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Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:42 am

I am trying to part out a gaming rig for my brother for somewhere around 800 dollars. I have a list of stuff in mind so i'll post and see what everyone thinks. He said he won't be overclocking. He has a monitor already with a 1080p res. He said he would also like to watch a lot of movies and archive what he has.

I have already shopped around the egg and amazon. If other sites have fantastic prices I'm not against them.

So I'm thinking

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234 - 199.99 i5 3470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 - 84.99 1tb Spinpoint f3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131473 - 184.99 7850 2gb Certainly open to the green team in the same range
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157306 - 109.99 motherboard I'm a little lost on because I'm inclined to OC so i keep picking boards that he won't need. I currently have the Asrock z77 pro4-M but i feel he could go cheaper for this build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018 - 59.99 Corsair carbide 200r - he seems to have little preference on cases so i went small cheap and functional.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 - 19.99 Cheapo Asus dvd burner - i asked he doesn't need a blu ray drive they have a ps3.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026 - 39.99The PSU is the other spot I'm trying to decide on. Clearly it depends on the video card a little but i think something like the cx430 or similar should be good. I'm out of the loop on PSU's so suggestions are welcomed.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233350 - 37.99 8gb corsair value ram from the newest system guide
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416550 - 99.99 Win 8 oem 64bit. We may decide to stick with win7 but he hasn't decided yet.

The total in cart is currently 837.91 I know i can lower it by checking amazon the processor alone is 20$ cheaper on amazon

Suggest away my friends!

Thanks in advance!!
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:46 am

The 7850 'requires' a 500w PSU

looks good to me otherwise
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:58 am

Your component choices look good to me. 32 amperes (384 watts) on the +12 volt rail should be sufficient for this system, including the Radeon HD7850 2GB.

Are you near a Micro Center? Their in-store deals can save you up to $100 over Newegg's prices for CPU+motherboard.

Can you get Windows 8 Pro for $40?
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:10 pm

I am but he is not so sadly no. I was hoping to fit an SSD into the build but when he needs everything it's proving difficult. I knew the PSU would be good my current one is similar and i'm running a 7850 without problems. It was more of a hey does someone know of similar ones that are better.

He is upgrading from an XP laptop so unfortunately not for a 40$ copy of windows :(
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:01 pm

You can still do a non-upgrade installation with an upgrade disc. If it doesn't activate automatically, you just need to do a simple registry edit and voila, activated! I've done this twice and haven't had a problem on either machine.
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:09 pm

That sounds like something i would do if i were physically with him to build it and he were more competent with computers. It's his first build and he is 800 miles away. Good to know though.
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:12 pm

I had considered going down to an i3 but i know he will keep this computer as long as he keeps all his other electronics, he will have it for years. The budget is loosely 800 so 50 or more over budget is fine. As it stands after price checking the components on amazon and counting the MIR before i try to add an SSD with the i5 still in the build it comes to 760$. I could fit a 90gb force gt or a 128gb crucial m4 into the budget. If he doesn't like that the i3 was next up for lowering the price.

Keep the input coming! :)
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:21 pm

Thatguy wrote:I had considered going down to an i3 but i know he will keep this computer as long as he keeps all his other electronics, he will have it for years. The budget is loosely 800 so 50 or more over budget is fine. As it stands after price checking the components on amazon and counting the MIR before i try to add an SSD with the i5 still in the build it comes to 760$. I could fit a 90gb force gt or a 128gb crucial m4 into the budget. If he doesn't like that the i3 was next up for lowering the price.

Keep the input coming! :)


Going ahead with this proposed build without an SSD just seems foolish. I would make every attempt to put one in it.
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:39 pm

Doing a fresh install with a Windows Upgrade Disc is very simple. Just follow these instructions.

If he's 800 miles away doing his first build on his own, I hope you sent him this TR system building guide.

Does he have a mechanical hdd that he could re-use and put the money saved toward an SSD?
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:21 am

Very nice part list so far. I agree with you on the motherboard. If he's not interested in putting out money to upgrade all his devices to usb 3.0 , overclocking, or potential multi gpu set ups in the future. Than you can defiantly go cheaper on the MB. Gigabyte,asus,msi essentially all the top brands have basic 1155 mb's in the $50ish dollar range. They don't have al the enthusiast bells and whistles but for the non enthusiast performance wise there's virtually no difference. if you stick with a name brand one there mostly just as reliable. As stated before your gpu is a great choice but does have a 500w requirement. You should however be fine with the corsair 430w though. The 500w requirement they stamp on has to take in account cheap off brand power supplies they may have less than accurate ratings listed on the box. If you look at TR's review http://techreport.com/review/22705/xfx- ... cs-cards/7 the 7850 only uses 182 watts under load. If you have some bargain basement $15 "400w" psu it however may not be able to supply that much current to just the gpu . Hence why they list psu requirements much higher than actually needed.
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:07 pm

rogue426 wrote:Going ahead with this proposed build without an SSD just seems foolish. I would make every attempt to put one in it.

I'd rather have the power without the load times than the load times without the power.
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:22 pm

Savyg wrote:
rogue426 wrote:Going ahead with this proposed build without an SSD just seems foolish. I would make every attempt to put one in it.

I'd rather have the power without the load times than the load times without the power.


As he stated, his friend will keep this for years. I've gone from I3's to I5's and really haven't noticed much "seat of the pants" difference. I did notice a significance difference when using an SSD for my boot drives.Coming up with an extra hundred or so should be something he should seriously consider for it.
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:50 pm

gtx 650 ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130839 1gb =149
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130840 2gb = 169
this might be a good alternative to 7850 although slightly slower
u can always overclock
much cheaper :)
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:59 pm

might wana swing amd way?
fx 8350 for 190~
8 cores good for future
acceptable frame rates in all games although slower than i5 in some cases but i would take the 8350 in a heartbeat
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:58 pm

I have talked him into an SSD most likely a 90gb force gt. He has the 1tb so it's mostly a boot and most used programs drive. I finally got time to sort through motherboards today and decided he really doesn't need the one i posted and going for a non enthusiast, less bells and whistles, name brand board would help the budget and do no harm to him.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130655 Seems like a solid board. I currently have an MSI board, in sig, and it has treated me well. It has all the new tech and none of the excess i would buy for myself.
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:42 am

Thatguy wrote:I decided for a non enthusiast, less bells and whistles, name brand board would help the budget and do no harm to him.
$77½ MSI B75MA-P45
Seems like a solid board. I currently have an MSI board, in sig, and it has treated me well. It has all the new tech and none of the excess I would buy for myself.
How about some of these?
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$97½ -12 combo ASRock Z77 Pro3
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:40 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Thatguy wrote:I decided for a non enthusiast, less bells and whistles, name brand board would help the budget and do no harm to him.
$77.55 MSI B75MA-P45
Seems like a solid board. I currently have an MSI board, in sig, and it has treated me well. It has all the new tech and none of the excess I would buy for myself.
How about some of these?
$137 -20 combo -15MIR Asus P8Z77-V LK
$97½ -12 combo ASRock Z77 Pro3
$70 ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP



Those are all nice boards but because the processor is 20$ cheaper on amazon the combo deals always end up being more expensive. The Pro4 is pretty close but all he gains is some PCI lanes which i doubt he will use and and HMDI which will be on the video card and largely irrelevant for his uses. The monitor he has is my old dell which only has DVI anyway.

I appreciate the suggestions though it gives me more options to talk to him about. :)
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:43 pm

Ordered!

I bumped his power supply to the cx500 and upgraded to a 7870. Used the cheaper MSI board which after discussing what he needs for ports and usb plugs seems to be a perfect fit. We squeezed a 90gb force 3 SSD into it and between amazon and newegg got everything ordered for 928.10. 40$ worth of MIR and i think we accomplished what we set out to do!

P.S. How does 800 always stretch to almost 900? EVERY TIME!

Thanks for all the help friends! :D
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:53 pm

Thatguy wrote:How does 800 always stretch to almost 900? EVERY TIME!
Scope creep.

Thatguy wrote:
Thatguy wrote: $77½ MSI B75MA-P45
JustAnEngineer wrote: $70 ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP
The Pro4 is pretty close but all he gains is some PCI lanes which I doubt he will use and and HDMI which will be on the video card and largely irrelevant for his uses.
Free shipping makes the more feature-rich H77 motherboard less expensive than the B75 board.
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:01 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Thatguy wrote:How does 800 always stretch to almost 900? EVERY TIME!
Scope creep.


Yep Considering the build started as 800 and i didn't even remember to add an SSD. :oops:
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Re: Gaming rig for around 800

Postposted on Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:09 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:
Thatguy wrote:How does 800 always stretch to almost 900? EVERY TIME!
Scope creep.

Thatguy wrote:
Thatguy wrote: $77½ MSI B75MA-P45
JustAnEngineer wrote: $70 ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP
The Pro4 is pretty close but all he gains is some PCI lanes which I doubt he will use and and HMDI which will be on the video card and largely irrelevant for his uses.
Free shipping makes the more feature-rich H77 motherboard less expensive than the B75 board.


How did i miss this post?!

I ordered the board from amazon for 64.99 the processor for 20 less than what newegg and i put the case in there because i signed up for the 1 month free amazon prime so free 2 day shipping taking 10$ shipping on the order from newegg!
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