Help on $800 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: < 1 week

Budget Range: Max: $800 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, HD movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, DVD-rom, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia card, intel processor

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, probably no.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: case aesthetics don't matter. will be playing LOTRO on max detail DX11, would like it to play brand new games on at least medium details for a few years.

Any help is appreciated finding the best combos and deals within a $750 budget :)
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  1. Do you live near a microcenter?
  2. No. In Utah.
    Probably have to Ship from online
  3. That sucks. You can save a decent chunk of change on some processors over Newegg and the like. At that price point I'd look around an i5 build or a very flashy i3 build.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($256.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $768.90
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-04 00:25 EDT-0400)

    You also get a $20 mail in rebate from the PSU.

    What you can do to bring down the price more is to look for combo's between items on Newegg that can save you around $10-20 each combo.
  5. No need for a Z77 motherboard with an i3-2120. Get an H67 board.
  6. Yep, do what azeem said if you want to save more :)
  7. Best answer
    Ironslice had a pretty good build, but I felt like there was enough breathing room for some improvements and changes...

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    - A new Ivy Bridge quad core CPU. It will have considerable more power to it that you will especially notice in multiplayer games.

    Motherboard: Biostar TZ77B ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    - Nothing too fancy about this board, but offering the new features on the Z77 chipset.

    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    - Definitely not the fastest or best RAM, for example it's only 1333 instead of 1600. You'll never miss it though, there is virtually no difference in most games fps.

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    - Self explanatory I think

    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    - 7850s are probably the best bang for buck video cards out there right now. They really give you a lot for what you pay all while using very little power.

    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($72.99 @ Best Buy)
    - Pretty nice looking case with good cooling.

    Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.61 @ Amazon)
    - Antec makes great PSUs. I had to cut the wattage down a little closer than I usually like to get the build in the correct budget range. You're still ~50 watts over what you need, but if you wanted to spend another $20 it could give you more breathing room.

    *Total: $795.55
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-04 01:26 EDT-0400)
  8. is 400w power supply really enough for that build?
  9. i5 will cost more as he doesn't live near a Microcenter.
  10. Yeah :( finding i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor for $200 at
    $50 more expensive.

    How does the Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
    compare? found it here for $205
  11. AFAIK, the 2500K seems to be highly regarded for gaming and overclocking.
  12. If you click the link, the final price without Microcenter is $795.55 and the price with is $755.55. If you wanted to play around to find an i5 that better suits the build though, that will work just fine. I was mainly just making the point that an i5 can be had at that budget.
  13. Best answer selected by invaderneal.
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