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Intel Core i5-2500K: $180

MSI P67A-C43-B3 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Intel Motherboard $75 after rebates and $40 off promo at Microcenter


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
: $42

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory : $55

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM : $100


Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
: $50

Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply $55

Video Card: I haven't picked one yet. I'm looking for a decent card that can run games like: Starcraft, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Elder Scrolls series, Mass Effect, on high to max settings. Can anyone help me out here? No more than $150 please.

I have an optical drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor. Am I missing anything else?

This is my first time attempting to build a computer. Can any helpful OCNers help me evaluate my build based on price/performance/compatibility? I don't want parts that don't work with another.

If you have any suggestions on component improvements, please don't hesitate! My budget is $750.

EDIT: I probably won't be doing any overclocking.
Edited by Chairman - 7/21/11 at 10:57pm
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post #2 of 6
I would suggest a different mobo personally..

Asus, Gigabyte, not MSI.. But do it right the first time and don't cheap out on a MoBo!

As for a GPU I have a 450 GTS an I run all my games pretty much maxed out and they look good enough for me to play! Budget card for sure, but I run SC2 maxed out on Ultra and I get 60 FPS steady.. Just an idea for ya.
 
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Originally Posted by Dustin1 View Post
I would suggest a different mobo personally..

Asus, Gigabyte, not MSI.. But do it right the first time and don't cheap out on a MoBo!

As for a GPU I have a 450 GTS an I run all my games pretty much maxed out and they look good enough for me to play! Budget card for sure, but I run SC2 maxed out on Ultra and I get 60 FPS steady.. Just an idea for ya.
MSI is not by any means a bad brand...

Starcraft 2 is not a very good example of GPU performance because it is quite heavily dependent on the speed of the CPU. For around $150 it doesn't get any better than this card. It will run pretty much anything and overclock well on top of that.

Also, for the PSU, this is leaps and bounds better than the Rosewill model, and it is on sale for the same price.
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I second Airolden's GPU and PSU picks.

Also, if you're not counting every cent, i'd recommend getting a faster hard drive. For $18 more you can get a 500GB WD Black, which will have better random read performance and subsequently make opening programs/loading levels/starting up a bit faster.

Otherwise your list looks great
 
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Quote:
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I second Airolden's GPU and PSU picks.

Also, if you're not counting every cent, i'd recommend getting a faster hard drive. For $18 more you can get a 500GB WD Black, which will have better random read performance and subsequently make opening programs/loading levels/starting up a bit faster.

Otherwise your list looks great
The WD Black is also a good idea. I have rigs with Caviar Blues and rigs with Caviar Blacks and I must say the Caviar Black is worth it.
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A gtx 550 or radeon 6850 is probably what you are looking for. Other than that it seems like a decent budget build.
    
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