$800 Budget Gaming PC Build

Hi everyone,

I'm helping my friend build a $800 budget gaming computer, I would like some feedback on the component I chose and if they would work well together. I'm a little over budget and I would like to know where I could shave off some extra costs.

I choose blue component colors to match the case LED fans

Gaming Desktop Build

Budget: $800

Processor: $195
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

Graphics: $190
EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Motherboard: $125
ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Ram: $53
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C8D-8GAB

Hard Drive: $70
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: $20
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Case: $110
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Power Supply: $90
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

I found a combo for the mobo and processor and saved $13

Subtotal: $844.92
Tax: $73.93
Shipping: 25.43
Grand Total: $944.28

Thanks for your help! :D
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  1. Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: December 2012

    Budget Range: $850 including tax/shipping

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming and surfing the internet

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

    Location: City, State/Region, Country - Los Angeles, CA

    Parts Preferences: Intel, nVidia, ASUS

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

    Your Monitor Resolution:

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need more power
  2. Thinking about changing the ram to ripjaws what do you guys think? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445
  3. You should be getting a HD7850 on this budget.
  4. HD 7850, the Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 is much better and the same price, and the case isn't necessary to be that good.

    Your ram isn't too important, make at least sure it is 8 GB DDR3, at either 1333 Mhz or 1600 MHZ, there isn't much of a difference between your RAM choices performance wise.


    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102999
    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227&Tpk=Elite%20430
  5. If your building in december unfortunately most of the deals and parts won't apply by than and the prices. By using combo deals, sales, etc we can usually knock off at least $100 easy on 800 builds and sometimes a bit more. Since it is already a future build what I honestly do is take the suggestions here and if you can scrap together the money for black friday, buy the parts than. Newegg, Tigerdirect I know for a fact has sales around than and if I remember I think at least one of them have sales starting right before it and more on black friday itself. And also check out other computer stores on that day as well for good deals.
  6. Thanks for your help guys, I'll try to get some parts during Black Friday to shave off some extra costs
  7. Here's an example of a build you'd be looking at if you were buying today:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $762.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    In addition to checking out the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals you should make sure you've subscribed to Newegg's email list so you can check out all there deals for the next several weeks, and also check out various hot deal forums for whatever particularly good deals might come up.
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