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Building $700 (ish) budget gaming cpu

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May 18, 2012 11:03:55 PM

First time I've ever attempted building my own PC, which is a bit daunting, and I'm afraid I will have missed something basic and vital and will purchase these parts and I'll say "oh drat this doesn't plug in to anything". Just looking for any advice...

Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of next month

Budget Range: $700 - $750 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming...everything else is just icing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: but am open to other suggestions

Country: (e.g.: India) United States

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu is my only real priority

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Unsure. No monitor yet. That will come later. Is not included in my build pricing.

Additional Comments: Quiet is nice but not necessity. Appearance absolutely does not matter.

MSI Z68MA-ED55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

HIS H675FS1G Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3S8N9K2/4G

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

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

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

Hopefully all of those links worked. I appreciate any help I can get!
May 19, 2012 1:14:42 AM

Change the i5-2500K for a lower end i5 (unless overclocking beyond 4GHz is important to you, it won't help gaming at all with graphics cards in your budget range), the 6850 for a 6950.

More gaming performance for the money that way.
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May 19, 2012 1:17:21 AM

Sorry, I do overclocking.

However if you don't do OC, then get a i5-2400 and trade the 6850 for a higher end card. Ditto^
May 19, 2012 1:23:17 AM

Just a few changes :

Power Supply get this one, better suits you and helps save for a better gpu :

Trust me when I say this, you will absolutely not need an aftermarket cooler with that CPU , SAVE THE CASH FOR BETTER GPU

Too much MOBO for that build , totally unnecessary :

Now with those changes, And no loss to performance you just saved ~100...
Put it towards the GPU , and better RAM :

WOW look what I found, dude I highly suggest you jump on this GPU with that saved cash :

Edit :
I really recommend you do not go the route of a higher end CPU and not being able to invest in such an awesome GPU... You will se a tremendous decrease in performance if you choose to do so, as you won't afford such a GPU....As long as its an i3 Sandy Bridge, and you are not gaming, over 1080p or SLI/ will NOT see a difference going with an i5 Trust bro.
May 19, 2012 1:26:08 AM

The PSU is a very good deal, on Amazon it's almost $90.

As for the GPU? Absolute steal.
May 19, 2012 2:19:38 AM

fpoon said:
I'm building a $700 computer for my friend Billy. Link is below.

Where do you live? I live in California so Newegg has very high sales tax. Amazon will be better if you live in California, Tennessee, or New Jersey.

I planned out this computer on Newegg first, so here is the link for that.

I live in CT...have no idea what sales tax is like in comparison to other states really.
May 19, 2012 4:59:25 AM

thebolt said:
I live in CT...have no idea what sales tax is like in comparison to other states really.

yo won't have any because it's interstate shipping.

If the parts were being bought in CT then you would have to account for sales tax. But they aren't.
May 19, 2012 5:44:10 AM

Check the $800 build in my sig. You can skip tho OS so it drops to around $700.

Contains a i5 2310 + HD7850, so it's vastly more powerful than your build.
May 19, 2012 7:42:05 AM

Here's a build that includes i5 2500K & Radeon 6950 2GB . Have a look :

Motherboard: $110- Asrock Z77 Pro4

Case : $40- NZXT Gamma Classic(Or anything you may like)

GPU & RAM: $239- Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB & Corsair Vengeance 8GB

PSU & DVD: $53- CM GX450 & LiteOn

CPU & HDD: $262- i5 2500K & WD Cavier Blue 500GB

Total (Excluding Rebates): 704 USD

Rebates: $10

Unless you plan to overclock the stock Heatsink & Fan should do the job. However you if you feel the need CM Hyper212 is a good choice.