Micro ATX AMD gaming rig ~$700

By monkeychef23
Nov 12, 2011
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  1. Hi everyone,

    So I'm going off to college soon and I plan on getting a laptop and a desktop for my dorm (one to fall back on if the other dies for some reason). I am pretty sure I know which laptop I am getting, but I am having a harder time building a decently priced small gaming rig for a desktop.

    Approximate Purchase Date: Most likely during the black friday/holiday season

    Budget Range: 500-800 w/ rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Net, Schoolwork

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, RAM (4gb GSkill DDR3), Hard Drive (1.5 TB Samsung 5400 rpm)

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, (any site is okay by me)

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel CPU, NZXT Vulcan MicroATX Case, SSD

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: Needs to be small but very powerful, which is why I selected the Vulcan case.

    Here is what I have so far:

    AMD Phenom II X4 955-109.99


    NZXT Vulcan Micro Tower Case-69.99


    OCZ 600W PSU- 69.99 (I'm bad at finding PSU's, so this is open to change)


    Gigabyte GeForce 560 Ti- 220


    Thanks Everyone.

    Update: I will also take any suggestions for a small case that supports ATX Motherboards.

    Update 2: Switched AMD processor to Intel, Most likely going to purchase an I5 2400. The board will also have to change because of this.
  2. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 438

    I think you'll get better performance with the Radeon HD 6870. And, I believe it's cheaper as well!

    But, I'd build and Intel machine if I were you because those Core-i5 2400+ are rocking right now. And, your budget is screaming for them as well.

    http://www.techspot.com/guides/buying/page4.html

    Tweak it a little and it should fit your budget.
  3. monkeychef23

    monkeychef23 TechSpot Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Thanks for the heads up on the 6870. I looked at the benchmarks and they were much better.

    The reason I want to stay away from Intel is because I hate upgrading my mobo and cpu whenever I want something new. If I really have to, I will stick with Intel (and if that CPU goes on sale, I will totally buy it in a heartbeat).

    I looked more at the 2500k instead of the 2400 though because it has way more positive reviews.
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    If you're not overclocking a ton you shouldn't worry about the 2500k over the 2400, both perform well with what you want to do.
  5. GamingB

    GamingB Newcomer, in training

    The other thing I'd mention is that I personally own that Gigabyte graphics card and I've had trouble with stability in games... It's standard overclock at 900 and in order to get it to function properly I had to turn it down to 822. If you google it you'll see that others have had similar problems.
  6. Jawshh

    Jawshh TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 438

    Man, I don't think I understand you! Do you already have some parts right now or are you looking to purchase everything from scratch?

    If you already have some parts, I might be able to recommend you some parts without you needing to trash the current ones! Let me know...
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,280   +180

    Jawshh, GamingB is not the original poster with the question. It's monkeychef23.

    By the way, Jawshh, it's not necessary to quote the entire previous post when you respond to it.
  8. monkeychef23

    monkeychef23 TechSpot Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Hey guys, thanks for your input.

    I'll take the gigabyte Video Card into consideration.

    I already have 4gb of G.Skill, so I don't have to get that. I also have the OS, so I don't need that either. I basically need everything else. The things that I have posted are the general idea of what I want. I am asking that people put in their opinion on what I have picked, and if they have a better suggestions, then they can tell me.
  9. monkeychef23

    monkeychef23 TechSpot Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Update: I will also take any suggestions for a small case that supports ATX Motherboards.


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