Blank Slate Gaming Rig $900 budget

Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime, I can wait months, I still have to get some more money together but I'd like to get an idea of what to get now.
Budget Range: $900 and lower, but I can just wait a bit more and scrape some more cash together if you absolutely recommend a particular part/rig.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming will be the biggest draw. I've played with the idea of getting into music comp, butry to keep the priority in more of a mid-range relative to other components.t that isn't a priority.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes. I've noted that you folks tend to recommend monitors exceeding 20" for gaming, but I'm not sure how I feel about those sizes - seems like overkill. Give me your suggestions by all means, but I'll be quite satisfied with a slightly smaller, reliable monitor. As in 14" and up.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, add the price of Windows 7 Home Premium (32 or 64 bit whichever is better with the system).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg. TigerDirect. I'm open to better deals from other locations as long as I don't have to track shipping from a bunch of different vendors.
Location: North-central Ohio. However, I doubt that there are any deals good enough in my area to justify the gas prices.
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, but I doubt you guys would suggest otherwise anyhow. No other preferences.

Overclocking: No. I'm just looking to play the games, not squeeze them like lemons.
SLI or Crossfire: Not now, probably not in the future.
Your Monitor Resolution: I don't want stunningly amazing every blade of grass, but I also don't want everything all 8 bitty (exaggeration but you get my meaning) so I guess medium-ish?

Additional Comments: I don't have any illusions of being able to play games with stunning eyecandy under this budget, and I'm not certain I'll be able to get mid-level graphics settings, either though it would be nice. The sort of games I'm looking to play are Arma (for Day Z also), BF3, a lot of shooters, but I also play stuff like Dungeon Defenders and what not.
Why Are You Upgrading: I love gaming but my Macbook really isn't cutting it (obviously lol Macbook for gaming?! haa!) and I'm at a good point in my life to upgrade to a good PC for gaming.

Your time is greatly appreciated.
P.S. I loved IkklThePickle's post, so I borrowed his format if that's okay because it was really killer and said exactly what I wanted to say. Thanks everyone!
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    its over by 40 dollars but this rig will last you quite some time. capable of playing games at ultra at 1080p (1080p monitor btw) with 50+fps

    if you dont think you need this much power, you can drop down to a 560ti but it costs around the same anyways
  2. So that'll be good in the future too? Thanks a lot though man, it looks like an amazing and well priced rig. And I think if I get it I'll stick with the power already selected incase I modify my rig in future. Any other tips/advice/comments? What's the deal with i7 vs i5, will i5 be obsolete in a year or two or...?
  3. the 400w is enough for the system since you cant get another video card or overclock the CPU. if you would like to do some crossfire in the future, id suggest going with a asus p8h77-v but it doesnt cost a bit more. you will also have to get the 600w model of the psu i selected for you.

    what psu do you have in mind right now. the unit i picked out is pretty high quality and modular too.

    i5s are for gaming. i7s are for work. they perform the same in games. you will see differences when you do work such as video rendering.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.89 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($166.49 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G245HQ Abmid 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Rosewill RK-700M Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Rosewill RM-2400L Wired Laser Mouse ($9.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $928.93
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-20 23:01 EDT-0400)
  5. More embarrassment I don't know what a PSU is -___- sorry haha. Also, this other dude posted a rig, which do you think would be optimal for gaming (think smoothness, etc). why can't I get another video card with that rig? and what do you mean by asus p8h77-v ? What exactly is that. I am soooooo sorry about keeping you here and about how little my knowledge is but I greatly appreciate it.
  6. for my rig that i put together, there is only one slot avaliable for a video card and you cannot add anymore. i just suggested another motherboard (the asus p8h77-v (model name)) that can do crossfire (using 2 amd video cards at once)

    a psu= power supply unit :D

    my build has a much better GPU, case, slightly better power supply, and better monitor. only drawback is there is no upgrades possible such as crossfire like a mentioned before. thats about it
  7. Do I really need to upgrade video cards in future? Would you recommend I do that or will the one be fine for a few years?
  8. it would be fine for the next 2 years. then you will have to play games at high settings then medium by 5-6 years assuming you play graphically intensive games like battlefield 3 but you wont be that much so no worries
  9. Your build looks like a great one! I should be able to get it around fall time. Thanks so much for your help man!
  10. Best answer selected by earnest_gamer.
  11. id pick up the 7850 i recommended now since it is the one that is pretty darn cheap and having a good deal
  12. TheBigTroll said:
    id pick up the 7850 i recommended now since it is the one that is pretty darn cheap and having a good deal
    Don't you think he should wait for 660 it's suppose to blow a 7850 out the water but noway of knowing that for sure :??:
  13. Oh well obviously this isn't I was too quick on my answer decision. NOT SOLVED YET EVERYONE!
  14. The build you reccomennded is the 7850 though right? and will this 660 be as cheap or what?
  15. You can get an i5-2400 for the same price at Newegg
  16. earnest_gamer said:
    The build you reccomennded is the 7850 though right? and will this 660 be as cheap or what?
    660 it suppose to be priced $299 but i can't say for sure nobody can also TheBigTroll recommend you good stuff so don't think he did not
  17. Hey guys the MSI radeon hd 7850 is not 209 anymore. It's back up to 259.99 plus shipping on newegg.
  18. guerrero said:
    You can get an i5-2400 for the same price at Newegg

    is that better than whatever BigTroll recommended ?
  19. its slightly slower. stick with i5 3450. about 5-8% faster than 2400 and uses less power
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