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Need help with a budget gaming computer, ~$600-$800

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May 8, 2012 1:40:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $600-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming- Tera, D3, SC2, possibly BF3 (would like to run all but BF3 on high-max)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ncix, Bestdirect.ca, possibly Ebay (trusted sellers + new parts only)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: CPU only

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

This is going to be my first build. I've done some research on the parts, but I'm a complete newb so I don't know how compatible certain parts would be etc. These are the parts I was considering using:

CPU + Motherboard-
Intel i5 + Asrock z77 Pro 3 combo

PSU- (No idea how much power I'd need)
OCZ Technology Elitexstream 1000w
or maybe
Coolermaster GX 750W 80+

GPU-
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 560 Ti Fermi 900MHZ 1gb
or
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 Windforce 820Mhz 1gb With the intent to crossfire in the near future

Hard Drive-
OCZ Vertex Plus 120gb 2.5IN Sata2

RAM-
Kingston Hyperx 2x4gb DDR3 1600mhz

Optical Drive-
Asus DRW-24b1ST 24x SATA DVD Writer

External Storage-
Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

So is there anything I should change, and are the parts I've listed compatible? I'm mostly curious about the PSU/Mobo, especially if I were to go the crossfire Radeon route.
May 8, 2012 1:56:10 AM

If you're intending to SLI/X-Fire in future, go with the 750W PSU
Comparing vid cards look at 7850 vs 560 Ti (should be about same price)
don't forget an optical drive
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May 8, 2012 2:17:02 AM

Added cheap RAM and Optical Drive from NCIX. Radeon HD7850 is a little out of my price range; 560ti on sale is already on the border. Other than that, does anything stand out? Crossfiring with that motherboard + 750w PSU is fine? )
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May 8, 2012 2:50:13 AM

Yes, it is.
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May 8, 2012 3:42:17 AM

Will this setup with a single Radeon 6850 be able to run Tera/d3/starcraft on high?
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May 8, 2012 3:56:35 AM

shawnfiti said:
Will this setup with a single Radeon 6850 be able to run Tera/d3/starcraft on high?


i know its yes to d3(low req for 1920x1080) and SCII but i dont know much about tera, but i would assume so
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