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Budget Gaming PC ~$700 - $800

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Hello OCN,

A friend of mine's kid wants to get a gaming PC that can in essence play SW:TOR, and also last for next year's games as well (maybe even further than that). He was once considering getting a laptop, but I have steered his course and he's looking at desktops. I had in mind to build a PC, however he's not a technical pc person so he wants to have some kind of technical support to go to if he has problems.

Now, I'm trying to look for a company that will suffice for a gaming computer for around the budget in the title. I saw iBuyPower and CyberPower, but I've only ever heard of them, never bought anything from them nor know anyone that has. So I'm not too sure about them.

So, does anyone know of any good companies that offer good budget gaming builds?

Thanks again OCN.
 
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post #2 of 17
Case Antec 300

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FX UD3

GPU: GTX 460

PSU: Enermax 500W

CPU: AMD 965

SSD: Intel 320 40GB

RAM: G Skill 8GB DDR3 1600

HDD: WD 640GB

ODD: Lite-On DVD R/W
post #3 of 17
I just built one last night on newegg for myself. It was over your budget, but here it is with a few parts switched out and taken off.

I had an SSD, and the TX650 on it, just took of the ssd and switced the PSU.
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In regards to your OP which no one seems to have read, lol, I recommend NOT buying a pc off the shelf. I know you want tech support, but honestly, it isn't difficult to do and he would get a much better rig putting it together himself. The markup is usually pretty big for off the shelf pc's, especially gaming rigs. If he needs tech support, he can always come here, and it's free!
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i5 2500k is overkill ... better get i3 2100 or phenom II x4 ... you will drop the price with 100$+
    
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post #6 of 17
iBuyPower and CyberPower are pretty reliable, never actually bought anything myself from them though. My advice would be to see what they have for builds, the go to Newegg.com and Microcenter.com and shop around for those parts. Itll be a little bit cheaper when you buy the parts yourself as long as you know what your doing.

My advice, is sandy bridge. my sig rig cost me about $800 although I got nice deals on parts and I skimped on some stuff like my case.
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post #7 of 17
here is a good base to start with from newegg, just need a video card, and a CPU cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...679762-_-Combo

I would recommend a 550 Ti, or a 6870.
and a xigmatek gaia.


EDIT: another great option, dont' even have to buy anything to get this rig going.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.692056

just a CPU cooler later if you want to overclock.
Edited by thrasherht - 8/2/11 at 7:01am
post #8 of 17
That second combo is really nice deal assuming you only need 500GB HDD and 4GB RAM, which for gaming is plenty sufficient!
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EDIT: another great option, dont' even have to buy anything to get this rig going.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.692056
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Originally Posted by Lt.JD View Post



dude, get rid of that 965 and get a 955 to save money, they all are the same chip. With that board, all you gotta do is crank up the multiplier and BAM, you got a 975 for 119$!!!!
Edited by emeianoite - 8/2/11 at 8:19am
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OP, YGPM. I'm selling my sig rig for cheap, anyone interested pm me! SUB $800 range
    
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