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Hi, I'm looking for help in building a good budget gaming / work machine ( Around 700 - 900$).

It'll be my first build and I'm confident in assembling it but clueless on what parts are good and what not. I'll mainly be using the computer for games like Starcraft II, DOW2, Battlefield and for work in excel.

If you guys could give me a few pointers on what parts to get etc, that would be a great help! Also, tell me if I need to include anymore information to help influence a decision. Thanks!
Edited by creamwolf - 5/24/11 at 4:07pm
post #2 of 10
Well there are many ways to approach.
First off, what part of the system do you want to spend more in or do you want it to be completely balanced. Starcraft takes a lot of GPU power I think, but Battlefield takes more CPU power so decide then post here.
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Hi iJustin, I think i would rather spend a little more on CPU than GPU, but balanced works for me otherwise.
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Alright sorry for the delay. I currently don't have time but here is a post I made to another OCNer for their budget rig.

I'm sorry I won't post the links but I assure you my prices are right.
All prices are from Newegg.com
i5-2500k $224
Corsair A70 $46
WDC Blue 500GB $44
MSI P67A-G43 $120
EVGA SuperClocked 560 1GB $200
G.Skill Sniper 8GB 1333Mhz $85
XFX 650w 80+ Bronze Modu $88
A-Data 500 Sata II 64GB $85
Any case up to around $110
Total ~$1000
Time to explain things


I chose the 2500k because you stated that you were looking for it. The i7-2600k is better for designing and such as it has more threads, but you might have to sacrifice the SSD for it.

Instead of the Hyper 212+ the A70 beats it by a small margin, and it includes another fan just for $5 more with a big rebate.

The WesterDigital Caviar Blue is a great all around drive. Great for storage in your case for a great price.

This motherboard is truly awesome. It has great overclocking and has many features that other boards its price don't, such as x8/x8 on dual PCI-E for later SLI or Crossfire.

The 560 is a relatively newer card. Somewhat of a budget version of the 560 Ti it is still great. It can handle pretty much all newer games, but no hardcore settings. You can bump to a 6950 1GB or a 560 Ti 1GB for an extra $50.

This is just RAM and its pretty good for its capacity. G.Skill always makes great RAM with a Lifetime warranty.

As for the PSU I have to go budget. 650w should be great for your system, and that PSU has 4 eggs out of 5. Also it uses a single 12v rail and it is MODULAR!! Awesome for cable management.

As for the SSD, it was the largest capacity for the awesome price. It boasts highspeeds up to 230 for sequencial reads but don't expect that.
It will leave plenty of space for OS and programs.
Corsair managed to get MS Office and Windows 7 to ~14 GB
http://www.corsair.com/blog/configur...-7-boot-drive/

Finally it comes down to the case. As for the case any will serve you well as long as it has good airflow and a good design. Two a recommend at this price point is either a Fractal Design R3, or a NZXT Hush 2.
Either are both goodlooking and have great features. You can spend less on a case to safe money.
If you catch the NZXT Phantom on sale GET IT. Truely awesome case.


That's it for now. PM for questions and comments.


For your specific build, base it off of the text above. In order to meet your requirements choosing 4GB of RAM instead of 8 will lower it. Changing you case to a $50 budget case will lower it as well. Get rid of the SSD, and lower the GPU to a 460 1GB or a 6850 if you really want to save more money. Add Windows in there for 7 and theres a good build. No monitor of course.
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WD Blue 500GB. Windows 7 Home Premium. hp f2304 @ 1980x1200. Old DELL @ 1280x1024 Corsair HX850. 
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post #5 of 10
Few things: 8 gigs of RAM is overkill. 4 gigs of RAM is plenty for him. Also, he can lose the SSD, he doesn't really need it. Put the extra money towards a the 560 Ti.

Or you can get a 6870 and save some money.
Edited by bfeng91 - 5/24/11 at 9:05pm
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AMD Systems make for a great Performance to Cost Ratio.


All prices are from www.Memoryexpress.com
Antec Three Hundred $59.99
AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz $119.99
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler $29.99
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA III $99.99
Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 $124.99
Asus ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II $269.99
Kingston HyperX blu 4GB DDR3-1333MHz CL9 DIMM $47.99
Asus DVD-RW 24x $24.99
Silverstone Strider Essential 700W Power Supply $79.99

Total: $857.91
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Originally Posted by bfeng91 View Post
Few things: 8 gigs of RAM is overkill. 4 gigs of RAM is plenty for him. Also, he can lose the SSD, he doesn't really need it. Put the extra money towards a the 560 Ti.

Or you can get a 6870 and save some money.
Please read my post entirely before you comment on it.
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post #8 of 10
You can always go with something like this...

CPU+MOBO+CASE+PSU+RAM+HDD Combo (Click Me)
Intel Core i5-2500K
MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB


....or whatever GPU you want. This is only about $821 before ship/taxes if applicable. I left you short of the $900 budget in case you need a Win 7 OS disc, in which case you'll need this too:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-986-_-Product


If you don't, then you can go with a better video card if you wish. Or get a slightly lesser card (GTX 560Ti) and get an SSD if you wish.
Edited by Tig Ol Bitties - 5/25/11 at 3:59pm
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Hi guys, thanks for responding to me so fast and giving me a lot of useful insight. So far this is what im thinking:

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1/4G

MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM


CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler


+ Powercord

I'm changing the case to a cooler master, since they seem a lot easier to mod and assemble (and look kinda cool ). I also think im deciding to go with 4GB of Ram since 8 seems a little too much. Then I might go with the Western Digital Black instead of the others, since I heard its one of the faster/ higher quality models. Oh, and I'm also going with the better GFX card since i think i can afford it.

Tell me if I'm missing anything at all and if something is wrong / not compatible or not optimal. Thanks!
post #10 of 10

To be honest I would get a 6950 and unlock the extra shaders to a 6970. Only certain ones unlock I believe so look into that.

Get that cooler instead. Cheaper, performs GREAT for $28.

Buy some parts on OCN Save ya some money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226190
Cheaper faster memory.

$5 more get a faster more reliable and 2x the space hard drive. The SATA3G wont hinder it dont worry.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
Edited by kaivorth - 5/27/11 at 8:48pm
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