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"budget" Gaming PC under $1k

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April 21, 2012 4:33:23 AM

Hello all,

I am looking to build a "budget" PC mainly for gaming. I am sorta new at this, but have some basic knowledge. Any advice /input / help /etc would be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Ideally, in the next few days, not much longer than a week

Budget Range: 850-1000 Before or After rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming above all, everything else 2nd

Parts Not Required: Completely new build, so besides keyboard/mouse and monitor, I need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: preferably Newegg

Country: Good ole USA

Parts Preferences: Not too many preferences, leaning more towards AMD and I really like the Raidmax Smilodon I have been looking at. Below is my newegg wishlist with what a friend and myself have picked out as a start.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

Overclocking: Maybe. I have limited experience with this, but I can always learn.

SLI or Crossfire: Again, maybe

Monitor Resolution: Since I have a shiny new 32", 1280x768 would be ideal

Additional Comments: Would prefer system to be quiet, It will be running Windows 7, IMO, I think that the graphics card my friend selected is lacking; thoughts?


Thanks!
~R

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April 21, 2012 6:26:26 AM

wishlist is not public
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April 21, 2012 6:43:51 AM

Without seeing the wishlist here you go:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Pro 4 - $110.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: 500GB Seagate Caviar Blue 7200 RPM - $79.99
Optical: Lite on Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

Total: $1069.92

A little bit over budget but you get the best GPU in its' price range.
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April 21, 2012 3:17:35 PM

Oops! Sorry about the wishlist.... Here it is:

Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black

mobo: ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 AMD A75

Video Card: MSI N430GT-MD4GD3 GeForce GT 430

PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W

CPU: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB X2

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue

Optical: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner

Sounds: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty
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April 23, 2012 4:41:06 PM

jokemaster87 said:
Oops! Sorry about the wishlist.... Here it is:

Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black

mobo: ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 AMD A75

Video Card: MSI N430GT-MD4GD3 GeForce GT 430

PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W

CPU: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB X2

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue

Optical: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner

Sounds: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty


I'd scrap that whole build - do not go that cheap on the PSU or the GPU. Raidmax is an awful brand who's notorious for producing a lot of crap, and I wouldn't trust that PSU. The sound card isn't needed either, and an i3-2120 or i5-2400 will run circles around the Llano any day of the week.

If you want want a build around that range this would be far better:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 - $89.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $42.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Power Color Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

Total: $857.92

With this build it will run circles around the former build - no matter what you plan to use the system for as the GPU is far better and so are the PSU and CPU.
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April 23, 2012 9:05:40 PM

Thanks for all the help. I ended up scrapping that build, going with the i5, Asrock and a 7850. Scrapped the sound card as well; realized the redundancy.
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April 23, 2012 9:13:16 PM

jokemaster87 said:
Thanks for all the help. I ended up scrapping that build, going with the i5, Asrock and a 7850. Scrapped the sound card as well; realized the redundancy.


Yeah sound cards aren't needed unless you're hooking your PC to some high end audio equipment - most people usually don't which is why they're generally not recommended around here.
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