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Gaming Build - First Time Max 750 Budget

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August 29, 2012 10:31:31 PM

Pretty much a gaming machine. I hope to use this for at least a year playing games before I have to start thinking about upgrading.

CPU
Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G860
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
BitFenix Merc Alpha Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
Acer G215HVAbd Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor 200 cd/m2 20,000:1 Max (ACM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


So the start of a build here. I am looking for the following:

A cheap case that can house these components and also provide me room for fans and upgrades. I don't care about weight or appearance.

A power supply suggestion as I am completely unsure how to decide what power supply I will need. Seems like 500 watts should be sufficient but interested in opinions.

I will be buying a monitor and keyboard so those need to be part of my budget. I am hoping to keep this under 700 right now.

These parts come in right over 500 dollars on newegg.com.

Thanks for the help and any comments or suggestions are appreciated.

edited to change graphics card to a HD card. Same price after rebate. Added case and monitor
August 29, 2012 11:22:20 PM

That case looks great. I will add it to the list of stuff. The monitor seems like a simple but completely functional monitor also. Thanks so far for the suggestions.
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August 29, 2012 11:42:57 PM

NP. Anything else you have questions about?
August 29, 2012 11:49:30 PM

just compatibility issues really. I have looked over alot of this as I have been finding pieces but would love to have someone check it and tell me for sure that everything will work together peacefully.

Also if anybody has anything good to say about this hardware, or horror stories I would like to know.
August 29, 2012 11:51:11 PM

I might pick up an i3 2120 instead. You can find pretty good deals on microcenter and newegg
August 29, 2012 11:55:13 PM

obsama1 said:
It will all work. But, the 7850 is $185 w/ rebate and is a beastly GPU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you have a Microcenter nearby, you can get the parts very cheaply. Check to see if you have one nearby.


It wont be so good since it's 1GB but (NOT %100 POSITIVE) it would be fine if he dosnt go on high res on games
August 29, 2012 11:55:57 PM

Yeah bro where do you live?
August 30, 2012 12:03:49 AM

Or use credit....
August 30, 2012 12:14:54 AM

I live in Northern California. The longer I look at video cards the more I keep upping the one that I want.

I will see if there is a microcenter nearby. May have to get a used monitor at this rate as I am inching up to 700 right now on newegg with tax and shipping.
August 30, 2012 12:21:42 AM

SOOOOO I have changed to that radeon card and to the 1 TB hard drive. Has anybody spotted any real problems?
August 30, 2012 12:23:19 AM

obsama1 said:
We would've mentioned them, if there were. Looks good, looks good.

@guerrero I'd suggest a 500w PSU for your build.


I suggest you help me get that girl bro
August 30, 2012 12:23:56 AM

We would've mentioned them, if there were. Looks good, looks good.

@guerrero I'd suggest a 500w PSU for your build.
August 30, 2012 12:34:15 AM

Damien85 said:
Will that PCI Express 3.0 x16 on the video card work with the motherboard that I have? Or do I have to find a new motherboard?


Yes it will work since PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible
August 30, 2012 12:34:45 AM

Will that PCI Express 3.0 x16 on the video card work with the motherboard that I have? Or do I have to find a new motherboard?
August 30, 2012 12:46:55 AM

Is there a hit to the performance of the card?
August 30, 2012 12:50:13 AM

Damien85 said:
Is there a hit to the performance of the card?


NO
August 30, 2012 12:52:31 AM

PCIe 3 only becomes relevant when you're using multi-GPU setups at very high resolutions.
August 30, 2012 1:06:17 AM

So I guess it comes down to this...

Will this build be good enough for games like BF3, Diablo 3, Assassins Creed 3 etc. I want to play games that are out now and coming out in the next year. They don't have to be on ultra max gold star settings, but playable throughout.

I don't plan on doing much with this other than gaming, watching movies and tv, stuff like that.

What do you guys think? Worth the money and time? Will I be set with games for at least a year before I need to think about upgrading processors and motherboards?
August 30, 2012 1:14:00 AM

Only bottleneck is the CPU. Haswell, the next Intel architecture won't be compatible with Z68 and Z77 motherboards, so you'd have to upgrade both CPU and mobo and not just the CPU. This will be a great build and if you can pop in a Haswell mobo and CPU next year, great!
August 30, 2012 1:23:38 AM

Damien85 said:
I live in Northern California. The longer I look at video cards the more I keep upping the one that I want.

I will see if there is a microcenter nearby. May have to get a used monitor at this rate as I am inching up to 700 right now on newegg with tax and shipping.


there was one in Santa Clara but it closed about a month ago due to a lost lease. I'm hoping the re-open one somewhere in the valley again. I work about 5 min from the old one.

They do have a decent case on their site for $25, Thermaltake V3 or something like that. If you don't necessarily need 500GB, you could use the savings to pick up a 90GB SSD, or stretch another $10-15 for a 120GB.

Here's a 120GB Vertex 4 for $80. limited time shell shocker deal though...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 30, 2012 1:57:47 AM

Hey thanks all for the help. I think I am going to see what happens during the labor day weekend and probably order this build.

If anybody thinks of anything else to add that would be great. Thanks again for the input.
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