Sub $800 charity build - need advice!

A close friend is on the market for a gaming pc capable of Diablo3, Battlefield, and the new source titles. I offered to build the computer for him and also donate some parts. I wanted to keep it around $800 although my research has brought me to around $1000.

I5 2500k ($220)
ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77 ($150)
XFX Double D Radeon HD 6850 ($160)
Corsair GS700 700W ($110)
8gb gskill ripjaw X ($47)
SAMSUNG 830 Series SSD ($99)
WD 7200rpm 500gb ($99)
Generic optical drive ($17)
Antec 900 ($99)

My last build was a first-gen i7 and ive been out of the loop for quite awhile. I need some advice on the build, especially with the mobo and PSU. Should I dumb them down? Also - would you recommend anything besides what I have picked?
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  1. if the build is on newegg, you technically can combo the cpu and a z68 mobo. If you have a local nearby micro center, you can get the cpu and mobo for a lot less. Also, paying 100$ for a 500 gb hdd imo is kinda excessive, as the ED caviar blue is like 75, and the 1tb samsung spinpoint f3(post seagate rebrand acquire) is at the moment 80$ on newegg. Also I would step away from the XFX radeon hd 68xx series, those have been known to be pretty loud.
  2. The 2500K is about as good as it gets for gaming. Microcenter will sell you one for $170 if you can walk in. Most any Z77 based motherboard will do. Asrock is usually a good value.
    Here is one for $95:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157304

    This 8gb kit will do just fine; not a big savings:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424


    The other critical gaming component is the graphics card. The 6870 is a good one. but the 6870 is not much more.

    The 6870 only needs a quality 500w psu.
    This corsair 500w unit will do the job for $40 after rebate:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    A good place to save is on the case, The Antec 300 is plenty good enough, and will save you $45:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    It is a bit of a luxury, but I really like a ssd for the os, and a few games. The Samsung is very good, and also look at the Intel 330 series.
    You can get a 120gb intel 330 for $105 after rebate:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167121
    The 60gb is $50:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167120

    With 120gb, you can hold the OS and 6-10 games. Perhaps you don't even need a hard drive, at least for a while.
    I did for a long time.
  3. Thanks for the feedback, that definitely helps - Also, ive only used ASUS boards, is ASRock any good?
  4. billownz said:
    Thanks for the feedback, that definitely helps - Also, ive only used ASUS boards, is ASRock any good?


    Asrock was originally a spin off from ASUS with the charter to produce value motherboards.
    I think they did that very well, and are now competing with their founders.

    I have used both, just once with no issues.
  5. Here's a build suggestion in combos to help lower your budget from newegg. Have a look:

    Motherboard &HDD: $175- Asrock Z77 Pro4 & Seagate Barracuda 500GB

    PSU & RAM: $75- Corsair CX500 & Corsair Vengeance 8GB(500 watts PSU is more than enough unless you plan to add another)

    CPU & Optical Drive: $226- i5-2500K & Asus

    GPU: $250- Sapphire Radeon 7850

    Case: $55- Antec 300 Black(same as geofelt, or you can have any other of your choice)

    Total(Excluding Rebates): 801 USD

    Rebates: $10

    Optional : A cheap but good 128 GB SSD like Mushkin Enhanced Chronos worth $100
  6. Wow, thanks - thats just what I was looking for. Also, if I went with the ASRock, would there be any reason to get a better soundcard?
  7. Also, sandy vs ivy birdge? Is it worth the price difference?
  8. sandy & ivy overclock about equally, so if you're overclocking, no
  9. billownz said:
    Wow, thanks - thats just what I was looking for. Also, if I went with the ASRock, would there be any reason to get a better soundcard?


    billownz said:
    Also, sandy vs ivy birdge? Is it worth the price difference?


    Onboard HD sound is very good. Try it first, you can always add a sound card later.

    There is little reason to change from sandy bridge to ivy bridge for an existing installation.
    But, for a new installation, I would try to go with ivy bridge and a z77 based motherboard.
    There is a price difference, but it is commensurate with the better performance. ivy starts with a higher multiplier, and is about 5% faster, clock for clock. At less than maximum overclocking, it runs cooler.

    Worth is something YOU have to decide.
  10. Another suggestion for a build, $850 right here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    i5 3570K + 7850 + CF/SLI-capable board + CF/SLI capable PSU.
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