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Good Budget Gaming PC?

I am yet another first time builder asking for advice :kaola: but I am torn between building this PC for $795 or just getting a Dell XPS 8500 for $800.

I have done my research and hopefully have come up with a decent gaming rig. Now I am not trying for Ultra settings in the build. Just good enough to run games like Skyrim, BF3, Crysis 2, etc. smoothly. Any constructive criticism is GREATLY appreciated. :D

Like I said i am a first time builder so please if something is terribly wrong go easy on me! :pt1cable:


Approximate Purchase Date: In about 2-4 weeks.

Budget Range: Max - $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Small amount of video editing.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Speakers, Headset

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg! FTW

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Not really, anything that gets the job done.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Currently using an old Dynex LCD Monitor at 1440x900. Might upgrade later in the year.


The Actual Build:

Case - Cooler Master Elite 430

CPU - Intel i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz

GPU - Gigabyte Radeon 6850 1GB GDDR5

PSU - Rosewill Green Series 630w

Motherboard - ASRock z68 Pro3 Gen3 LGA1155

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200rpm 500GB

Memory - G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333

Optical Drive - LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90


Full Newegg Wishlist - http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=27604888
(Ignore the VGA cable and the Logitech Keyboard and Mouse)
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  1. the antec one case same price...better case. if you have a micro center the 3540 ib chip is 150.00. and they do have combo deals on there cpu and mb.
  2. Best answer
    I'd go for this...

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bBaz

    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER just buy a pre-built rig for gaming. Unless you are extremely uncomfortable with building it yourself. Look at a few youtube tutorials and give this build a try.
  3. +1 to DuesAres rig.
  4. Check out my $650 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    Would give you more than enough power and performance for what you plan to do. Especially without the plan to OC or SLI/CF.
  5. Best answer selected by LostInThought.
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