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Budget Gaming Build for Friend - $850 - monitor/speakers needed!

post #1 of 14
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So my friend is looking for a completely new build with a new monitor and speaker set, all for around a budget of $850. He's not going to overclock, so that's just something to keep in mind.


I was thinking of something along the lines of Phenom II x4 945/955/965, GTX 460, and 4GB of RAM. See attachment for what I came up with. It comes out to $600 not including a case. Any recommendations for a solid case, preferably under $80, would be appreciated.


My friend also needs a monitor, a resolution of 1920 x 1080, preferably something in the 21-23'' category. I don't have too much experience involving monitors, so I was thinking of this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236100


Also, he's looking for a sound system that includes a subwoofer. If anyone knows a decent quality one for ~$50, drop a line! The dented boxes from Logitech aren't terrible (X-540 5.1) but $10 shipping makes the deal a bit sour.


With the monitor and setup I have right now, the total comes out to $750 without a sound system and case. All advice, recommendations and critiques are welcomed!

Quick Checkpoints (mainly for myself)
-Case still needed
-A CD burner is a must
-Not going to overclock
-Monitor / Sound System (w/ subwoofer) needed
-Must be capable of running SC2 / BF3 etc... on highest settings on 1920 x 1080 resolution

EDIT: Just realized the GTX 460 I have in the wishlist is 768 instead of 1GB. I know Newegg was selling an Asus 1GB GTX 460 for $130 but that one is sold out so if anyone knows of a card with comparable power, drop a line.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveKeyboardPowerCase
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RAZER BlackWidow OCZ Fatal1ty 550W CM690 II Advanced 
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Mary Jane
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Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveKeyboardPowerCase
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RAZER BlackWidow OCZ Fatal1ty 550W CM690 II Advanced 
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Logitech G700 
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post #2 of 14
Antec Truepower 550W - $70
Phenom II x4 955 + M4A87TD EVO - $223
HEC Blitz - $40
- $45, $25 AR
post #3 of 14

this should do it :
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO+ASUS EAH6850 214$ after rebate + 10$ gift card
CPU PhII 820 Tray 105$ shipped
CPU Cooler Crosair A50 20$ AR shipped

28$ AR shipped
HDD HITACHI 1TB 55$ shipped
DVD\\RW Asus 19$ shipped after promo code
Speakers Logitech Z313 25 w 2.1 30$ AR shipped
Case XION Classic 40$ AR shipped
Monitor Asus 21.5" Full HD 135$ AR + 15$ promo code shipped
PSU Corsair 600w 50$ AR + promo code
total : 802$ before rebates
692$ after rebates
Edited by RabbitGT - 2/16/11 at 6:53pm
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Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Samsung SH-S223B Zalman CNPS5X Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC E2243FW LED 21.5'' 5ms  Razer Arctosa Black Seasonic SS-600ET Sharkoon T9 Value Black  
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Samsung SH-S223B Zalman CNPS5X Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC E2243FW LED 21.5'' 5ms  Razer Arctosa Black Seasonic SS-600ET Sharkoon T9 Value Black  
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post #4 of 14
I think you've pretty much won this one again RabbitGT!
Seriously I haven't even seen half these deals before - that Xion case I've never seen and it looks great for the price!

The one thing I would change would be to get the A50 for $15 no rebate at my favourite store
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
I think you've pretty much won this one again RabbitGT!
Seriously I haven't even seen half these deals before - that Xion case I've never seen and it looks great for the price!

The one thing I would change would be to get the A50 for $15 no rebate at my favourite store
wow 15 bucks for such a great cooler ...it goes on par with hyper 212 if not better
Diablo 3 24/7
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Intel Core Pentium G850 GIGABYTE Z68A-D3H-B3 Sapphire HD 6770 4x2GB KVR1333D3N9/2G 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Samsung SH-S223B Zalman CNPS5X Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC E2243FW LED 21.5'' 5ms  Razer Arctosa Black Seasonic SS-600ET Sharkoon T9 Value Black  
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer DeathAdder Black Edition Roccat Sota Granular Razer Electra Essential 
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Diablo 3 24/7
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Intel Core Pentium G850 GIGABYTE Z68A-D3H-B3 Sapphire HD 6770 4x2GB KVR1333D3N9/2G 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Samsung SH-S223B Zalman CNPS5X Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC E2243FW LED 21.5'' 5ms  Razer Arctosa Black Seasonic SS-600ET Sharkoon T9 Value Black  
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer DeathAdder Black Edition Roccat Sota Granular Razer Electra Essential 
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post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the solid input Rabbit & xd!

Well, my friend recently jumped on the 8GBs G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600 deal on Newegg, so he won't be worrying about RAM.

Other inputs still greatly appreciated!
Mary Jane
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveKeyboardPowerCase
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RAZER BlackWidow OCZ Fatal1ty 550W CM690 II Advanced 
Mouse
Logitech G700 
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Mary Jane
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveKeyboardPowerCase
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RAZER BlackWidow OCZ Fatal1ty 550W CM690 II Advanced 
Mouse
Logitech G700 
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post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quick bump for compatibility issues before I finalize the order! Any input about the mobo / monitor / sound system greatly appreciated!
Mary Jane
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveKeyboardPowerCase
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RAZER BlackWidow OCZ Fatal1ty 550W CM690 II Advanced 
Mouse
Logitech G700 
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Reply
Mary Jane
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveKeyboardPowerCase
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RAZER BlackWidow OCZ Fatal1ty 550W CM690 II Advanced 
Mouse
Logitech G700 
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post #8 of 14
We wouldn't have chosen those specific parts if they weren't compatible with each other
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks xd, just saw your thread and it was extremely helpful. More rep for you!

Quick question, I'm about to place the order and my friend like this case a lot: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119203

My only question is if it's roomy enough to fit everything? I was planning on getting the Antec 300 which is a staple for gaming builds. Also, if anyone has experience with the case in regards to cooling and wire management, that would be awesome. Thanks again!

EDIT: Also which CPU fan is better? http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...x9D7ASPCvo2e.g

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118059
Edited by int3nsee - 2/26/11 at 3:38pm
Mary Jane
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveKeyboardPowerCase
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RAZER BlackWidow OCZ Fatal1ty 550W CM690 II Advanced 
Mouse
Logitech G700 
  hide details  
Reply
Mary Jane
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 965 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveKeyboardPowerCase
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RAZER BlackWidow OCZ Fatal1ty 550W CM690 II Advanced 
Mouse
Logitech G700 
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Reply
post #10 of 14
I'd take CNPS10X over A50 definitely esp. considering same price. Not only would it outperform A50 to begin with but it would mount properly to blow front-rear.
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