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Need Help to build ~$800 Gaming Computer

Postposted on Wed May 23, 2012 6:47 pm

I am planning on building a computer in the near future primarily meant for gaming. As so, I want it to be able to run top of the line graphics on the most recent games without lag problems. My budget is about $800, adjustable based on deals or any parts I simply can't go without. This price estimate does not include a monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers or software. I am located in the U.S. and I prefer to shop on Newegg, however suggestions are appreciated. I was able to get a suggested build from a friend of mine, so I was hoping to get any recommendations on whether or not anything should be changed, if I can get a better deal on a more effective product, etc., etc. Here's the list:

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814150521

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139020

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822148697

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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827135204

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835103065

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819115072

(Questionable) Intel BOXDZ68DB LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813121527

Also, I appreciate saving money on package deals so those would be preferable over buying the parts separately (The processor and the Motherboard are a package deal right now on newegg so that's why I wasn't sure about the motherboard). As you might have noticed, this is my first build so I don't know too much about computer parts and lingo. Leyman's terms are appreciated :)

Thanks
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Re: Need Help to build ~$800 Gaming Computer

Postposted on Wed May 23, 2012 6:53 pm

I forgot to mention that I'm most interested in the Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811139010

However, I'm up for any suggestions or recommendations.
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Re: Need Help to build ~$800 Gaming Computer

Postposted on Wed May 23, 2012 7:11 pm

Welcome, to TR, you've come to the right place!

A good reference has been designed for you in the form of TR's System Guide, which was just updated.

Here's my line-by-line review:

GPU- looks good. Should run everything at 1080p fine, which I assume is your intended resolution.
PSU- Also consider Antec's 650 Earthwatts for $10 less.
HDD- Get one of these Samsung F3s while you can!
DVD- Should be fine
HSF- The 'Evo' is an upgraded version of the 212+
RAM- $5 more for slightly faster RAM is fine
CPU- A great budget CPU that can usually hit 4.6-4.8GHz with the above cooler
Motherboard- Please, no. This ASRock Z77 is about as low as I would go; I would point you to the ASUS, but it's $40 more, and probably won't do anything for you.
Enclosure- You missed this :). Antec's 300 from the Econobox.

That should about do it, let us know what you think!
Canon 6D||[24-105/4L IS USM|100/2.8L Macro IS USM|70-300/4-5.6 IS USM|40/2.8 STM|50/1.4 USM|85/1.8 USM|Samyang/Bower 14/2.8 Full-Manual Rectilinear Wide-angle|
Canon EOS-M|11-22/4-5.6 IS STM|22/2 STM|EF-M 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS STM|
For sale!|24/2.8 IS USM
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Re: Need Help to build ~$800 Gaming Computer

Postposted on Wed May 23, 2012 7:12 pm

Valaraukar wrote:I forgot to mention that I'm most interested in the Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811139010

However, I'm up for any suggestions or recommendations.


This is a nice case, but it's expensive. If anything, save your cash and get a ~120GB SSD, and if you have more leftover, upgrade the GPU.
Canon 6D||[24-105/4L IS USM|100/2.8L Macro IS USM|70-300/4-5.6 IS USM|40/2.8 STM|50/1.4 USM|85/1.8 USM|Samyang/Bower 14/2.8 Full-Manual Rectilinear Wide-angle|
Canon EOS-M|11-22/4-5.6 IS STM|22/2 STM|EF-M 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS STM|
For sale!|24/2.8 IS USM
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Re: Need Help to build ~$800 Gaming Computer

Postposted on Wed May 23, 2012 7:48 pm

Welcome to the Tech Report!
Have you checked out the System Guide?
viewtopic.php?f=33&t=47062


What do you think of some of these components?

$220 +fs -10 gift card Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge (quad-core 3.3 GHz unlocked) LGA1155 CPU
or $125 +fs Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge (hyper-threading dual-core 3.3 GHz) LGA1155 CPU
optional $35 +fs CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo cooler

$110 +7½sh ASRock Z77 Pro4-M micro-ATX LGA1155 motherboard
or $150 +7½sh Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 motherboard

$50 -10 combo +fs 2x4 GiB PC3-12800 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (DDR3-1600, CAS 9, 1.5 V) memory
or $55 -10 combo +fs 2x4 GiB PC3-12800 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9G (DDR3-1600, CAS 9, 1.35 V) memory

$250 +fs XFX Radeon HD7850 2GB FX-785A-CDFC graphics card
or $210 +7½sh Zotac GeForce GTX560Ti 1GB ZT-50302-10M graphics card

$0 Integrated Realtek ALC892 audio

optional $110 +fs 128 GB Samsung 830 SSD
$75 -18 combo +fs ½ TB Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue hard-drive
or $110 -18 combo +fs 1 TB Samsung HD103SJ SpinPoint F3 hard-drive
$18 +fs LG GH24NS90 DVD-RW
or $65 -15 code "LG15" +1sh LG UH12LS29 BD-ROM/DVD-RW

$55 -5 code "EMCNEHH29" +fs -10MIR Antec Three Hundred ATX mid-tower case
or $70 +fs Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX mid-tower case
$55 +fs Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430 (32 A @ +12 V) power supply
or $60 +9½sh SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze (40 A @ +12 V) modular power supply
or $40 +8sh Cheap ATX case and PSU (30 A @ +12 V)

$100 +fs Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
i7-4770K, H70, Gryphon Z87, 16 GiB, R9-290, SSD, 2 HD, Blu-ray, SB ZX, TJ08-E, SS-660XP², 3007WFP+2001FP, RK-9000BR, MX518
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Re: Need Help to build ~$800 Gaming Computer

Postposted on Thu May 24, 2012 7:49 am

Would you support the idea of going to a mATX motherboard? I would not recommend ANY Intel motherboards, but if we know what form factor to shoot for we can provide better advice.

(Obligatory Microcenter plug) You can get an i5-2500K for $169 and get $50 off a motherboard of your choice.

The 6870 is a very good price/performance area to be in for $160 after MIR. If that's your target price range, you're in the right spot with that card.

I agree with Airman's $80 Samsung Spinpoint F1. I would also recommend throwing a 120GB SSD in there. It doesn't have to be the "top of the line." Get something cheaper like an Agility 3 for $95 or a Crucial m4 for $126 and you won't regret it. The performance difference between even previous-gen SSDs with SATA2 and the Samsung 830 are VERY small compared to the fastest hdd.

I think JAE has recommended some solid cases that offer very good build quality for the price. But, I believe case selection goes above "value." Make sure it's something that offers everything you need/want and will need/want in the future, including aesthetics and features. My goal is for a case to gererally last me through 2-3 builds or 5(ish) years.
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Re: Need Help to build ~$800 Gaming Computer

Postposted on Thu May 24, 2012 7:57 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:Welcome to the Tech Report!
Have you checked out the System Guide?
viewtopic.php?f=33&t=47062

This is where I would start. Nice bundles for systems without the OS, Monitor, etc., and TR's really good about explaining why they chose something for a particular setup. Also, keep an eye on the front page tomorrow, as there's usually a "Deals of the Week" post on Friday afternoons. The Shortbread each day can also have some nice deals.

Anyway, good luck with your build!
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Re: Need Help to build ~$800 Gaming Computer

Postposted on Thu May 24, 2012 10:48 pm

Thanks for all the help to everyone who posted. Your recommendations were great, and those coupled with the system guide made building a computer a very enjoyable experience. Just in case anyone was interested, here's the final build I came up with:

1 x ($219.99) Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
$219.99

1 x ($189.99) XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$189.99

1 x ($114.99) Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$114.99

1 x ($109.99) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM
$109.99

1 x ($109.99) ASRock Z77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$109.99

1 x ($79.99) Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$79.99

1 x ($54.99) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
$54.99


1 x ($33.99) COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$33.99

1 x ($17.99) 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

I just had to get that computer case haha :)

Thanks again for all your help!
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Re: Need Help to build ~$800 Gaming Computer

Postposted on Fri May 25, 2012 7:25 am

If it's not too late and you see this in time, grab this 6870 for $116 + $5 shipping and take advantage of the $10 MIR.
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