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Building $800-$900 gaming computer

By scottybobo
Mar 1, 2011
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  1. 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 - $139.99 (before $10 rebate) + $2.99 shipping

    • LG GH22NS50 Black SATA 22X DVD RW Burner - $17.99

    • Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint F3 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ - $71.33 + free shipping

    • OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ600SXS2 600W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply - $69.99 (before $20 rebate) + free shipping

    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OEM 64-bit 1-Pack - $95.49 + free shipping

    • NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $39.99 + $2.99 shipping

    • Acer G205HBbd Black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50000:1(ACM), 1000:1 - $119.99 + free shipping

    Thanks, any advice will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

  3. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Looks great, however does newegg ship to Canada? That graphics card looks nice, for $244 that beats $260 for the 5850. In fact it all looks nice, this will run MMO's well? Thanks

    However coming in at $ 894 that doesnt leave me with much spending for an OS, sound card, etc. Know of any other good products for a lower price?

    I'll definitely look into the SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB.
    As for a case I found Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ... on the Canadian Newegg, for $54.99
     
  4. bluebob951

    bluebob951 TS Member Posts: 66

    Replace the mother motherboard with this one: link
    and replace the cpu with this: link

    I have both, there are great for gaming and are reliable and also the CPU can be easily overclocked to 3.8ghz if you desire. I hope this will help and yes newegg does now ship to Canada.
     
  5. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    There is now a Canadian Newegg. :)
     
  6. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    instead of:

    SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Any opinions? Apparently the cards really huge.
     
  7. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    So far with all your guys advice, id decided instead of 900$ max, im going into the $1000's.

    Ive looked at tons of reviews and for the extra $40 here and there its worth it.

    What are your guys reviews on this build:

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

    Comes to a total of $1089.42

    Sorry for no links, Techspot wont let me post any until 5 posts.

    Edit: Is this overkill on a build? For MMO's or possibly games like blackops?
     
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Your cpu is an Intel and it won't work with that motherboard because it is for AMD cpus
     
  9. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Any suggestions?

    Stick with intel or AMD?

    What are some good motherboards for intel?
     
  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    AMD is really good for your "bang for your buck." What is the Intel chip selling for?
     
  11. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

    is $209.99
     
     
  12. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    I built my brother-in-law a new gaming system using the 1055T Thuban that Ritwik7 linked you to and he is very pleased with it.

    If you are going to go Intel then consider their latest Sandy Bridge releases: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...007671 600095611&IsNodeId=1&name=Sandy Bridge

    * Also, if you are going to game in high resolutions then a 2 gig card will do you but if you are going to game with a 1920x1080 or less i gig cards are more than sufficient. Check to see what resolutions your monitor can handle.
     
  13. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Alright thanks alot, i think ill go ahead with AMD 6 core, and I think ill have to buy a new monitor soon or hookup to the flatscreen so i think ill go ahead with the SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit.

    However what does 256-bit mean?
     
  14. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The 2GB card will make no significant difference. Go with whichever is cheaper.

    And the X6 1055T is an excellent CPU which can hit 4GHz without any problems. I don't know why bluebob951 recommended the other mobo and proc. Both are inferior to the ones I suggested.
     
  15. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Booster Posts: 375   +43

  16. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

  17. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    FYI don't read newegg reviews.
     
  18. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Ive looked at some newegg, but yes i know not to base opinions off them. Cause you get alot of people saying great card works perfect, then just as many saying its crap. Untrustworthy for sure.

    Benchmarking though? Ill have to do alot of research
     
  19. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    It's more like you get a bunch of morons who don't know anything.
     
  20. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Even better
     
  21. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The HIS HD 6950 you linked to is excellent. In case you don't find the 1GB cards you can get yourself the 2GB one.
     
  22. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Build so far.

    Build:

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan $59.99 (Will these parts fit in here?)

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders $109.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $74.99

    CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 $98.99

    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX $179.99

    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $149.99

    XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $129.99

    HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $174.49

    Grand Total: $978.42


    I won’t be buying for another month or two. So maybe prices might go up or down. I’m praying they stay in stock >.<

    Might switch in the Corsair Powersuppy for the XFX, Ive read alot of good stuff about Corsair. But that XFX is a pretty good deal. I did see a corsair 750W for lower price but its on sale atm.


    Links: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153 CASE

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185HDD

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631 MOTHERBOARD

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161348 VIDEO CARD

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003PSU

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324 RAM

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851 CPU
     
  23. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Looks good. Now one must take Newegg reviews with caution (and some you can just throw out) but one reviewer of that power supply noted that this power supply is more condusive to top mounting than bottom due to the length of the power cord to the motherboard. But that may be just his issue.

    Two other things:

    1. make sure you disable the onboard video in your BIOS.

    2. This is an Asus board and they are known for being picky about the RAM to be installed for each and every one of their board models. Check out their memory recommendation list for this board and see if the Corsair you picked is on that list. keep in mind though that the list is not exhaustive.
     
  24. scottybobo

    scottybobo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Mobo:

    4×240pin

    Memory Standard
    DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066

    Maximum Memory Supported
    16GB

    Channel Supported
    Dual Channel

    The Ram sticks are:

    Type
    240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

    Capacity
    8GB (2 x 4GB)

    Speed
    DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    The RAM is compatible correct?

    Also can I use the Onboard Audio for the mobo for gaming? And may it be possible that the mobo will automatically detect the video card?
     
  25. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Others will hopefully step in here and lend their advice as well but I have worked with people who had a board with the memory listed as you and tried to utilize 1600 memory and it would not work. Please take into account this may not be what you experience. This just comes from the few times I have helped people.

    That being said, 8 gigs of 1333 will do you very fine.

    Absolutely you can use onboard audio for gaming. Many people do.


    As for the onboard video enter the BIOS and disable. Then install your video card and use the installation disk that comes with your card to load the drivers. By the way, there are plenty of very good boards that are less expensive that don't have onboard video.
     


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