$800 gaming build- better deals+compatability?

Approximate Purchase Date: a few days

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: (don't live by microcenter)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia card, intel processor

Overclocking: yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, probably no.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: c 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 $800 budget :)

Here was a suggested build from 2 weeks ago.... prices may have changed.

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.
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  1. No need for a Z77 when you can get H77 for non-OCing.
  2. get atleast 520w for 7850.. And get gigabyte H77 for $100 in newegg
  3. anirudh1 said:
    get atleast 520w for 7850.. And get gigabyte H77 for $100 in newegg

    Why, that's a 250 watt PC? Personally I don't cut corners on my power supply but for this build a 400 watt power supply will be fine.
  4. Its a HD7850 that he is gonna put there.. 400w wont handle it.. 500W would be advised
  5. if he overclocks 7850 then he needs 500watts
  6. Yes I would like to overclock my cpu, does my listed CPU and Mobo support that? Or do i need a different one?

    Sounds like I should get a slightly larger PSU
  7. ur motherboard supports but CPU doesnt.. if u want to overclock get the i5 - 2500k CPU
  8. you would be better off getting a 600w PSU if u are going to overclock CPU and GPU both
  9. Best answer
    Here's a almost the same build but with combos. Have a look:

    CPU & Cooler: $250- i5-3570K & Xigmatek Gaia(Great CPU for it's price)

    Motherboard & HDD: $155- Biostar TZ77B & Seagate Barracuda 500GB

    GPU : $240- Sapphire Radeon 7850

    PSU & RAM: $94- Corsair CX500 & Corsair Vengeance 8GB (PSU has promo offer, also 500 watt is more than enough unless you plan to add another GPU)

    Case: $40- NZXT Source 210(or what ever you like)

    Total (Excluding Rebates, Prmos): 780 USD

    Rebates, Promos: ~$15

    If you can afford extra say $20 upgrade to this Mobo/ 1TB HDD combo worth $175
  10. I hadn't considered OC'ing gfx card...but I probably will some.
  11. anirudh1 said:
    if he overclocks 7850 then he needs 500watts

    Prove it.
  12. 7850 - 290w full load
    i5-3450 - 100w full load

    Now the other components of the pc also need power.
    almost 420w gone here. safe to get 500 :)

    400w PSU would be cutting too close
  13. Best answer selected by invaderneal.
  14. anirudh1 said:
    7850 - 290w full load
    i5-3450 - 100w full load

    Now the other components of the pc also need power.
    almost 420w gone here. safe to get 500 :)

    400w PSU would be cutting too close

    In hopes you don't keep propagating this incorrect information the 7850 draws about 100 watts under 100% load.
  15. look at the power consumption while playing metro.
    so before u post smart comments double check twice
  16. Im sorry but the HD 7850 only draws 110 watts full load
  17. oh okay that was the total system wattage.. Okay
  18. Finally he gets it! Now would a 400 watt PSU work? Rhetorical question.
  19. Ofcourse it would. :D So Would a 500w suffice for 7850 CF?
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