Gaming Rig

Hey guys I just wanted to know if someone could review my budget gaming rig I was hoping to get everything at about ~750 or cheaper. Will everything work out fine? Do i have all the right cables and whatnot? And also if you could put forth any substitutes that would lessen the cost without compromising performance by a lot I would greatly appreciate it. One last question...the case comes with a fan and I bought 2 extra ones...will three suffice? Oh and will I need to purchase Win7 if i'm primarily gaming and watching videos maybe thumbing through some word files; if so is there any place where i can get it for free/discounted. Thanks in advance I know this is a mouthful but you guys are the best!

Budget ~ 750
Chassis: Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN ~ $40
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W ~ 65$
RAM: Crucial 8gb (4gbx2) ~ $45
CD/DVD Drive: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) ~ 27
Hard Drives: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk ~ $65
Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s ~ $117
Motherboard: Asus Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard (M5A97) ~100

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ ~ $110
CPU/GPU Fans: 2X Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-L2R-20AC-GP ~ $16
Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Paste 3.5g ~~$7

Monitor: Acer ET.CV3WP.E05 19-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor (Black) ~$100
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  1. i can 't find the gfx card in the list. do you have a budget for gfx card?
    for a 19" display, i am assuming 1366x768 to 1440x900 resolution, a radeon hd 6850 or 6870/ gtx 560 non ti (after rebate)
  2. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  3. Whoops haha I forgot the most important part! But you're right on point I was planning on getting either the amd 6870 or gtx 560 non ti probably the latter which is priced at about $120 on amazon
  4. Hmm where are u getting a parts? Is Microcenter an option? For PSU i'd really go with a Seasonic M12II 520 ^^
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093&Tpk=m12ii%20520

    Perhaps better response if
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  5. For $750 I'd drop the fans, thermal paste, and SSD - those things are really unnecessary to the build. Put that money in the GPU.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $725.91
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    If you need monitor then drop the GPU to the Radeon 6870 and you'll save $100.
  6. Approximate Purchase Date: this week
    Budget Range: 750

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

    Parts Not Required: i need everything including monitor keyboard mouse

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon

    Country: us of a

    Parts Preferences: none

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 but i would like a full 1080p res

    Additional Comments: dont care if its too quiet as long as its not too loud
  7. This is with everything including OS:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: Acer G205HVbd 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Logitech MK320 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $801.54
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Without OS it comes to $710.89
  8. Do I need to buy my own wireless card in order to connect to a router or should I just buy a modem and a ethernet cable?
  9. cheena said:
    Do I need to buy my own wireless card in order to connect to a router or should I just buy a modem and a ethernet cable?


    If you sign up for an ISP (Roadrunner / FIOS / U-Verse, etc) - they'll give you all that stuff. If you want to go wifi you'll need a router and a USB adapter accordingly.
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