of switching the CPU to ivy bridge (3450? something like that) since that comes out in the next few weeks I believe, way before I will even purchase any parts.

1 HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$259.99
$239.99

1 OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$109.99
$89.99

1 COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119233
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$69.99
$59.99

1 ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157271
$129.99
$121.99

1 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
Return Policy: Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy $219.99

1 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
Item #: N82E16820233180
$54.99

1 Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
$89.99
$79.99

1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
$18.99

1 MASSCOOL FD12025S1L3/4 120mm Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835150070
$6.99

I also have a question about internet access/USB ports. Would I need anything extra apart from these parts in order to get those capabilities? Sorry, it sounds really STUPID of me to ask but I have no background hardware experience (always bought pre built laptops/desktops in the past).

If they aren't can someone please link me to some decent cheap USB/ethernet(I think) parts?

thanks very much.

Also I will be needing a monitor/keyboard, would any monitor work? or would I have to have some sort of monitor that is compatible with my parts?


If anyone can swap out parts I listed for equally good parts that will save me money here and there that would be great!

I am not looking for insane power. Just something that will be able to play games at med-high settings and won't need to be touched for 1-2 years.

Edit: OC isn't necessary as long as it's able to produce constant FPS in whatever games I throw at it. I've played games such as BC2 at low settings for the past 2 years so I wouldn't mind playing some games on med or high (doesn't have to be max settings 120 FPS).
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April 16, 2012 4:43:32 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums!

to answer your end question, No USB is on the Motherboard, if you want more ports, you can get a addon card... but a Motherboard comes with plenty usually. the Internet/Ethernet port is on your motherboard so unless you plan tot runt he computer in a seperate room or wiresless you will need a wireless network card or adapter.

My Suggestion get a Z77 board and a Ivy Chip. everything else looks good.
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April 16, 2012 4:47:09 PM

Any monitor will work as long as it has a DVI or HDMI connection to connect to your video card. However, if you want to play say BF3 on high, i should hope you have a 1080 screen otherwise its worthless. Keyboard will most likely be a USB connection so youre fine with just about anything.

The build looks pretty solid otherwise. you dont need the ivy bridge if you just want to play games for 1-2 years. save yourself some $$ and go with sandy. You will probably need a CPU cooler. coolermaster hyper 212 or the thermaltake frio are great.

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a b B Homebuilt system
April 16, 2012 4:54:14 PM

For the lan parts, you won't need any unless you use a wireless service; you can get a usb wireless interface for around $20 or check with your internet provider first. You can get some nice monitors on sale for around $120; I would stick with 22-24 inches. I use slickdeals and fatwallet to check for daily specials at various stores. Dell, compaq, hp and other oem monitors tend to be better quality than acer. Just be sure your monitor has both vga and dvi ports.
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April 17, 2012 12:54:49 PM

any places that I can cut back on that would save me money? cheaper RAM/GPU/PSU/etc?

I also need to purchase a monitor so I want to save as much money as I can and start building this.


Also I'm able to get Windows 7 Ultimate(I believe it's Ultimate) from my university for 20 bucks so that's not a big deal.
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a c 118 B Homebuilt system
April 17, 2012 1:05:32 PM

Not really without sacrificing performance. The GPU is pretty good, you can go cheaper, but keep in mind you'd also be downstepping in performance.

Thats a pretty decent quality gaming system.
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