Planning a gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks!

Budget Range: 700 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least: gaming, surfing web, programming, video editing.

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, ssd

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: all I have checked is newegg, but if it's cheaper somewhere else that's great

Country: West Virginia, United States

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes/maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not familiar with this?

Monitor Resolution: not to sure tbh

Additional Comments: I've been looking at the i5 2500k, and the radieon 2650 or something like that.
39 answers Last reply
More about planning gaming build
  1. Not sure what the Radeon 2650 is but maybe it's a 6950 if your refering to a video card?
    With that budget do you also need a monitor? What size is the SSD?
  2. Yes I meant the 6870, but my ssd is 120gb. I need a monitor but with monitor my budget is 900
  3. Here you go:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99
    Motherboard; Gigabyte GA-Z77X-DS3H - $99.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450 - $199.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
    Optical: LG DVD Burner - $16.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $744.91

    A little over and that will give you about $140 to get a good 24" 1080p display.
  4. Umm, how will it give him $140 for a monitor when you went over his budget?
  5. azeem40 said:
    Umm, how will it give him $140 for a monitor when you went over his budget?


    He said $900 including monitor so $900 - $744 = $156.
  6. Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
    $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    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

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $111.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $91.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

    Diablotek UL Series PSUL675 675W ATX 12V v2.31 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
    $56.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $46.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822016

    RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WRP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Raidmax RX-450K 450W Power Supply
    $49.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $29.99 and free shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156239

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    $16.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    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

    The total for this build comes to $709.99 and gives you the very over clockable i5-2500k and a top quality GTX 570 video card and leaves you with $190 for the monitor.
  7. Look at the builds in my signute, i hope that helps!
  8. inzone said:
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
    $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    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

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $111.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $91.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

    Diablotek UL Series PSUL675 675W ATX 12V v2.31 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
    $56.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $46.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822016

    RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WRP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Raidmax RX-450K 450W Power Supply
    $49.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $29.99 and free shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156239

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    $16.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    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

    The total for this build comes to $709.99 and gives you the very over clockable i5-2500k and a top quality GTX 570 video card and leaves you with $190 for the monitor.


    Raidmax??? Diablotek??? Why would you recommend those - they have the worst build quality and highest fail rates in the industry, I can't stress enough how much Raidmax blows.
  9. g-unit1111 said:
    Raidmax??? Diablotek??? Why would you recommend those - they have the worst build quality and highest fail rates in the industry, I can't stress enough how much Raidmax blows.


    i was gonna said that but with lots of bad words :lol:

    @inzone: its nice youre trying to help the OP but i suggest you do a LOT of research on pc parts before you start giving advices that will make people hate you for telling them to get those awfull parts. But its ok, your help is apreciated :kaola:

    @OP: what do you think of my builds? see anything you like?
  10. aqualipt said:
    i was gonna said that but with lots of bad words :lol:

    @inzone: its nice youre trying to help the OP but i suggest you do a LOT of research on pc parts before you start giving advices that will make people hate you for telling them to get those awfull parts. But its ok, your help is apreciated :kaola:

    @OP: what do you think of my builds? see anything you like?


    I will shout it from the rooftops how much I hate Raidmax and their crappy cases. :lol:

    To me they're like Hammer Tech from Iron Man - they make a lot of cheap - but flashy - junk and cut corners to maximize profit margins.
  11. g-unit1111 said:
    I will shout it from the rooftops how much I hate Raidmax and their crappy cases. :lol:

    To me they're like Hammer Tech from Iron Man - they make a lot of cheap - but flashy - junk and cut corners to maximize profit margins.


    :lol: and diablotek too. about a year and a half ago when i was a rockie PC builder i had the disgrace to find a 750w diablotek psu for a really good price (its was much more wattage than i needed it but i didnt know) so i bought it and when i turned on the pc everything seemed to be fine, until i started to test and... BOOM, it exploded, the main capacitor exploted, i was like :o :fou: :pt1cable: :pfff: and i had to re buy everything again (out of my pocket) with a Corsair TX650, assamble it and give it to my brother who gave me the money to build him a "gaming" PC (Intel pentium E5400 with a R5870) the bottleneck was amazing :lol:
  12. aqualipt said:
    :lol: and diablotek too. about a year and a half ago when i was a rockie PC builder i had the disgrace to find a 750w diablotek psu for a really good price (its was much more wattage than i needed it but i didnt know) so i bought it and when i turned on the pc everything seemed to be fine, until i started to test and... BOOM, it exploded, the main capacitor exploted, i was like :o :fou: :pt1cable: :pfff: and i had to re buy everything again (out of my pocket) with a Corsair TX650, assamble it and give it to my brother who gave me the money to build him a "gaming" PC (Intel pentium E5400 with a R5870) the bottleneck was amazing :lol:


    Trust me I definitely know what it's like to get burned by crappy hardware - my original build back in '09 had an Ultra 850W modular PSU - that thing shut down my system left and right without warning. It wasn't until I figured out that the PSU was the problem - I swapped it for a Corsair TX 750 (now using PC Power & Cooling Silencer) and it's been problem free ever since.
  13. I5-2500k + Biostar TZ68K+ 282$
    Asus GTX 560 + Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4gb 1600 231$
    Rosewill Challenger + Rosewill Hive 650w 105$
    Hyper 212+ Evo 35$
    Asus 23.6" monitor w/ built in speakers 180$
    Samsung 22x drive 15$

    Total: 846.92 + 4.84$ shipping = 839.01 -10$ MIR -20$ MIR -15$ MIR = 794.01. with the rest of the money, buy an HDD, or upgrade a part or something


    the other alternative GPU+Vengeance ram combos by price:
    GTX 480 241$
    EVGA 560ti 277$ -25$ rebate
    Sapphire 6950 289$ -10$ rebate
    HIS 7850 290$ -10$ rebate
  14. Just got home guys, and was looking threw these, I'm really liking dudewitbow's build. Im guessing diablotek, and raidmax are both trash so I'm defiantly not going with them, but thanks for the suggestion. I also like aqualipt's 700$ build. Anyone have some feedback on there builds? Thanks again everyone!
  15. tf_sketch said:
    Just got home guys, and was looking threw these, I'm really liking dudewitbow's build. Im guessing diablotek, and raidmax are both trash so I'm defiantly not going with them, but thanks for the suggestion. I also like aqualipt's 700$ build. Anyone have some feedback on there builds? Thanks again everyone!


    I wouldn't trust that Biostar motherboard though - go with Asrock, Asus, or Gigabyte.

    And yes avoid Raidmax and Diablotek like the plague. They produce a lot of junk that is very poorly constructed and twice as likely to fail on you.
  16. What motherboard would you suggest, I know nothing about motherboards.
  17. a generic board people will recommend would be the Extreme3 but really it depends on what you plan to do with it.

    heres the list of combo deals that go along the i5-2500k Have to thank that i left a moderately sized buffer room to upgrade =X
  18. g-unit1111 said:
    I wouldn't trust that Biostar motherboard though - go with Asrock, Asus, or Gigabyte.

    And yes avoid Raidmax and Diablotek like the plague. They produce a lot of junk that is very poorly constructed and twice as likely to fail on you.


    +1 to you my friend, altough MSI motherboard are REALLY good too

    Edit & off topic: its funny you say "avoid raidmax like the plague" in my country "Raidmax" is a pestiside brand :lol:
  19. tf_sketch said:
    What motherboard would you suggest, I know nothing about motherboards.


    Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Or maybe this if you don't plan on overclocking: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128550
  20. @tf_sketch i really recomend you my build, its really great, the i5 3450 is a very efficient and powerfull CPU i am sure you wont need anything , altough if you want, you can spend a bit more money and get the i5 2500k or the 3570k and a coolermaster 212 EVO cooler and if you ever need it you can Overclock them (clock for clock the i5 3450 is faster than the i5 2500k but the i5 3450 cant be overclocked)
  21. Yeah i'm pretty sure on the i5 2500k processor.
  22. I can vouch for Extreme3 Gen3, great MoBo for great price.
  23. tf_sketch said:
    Yeah i'm pretty sure on the i5 2500k processor.


    good decision altough its not the best.... try to do a little effort and get 20$ more so you can buy the i5 3570k and the coolermaster 212 evo is only ~30$ that will give you 10-15% more speed (clock for clock) over the i5 2500k OR you can simply get the extra 20$ and get the i5 3570k without the 212EVO cooler and when you need it (i can assure it will be in a long time) buy it so you can overclock it :) dont try to overclock your cpu more than 100-200Mhz with the stock cooler
  24. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131835
    What's the difference between b75, and z68? I know nothing about motherboards, sorry.
  25. tf_sketch said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131835
    What's the difference between b75, and z68? I know nothing about motherboards, sorry.


    a b75 board is similar to an h77 board, with a tiny few addons that point towards business users. these are not meant to overclock.
  26. tf_sketch said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131835
    What's the difference between b75, and z68? I know nothing about motherboards, sorry.


    B75 eliminates access to the multiplier and runs PCI x2.0 in x4, if you're using a higher powered video card you'll need them to run in x16.

    Ideally the combination you should get is the i5-3570K and a Z77 motherboard - that will allow you to run your GPU at full capacity.
  27. So you're saying I defiantly want to go with the z68?
  28. the z68 would be the most cost beneficial, since its the mobo series that actually creates the combo deal with the 2500k
  29. g-unit1111 said:
    Here you go:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99
    Motherboard; Gigabyte GA-Z77X-DS3H - $99.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450 - $199.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
    Optical: LG DVD Burner - $16.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $744.91

    A little over and that will give you about $140 to get a good 24" 1080p display.


    This seems like a good setup but I don't know if the 8Gigs of Ram are necessary. If this is a budget gaming build, I'd say take 4 Gigs off Ram and invest in a i5 2500k or better yet a 3570k(assuming you wont OC, IVY gets quite hot)

    @dudewitbow - Z77 would be a good investment for future-proofing, as many of Ivy Bridge's new features (PCIE 3, SSD CACHING, USB 3.0 are on Z77)
  30. To be honest with you, get my 700$ build but change the CPU to a 3770k and problem solved, seriusly the motherboard is a MSI Z77 wich will let you use PCIe 3 and btw, its crossfire capable so you can add another 7850 in the future
  31. aqualipt said:
    good decision altough its not the best.... try to do a little effort and get 20$ more so you can buy the i5 3570k and the coolermaster 212 evo is only ~30$ that will give you 10-15% more speed (clock for clock) over the i5 2500k OR you can simply get the extra 20$ and get the i5 3570k without the 212EVO cooler and when you need it (i can assure it will be in a long time) buy it so you can overclock it :) dont try to overclock your cpu more than 100-200Mhz with the stock cooler


    An Ivy Bridge won't really be a logical upgrade for a few reasons

    1) When you exceed 1.25V and about 4.6GHZ, Ivy can run up to 20C hotter than Sandy, and, excluding Intel HD 4000, which the consumer won't really need that much with a discreet GPU, Ivy doesn't outperform Sandy by that much, even in CPU intensive games.

    I guess assuming he wont OC that much, Ivy would be a good deal for only 20$ more
  32. How can I tell if a mid tower case will fit that, or should I go with full?
  33. tf_sketch said:
    How can I tell if a mid tower case will fit that, or should I go with full?


    Your wishlist is empty, better use Pcpartpicker and copy the permalink in here
  34. tf_sketch said:


    overall is a good build but you are missing the case and the Harddrive :lol:

    besides my 700$ performs waaaay better (mostly because of the 7850) IBs will be better for you, trust me.

    Get my 700$ build with the 3570k and later buy the CPU cooler ;)
  35. aqualipt said:
    +1 to you my friend, altough MSI motherboard are REALLY good too

    Edit & off topic: its funny you say "avoid raidmax like the plague" in my country "Raidmax" is a pestiside brand :lol:


    Never heard that term before but I like it! :lol:
Ask a new question

Read More

New Build Gaming Systems Product