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I'm trying to build a cheap gaming rig for use with games like Diablo3.

This is what I am thinking.
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
$18.99

NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
Item #: N82E16811146077
$49.99

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822145299
$79.99

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814102908
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$149.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341016
-$25.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$89.99
$64.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231314
$46.99

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157271
-$8.00 Instant
$129.99
$121.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
$229.99

Subtotal: $762.92

Grand Total: (with coupon codes) $743.40
I'm trying to keep it as inexpensive as possible but was wondering if anyone sees anything wrong with it.
Also, is there sufficient cooling just with stock and is the power supply big enough?
I am not planning on overclocking it, just using it primarily for gaming.
Thanks for any help and advice

(Edit: Updated with suggestions)
Edited by char561 - 1/29/12 at 10:22pm
post #2 of 22
Even if you dont plan on overclocking now I would still recommend a 2500k and a P67 mobo it would cost maybe $10-20 more but would be worth it.
The psu is easily powerful enough and the stock fan is fine unless you want to overclock.

Word of warning about the elite 430 though (I own it) its a great case but there's 1 major flaw that if I had known about I probably wouldn't have bought the case: Lack of ANY cable management. The right side panel leaves no room behind the mobo there's no management holes and the only place to store cables is the drive cages.
    
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post #3 of 22
I would say power supply is a little over kill. and you should squeeze more money toward a better graphic card. Games are mostly graphic card limited

How about this one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016
This one looks pretty good too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
Edited by flexium - 1/28/12 at 1:52pm
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post #4 of 22
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I have updated it with your suggestions and really appreciate the advice. Any suggestions on what GPU to upgrade to that wouldn't be much more expensive? Also, any specific P67 motherboard that is great for its value? I am also looking at other cases and reading reviews
Edited by char561 - 1/28/12 at 2:16pm
post #5 of 22
i would go ahead with a z68 board. i would get one of these if i were doing another build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
 
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Originally Posted by itsMEnara View Post

i would go ahead with a z68 board. i would get one of these if i were doing another build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

Done, thank you
post #7 of 22
your board will not overclock your cpu. might as well go with a non-K or get a p67/z68 like others said.
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post #8 of 22
550<6850<6870<560

The price mostly follow that progression too. Just really depends on how much you want to spend.
If you are not super worried about ultra high setting or whatever, I am sure you can still game with 550, just with a little lower setting.

Sorry I am not really informed about mb. can't really help you on that end unless i do a lot of research. thumb.gif
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post #9 of 22
Personally I would get a NZXT source 210 (or Source 210 elite if you want USB 3.0 on front panel) It looks better imo, it has cable management, and it's cheaper.
And get a 6850 or GTX 460, they're a lot better than a 550ti for like $10 more.

And like other people said, you could get a cheaper PSU and a z68 or p67 motherboard. If you DON'T get a z68 or p67 save some money and get a 2500 non K.
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post #10 of 22
You can probably find a better deal on a PSU, OCZ is kind of sketchy. I was able to purchase an Antec 700w HCP for $50 after rebate a few months back.

I would recommend the AsRock p67 Exreme4 Gen 3 over the z68 Extreme3 if you plan to overclock. I know it's the P67 chipset is older, but the only difference is onboard video support and ssd caching. I'm able to overclock my 2500K nicely with the Extreme4.

Lastly, I would at least get a 560gtx. The 550gtx isn't very powerful.
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