$900 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next two weeks

Budget Range: $600-$900 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, school work, internet surfing, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: United States of America

Parts Preferences: no preferences

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution: I wont have a monitor soon

Additional Comments: I would like for the computer to have a good cooling system, a cool looking case with usb ports in the front (on top w/ on/off button).


This is more or less what I pictured. The HDD doesn't have to be 1TB but I would like a good amount of memory for storing things.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145347

Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

Hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

Disc Reader: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Computer Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
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  1. I'd scrap that whole build - for a gaming rig the motherboard, 16GB RAM, and CPU are ridiculous overkill and you don't need them. Plus I'd put a bit more into the PSU and the Antec 900 is a terrible choice as it's old, outdated, and has no cable management.

    Try this build:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Seasonic S12 II 620W - $84.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H - $99.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450 - $199.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $860.92

    This will give you a more well rounded system that's not overkill for what you need it to do.
  2. no overclocking, i got this =X brb with build

    I5-3450 + Corsair Vengeance 1600 2x4gb
    Asrock b75 pro3
    Corsair tx750w
    EVGA GTX 570
    Seagate Barracuda 1tb
    Antec 300 Illusion

    Total With shipping: 878.26

    Reasoning:

    CPU: Since you said you do not overclock, there is no point in using an k series cpu, to a casual person, an i7 is pointless. I chose an ivy bridge processor because at stock, it is faster than its sandy bridge counterpart cutting price off cpu allows to put rest of money elsewhere

    MOBO: Since you do not overclock, you do not need a z series mobo. a b75/h77 mobo is enough, but imo b75 offers much more stuff for the price compared to its h77 counterpart.

    Ram: its ram, 1600 frequency, no one really uses more than 8gb besides professionals.

    PSU: Left a 750w psu in the budget if you decide to sli the gtx 570's

    Case: picked a case, you are free to change it.

    HDD: atm cheapest 1 tb to price ratio

    GPU: Rest of money goes into gpu, it will allow for the smoothest gaming experience. if you think a gtx 570 is too much, feel free to downgrade to a gtx 560ti or gtx 560 if you prefer the nvidia side of the game.

    And i realize i forgot to add a dvd drive, just add one in, I already built it under budget anyways =X


    edit: alternatively This psu should fit the job and its more efficient at a lower price. if you need the reviews for this product on professional sites or ranking, just ask me
  3. at the ~100$ price point, I have an affinity for Lian-Li's simplistic design cases, especially the First Knight Series, as Lian-Li focuses less on the outside of the case and optimizes the inside

    the few exceptions to this would be the boxy lian-li cases and the Lian-Li case thats on my avatar, which was a Case modded for sapphire for a free giveaway. probably one of the most unique cases to date.

    edit: though there's nothing wrong with the corsair, it does have rubber holes to make wiring look nice.
  4. This build doesn't do SLI, but it puts you into monitor and allows you to start gaming right away. It also gives you those front 3.0 USB ports.


    http://www.amazon.com/Technologies-TEMPEST-210-Massive-Midtower/dp/B0066130CM/ref=sr_1_20?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339804703&sr=1-20 $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    NZXT Technologies TEMPEST 210 Massive Mesh Style Midtower Case with USB 3.0

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194102 $54.99 - $34.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    LEPA B550-SA 550W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-Micro-Motherboards-GA-B75M-D3H/dp/B007R9CRGW/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339804096&sr=1-2&keywords=b75 $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards GA-B75M-D3H

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.972841 $125.98 save: $11.00
    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231274 $25.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBR

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3500641AS-RK-Retail/dp/B000EY5F5C/ref=sr_1_11?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339805724&sr=1-11 $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200RPM SATA NCQ 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive ST3500641AS-RK-Retail Kit

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GTX560-Graphics-01G-P3-1464-KR/dp/B007TMXFE0/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339805819&sr=1-6&keywords=gtx+560 $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    EVGA GeForce GTX560 SE 1024MB GDDR5 SLI Ready Graphics Card (01G-P3-1464-KR)

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_text_c $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/Acer-S201HL-20-Inch-Widescreen-Ultra-Slim/dp/B003UVCSZ6/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339805916&sr=1-3&keywords=20+monitor $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Acer S201HL bd 20-Inch Widescreen Ultra-Slim LED Display - Black

    Total: $741.90 *not including shipping & rebates


    ***optional vid card

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-GV-N560OC-1GI/dp/B004KM49WO $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 DVI-I x 2 / Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, GV-N560OC-1GI

  5. GPU: Rest of money goes into gpu, it will allow for the smoothest gaming experience. if you think a gtx 570 is too much, feel free to downgrade to a gtx 560ti or gtx 560 if you prefer the nvidia side of the game.

    The Radeon 7850 beats a GTX 570 in most cases, read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148.html

    Anonymous said:


    Great choice - I'd recommend that over the Antec 900 any day of the week.
  6. g-unit1111 said:
    The Radeon 7850 beats a GTX 570 in most cases, read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148.html.


    OP isnt overclocking so hes not going to reach the full potential of a 7850, he also prefers nvidia probably because hes wanted sli(and did not label crossfire). You make it sound like i don't know how well a 7850 works, i mean I do have one*points below*

    edit: and the gtx 570 is slightly becoming more favorable due to its recent price drop. as before the difference between the cards was 250$ to 300$, now its like ~245$ to 270$. The original purpose on why toms likes to recommend the 7850 is that it performs pretty close to the GTX 570 at 50$ less. now that the gap has shrunk to ~25$, the gtx 570 is viable.


    "Prices And Availability

    The GeForce GTX 570 dropped to $295, probably to bring it closer to AMD's $260 Radeon HD 7850. "

    twas one of the key statements that separated the 7850 from the gtx 570, it has changed since then.
  7. dudewitbow said:
    OP isnt overclocking so hes not going to reach the full potential of a 7850, he also prefers nvidia probably because hes wanted sli(and did not label crossfire). You make it sound like i don't know how well a 7850 works, i mean I do have one*points below*

    edit: and the gtx 570 is slightly becoming more favorable due to its recent price drop. as before the difference between the cards was 250$ to 300$, now its like ~245$ to 270$. The original purpose on why toms likes to recommend the 7850 is that it performs pretty close to the GTX 570 at 50$ less. now that the gap has shrunk to ~25$, the gtx 570 is viable.


    No that's not what I said. If you're spending $400 or $4,000 on a system, you want the best hardware you can get for the money. It's not a question of what GPU company makes better GPUs. I recommend the 670 on any $1200+ build. I don't think it's a good idea to spend $300 on a card that's a generation or two old now when a card around the same price range is more affordable, more energy efficient, and gets the same or better frame rates. To me that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
  8. g-unit1111 said:
    The Radeon 7850 beats a GTX 570 in most cases, read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148.html


    Great choice - I'd recommend that over the Antec 900 any day of the week.



    Which is better out of these two?

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-GV-N560OC-1GI/dp/B004KM49WO

    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984
  9. g-unit1111 said:
    No that's not what I said. If you're spending $400 or $4,000 on a system, you want the best hardware you can get for the money. It's not a question of what GPU company makes better GPUs. I recommend the 670 on any $1200+ build. I don't think it's a good idea to spend $300 on a card that's a generation or two old now when a card around the same price range is more affordable, more energy efficient, and gets the same or better frame rates. To me that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.


    the only problem is, its not 300$ anymore that's where i'm getting at. if it were still 300, i would have never offered it as a choice. I'm just fulfilling the gap of OP not wanting to overclock, and his probability that he would rather have a nvidia card. The greatness of the 7850 isn't the same if it is at stock compared to max potential as its what drives its greatness. But now since the OP doesnt mind radeon cards due to that last post, its okay to offer the 7850 as an alternative.
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