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May 30, 2012 9:09:57 AM

I want to build a gaming computer and I've been using a site to help me, but some of the parts were not in stock, so i did some research and replaced them. My components are as followed:

HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner Black SATA Model 1270i LightScribe Support

RAIDMAX AEOLUS ATX-818WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HGST Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

KINGWIN Lazer Gold Series LZG-700 700W ATX 12V v2.2 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

I am on a $850 budget, preferably $800. Here's the link to the website I was using:
http://voices.yahoo.com/build-ultimate-gaming-computer-...
May 30, 2012 9:12:59 AM

Just because a PSU is rated GOLD doesnt make it a good PSU. Kingwin and RAIDMAX are low quality manufacturers. Get the HAF 912 over the RAIDMAX case and a XFX 550W over the Kingwin PSU.
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May 30, 2012 9:23:42 AM

azeem40 said:
Just because a PSU is rated GOLD doesnt make it a good PSU. Kingwin and RAIDMAX are low quality manufacturers. Get the HAF 912 over the RAIDMAX case and a XFX 550W over the Kingwin PSU.


Thanks, i changed the case but one thing, is 550W gonna be enough?
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May 30, 2012 9:28:56 AM

550W is always enough for a single current gen GPU.
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May 30, 2012 9:31:13 AM

is there anything else i need? and how well should the system run games when it's built?
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May 30, 2012 9:31:49 AM

On an $800 budget, i think a complete new build is needed.

You should be looking at something along the lines of:

Z77 socket 1155 motherboard
i5-2500k CPU
about a 550w PSU, as azeem said, the XFX 550w is a well priced option
8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel RAM
500GB-1TB HDD, WD Caviar Blue 7200RPM - or SeaGate Barracuda
Case: Don't waste more than about $60-70 here but choose something you like

GPU: Depending on how much of the budget is left, buy the best GPU you can afford, I should think you'll be looking at something like ATI 7850/7870.

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May 30, 2012 9:32:14 AM

It should run games at medium or higher at 1080p.
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May 30, 2012 9:33:22 AM

Adrian's build would be high or higher ^^
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May 30, 2012 9:39:02 AM

2500k ~ $220
Mobo ~ $115
PSU ~ $75
GPU ~ $250
HDD ~ $75
Case ~ $60
RAM ~ $50

Total: $845

I'm sure some parts can be trimmed down in price to bring it down to $800

Regardless, $800 is going to get you more than a 6870 with an old Phenom II
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May 30, 2012 9:44:06 AM

Alrighty then, thanks for your help, ill definitely look into your suggestions, ill be back (:
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May 30, 2012 10:12:16 AM

Azeem has apparently not read all the Jonnyguru (and other) reviews that have identified the new Kingwin 80+ Gold offerings as excellent PSUs. The OEM is Superflower.
Adrian is right, it's one thing to be upgrading an existing AMD system, but any new build should be Intel; there is no longer a price point at which an Intel CPU doesn't outperform AMD. Disclaimer: I've built more AMD than Intel systems over the last few years, but I don't see building another.
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May 30, 2012 10:27:54 AM

Back again, I've updated the list but one problem. It totaled up to roughly $900, so any ideas to get it back in the $775-$825 zone? Here's what i got so far...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner- $18

RAIDMAX AEOLUS ATX-818WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case- $80

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" - $99

HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card- $250

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified- $75

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model- $49.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000- $219

BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS- $99

P.S (I'd rather not change the case unless it's absolutely necessary or you found a good case for beginner builder's. )
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May 30, 2012 1:43:52 PM

Do you need the optical drive? Might be able to re-use one from an old PC. Make sure its not an IDE drive.
Lower capacity hard drive, though I'd stick with the 1Tb.
Sometimes Corsair Vengeance RAM is cheaper with the heatsink, since your not getting an aftermarket cooler that wont be a problem.
If your not going to overclock (which you shouldn't on a stock cooler), get the i5-2500. About $20 cheaper.
Cheaper case, though $80 is pretty low already, but there are some good $60 ones like the HAF 912.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that I dont see how to cut down without compromising the rig.
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May 30, 2012 9:47:40 PM

I have no doubt that the Antec 300 Illusion or any number of Rosewill cases in the $50-$60 range would be higher quality than a Raidmax at twice the price. I won't buy anything from Crappermaster because the company has been found in technical reviews to be dishonest. A dishonest company does not deserve anyone's business, for any of its products, no matter how good. Fortunately, their competitors offer equivalent or superior products in every market where they are found, so you lose nothing other than their particular style.
Disk space is particularly easy to add. I believe there are some smaller (e.g. 500GB) drives getting back down to around $70. Start there, and add another drive later.
XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic, so they will be good, however this actual Seasonic will also be sufficient, and is cheaper: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With no plans to overclock, you might choose a less expensive mobo that still has USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, and offers PCIE 3.0. I'd trust ASRock over Biostar any day, like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
which will save you another $20.
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