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$800 new gaming build assistance

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June 17, 2012 3:53:21 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible.

Budget Range: $800 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, general computer use (Office)

Parts Not Required: Graphics card - GeForce GTS 250, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, although Im open to other options.

Country: USA, AZ

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Not right now

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I just got back into the states and am primarily building this computer to play Diablo 3. I know the GTS 250 is a little older of a video card but to keep cost down I would like to use it, if possible, for the time being with the intention of upgrading later. I absolutely have to factor in the cost of a monitor and OS into my budget. It is also important to me that this system be upgradable in the future (when i upgrade the video card).

I've been out of gaming loop for a while so other than Diablo 3 I have about 5 years worth of older PC games that I would like to play through so hopefully I can put together a rig that will perform well for my needs with this slightly lower budget. Thanks in advance for your help.
a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2012 7:08:22 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Micro ATX ($117.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5V BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HD103SJ ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec HCG-620M 620W ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.99 @ B&H)
Total: $660.48
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

It's $690 if you don't have a Microcenter near you.

Hopefully that leaves enough budget for you to get a monitor, which I haven't made a recommendation for because I don't know the monitor market well enough to do so.

If you don't want the option to overclock then you could save some money by getting an non-K/non-unlocked i5 and getting a H77 motherboard.
a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2012 7:12:55 PM

Check out my $650 or $850 build here:
w/ the GPU the builds cost $492 & $616.

If you don't plan to overclock, go for the $650 build, if you do go for the $850

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a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2012 7:35:29 PM

GTS 250 is mediocre for gaming. For $800, get a 6770 which is like $90. Much better than the GTS 250.
a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2012 7:38:14 PM

D3 doesn't really require that powerful of a GPU though. It's pretty easy to run honestly.
a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2012 7:53:23 PM

did anybody but me notice that he didnt label a monitor in the parts not required, so im assuming you have to fit that in his budget.
a b 4 Gaming
June 17, 2012 8:12:51 PM

Well our budgets are $300 below his wanted price so... I'm guessing he can pretty much buy 2 if he wanted to.