900$ first budget gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: TBA

Budget Range: 900-before rebates including the monitor and win 7

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing, ect.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes(please include in price, thanks)


Parts to Upgrade:none

Do you need to buy OS: Yes( OEM, please include in price, thanks)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any site that does not charge sales tax to California (TigerDirect, NCIX to I believe, possibly Amazon)

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Southern California (I do not live near a microcenter :/)

Parts Preferences: Intel I5 ~2400(up for debate)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I'd like the monitor to by 1920 X 1080 (at least 21.5")

Additional Comments: I'd like to be able to run Arma 2, BF3, the new Arma 3, and near future games. I don't overclock so a more expensive mobo isn't required. It would be awesome if you guys could cut costs anywhere, but please make sure the parts come from a reliable brand

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Honestly my old computer is junk, and PC gaming has so much more benefits over my PS3...


Thanks so much guys, I know you get a ton of these everyday, and I felt kinda like an ass for asking again...

Any help much appreciated :D
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  1. its 1000 dollars but i will redeem myself

    this build is capable of running bf3 at ultra with 50+fps and does very good in other tasks that demand CPU power. 8gb of ram is also good for multi-tasking

    here are some places to reduce the money spent.

    1: drop the cpu to a i5 2400
    2: drop the memory to 4gb
    3: use your tv as your monitor for the time being

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bMMf
  2. Thanks for the help man, build looks awesome. I can up the budget to 1000.

    Muh appreciated xD
  3. here's a key question: do you live near a microcenter?

    locations at the top.
    http://www.microcenter.com/
  4. Will that PSU listed be able to run my setup? Also will 4gb of ram do or should i go for the full 8?
  5. Upon second thought...could i get away with a gtx560? Or should i just go for the 7850?
  6. here you go, sub $1000

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: AMD Performance Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: PNY Prevail 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($68.48 @ eCost)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($234.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Planar PL2210W 22.0" Monitor ($115.99 @ eCost)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $994.34
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    has a 120GB SSD (at $68, grab this while you can!), 1.5 TB HDD, a single 7850, and an i5-2400.
  7. doomdesire86 said:
    Will that PSU listed be able to run my setup? Also will 4gb of ram do or should i go for the full 8?


    it can run it but you will have to get the 600w to run crossfire in the future

    8gb of ram can really help with multi-tasking
  8. Thanks for the answers, guys...I wish I could pick both of yours as the best answers -.-
  9. doesnt really matter. glad to help
  10. Hey guys, back again.

    Changed a few things...was wondering if you can rate my build?

    TigerDirect stuff :


    XFX core edition 7850 - 250$
    i5-3450 - 200$
    LITE ON DVD burner/CD rom - 18$
    Western digital 500GB caviar blue - 70$
    Win 7 - 100$
    HAF 912 - 60$
    Corsair 500wCX2 - 60$
    Acer 22" LED monitor - 120$

    Newegg stuff

    Asrock pro3 Z75 motherboard - 85$ (Not overclocking, but it was cheaper than the rest -.-)

    Gskill ripjaw series 4GB RAM - 30$

    I do have some reliability concerns regarding the motherboard but everything else seems pretty balanced to me. Thoughts?

    Thanks for reading :)
  11. Total was around 1020 including shipping
  12. looks good
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