First gaming rig ideas welcome

By heyscotttt ยท 13 replies
Feb 14, 2011
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  1. I'm looking to build a new computer rig, I'm looking for ideas. My price range is 500-600 dollars. Games I currently play are WoW and Eq2. I'm looking to pick up Rift as soon as that comes out but my current rig is barely working currently so I'll need something new.

    Any ideas for that price range would be extremely helpful, I'm new to this.


    I should also mention that rig does not need to include monitor or OS. I'm able to recycle couple parts such as dvd rw from old rig etc.

    I was looking around on tiger direct and saw this
    Biostar TP55 Core i7 Barebones Kit

    This Bundle Includes:

    Biostar TP55 Motherboard - Intel P55, Socket LGA1156, ATX, HD 6CH Audio, Video, PCI Express 2.0, USB 2.0, eSATA, Dual GbE
    Intel Core i7 870 Processor BX80605I7870 - 2.93GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, Lynnfield, Retail
    Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB
    Seagate ST31000520AS Barracuda LP Hard Drive - 1TB, 5900RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G
    Samsung TS-H663B Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 22X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, OEM
    Ultra X-Blaster Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB, FireWire and Audio Ports
    Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty w/ Registration

    price 599.99 + 20 dollar mail in rebate. my question is what else would I need? monitor, mouse keyboard, OS>? anything else I'm missing?
  2. Codisha

    Codisha TS Member Posts: 66

  3. heyscotttt

    heyscotttt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    what about that barebones system I posted? seems like a good value? I noticed I'd have to get a video card for it I think?

    I appreciate the input
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    I'm assuming you are not including the price of the OS in $600. The barebones kit you selected does not come with a video card. Also, the compnents included in aren't the best. So I'm assuming you will be extending your budget.

    Here's what I think:


    Total - $661.93

    If you're willing to spend more, go for the Radeon HD 6950. I suggest the AMD cards as it leaves you with a better upgrade path (the board supports CrossFireX not SLI).
  5. Codisha

    Codisha TS Member Posts: 66

    yes the video card is missing and that would push up the price.
    the i5 760 is really sufficient for most games out today. the i7 870 would be nice but HT does not make a whole lot of difference in gaming.

    the gigabyte is a much better board and would allow you to tweak your system for maximum performance.

    the memory i listed is 1600mhz and i believe cheaper

    the 1tb hdd is only running at 5900 rpm, not a dealbreaker but then you mind as well the wd caviar green

    it's a matter of taste but i like the antec case better then the ultra but hey, thats just me

    the psu in my build has less power but is much more efficient and probably last you longer
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    hmm as said above, it's not very good.
    I like Ritwik7's AMD build at this price point, except that I'd use a cheaper case. Maybe an antec 300.
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Hi HK. I've seen the Antec 300 and it's a pretty decent case. However, I'm concerned that slightly lengthy video cards may not fit in it. A Palit GTX 275 is pretty difficult to put into the 300.
  8. Codisha

    Codisha TS Member Posts: 66

    what do you mean by difficult? it fits
  9. heyscotttt

    heyscotttt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    What do you guys think about this card

    its ZOTAC ZT-40301-10P GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    seems like a great price at 140.00 after rebate?
  10. Codisha

    Codisha TS Member Posts: 66

    for a GTX465 that is a nice price. it is literally an in between card of the GTX460 and the GTX470. which not a good or bad thing. it will certainly be a step up from the GTX275.
  11. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Does the OP have a GTX 275?

    I had recommended the 6850 as the board supports only CF. The Radeon would leave more upgrade options open.
  12. heyscotttt

    heyscotttt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    I'm thinking about reviving my old game rig with some new pieces. It's currently about 4 years old though, wondering if i'd be able to put a more modern video card into it? I dont have specs right now on MB because I'm at work.

    I'm thinking of picking up few pieces at a time til I can really afford more. Was thinking of picking up a new video card for now and i'd be able to put it into something new once I build it.
  13. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Not the best idea. Save up till you can build yourself a rig from scratch. Putting a new GPU into a system that has a very old processor might not really get you very good performance in games.
  14. heyscotttt

    heyscotttt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    I was afraid you'd say that, I appreciate it though.

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