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$700-800 gaming PC, first build

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates: $700-800, the closer to $700 the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, web-browsing, DVD watching, etc.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, possibly hard-drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: Massachusetts, USA

Parts Preferences: Nothing

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Was looking at this case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235033&nm_mc=EMC-EXPRESS062312&cm_mmc=EMC-EXPRESS062312-_-EMC-062312-Index-_-ComputerCases-_-11235033-L03A) as it's on sale for $40 after coupons/rebates, but my heart is not set on it. Would like to be able to run games like Diablo 3 etc. on 1920 x 1080 - first build, father will be helping me. I have 640 gb hard drive I was planning on formatting and using on a new PC, will need Win 7. Unless it seems more prudent to get a new HD. Thanks.
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  1. If you have a larger storage driver already that's great! Means you can drop in a small SSD to make things a little snappier for windows, your programs, and a couple of games.

    Something along these lines here.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/aKUD
  2. TIP:
    and also when buying Windows 7 Buy the full retil version so when you upgrade your Mainboard/motherboard you can alwalys use the same one although a bit more expensive worth it in the end unless you plan on not changing parts for 2-4 years then get the OEM version
  3. Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $54.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52310
    $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115089

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    $48.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    $84.;99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $69.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $279.99 and a $25 rebate makes the final price $254.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    The total for parts listed comes to $773.93 and while it's still under the $800 budget limit if you wanted to get the cost down some more you can shop at other sites for sales and rebates. If you live near a micro center , since you live in MA. there's one in Cambridge , you can get some real good prices there. Also Newegg has some combo deals that can help get the cost down as well.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.953413
    Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52300
    $241.98 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $226.98

    This combo deal will save you $38

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.961065
    Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $299.99 and a $50 rebatemakes the final price $249.99

    This combo will save you $60.
    The two combo deals will save you $98
  4. Awesome, I really appreciate your help and suggestions. Two/three questions, if you don't mind. If I did end up deciding to get a new hard drive, do you have any recommendations? What would you trim back if a hard drive were to be added? Lastly, how low would you go on a PSU? Do you think I could get away with 550W or should 600W be the floor?

    Thanks a ton again, really appreciate it.
  5. question: what hardrive do you think on getting because there are Western Digital 500Gb for 99.00 at newegg and those hard drive are always great
    and you can always get a Radeon HD 7850, to cut cost back a little, but the GTX 570 permforms better in some games, you can also cut back to a gtx 550ti to cut price but you'll see a pretty big performance cut too
  6. 1

    NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811146075
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    $39.99
    1

    XFX FX-785A-CNFC Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814150608
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


    $254.99
    $234.99
    1

    XFX Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon
    Item #: N82E16800989011
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$49.99 Saving


    $49.99
    $0.00
    1

    AMD Gift - Dirt SHOWDOWN Gift Coupon
    Item #: N82E16800995124
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$59.99 Saving


    $59.99
    $0.00
    1

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
    Item #: N82E16817341017
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$32.99 Instant
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


    $99.99
    $67.00
    1


    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157296
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant
    -$15.00 Combo


    $219.98
    $174.98
    1


    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
    Item #: N82E16819116506
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    Item #: N82E16820233144
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$6.00 Instant
    -$9.00 Combo


    $254.98
    $239.98
    Subtotal: $756.94

    newegg, note combos, and pick up an dvd drive. There is a 20 buck off code for the HDD that ends soon...the 570 build is also nice.
  7. loops said:
    1

    NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811146075
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    $39.99
    1

    XFX FX-785A-CNFC Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814150608
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


    $254.99
    $234.99
    1

    XFX Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon
    Item #: N82E16800989011
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$49.99 Saving


    $49.99
    $0.00
    1

    AMD Gift - Dirt SHOWDOWN Gift Coupon
    Item #: N82E16800995124
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$59.99 Saving


    $59.99
    $0.00
    1

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
    Item #: N82E16817341017
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$32.99 Instant
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


    $99.99
    $67.00
    1


    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157296
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant
    -$15.00 Combo


    $219.98
    $174.98
    1


    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
    Item #: N82E16819116506
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    Item #: N82E16820233144
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$6.00 Instant
    -$9.00 Combo


    $254.98
    $239.98
    Subtotal: $756.94

    newegg, note combos, and pick up an dvd drive. There is a 20 buck off code for the HDD that ends soon...the 570 build is also nice.



    Giby: Modular = nicer looking case if you have a window, possibly better airflow since less cables will get in the way :)
  8. If you care about looks, you can just tuck the cables behind the tray.
  9. azeem40 said:
    If you care about looks, you can just tuck the cables behind the tray.

    i still prefer fully modular but that's just me, but sometime it can be a fuss trying to fix all the cable so the case would close lol :pt1cable:
  10. Nevermind on my builds, as I didn't know you needed and OS.
  11. Not with a case that has big enough holes to slide the cables through, like the Carbide 500R.
  12. Okay, think I've settled on this (which is somewhat of a combo of the two suggestions). Any questions, concerns, etc.?

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811129042

    EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
    Item #: N82E16814130613

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
    Item #: N82E16817341017

    GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128539

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116986

    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
    Item #: N82E16819116506

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    Item #: N82E16820233144

    This will exclude a hard drive and an optical drive. Speaking of optical drives, any recommendations? Or will pretty much anything suffice? Will this mobo be okay?

    If you had to trim $100 from this build what would you change first?

    Thanks again.
  13. OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
    Item #: N82E16817341017

    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
    Item #: N82E16819116506

    Your list contains two cpu's. Your putting an Ivy Bridge cpu with a H61 motherboard?
  14. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.961065
    Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $299.99 and a $50 rebatemakes the final price $249.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.953413
    Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52300
    $241.98 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $226.98

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    $48.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233144

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $54.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARX 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136892

    This all comes to $800 and includes a HDD.
  15. inzone said:
    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
    Item #: N82E16817341017

    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
    Item #: N82E16819116506

    Your list contains two cpu's. Your putting an Ivy Bridge cpu with a H61 motherboard?


    I am confused. Isn't the OCZ just a PSU only? Was it somewhere else in my components list? Or am I wrong? Would there be a problem with the Ivy Bridge / mobo combination (incompatibility, etc.)? That was a concern of mine, it's an area I am not particularly knowledgeable about.

    Thanks again.
  16. Best answer
    No the OCZ was a combo with an AMD cpu.
    The Ivy Bridge since it's the new technology you suould matck it with a z77 , z75 or other newer motherboard and not the last years models.

    Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
    $204.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234

    GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128540

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $59.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $209.99 and a $30 rebate makes the final price $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500196

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARX 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136892

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $54.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    $48.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233144

    This list of parts comes to $808.92 and the reason is because a hard drive was added , so if you take out the hard drive and use the one you have then the cost is below $700. I took out the combo deals and found items with rebates and it ends uo with less confusion and the price is not all that bad.
  17. inzone said:
    No the OCZ was a combo with an AMD cpu.
    The Ivy Bridge since it's the new technology you suould matck it with a z77 , z75 or other newer motherboard and not the last years models.

    Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
    $204.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234

    GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128540

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $59.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $209.99 and a $30 rebate makes the final price $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500196

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARX 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136892

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $54.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    $48.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233144

    This list of parts comes to $808.92 and the reason is because a hard drive was added , so if you take out the hard drive and use the one you have then the cost is below $700. I took out the combo deals and found items with rebates and it ends uo with less confusion and the price is not all that bad.


    Excellent, thanks!! I think I'll roll with this build; appears that I might even be able to combo Win 7 with the GPU, it looks like, and save a few extra bucks. Very excited.
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