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Building PC for TERA - $800 budget

I have built a couple non-gaming PCs in the past but I am pretty much a novice and looking for some advice on building my first gaming rig. The main purpose of the computer is to play TERA on max settings with good performance. My budget is $800, though I could go over a little if necessary. Cheaper would be nice, too. The ability to upgrade in the future would also be a plus.

I have a couple parts left over from a PC I built a few years ago. I am assuming they are junk but I am listing them to see if they might be worth using in my new build to save a couple bucks.

SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152173

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128357

APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811154094

Thanks in advance!
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  1. The hard drive could be reused, although its probably better suited as a backup drive.

    The board is a dinosaur, it'll make a lovely boat anchor.

    The case could be reused, although since it only supports microATX, it kind of limit your options. At any rate, I think I could work something out in your budget.

    I'd ask you to fill out the form that can be found here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    Depending on what parts you don't need, I could probably squeeze a 2500k CPU in the budget with a nice and powerful video card, however for TERA, a Phenom II which is cheaper could cut it as well.
  2. Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week

    Budget Range: $600-800 before rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (TERA), surfing the web

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, cd/dvd drive

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences: intel cpu

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: If I could use the 1TB hard drive I currently have as a backup, I wouldn't mind a higher performing primary hard drive with a smaller size, if that would save much money. I really won't be using the computer for media storage. Just TERA and possibly another game or two. I wouldn't mind keeping the case but it's not really a big deal to me. Your discretion. Thanks!
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    Alrite, since you're not interested in overclocking, I'd go with an i5-2400 instead of the 2500K, that can knock off 30 bucks.

    If you need Windows7 64 bit, the OEM version is $100 bucks more from Newegg, but this is a pretty powerful system, for TERA honestly its overkill. let me know if needing Windows7 exceeds your budget, we can trim something:

    CPU- I5-2400-$190
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    Motherboard- Asrock Z68- $122
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    RAM- G.Skill 8GB kit- $43
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    Video Card- Gigabyte 7850 Overclocked- $260
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125419


    Power- Corsair CX500 $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&Tpk=cx500


    HDD- WDC 500Gb -$80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769


    Case- CoolerMaster HAF 912 $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=haf%20912

    Total-$815
  4. Looks great! Thanks for your help. Just the right price.
  5. if you have a micro center near you they have a mb and special combo.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554
    90.00 for the mb and 190.00 for the cpu. 280.00 for the combo.
    there 8 gig kits are on sale for 32-40. for quite a few good braded memory.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340862
    that would be 360.00 for the cpu..mb..ram and case.
    a dvd drive run 20-25 new.
    6870 169.00
    560 ti 169.00
    pny 550 card 119.00
    7750 119.00
    7770 149.00
    gigabyte 7770 109
    i would go with the 7770 for the price there the best performance for the money.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0301550
    op part if you want better cooling if your going to game.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373900
    they work better then the stock intel cpu coolers.
  6. nekulturny said:
    Alrite, since you're not interested in overclocking, I'd go with an i5-2400 instead of the 2500K, that can knock off 30 bucks.

    If you need Windows7 64 bit, the OEM version is $100 bucks more from Newegg, but this is a pretty powerful system, for TERA honestly its overkill. let me know if needing Windows7 exceeds your budget, we can trim something:

    CPU- I5-2400-$190
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    Motherboard- Asrock Z68- $122
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    RAM- G.Skill 8GB kit- $43
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    Video Card- Gigabyte 7850 Overclocked- $260
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125419


    Power- Corsair CX500 $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&Tpk=cx500


    HDD- WDC 500Gb -$80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769


    Case- CoolerMaster HAF 912 $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=haf%20912

    Total-$815



    hey nekulturny, would this system also play starcraft 2 and WoW on high settings. and would you know what would be the equivalent of the 7850 on nvidia's line up. Thx and srry dxdg786 for coming in ur thread asking my own questions
  7. Sure... Yes, it would play just about anything on pretty high settings. The equivilent in Nvidia's lineup would be hard to place, a 7850 is better than a 560 TI, but not quite a GTX 570. Gigabyte overclocked that model 7850 pretty substantially, so an educated guess is that it would fair pretty well against a stock GTX 570.
  8. Cool Thx man
  9. Best answer selected by dxdg786.
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