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New/First Build $820 budget gaming rig

Hi everyone.

I am wanting to find parts to build a computer, and have someone put it together for me. So far I have the GPU I want no matter what, and the CPU I would be willing to change, and then a few other parts. I am having trouble finding a good Motherboard for this setup, and I would like some opinions on what I could do to make it better or cheaper, and if there is a possibility of being able to add a monitor into the mix.

CASE - NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (White) - $34
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005869A16/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

GPU - ATI Radeon HD 6950 1gb (It's used, and 1gb, because I won't be using more than 1 monitor) - $171
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056GJL26/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?ie=UTF8&m=A2L77EE7U53NWQ

CPU - Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz - $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM - $118
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q7MV0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?ie=UTF8&m=A23NVCSO4PYH3S

PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W - $45
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYV690/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=A1XISYMERI3ON3

OS - Windows 7 64bit - $100
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

DVD DRIVE - LG Electronics 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $24
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002WZAC4K/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=A23NVCSO4PYH3S

CPU FAN - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - $27 (Will it work with that CPU?)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=dp_cp_ob__title_0

Network Card - Startech 10/100Mbps PCI Fast Enet Network Card - $10
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005125T/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=A3LJ5WMKNRFKQS


EDIT - I am NOT looking to Overclock. I want to play games like Crysis 1 and 2, BF3, Wolfenstein Enemy Territory, Sims 3, Fallout New Vegas. Not too picky on what resolution I want.
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    That's a pretty good choice of components so far - the extra NIC isn't needed as your motherboard will come with built in LAN and that's all you will need. I've had to take additional NICs out of motherboards lately because of Win 64 drivers.

    What motherboard you get depends on if you plan to overclock (I'm guessing not) and what your long term expansion plans include, and of course how much you want to spend. You won't need the Hyper 212 since you won't be overclocking so you can spend that somewhere else.
  2. BF3 uses more than 1GB of vRAM at 1920x1080.
  3. Yeah when I saw a motherboard I realized that it came with one, for which I am thankful, otherwise that would be a lot of little extras to add. :D

    I won't be expanding. What I am going to make will not be changed at all, I will just hope it lasts for years.

    And $820-$830 is my budget, but if I find a cheap enough flat screen around 17-19" I will give a little more.

    Also, I don't have to play with 1920x1080 resolution, I am okay with lower.
  4. g-unit1111 said:
    That's a pretty good choice of components so far - the extra NIC isn't needed as your motherboard will come with built in LAN and that's all you will need. I've had to take additional NICs out of motherboards lately because of Win 64 drivers.

    What motherboard you get depends on if you plan to overclock (I'm guessing not) and what your long term expansion plans include, and of course how much you want to spend. You won't need the Hyper 212 since you won't be overclocking so you can spend that somewhere else.


    Anonymous said:
    Yeah when I saw a motherboard I realized that it came with one, for which I am thankful, otherwise that would be a lot of little extras to add. :D

    I won't be expanding. What I am going to make will not be changed at all, I will just hope it lasts for years.

    And $820-$830 is my budget, but if I find a cheap enough flat screen around 17-19" I will give a little more.

    Also, I don't have to play with 1920x1080 resolution, I am okay with lower.


    Here you go: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128550
  5. Could you tell me what the best PSU would be for this? I didn't realize until now that the PSU says it's for the 'Sandy Bridge', but I chose 'Ivy Bridge'. Do you think it would still work? Or should I go with this...
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Certified-Compatible-Platforms-CMPSU-600CXV2/dp/B004W2T2UQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1338513206&sr=1-2
  6. Best answer selected by ADDButterfly.
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