The budget gamer pc

Being my first post I hope you take it easy on me... no I'm joking grab the torches and chase me down for not listing any 8 core processors, sandy bridge hardware, and over-priced chassis' that cost more than most GFX cards. Instead I offer some cheap alternatives to those high end computer parts people are rolling with (not that's a bad thing) but seriously not everyone is getting paid the big bucks or are trust-fund babies (i love me some trust-fund babies, too!) :bounce:

It's a pretty generic build but anyway. All the items i purchased through amazon but all of them can be found on newegg (duh) the GFX card is actually cheaper on newegg and offers a free game to boot!

Anyway. This is the newest system i have built and holy balls it was cheap. :sweat:

Motherboard: Asus Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard (M5A97)

chassis: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior

processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ (the ever popular)

heat-sink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes

DVD drive: Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w Power Supply

GFX card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB DDR5

fans: Cooler Master SickleFlow Silent 120mm Green LED Case Fanx5

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

monitor: ViewSonic VA1912A-LED 19-Inch LED-Lit Monitor

Total price excluding mouse: 683.99

with the mouse i purchased: 767.99

I actually decided on the razer naga. <3

Anyways that monitor was pretty crummy but not wanting to break the 800 dollar mark i settled.
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  1. The power supply is a poor choice and Razer is the company that puts DRM in your mouse.

    Looks alright apart from that, though a Core i3 might be a better choice for gaming. And the case is, meh, a bit overpriced (it's a decent budget case but at $40 it gets a bit close to cases with things like actual cable management, reusable slot covers, front panel USB3.0).
  2. Something like this would be more to my liking:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.98 @ PCM)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($106.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $454.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 21:01 EST-0500)

    Edit: The memory seems to be out of stock. Oh well, this'll add $6:
  3. I think i could have made a better decision with the psu. That i can agree with.

    As far as the DRM thing is concerned. I read articles on both ends about the matter but seeing as i do not use the synapse 2.0 drivers and stick to the ms drivers, and have yet to brick my mouse, it's paranoia at best. it reminds me about the conspiracy theory on how Blizzard sells accounts and information. Even though i have not played wow in a few months and my account is still in tact (with an authenticator).

    I like that build, very budget minded indeed.

    When it came to building my build i didn't use a pcpartpicker. i just kind of read up on the parts, compatibility etc. As it is my first computer, but with that said i have always kept up on computer hardware as a hobby.

    Anyway ty for your input. :)
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