$700 Gaming PC build

By matchu
Jan 10, 2011
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  1. Hello, everyone! Just looking for advice on a build for another friend.

    Budget: $700 CAD
    Needs: Monitor, Keyboard/Mouse, Speakers, OS
    Tweaking: none (oc, unlocking, etc...)
    Online purchasing: OK
    Purpose: basic games at moderate/high settings (SC2, Diablo III eventually)

    The approach I'm taking right now is to start with CPU/GPU and just budget everything around it

    The platform i'm thinking is... Athlon II X3 + Radeon 5770, which comes to a total of (75+135) $210, which includes ballpark rebates I'm seeing at newegg.ca on the 5770

    I'm looking at a monitor with at least 1680x1050 resolution ($100 in these parts if I'm patient)

    Windows 7 is $100 (I assume, perhaps incorrectly, that my friend will buy this)

    This leaves almost $300 for the rest of the parts (Case, PSU, MB, RAM, Speakers, Keyboard/Mouse, Disc drive), which is kind of difficult. Here are some estimates

    Ram: $40
    HDD: $40
    Speakers: $20
    K/M: $20
    Disc Drive: $20
    Case: $60
    MB: $60 (some MSI 770 boards)
    PSU: ?

    I don't want to get a no-name PSU. But there's not much budget left.

    Suggestions on the case, PSU, CPU/GPU? It'd be much appreciated!

    Thanks!
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    my suggestion save a little more and go from there $900 to $1000 will net you a much better computer.
  3. yRaz

    yRaz TechSpot Booster Posts: 768   +47

    I second that. You are very close to being able to have an amazing setup. A little bit of patience will be worth it. That extra $200-300 could get you a better video card and a monitor to do it justice.
  4. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,508   +81



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