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Just bought the rest of my budget gaming system. Let me know what you think.
What I have so far:
Intel i5 2500k
Case (dont remember,its in my closet somewhere)
keyboard and mouse
dell monitor and speakers

What I just bought today is:
1 x HIS iCooler H775FS2G Radeon HD 7750 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
1 x SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM
1 x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10
1 x Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EZRX 1.50 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
1 x ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
1 x Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
total amount plus tax and shipping is about : $800
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  1. try avoiding green drives/5400rpm drives for boot if you can, they are decent but not as fast as the newest gen 7200rpm ones

    I would have reduced the cpu to like a low end i5 or an i3 and gone with better graphics like the 7850

    Is the 800 for everything including the monitor and cpu or just the stuff u got today?
  2. For that kind of price you should have been able to get more like the below. I think you have over paid. Also, is the 2500k re used from an old rig or did you buy it? Because if you bought it, it is an older model and you should've been looking at the 3570k.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($120.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $787.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 05:20 EST-0500)
  3. Price Breakdown just to clarify:
    Free: monitor, wireless keyboard & mouse, and speakers

    Bought Last year:
    GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis $34.28(Free s&h)Amazon
    Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 $213.79(Free s&h) Amazon

    Bought yesterday:
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Free Special Offer:
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
    $134.99
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99
    Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EZRX 1.50 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive with $5.00 off special offer $75.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236380
    SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM $17.99
    HIS iCooler H775FS2G Radeon HD 7750 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $92.99 (light gaming i.e.,Civilization,video editing,and upgradeable)
    Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $39.99
    Total Cost: $748.57 ( Including tax plus s&h)
  4. Best answer
    Some minor edits if you can still change the parts you ordered
    a 2TB hdd 7200rpm
    7770 over the 7750
    same mem and board (since ytou want to match the one that newegg is handing out)
    different power supply but just as good
    same windows 7 and optical drive
    you should invest in a aftermarket cooler soon for OCing but you can run at stock speeds for while since you're only paired with an 7770
    (I have a friend who did OC his 2500k to 4.5ghz on the stock cooler and his temps peak at about 70c so might want to try your luck first)
    according to my math 490 is about how much you spent yesterday am I right? :P

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($96.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $489.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 14:59 EST-0500)
  5. Best answer selected by TrophRig33.
  6. Sir, you are correct and I think I did a pretty good job at budgeting and for the most part the special offers that I got because the next day, the discounted components were gone.
  7. Well have fun building :D

    As you mentioned the 7750 can be upgraded in the future and the 5400rpm drive is fast enough compared to the 7200rpm drives and if you get an SSD later, pretty much an non-issue
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