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Windows 7: Possible budget gaming PC build?


02 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 
Possible budget gaming PC build?

Hi

I am trying to build an Intel budget gaming PC for the first time. I have a budget of AUD$1000 and have come up with this so far (price is AUD at my local parts store):


CPU - Intel Core i5 760 LGA1156 CPU - $211.00
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 P55 MB - $159.00
RAM - 4Gb DDR3 1333Mhz Kingston Kit - $84.00
GPU - ATI Radeon HD 5770 1Gb VGA - $159.00
Hard Drive - Western Digital caviar blue 1Tb 7200 rpm sata 3 - $101.00
Optical Drive - Benq Black 24X SATA DVD Writer - $34.00
PSU - Antec EarthWatts 750W - $148.00
Case - Antec Dark Fleet DF-35 - $147.00

This is a total of $1,043 if my math is correct. I can't find a way to get it under $1000.

I would like to find out if all the parts will be compatible with each other, and also if there are cheaper/better parts that i should use instead.

It must stay around or below $1000!

Thanks!!

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02 Dec 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Actually thats not bad for the kit you have. You already have a monitor?

Check out www.allneeds.com.au for price comparison. You could get the motherboard cheaper by $30. Check out my system : all in just over $2,000.
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02 Dec 2010   #3

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ratman View Post
CPU - Intel Core i5 760 LGA1156 CPU - $211.00
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 P55 MB - $159.00
RAM - 4Gb DDR3 1333Mhz Kingston Kit - $84.00
GPU - ATI Radeon HD 5770 1Gb VGA - $159.00
Hard Drive - Western Digital caviar blue 1Tb 7200 rpm sata 3 - $101.00
Optical Drive - Benq Black 24X SATA DVD Writer - $34.00
PSU - Antec EarthWatts 750W - $148.00
Case - Antec Dark Fleet DF-35 - $147.00
If it were me, I'd shave here and there to get a better video card. Instead of the 760, get the 750. As far as games go, you will not notice any difference between the two cpus; actually, you won't notice a difference no matter what you do.

Instead of the Gigabyte, see if you can find another decent P55 with fewer features. Budget machines can spare a bell or whistle here and there, so maybe SLI/Crossfire capable and USB 3.0 is something you can forgo?

You're not going to need anywhere near a 750 watt PSU, so if you can find a good one (less expensive, but not cheap) ~ 500-600 watts that will be more than sufficient.

Case... hmm, you gotta look at it so I guess it's a keeper, right?

All these cuts I'd make to spend ~ $50.00 more for a GTX 460 or better.
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02 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

why spend $150 on a case for a budget machine? get something functional for ~$50

for gaming all of the budget should go into the GPU - get a HD 5800 series or a GTX 460+
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02 Dec 2010   #5

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dirtyelf View Post
why spend $150 on a case for a budget machine? Get something functional for ~$50

for gaming all of the budget should go into the gpu - get a hd 5800 series or a gtx 460+
+1,000,000
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02 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

It has to be specifically Intel? and yeah, i agree with DirtyElf, 150$ on a case it's ridiculous for a Budget PC, buy an Antec 300 or a Cooler Master HAF 912, they're like 60$...

AMD had cheaper processors and they're O.K., not a fan boy here, just getting along with your budget... Let me see what i can find, i'll post in a while
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02 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

AMD Athlon II X4 640 @ 3.0GHz: 100$
ASUS M4A78TD/USB3: 100$
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 @ 1600MHz: 80$
SeaSonic X650 80 PLUS GOLD Certified PSU 650w: 120$
Cooler Master HAF 912 Case: 60$
Samsung F3 Spinpoint HD103SJ 1TB @ 7200RPM HDD: 70$
XFX HD6870 1GB GDDR5 256-bit PCI-E x16 2.1: 250$
ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD-RW: 20$

TOTAL: 800$

It's still a "high end budget" PC, and you have 200$ to probably spend on a SSD..

My .02 Cents
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02 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 
Sapphire AMD Radeon 6850?

Ok, thanks for all the help so far. Assuming I cut down a lot on the case and maybe something else, would it be ok to use a Sapphire AMD Radeon 6850 as the graphics card? Or would the i5 760/750 be under powered for it?
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02 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The 6800 series cards consume less power...but are somewhat slower across the board than the 5800 series ATI cards. You won't have a problem with your CPU being underpowered. Get a lesser case and cut back on the power supply..you don't need that much power.
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03 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ratman View Post
Hi

I am trying to build an Intel budget gaming PC for the first time. I have a budget of AUD$1000 and have come up with this so far (price is AUD at my local parts store):


CPU - Intel Core i5 760 LGA1156 CPU - $211.00
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 P55 MB - $159.00
RAM - 4Gb DDR3 1333Mhz Kingston Kit - $84.00
GPU - ATI Radeon HD 5770 1Gb VGA - $159.00
Hard Drive - Western Digital caviar blue 1Tb 7200 rpm sata 3 - $101.00
Optical Drive - Benq Black 24X SATA DVD Writer - $34.00
PSU - Antec EarthWatts 750W - $148.00
Case - Antec Dark Fleet DF-35 - $147.00

This is a total of $1,043 if my math is correct. I can't find a way to get it under $1000.

I would like to find out if all the parts will be compatible with each other, and also if there are cheaper/better parts that i should use instead.

It must stay around or below $1000!

Thanks!!
CPU: Wait a month for Sandy Bridge
MOBO: See above
GPU: AMD 6870
Hard Drive: You can get a 2TB Samsung Hard Drive for the same price. It might not be as fast though.
PSU: I don't think you'll need 750W
Case: Look for something around $50. Maybe a Coolermaster Elite?
Optical drive: You might like a bluray drive
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