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Q: Building a budget gaming computer

so about a year or so ago i started to build a computer and kinda stopped quickly got into some debt got other toys insted and now im trying to finish what i started and what better place to waste time than at work. so far here is what i have

case cant remeber brand but its a mid tower atx

psu again cant remeber brand its and 80 bronze certified 800W or 850W all i know is im sure its enough

hdd its a WD want to say 500 gb right around there

graphics i know its out of date but an EVGA 9800gts

core amd phenom II 955 or 965 black edition doesnt matter i plan on OC

keyboard and mouse i have

i know the gpu is out of date but money is tight and i plan on an upgrade once the money fairy leaves some cash under my pillow set a budget of $500US any input would be nice and if i am in the wrong area for this post please move

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A: Building a budget gaming computer

so once i got home i started looking around and i was thinking of this set up

the 990 sabertooth mobo
8gb (2x4gb) gskill ddr3
and gtx460 and a little later on get a second one in sli

so any thoughts would be great

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Hey everyone, I am building a budget AMD gaming computer for less >$1100. I am willing to buy online, preferably on Newegg. I will be reusing my mouse and keyboard, as well as speakers. I have not bought parts or an OS but will most likely use the Windows 7 RC. I'm not sure if I will need aftermarket cooling, but I'm not sure. One thing to keep in mind... I make $8.55 an hour

Here's what I am thinking about as of now:

AMD Phenom II 955 @3.2 GHZ $199.99
MSI 770-C45 AM3 DDR3 $79.99
Corsair 650TX 650W $99.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 500Gb $69.99
MSi GTX275 OC'd Edition $234.99
mushkin 2x2GB DDR3 1600 ([email protected]) $118.99
Cooler Master Centurion 534 $49.99
LG 22X DVD Burner $29.99
Scythe 120MM Slipstream Case Fan $8.99
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" Monitor $169.99

Now, for questions.
Are all of these parts compatible? Should I buy 8Gb of cheaper ram or 4Gb of expensive mushkin ram? Can I buy a better monitor for around the same price?
Would you recommend any different component?

Thank you.

A:Building budget AMD gaming computer

i would suggest these parts to add to what you have
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB $74.99 Free Shipping*
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X $126.99 ($111.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) Free Shipping*
XFX GX275XAHFF GeForce GTX 275 896MB $217.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $79.99 Free Shipping*

i think these will be more to your liking for gaming and the video card has a lifetime warranty i dont trust MSI brand stuff so these options are a little better.

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ok, so let me just throw my budget out here, est: $600

I'm not sure, i could be more or less thats just a rough idea.

MY NEED: I want it to be able to play games like HITMAN ABSOLUTION at 50% - 60% atleast. And i want it to be able to play grand theft auto v,

I need help in the costs of the parts im choosing, if it can be better then please suggest parts.

Any way, I need help in every aspect.

I know what RAM is,
Im going for 6 to 8 gb, will ddr3 do the job? how much will it cost?
I believe that a i5 should be okay, a 3.0ghz one?
its around $200 right?
Should i pick another one?
okay so currently I have in my laptop a Nvidia 410m.
Its an integrated card. I obviously want a dedicated one.
Im not sure which to pick, please recommend a card, hopefully from Nvidia.
What does 128bit, 256bit mean in GPUs?
And what memory should the card have? 2gb?

EDIT: i found this card, http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desk.../geforce-gt640
its price is around $150, can i go for this?
at the time of purchase Im thinking about 2 250gb hdds because if i need more I'll simply attach more.
so thats not a problem.
I know s*it about these things. My plan is to tell my desired parts to the guy at the shop, from where im buying and getting it built (i'll just tell which parts I want). Then he'll just choose a good enough mother board for me? is this ok?
Did i miss anything? please help me

A:Building a Gaming Computer Gaming Low budget. Help.

The only thing that's missing is the power supply (the "PSU"), but we should wait until you select a CPU and video card - especially the video card. The PSU is an investment, so we have to make sure it's a good one.



Go for a 2 x 4 GB kit or 2 x 8 GB kit. Your only choice right now is DDR3. The cost can vary from roughly $50 USD give or take $10-$20 to almost $200 USD and more.


Which i5? 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, or 4th Generation Core i5? The cost should be at around $200 give or take $10 to $20 USD.

Video card:

Try to avoid being loyal to one side or the other (NVIDIA or AMD) because some AMD GPUs are way better, but some NVIDIA GPUs are better.

The 128bit or 256bit is the bandwidth of the memory. The higher the number, the faster the memory can be in some ways.

The amount of memory you'd want is about 2GB, yeah. The more the merrier, but it mostly benefits textures.

You can go for any video card you want, but the GT 640 might not be an appreciable upgrade from the 410m. You'll notice it, but I dunno...


Yeah, this is a little bit of a personal thing because take me for example: I have two 60 GB solid state drives and it's all I need. One is for Windows and programs, and the other is for things like My Documents and even my desktop.

Like the power supply, the hard drive is a bit of an investment, so try to get good ones.


Not really. I would also like to see you build it instead of making someone do it for you.... Read more

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Hey guys I am a complete noob when it comes to computers and I am trying to build a computer for gaming. Currently I have a pre-assembled desktop computer from best buy (VAIO) from about 5 years ago.
CPU: Pentium 4 3ghz
RAM: 1gb of ram
GPU: Radeon x800
Vaio Case
crap power suply

As you can see, I have a crap computer. With this, I can barely run games like L4D2 or TF2 at very low settings. To play bioshock, I have to set everything low which makes the game just pitch black and unplayable. I was wondering if it is possible to build a computer (motherboard, case, psu, cpu, gpu) that is decent for gaming and under 550$. I am not looking for a hardcore gaming computer... just enough to run the games I have such as CSS, L4D2, TF2, Bioshock, Atlantica Online, at medium to high settings.

I tried to research about computers on my own but it just seems like there are too many things to know about when building a computer. That is the reason why I joined this forum for suggestions.

I was wondering if you guys can help me build a decent gaming computer by pointing out which things to buy for optimal performance with a 550$ budget limit. (lower the better of course )

I know this is asking a lot and I'm sure if I researched hard enough I would be able to do so myself... but I would really appreciate it if you guys help me out here.

Thank you very much!

A:Building a gaming computer $550 budget. Total Noob.

It is possible, albeit hard and you take some chances buying not brand name stuff.

graphics card: radeon hd 4670

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186145

cpu: core 2 duo e5300

ram: 2x1gb

psu: 500w+

hdd: 500gb

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811164093

ODD: dvd burner

With the stuff I picked out, it is well under-budget, but the off brands may not be as good.
It comes to about $350 or so.

EDIT: forgot OS

And that brings it to about $460

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Yeah. >_>

Anyway, the computer will primarily be used for internet surfing *coughcough*, gaming, music downloading, and the other random crap I do. Also, if anyone knows of a good, cheap DSL/Satellite (cable doesn't run out here) broadband service that runs most anywhere, that would appreciated, since I'm not having any luck finding one.

Now, for what you've ALL been waiting for, Pengy/Rawk's... uh... computer? Also, all of this is from Newegg.


AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego ($233.00)

~Mother Board~

DFI LanParty NF4 ($196.00)

~Video Card~

SAPPHIRE Radeon X800PRO ($196.00)


Patriot 1GB 184-pin DDR SDRAM ($126.33)


OCZ EL Platinum Revision 2 ($167.41)

~Hard Drive~

Western Digital Caviar SE16 ($115.00)

~DVD Burner~

Plextor Black IDE ($45.99)


Sunbeam Transformer ($98.99)


ASPIRE X-Super Alien ($152.99)


Logitech MX518 ($32.87)


Saitek Black Eclipse ($41.99)


NEC Display Solutions FE772 ($164.99)

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i would change the graphics card to a NVIDIA because ata readeon has a problem working with AMD im not really shore weather are not sapphire readon is the same and get a big monitor i know new egg has cheap monitors that are big but what do i know

(i think intel last longer then AMD)but i have an AMD 64
get a really cool looking tower with alot of power.........
hope everything will turn out...........

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I'm designing a desktop for gaming and online gaming with a strict budget and limited hardwares to choose from.

currently i have these items:

cpu: athlon AM2 X2 7750+
motherboard: ASUS M2N68-AM
graphic card: SAPPHIRE HD3650
hard disk drive: SEAGATE 16M ST2 320G
memory: KINGSTON PC800 D2 2GB
monitor: ASUS 19?VW193T
power supply: GIGABYTE SUPERB 460W
thermal solution: COOLER MASTER HYPER TX2
speaker: LOGITECH S 100 / 2 PIECE
keyboard + mouse: LOGITECH G1 DEKSTOP GAMING

are these items compatible with each other and suitable for gaming? and is it necessary for the extra cpu cooler?

A:Building a budget PC for gaming

Replace the vga, and the cpu(maybe), more ram. you should be fine then.

psu antec continuous power 650watt psu

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I am in the process of helping a friend build a budget gaming rig. We are trying to keep the rig in the $800-$1000 range. Here are the parts that we have come up with, please let me know what your thoughts are.

In addition, we are planning to overclock the Intel processor, since I hear this is a great one to OC. Does anyone have a website or other info on people who have overclocked that processor?

Here are the specs:

Case: Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BNA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-8I945PL-G Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945PL Express ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N563-AX Geforce 7900GT CO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

Power Supply: ENERMAX Noisetaker EG495P-VE SFMA ATX 485W Power Supply 115/230 V UL

CPU: Intel Pentium D 805 Smithfield 533MHz FSB 2 x 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual Core,EM64T

Memory: G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 550 (PC 4400) Dual Channel Kit

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3160811AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

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building a comp for a friend, doesnt have too much money
tell me what you think

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hey there,
hoping to build it all for around £400 - 700-800 USD
here are my plans:-

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-N650SLI-DS4

CPU - Intel Core2Duo E4300

Graphics - XFX 8400GS x 2

Ram - 2GB PC6400

i'm not sure whether to go with 2 lower 8000 series as above, or somrthin like 2 7300gt

any advice is very welcome, cheers

A:Building a gaming/performance PC on a budget

The 8400GS is a piece of crap. And 2 of them?

Check this link out, you could probably shave $100-200 off to get you to $800.00


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Budget: $500


SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $86

Antec Sonata Designer 500 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W - $80


Foxconn ELA LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $70

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB - $99

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache - $120

I already have ram, i am medium tech knowledge so if i can get some input from you guys about the motherboard that i am pick up. (maybe asus pq5 45)? and the HDD 1 TB, i can get cheaper but it would be either 16 mb or it would run at 5400 rpm.

So please, any tips and advice i would gladly take. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Thanks a bunch.

A:Building a gaming PC, budget $500. Help needed

Very good post! Possibly the best i've seen all month.

Foxconn ELA LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186153Click to expand...

Very good choice, but its actually $100, you can go for a gigabyte P43 for about $85 if your pressed for money. Asus P5Q and P5Q SE are very good boards, with a minor $2 price difference the last time i checked.

Everything looks good except I think it would be wiser to go for 4770, though that 4850 is ridiculously cheep. Are you in factoring mail in rebates? The 4770 is maybe the better deal.

Take a set of OCZ Vista Upgrade 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8002GK - Retail for $21,
or PNY Optima 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD2-667 - Retail at $37,
and for the power supply, an Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $70,
or a CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail at $75.

Do you know what OS you are using? This of couse, does not include a mouse, monitor, keyboard, speaker(s), or cd/dvd drive, and I haven't the time to add up all the prices.

I already have ram, i am medium tech knowledge so if i can get some input from you guys about the motherboard that i am pick up. (maybe asus pq5 4... Read more

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I'm looking to build a new gaming pc at a budget price.
I'm looking to spend anything under $1,200 not inculding mouse,keyboard,monitor,speakers ect.

I just want CPU, motherboard, RAM, video card, extra cooler (If needed?), system drive, case and power supply.

It doesnt matter if its US currency or Australian. Basically no difference anymore.

I play games such as crysis, CoD, GRID, Spore, Gears, Tom Clancy's and so on and i want to be able to play these at a reasonably high quality.

Just need a list of products, what site i can get them from and how much they will cost.

Anything will help. Cheers ;p

A:Solved: Building A budget gaming system

CPU: AMD AM3 Phenom II X4 945 ~ $179
Mobo: Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H ~ $108
RAM: G.Skill-Ripjaws 4GB DDR3-1333 ~ $140
HDD: Samsung SATA 1TB ~ $89
GPU: 1GB ATI Radeon HD5850 ~ $399
Case: Lian Li Lancool PC-K58 ~ $99
PSU: Antec TP 550W ~ $119
ODD: SATA Pioneer 218 ~ $38
CPU HSF: Coolermaster Universal Hyper TX3 ~ $29

Total: $1200 Australian.

Products and prices are from MSY:

I've actually finished building a similar system for my brother, the only real difference is that the video card is a HD5770 and it runs Crysis, COD etc on the highest graphics and runs smoothly. With this system above you would have no problems at all.

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As far as my knowledge can take me, I'm still a noob compared to the collective knowledge of my fellow tech spot members, who, after a year of membership and advice, I call my friends.

Te help I request is as you may have guessed, I am look thinking of building a gaming PC, with a low budget.

My budget is :
Currently : £160 - £160
(-£40 for holiday) - £120
+£40 August pocket money - £160
+ (£250-300) Results Day - £410-460
+£40 September pocket money - £450-500
+£40 October £490-540
+£40 November £530-580
+£40 December £570-620
(-£120 for GF Christmas+Birthday) £450-500
(+£100-150) Christmas £550-650

Sorry, had to do the math and thought I'd share it with you!

So I could potentially have anywhere between £550 and £650

Now for my minimal specs :
Any Graphics Card above 1000 (http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html)
At least a quad core
Water cooled
Sound card not too important

If anyone finds a setup that fits this then thank you so much for your time and effort!

A:Requesting advice for building a budget gaming PC

I vote for the graphics adapter as being the single most important factor in a gaming PC.

Out of your choices the monitor would be the second most important. However without adequate power to the graphics card it would be rendered useless, so I believe the Power Supply would be the second most important factor in gaming.

With CPU gaining in performance and becoming less of a factor in gaming, I would give the CPU the third most important position.

If you had included the Power Supply and CPU in your pole above, I would have made the monitor fourth most important factor. After all what good is being able to view a good picture if you can't produce the picture with better quality parts listed in the top three I mentioned above.

In my opinion RAM and Sound Cards would have very little importance as RAM is not all that expensive to purchase and on-board sound is usually sufficient.

I noticed you are looking for a gaming card and referenced to the Passmark benchmarks of 1000 as a recommended score. You might should consider looking at cards that will score at least 2000.

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Hey, people, i want to build a gaming PC. So far, i don't know to much about computers. I need you guys to tell me what parts to buy, and i got a friend who can help me put the stuff together.

My budget lies around 1000-1400$. Include everything, from BASE, to i don't know xD. I got monitor, speakers,mouse, and stuff like that.
Also is it hard to build it ?
I wish my computer can last for at least 4 years. Im prepared to blow all the CASH xD ^^

Also friend of mine told me AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, and the i7 are good ones, but idk which one to choose, and don't see this questions as i HAVE to choose one of these. Your free to suggest whatever processor you want
Or should i rebuild the computer i have right now, i can tell you the specs, but idk how to get all of them.
Please include if there is any command or any program i can use, to get my specs tell me so i can throw them in.

If u want me to add something just tell me ill be checking this thread alot when im not in school xD.

Finally figured out how to get all the specs xD
So should i UPGRADE instead or build a new pc from scratch ?

Computer Type ACPI Multiprocessor PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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A:First time building gaming PC, $1000-1400 budget

First, how old is your old computer?

Second, what do you want to do with this new build, i.e. gaming, video editing, media, etc?

We're going to assume you'll be running Windows 7 64, correct?

* A number of regular posters here should step up in an hour or two and you'll get great advice. By the way, once you see how it is done building a PC really isn't that hard to do.

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Ok so here's my deal...
I have about 800$ budget to build a gaming computer for my brother. Being on a tight budget I was wondering if anyone had any experience in using this type of budget and what spec's you would recommend.
Additionally he doesn't need a key board, monitor or mouse. I'm curious if I should be leaning towards putting focus on CPU/Processor, with the shortage of cash or distributing it more evenly.
Thanks for any advice

A:500-800$ budget for Computer Building

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I'm building a new budget computer, I really just need it for browsing, email, and office work, nothing much. My budget is very low, nothing over $500, no graphics card. I already have the OS and phericals.
Here's what I am planning on:

Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-216DBK - OEM
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5000DOBOX - Retail
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
OCZ Vista Upgrade 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8002GK - Retail

Now the motherboard, I want it to run on integrated graphics and I would rather have an AM3 compatible board, but if it costs significantly more (as far as I know it doesn't) then i'll stick with AM2+.
You will have to help me on the case, I don't need anything too flashy, something cheep but reliable.

A:Building New Budget Computer

What you have together thus far looks like a good rig with all reliable components, except we have seen early failures in the Antec 380 earthwatts. Where do you live ... the USA or another country (needed for looking at shipping and power... since I don't know where your Starcraft 0.0 is parked.)
Is this your first build?

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Hi again guys,

My friend he hasn't got a lot of money and its his birthday so his family and I are going to get some money together to build him a mid-range gaming computer.

I've concluded to two setups that are in the budget, I need some help though
which one of these two will give him the better gaming experience?

He is gaming on a 19" monitor with a max resolution of 1280x1024 (he wants as much AA as he can).

AMD Athlon X2 5200+
G31 based Asus M/B
Palit 9600GT 512MB or Asus HD4670 1024MB

(All other specs the same)

Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200
G31 based Gigabyte M/B
Gigabyte HD4670 512MB
(All other specs the same, If you're interested in them, 2x1GB G.Skill 800MHZ, 160GB Sata2)
Thanks in advance guys!

A:Building a budget computer for a friend - which of these?

i go for 2nd choice, but i prefer to use asus product for mobo(P5Q chipset) and gfx(HD 4850)

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So, it's my birthday and Christmas coming up soon and I need a new computer. I've added up all the spare money I'll have after I buy what else I need; and it comes to about £250, or $400.

I've looked around for parts to build a computer and these are what I've come up with:-

Motherboard / Processor: Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Motherboard & AMD Phenom X4 9750 Quad Core Processor Bundle - $179.99
RAM: PNY XLR8 Dual Channel 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory - $49.99
HDD:Hitachi Deskstar 500GB Serial ATA/300 - $49.99
Case: Power Up Black Corporate ATX Mid-Tower Case w/ 450-Watt Power Supply - $39.99
Graphics: XFX GeForce 9600 GSO Video Card - $74.97

It all adds up to just less than $400, I was just wondering; would this work (if not, what else do I need)? How good would it be for gaming? And finally, is there any equal parts (in respect of performance) for less, or better parts for the same/lower price?

I know I'm asking a lot, but I've only done upgrades to other computers, and I'm working on a budget. Any help would be great. Thanks.

A:Solved: Building a computer on a low budget, help? (:

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So here are my current specs of the computer:

Samsung DVD Burner ($30) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173
WD 640GB HDD ($75) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218
XFX GTX295 ($500) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150333
Corsair 1000W PSU ($205) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007
6GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair RAM ($180) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145222
Zalman Socket 1366 Clip ($10) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118045
Zalman 9500 CPU Cooler ($50) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118003
{Intel Core i7 920 CPU} - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.154300
+++ComboPrice $480+++
{Gigabyte Intel X58 Mobo} - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.154300
Cooler Master HAF932 Case ($150) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

I still need a monitor, and that's going to get me over $2000 unless I find cheap alternatives to this. Anyway, the 1000W PSU is for when I get another GTX 295. Also, when I get the second GTX295, I think I'll need another fan. So here are my questions: What are some cheap alternatives to the products I'm getting?
Are all of the products above compatible?
Will 1000W be enough to power two GTX 295s and some other cooling system?
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You won't need any more fans with that case.
Anyways, to get a decent monitor, I would go for GTX285: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127403 It's single core(GTX295 is two GTX260s on the stuffed on a single card), less hiccups, lower price, will be great in two-way SLI anyways. And you won't need to worry about the PSU that much. Or if you want as much power as GTX295 has, get Radeon 4870X2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102768 (I'd not recommend, too much money to be spent and you won't get PhysX. If you don't buy a PCI version of Geforce 8400 GS to handle PhysX Not a bad idea actually :O)
Aaanyways. I wouldn't do this as a first-ever build. Too much money into it, IMO. Still, there are really no big difficulties in assembling PCs, so it is very propable for you to make this happen.

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I am building a new budget computer for my kid brother (just something for him to use for email/web browsing/MSN, and home work).

I purchased a new budget case, mobo (w/ onboard sound, network, and graphics), and CPU. I am using some old RAM, an old CD/DVD drive, and an old HDD.

After I've got everything in place, how do I go about setting up the software (XP, etc)?

Will I need to re-partition/re-format the hard drive? Or, will it boot up and run fine as it is now (having been used about 60 months ago)?

I am just not sure whether all of the old settings and stuff will mess anything up if I try to boot up from the drive without wiping it and starting from scratch.

Now, if I *do* need to format/partition, how can I go about doing that the easiest? Please note that I do not have a floppy drive (and I would rather not go out and get one just for this).

Any help?!

A:Building new budget computer, and using old HDD. No floppy drive. Help me set it up

See this sticky from the motherboards forum http://www.techsupportforum.com/showthread.php?t=85862before you change things

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I decided to spend my money on another computer, but I am low on money so I decided I was going to make a budget computer. I want it to be able to play most games, now I don't mind if the graphics have to be set to medium because most games I play I don't see that much of a difference between the setting of medium and high. Now my budget is 275 - 300 US dollars. That is for the case, motherboard, cpu/fan, power supply, memory, graphics card, cd drive, hard drive, floppy drive, all including shipping. I have a keyboard, mouse and monitor so I don't have to buy them. I also have an operating system cd. I don't want a barebone because those are to easy, I want to put the parts in myself. Here is my pick of what I was planning to get.
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811154017 Case
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186009 Motherboard
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819104160 Cpu
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835166027 Cpu fan
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820141168 memory
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150055 graphics card
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827151045 Cd drive
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822140128 hard drive
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16821152001 floppy drive
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833129228 networ... Read more

A:Budget Gaming Computer

what kind of games are you playing, thats not gonna et u play HL2 or Doom3

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Hi guys thanks for looking specs for my new pc below just wanted a second, third and fourth opinion.

Processor: I5 750
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D
Cooler: Corsair H50
Ram: 4GB Corsair DDR3 1600Mhz (2X2GB)
Gcard: XFX ATI RADEON 5770
Psu: OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Psu
HDD: 1TB Samsung F3

it comes to £530-ish all parts from ebuyer but processor from pc world.

so would this be ok or any serious improvements needed

A:Budget gaming computer, any good?

Graphics card is rather weak compared to everything else.

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Let me first say that this will be the first computer that I personally built. I was going to go with a Alienware, but it looks like I can save a lot of money building it myself.

CPU - AMD 5000+
Motherboard - Not sure yet, I'll need suggestions I don't know much about motherboards.
RAM - 1GB - 2GB of Dual Channel DDR2 PC6400 or PC8000
Hard Drive - Maxtor DiamondMax 10 250GB 7200-16MB-ATA133
Video Cards - 2 BFG Geforce 7950 GX2 1GB for SLI (I know drivers aren't available yet)


I really like the NZXT cases and the Asus Vento.

I want to purchase my Motherboard and CPU in a Combo so that the CPU is already installed to the Motherboard.
Motherboard and AMD Athlon X2 5000+ AM2 Combo
I select the AMD 5000+, but I'm not sure which motherboard I should get from the selection?

So, will this setup have to be watercooled? I just feel uneasy about watercooling. I probably won't be Overclocking anything.

My budget is about $3000 (more, or less if possible lol) with 17" Monitor. I'm looking to purchase from MonarchComputer, Tigerdirect, Newegg, and maybe Ebay.

This is going to be a Gaming Computer, so if I've overlooked something, like making a bad processor choice or something let me know.


A:Will I Have To WaterCool?? $3000 Gaming Computer Budget

hi mstpaintball,

I want to purchase my Motherboard and CPU in a Combo so that the CPU is already installed to the MotherboardClick to expand...

I would recommend doing it yourself. otherwise you will be paying them money to do less than 1 minute worth of work (unless you pay them even more money to use generic thermal grease instead of the stock thermal pad that comes with it).

If you're concerned about damaging it... don't worry. Althon64's have a large metal heatspreader over the CPU die, so it's not like the old socket-A processors with an exposed die that you could damage very easily.

So, will this setup have to be watercooled? I just feel uneasy about watercooling. I probably won't be Overclocking anything.Click to expand...

no, it doesn't have to be watercooled. if you planned on overclocking or you want a silent computer then that's another story. but you will be fine with the stock cooling (if you don't mind the noise)

This is going to be a Gaming Computer, so if I've overlooked something, like making a bad processor choice or something let me knowClick to expand...

1. the only thing I would say that you overlooked is the power supply. that's going to be a powerful system, and will need a quality PSU that can deliver solid, clean power and protection for your expensive components. I would recommend a 500w or higher PSU from a reputable company like OCZ, Antec, Enermax, Fortro... Read more

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Hi guys. I'm building a new computer. I enjoy gaming and watching videos. I'm ordering all the parts from this site (superbiiz.com). This place was recommended to me by a coworker.

Here's the current build list:

? Case: Antec Six Hundred No PS Mid Tower Gaming Case
? CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7500 2.93GHz 1066MHz 3MB LGA775 CPU, Retail
? Motherboard: Asus P5N-D Core 2 Quad/ nForce 750i SLI/ DDR2-800/ SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
? Memory: Kingston KHX8500D2K2/4G DDR2-1066 4GB HyperX Memory Kit
? Video Card: GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD4550 512MB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card
? Hard Drive: Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 16MB Hard Drive
? Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE 22X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk w/o Software
? Power Supply: Topower/Epower ZUMAX ZU-500W 500W 20/24pin ATX V2.0 Power Supply
? Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
? Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit(1-Pack), OEM
? Monitor: Acer V193WEJbd 19 inch Widescreen 50000:1 5ms DVI(HDCP) LCD Monitor (Black)

Any advice on that would be appreciated.

A:$800 budget for my first Intel Core gaming computer

I'd highly recommend an E8400 processor and to not go with the P5N-D... horrible board

also, HD48xx cards are selling pretty cheap these days... i would probably recommend at least a 4850 for DX10 gaming

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As the title states I trying to find the perfect non-bottleneck formula. Currently starting from scratch and building a compuer( Minus throwing in my old old hard drive,RAM, and psu).
I cannot stress this enough, I need a cheap but very efficient mid-range computer. I am simply having trouble picking the right card/cpu combo. If I can less than what I am currently building that would be great!
This computer needs to be able to handle powerful games at a 1920x1080 resolution.

An Idea of what I want(around 400-550$ range).

Current pc:
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: p7-1254
BIOS: Ver: HOL_715.ROM vHOL7.15
Processor: AMD A8-3850 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8178MB RAM
Page File: 3204MB used, 13151MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
GPU: Geforce Gtx 560

A:Trying to build budget gaming computer w/o bottleneck. Need Insight

So what's the problem with your current PC? Your partlist isn't working by the way, take a screenshot.

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I have a budget around 600-900

Some musts I guess are a decent video card, (i prefer 8800) idc what company or brand
19 inch monitor, (lcd) I'm using a AL19W Acer, wouldn't mind getting a second one
Blu ray drive? lol ( prolly takes this way outa my money range)
If not, any 2 drives would work fine for me (dvd of course, budget xD)
IDC about hard drive space, i don't have that much crap, (250gb would probably be more than enough)
EDIT:: o yeah, I like vista (i know i'm wierd) it will probably require 2gb ram like my current

Games i'm looking to play are HL2 mods etc., call of duty 4, diablo, starcraft, counter strike

Help me! thanks.

I'll check forums often to answer questions

I don't mind newegg purchases although i would prefer amazon (since no tax for CA residents)


A:Looking to build decent budget gaming computer [Hope this is the correct forum]

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I plan on building a Gaming PC. I have no set budget which basically means I am browsing for parts and open for suggestions and or recommendations. I have two monitors so I am going to buy a PCI card that supports 2 monitors.

This is the Case I Want, open for any and all feedback http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Next i am going to buy is my PSU and MOBO

MOBO: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2456794&CatId=2050


PSU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2974582&CatId=2036

I am unsure what PSu to get as i dont Know the Watt requirement my desirable PC will have

I definitely could use some help here..^

Edit: Another PSU consideration http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2776974&CatId=2036

A:Building a Gaming computer

Well it is no PS3, but it looks nice! j/k

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Hi there!

I apologise for having to make this thread, but I thought this would be as good a place to seek advice as any. I'm in the process of building my first gaming computer, hopefully one that is within my budget and will be able to play games properly.

I was hoping that you fine folks of the forum could help me out a little, because I'm quite paranoid about making a wrong decision and wasting all my money.

Anyway, here are all the parts:

Freezer 7 PRO Rev. 2

Power supply:
XFX ProSeries P1-850B-NLG9 XXX Edition Semi-Modular (Silver)

Graphics card:

Optical drive:
Samsung SH-224BB SATA DVD Write Optical Drive
(I don't mind not having blu ray)

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB)

128GB 2.5-inch SSD 840 Pro Series

Cooler Master Elite 430

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Internal hard drive:
Seagate 1TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive

Core i5 I5-3570K 6 MB
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Im planning to build a gaming computer for 700 dollars only at tigerdirect nothing else. Can u tell me what parts to buy?

A:Help building a gaming computer

If you dont know what parts to buy yourself, you should probably have someone else build it for you.

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could you guys recommend a computer build that is mostly going to be used for gaming
budget is AU$2000 MAX
(just the tower)

A:Building Gaming Computer

This would be a very powerful build IMO:

Intel CORE i7 920 2.66GHz - $397.00
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R LGA1366 - $286.00
Sapphire ATI HD5870 1GB - $567.00
Corsair TX-650 650W ATX Power Supply - $136.00
COOLER MASTER HAF RC-932 - $230.00
Corsair Dominator 3x 2GB DDR31600 - $270

Total - AU$1886

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Ok I'm basically looking for a computer that will run WoW and other mmorpgs. Price is not an object. Right now I'm using a lap top that isn't worth keeping anymore. I can't updated the video card and the ram sticks Keep going bad. I want something i can build that will be fast and stay cool. I have mouse keyboard and monitor already. I need the tower and all the components. I will buy all my stuff online. Oh yeah i don't have an OS either and i'd like to have the whole ms office package so i kinda knew what i'd be spending there.

A:Building a gaming computer

If you haven't already, check TechSpot's buying guide here: http://www.techspot.com/guides/buying/

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I was wondering how much money i could save if any at all if i built a gaming computer for around $1500-$2000 and if anyone has any suggestions on what i should get, i play alot of games so there really no specific game, i want to be able to multi task, and play lag free on the highest settings, I was also wondering, if i dont have all the money at once should i buy the parts as i get the money? or should i wait until i have the money for all of it?

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When you are spending money i don't consider it saving money. But if you mean in comparison to a company such as alienware, you could probably save $700-1000 on building it on your own.

I would save up all the money, and then buy the parts. You will regret gradually collecting parts, because when it comes time to put it together, it will probably be out of date.

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could someone tell me wats the best way to build a simple gaming computer.

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Need Help Building A Gaming Computer

* What are you going to use the PC for?
* How much is your budget?
* Are you willing to buy online?
* Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build?
* Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others?
* Have you already bought any parts?
* Do you have an Operating System (OS)?
* Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup?
Probably not.

Anyways, this computer is for some casual gaming on decent settings (I don't need everything maxed out) on stuff like DoW: Soul Storm and WoW. I intend to buy on Newegg, but if I'll consider other sites if there are good deals. I already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers and OS. Here's what I already picked out (not sure if they're compatible). Unfortunately, I can't link them since I don't have enough posts, but all of them are from Newegg.

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM -$23.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM -$47.99
EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail -$104.99 ($20 Mail in Rebate) with free Call of Duty-World at War
A-DATA G series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Ch... Read more

A:Need Help Building First Gaming Computer

Excellent post.

Try these parts instead for your budget:

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition 2.8GHz Triple-Core CPU with 6MB L3 Cache - Retail - $139.00
Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 AMD 770 ATX Motherboard - Retail - $69.99 ($59.99 after rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit - Retail - $49.99 ($39.99 after rebate)
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200RPM SATA HDD - OEM - $69.99
SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
$124.99 - $10.00IR - $15.00MIR - $10.35 promo code "HARDOCPVGA51810" = $89.64 with free shipping
Promo Expires on 5/25/09 (courtesy of [H]ardOCP, here)
PLEXTOR 20X DVD Qflix Burner Black SATA Model PX-806SA - OEM - $29.99
SeaSonic SS-500ES 500W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM - $65.99
Cooler Master CM-690 Mid-Tower Case - Retail - $59.27
Grand Total = $587.28 without considering rebates or shipping.

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Hi, I am having a gaming computer built for me and my kids and would like your opinions on the specs. I looked at an Alienware x51 which would suit our purpose but noticed because of it's small size there are cooling issues, besides I like the idea of having a local shop do the work. Here are the specs:

In-Win Case
- Intel 3.4Ghz 1155 Core i5-3570
- Asus P8H61-M LE/CSM
- Geforce GT640 2GB PCIE 2DVI HDMI
- 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
- 1TB SATA Hard Drive
- DVD+/-RW Drive
- Card Reader
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
- Kaspersky Antivirus 2012 1Yr 1User/1PC
- 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty

What do you think?

A:Building a gaming computer

For current game titles, you need more than a Geforce GT 640. You would be better off going with the 650 for just a few $ more, if you couldn't get a better card such as the Geforce GTX 660.

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs GeForce GTX 650

Everything else looks pretty good to me.

Which case and power supply is going to be used?

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Im wanting to get specs on a good gaming comp, software products and general specs that make a good gaming comp. I'm fairly uneducated in this area, but I understand the jist of it.

Furthermore, im looking to play MMO's on high graphic levels with smooth FPS All around $800-$900 Ex. Warhammer, Age of Conan. And hopefully when it gets released Star Wars the Old Republic.

This is what Ive come up with so far:

Graphics card- DirectX 11 ATI RADEON HD 5770 or HIS Radeon HD 5850 $100 or $260

RAM- 4GB to 6GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 6GB $150

Processor- Intel Core i5 760 $245

Memory/Storage/Hard Drive- 150-300GB 7200 rpm drive (Western Digital Caviar Black 7200RPM 1TB 6Gb/s) $90

Power Supply- 500-900W Corsair TX650 $80

Operating System- Windows 7 Home Premium OEM $100

In addition while surfing Techspot forums I found a build that looked very nice, id like some advice on it to whether or not it will fit my gaming purpose.

? AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $82.99 + free shipping

? GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $79.99 (before $10 rebate) + 7.87 shipping

? OCZ Signature 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - $79.99 (before $10 rebate) + free shipping

? HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity - ... Read more

A:Building $800-$900 gaming computer

Go with this build:

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz - $179.99
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 - $179.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 - $64.99
SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB - $244.99
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W - $89.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $64.99
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II - $69.99

TOTAL - $894.93

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I need help in building a computer mostly for gaming use. I'm not really good with what parts I need to buy so I need your help really bad.

Also, my budget is kinda tight so could you guys help me find parts that give great performances but aren't that expensive?

I live in the Philippines so we'll be using my currency (1 US. Dollar = 43.27 Pesos)

So what if my budget is around $700 dollars,(30,289 pesos) what would I be able to build with that kind of money?

Thanks in advance!

A:Building a gaming computer

I would imagine the best thing you can do right about now is tell us where you'd like to shop, and provide us with links of online retailers, we can then look using places you will actually use to provide you with a system you can actually get.

Prices will vary massively like they do for us in the UK.

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could someone tell me wats the best way to build a simple gaming computer.

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i am building a gaming computer, from parts from newegg.ca, im hopeing to not go over 950$ total, i can do it, i have, but i was just wondering whats better for gaming

AMD Phenom 2 X4 940 3.0Ghz Black Edition Quad Core (274.99$)


AMD Phenom II 2.8Ghz (227.99) ( that one is a little cheaper then black eddtion, will i notice a differnce?)


Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfeild 2.4Ghz (235.99$)

they are all in my price rage, which one would be the best buy for gaming. or if you could tell me a better one in that price range that would be good, thanks.


A:Building Gaming computer, need help


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Hello Everyone,

I have recently decided to build my own desktop and I am looking for some advice. I know what I am doing from the putting it together perspective, but I am currently trying to buy the pieces and parts and I am a bit stuck. Money is not really an issue, but I would rather not spend hundreds of extra dollars on materials that are so far advanced that I will never use them to their full potential and in doing so waste money. The list below is what I am currently looking at picking up.

Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM x2

ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Audio Card

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

That is the entire rig. I would like to be able to play games such as Starcraft II and WoW on the highest graphics possible flawlessly. Anything over and above that I probably won't utilize so I'm not so worried about it. Let me know wha... Read more

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i think that the i5 2500k is a a better option than the i7 2600k if you want to save money( 100$ ) without losing much gaming performance.
check this link : http://www.techspot.com/review/353-intel-sandy-bridge-corei5-2500k-corei7-2600k/page13.html

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Need some help with final stage before I order all the things.
This is what I got please tell me what you think.

ASUS P8Z77-V LX Z77 S-1155 ATX IVY

INTEL CORE I5 3570K 3.4GHZ 6MB S-1155 IVY






A:Building a gaming computer

Alright, I see no HDD other than the SSD 60GB and no PSU. Do you already have these items? Also, what is your budget so we know what you're working with should we suggest some changes.

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Hey, i'm in the process of building a gaming PC and would like some feedback on some of the hardware. Is 700 watts too much for this PC? Should I downgrade my graphics card because i'm getting the i5 Haswell chip instead of the i7? Do I need fans in addition to my liquid cooling? This is my first high-end PC build, i'm still rockin' an old Intel Core Duo in an old Dell Dimension 5150 that I upgraded a bit.

-Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth Z87 $249.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131976

-CPU Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz $239.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899

-PSU Zion AXP-700K14XE 700W $64.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817190031R

-Graphics Card nVidia GeForce GTX 770 $399.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...b3r-_-Video+Card+-+Nvidia-_-Galaxy-_-14162135

-Tower Raidmax Super Hurricane $39.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156290

-Disk Drives HD Bluray Burner $67.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136250

-HDD's Western Digital 80GB SATA Caviar Blue $21.49 http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...&qid=1372697287&sr=1-2&keywords=sata+7200+rpm

-RAM Team Vulcan 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $62.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313345

-Display ASUS VE228H 21.5" 1920x1080 Full HD $137.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100

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A:Building a Gaming Computer

You have some high end parts there, except for the power supply which is junk and it's open box so somewhere has already returned it. Some of the other stuff is pretty cheap too.

Here's a much higher quality modular power supply from Corsair: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139051 More is better to a point, but too little is always bad, and quality matters a massive amount in power supplies.

An 80GB hard drive is not only very small, it's also much slower than modern big drives, as the hard drive is already one of the slowest components it's best to go with a fast one. It's probably also old and carries an expired warranty. And for not too much more you can get a much bigger and faster 500GB drive that's brand new: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822149380 You may even consider getting an SSD for the main drive; SSD's are massively popular for their incredible speeds. Also just to give you an idea; Windows with all updates, the system drivers, and Office alone will fill about half of that 80GB drive, a complete set of a game such as The Sims 3 with all expansion packs would more than fill that drive without anything else.

You also don't need additional SATA cables, the motherboard comes with those.

The keyboard/mouse combo has bad ratings, looks very cheap. Invest in a quality Logitech, Microsoft, Razer, or Corsair keyboard or combo.

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I'm planning on getting a completley new computer, I want to buy all the parts myself and build it myself. It will be mainly for gaming, my current computer can't run CS:S. I want to be able to run Battlefield 2 etc. on full settings. Can someone recommend video cards and all the other parts I will need, I am not the best at this.

I read the guide at the top, but is it necessary to buy a case and motherboard? Couldn't I just buy a CPU, Video Card, sound cards etc?

My price is over $1000 CAD, but not to much over. ($1300 would be okay)

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Think anyone can give me a list of parts that would be used to optimize a gaming computer for me? It will be my first computer I have ever build, so I'm not really sure what exactly to choose. I do know I want an Intel Core Duo processor. Also, I would like my budget to be under $800, but will go up to $1000.

Edit- To give you guys an idea of what kind of games I would want to play, Oblivion would be the biggest on my list. I don't really mind having to set it on a lower resolution, but it would still be nice if it still had that "fantasy" feeling.

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I am building a gaming computer. Any input regarding components' cost, reliability, compatibility, etc would be greatly appreciated. Anything else I need? So far this is what Ive come up with for about $2400. Thanks in advance.

motherboard EVGA LGA 1366 132-GT-E768-KR
processor Intel I7 930 BX80601930
ram Corsair 8 GB CMX8GX3M4A1600C9
hard drive Intel 80 GB SOLID STATE SSDSA2MH080G2R5
video card EVGA 1 GB 01G-P3-1467-AR
network card Intel PWLA8391GT
sound card Creative Labs 64 MB 70SB088600002
optical drive Pioneer BLU RAY BURNER BDR205-BKS
mouse/keyboard Logitech CORDLESS BLUETOOTH 967562-0403
case Corsair CC800DW
PSU Corsair 950 WATT TX950W

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Is that enough hard drive space for you? 80GB fills up fast!

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* What are you going to use the PC for?

* How much is your budget?
* Where are you located? (a.k.a. fill out your profile)
* Are you willing to buy online?
* Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build?

* Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others?
Windows 7 thats it

* Have you already bought any parts?

* Do you have an Operating System (OS)?

* Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup?

So I am kind of new with computers but I decide that since its time for me to get new computer I'd get my friend to help me out. I'd would really appreciate if you guys take look at this computer we built together at cyberpowerpc.com

* CPU: AMD Phenom?II X4 970 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology [+10]
* HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
* MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)
* MOTHERBOARD: Asus M4A87TD EVO AMD 870 Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 Socket AM3 ATX w/ 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, IEEE1394a, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1, & 3 PCI
* VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+50] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)

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A:Help with building gaming computer

You didn't include any information on a case or power supply. Are they included in the price? You should also include at least one optical drive such as a DVD burner.

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Hi all, I do not have much experience with the hardware aspect of computers, but am attempting to build one from various websites online. My tentative build is as follows. Please let me know if you would anticipate compatibility issues, or any suggestions for more bang for the buck. I'm also trying to keep this below $550-ish.

**I can't post links until I have 5 posts so I've tried to be as specific as I can with each component. Not sure how to post the links without it registering it as one.

Apevia X-plorer 2 computer case: (on Newegg)
APEVIA X-PLORER2 Series X-PLORER2-GN Black / Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard (on Newegg)
ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Bulk WD 650 gb harddrive (on amazon)
Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD10EARS

Power supply (on amazon)
Cooler Master Elite 460W ATX +12V V2.31 SATA, PCI-E Power Supply RS460-PSAR-J3-US

4 gb RAM (on Newegg)
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

Video card (on Amazon)
Asus ATI Radeon HD5450 Silence - 1 GB DDR3 VGA/DVI/HDMI Low Profile PCI-Express Video Card EAH5450 SILENT/DI/1GD3

Processor is the intel i5 650
intel Core i5 650 3.2GHz Processor Boxed

Thank you very much in advance!

A:Building a new computer for gaming

The only real problem I see is the motherboard and processor aren't compatible.

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