Aiming for $700 gaming PC

Hi,

New member here guys! I am building my first PC and I would love some feedback. I am looking for a good cost:performance PC that I can play most current games on average settings. I have based my current build around AMD but I've read from multiple sources that Intel will provide a much better experience overall. I am limited by price though, so I am not sure what realistic options I have. Any and all advice is appreciated as I am truly new to this.

I also would love to have someone look behind my choices and tell me if what I have is actually compatible and that I won't be bottlenecking in any particular area. And that it will fit inside the case I have chosen. Thanks so much!

Approximate Purchase Date: Very soon. There is no urgency to this but I would like to get onto this ASAP haha.

Budget Range: Approx. $700 before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mostly. I assume if the PC can handle games it can handle normal word processing and internet surfing.

Parts Not-Required: Unfortunately, all parts will be required. I do not even have a monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have been pricing everything on Newegg.com currently. Not sure what other websites are good resources for this type of purchase.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I honestly have no preference. I want a solid build but I realize I am constricted by a budget. As stated above, I am currently leaning towards an AMD-based build simply for budget reasons.

Overclocking: No. Well out of my comfort zone and not something I feel necessary for my needs.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: I simply want a decent 1920x1080 monitor capable of solid graphics. Again, nothing fancy.

Additional Comments: This in no way has to be flashy. I simply want quality for a good price. I don't want to put together a sloppy build that I will regret in 2 years.

Games/Apps: I am mostly interested in Diablo 3 and would love to be able to run this game at a semi-high setting. It does not appear to be very graphic intensive and I feel like I can build a rig within my budget to suit my needs. I would also like to be able to play more graphic intensive games such as Skyrim and Crysis with an acceptable graphics setting.

Here is my current setup:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ($139.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103935

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($89.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128521

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

PSU: OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341051

GPU: GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153


I would love for some feedback on this so please help! Thanks.
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  1. AMD Black edition cpu's are build for overclocking so if you arent going to overclock i suggest you save some money and get an Intel Core i3 2120.The i3 has a slight lead in games and is much more energy efficient.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    This is a good motherboard for non overclockers.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157314

    With the money left you can buy this PSU :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371056

    This case' cooling when the fans are set to high is a bit better than the one you picked but its not something you should worry about.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    This card is a bit pricier than the one you picked but the performance boost you will recieve with it is more than worth the additional cost.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161396

    For RAM i suggest either
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231440
  2. may i recommend

    the hive 650w and challenger case combo the hive series is made by the same base model the OCZ ZS(the non modular sister of the ZT version)

    edit: if your not going to overclock, amd isnt the direction you should be heading in. AMD line on low budget is only good because you have access to overclocking, which the i3 and pentium g line do not have.

    p.s: you forgot dvd drive but that can be allieviated with this
  3. Ok I have updated the build with the suggested Intel processor and a few other changes. Please take a look and see how it looks. My only hangup is buying a dual-core cpu as opposed to spending the extra few dollars to get a quad-core. Will I really notice the difference or am I better off waiting for a few years? Also, I chose to splurge a little on the GPU. Is this overkill or will it bottleneck with the chosen CPU? If so, what would be a solid alternative? The current total for this is $842.91. I would really love to keep this under $800 so if anyone has any suggestions that would be great.

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157314

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive :: Combo'd with ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.936991

    PSU/Case: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply :: Combo'd with Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.915250

    GPU: EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

    Monitor: Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236099
  4. RooksRN said:
    Ok I have updated the build with the suggested Intel processor and a few other changes. Please take a look and see how it looks. My only hangup is buying a dual-core cpu as opposed to spending the extra few dollars to get a quad-core. Will I really notice the difference or am I better off waiting for a few years? Also, I chose to splurge a little on the GPU. Is this overkill or will it bottleneck with the chosen CPU? If so, what would be a solid alternative? The current total for this is $842.91. I would really love to keep this under $800 so if anyone has any suggestions that would be great.

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157314

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive :: Combo'd with ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.936991

    PSU/Case: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply :: Combo'd with Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.915250

    GPU: EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

    Monitor: Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236099



    If you are going to get a 480, be ready for a ton of heat and noise. They run super hot and sound like a jet engine when they get hot.
  5. Well, I am not set on a GPU honestly. I imagine I would be happy with a cheaper card but I am just unsure of how much I will be giving up by doing so. I don't really want a card that is that loud and hot haha.
  6. RooksRN said:
    Well, I am not set on a GPU honestly. I imagine I would be happy with a cheaper card but I am just unsure of how much I will be giving up by doing so. I don't really want a card that is that loud and hot haha.


    haha if you can swing some money a 7850 or gtx 570 is best or if you cant afford that, a 560 ti or even a 6870 will do nicely and be much cooler and power efficient.
  7. The 560 ti has a $30 instant mail-in rebate so I might actually go with that. Thanks for the suggestion. You don't see any glaring incompatibilities between mobo/gpu/cpu right? I am probably going to purchase either tonight or tomorrow... I am just a little gun shy because I have never built a PC before :)
  8. RooksRN said:
    The 560 ti has a $30 instant mail-in rebate so I might actually go with that. Thanks for the suggestion. You don't see any glaring incompatibilities between mobo/gpu/cpu right? I am probably going to purchase either tonight or tomorrow... I am just a little gun shy because I have never built a PC before :)


    Nah it all looks good to me..you will be very happy with that build!
  9. Now Now, Time to be honest, A $700 Build is going to be worthless especially since you don't have any peripherals. If I were you, I would save up to $900-$1000 because the boost is really really worth it. The point of a PC is a powerhouse because most laptops can outperform PC's that are under $900 usually.

    For Now Your At...

    Components
    __________
    Intel i3-2100 $120
    Random Mobo - $60
    Seasonic 520W - $60
    4GB DDR3 - $30
    500GB HDD - $80 + $5 (DVD Burner)
    Radeon 6950 - $200 (Special Deal on Sapphire 6950)

    ~$550 USD

    About your Case
    _____________
    Look Around, Find A few that you like. I would personally recommend: Fractal Design Core 1000 (NOTE: It's small + Cute, but you NEED a Micro ATX Board. 6950 might not fit =p) Just find a case you like.

    _____________
    Go To your local electronics store and try out a few monitors that you like. You should find some good 20 inch ones for $100...

    This puts us at $700....

    If you want a Gaming mouse/keyboard add another $100 =p
  10. Double Post, Whatever.

    If your still a Budget Nazi, Then go for:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150599&Tpk=xfx%207770%20black (Better then 6850, No Noise/Heat, Less Power Consumption, Newer <3)

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302

    Hardrive: 1TB anything

    In the end: Still ~$700... So Motherboard + HDD > GPU or otherway around?


    I still like this though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987&Tpk=sapphier%206950 But 7770 is better for your budget.
  11. Anonymous said:
    Double Post, Whatever.

    If your still a Budget Nazi, Then go for:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150599&Tpk=xfx%207770%20black (Better then 6850, No Noise/Heat, Less Power Consumption, Newer <3)

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302

    Hardrive: 1TB anything

    In the end: Still ~$700... So Motherboard + HDD > GPU or otherway around?


    I still like this though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987&Tpk=sapphier%206950 But 7770 is better for your budget.


    for gaming there is no way a 7770 should be used instead of spending the extra on 560 ti.
  12. Everything that I have read agrees with mad-2. Thanks for your input altay, but I don't see any justifiable reason to retool my entire build at this current time. The only area I am currently worrying over is a dual core vs quad. Thanks for your help mad-2. Very big help so far :)
  13. RooksRN said:
    Everything that I have read agrees with mad-2. Thanks for your input altay, but I don't see any justifiable reason to retool my entire build at this current time. The only area I am currently worrying over is a dual core vs quad. Thanks for your help mad-2. Very big help so far :)


    no prob. Glad to help. And for gaming the dual core with hyperthreading will be a good gaming cpu for sure.
  14. RooksRN said:
    Everything that I have read agrees with mad-2. Thanks for your input altay, but I don't see any justifiable reason to retool my entire build at this current time. The only area I am currently worrying over is a dual core vs quad. Thanks for your help mad-2. Very big help so far :)


    Meh, Suit it yourself.
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