Can I do any better? $800 build.

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by hossdaddy, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. hossdaddy

    hossdaddy 2[H]4U

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    This is a gaming build for my buddy in Iowa. $800 is probably the highest he would go all in.

    he is looking to order within the next week or so.

    He doesn't want to oc but will probably unlock the cores if possible.

    Its a brand new build, so nothing being re-used, save the kb mouse headset.

    He doesn't care about crossfire/sli. The parts I chose represent what he needs. I just cant find any decent combo deals for comparable stuff to lower the price.

    Since he will be gaming on the 20" below could he get away with a 5770?

    I know I didn't answer the exact sticky(looks at Danny_Bui :) ) but this is pretty much what he needs but am open to suggestions

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk $19.99 + fs

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $54.99 + FS

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s $44.99 + fs

    ASUS VH202T-P Glossy black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 $119.99 + fs

    ASUS M5A87 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $99.99 + $8 shipping

    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $54.99 + $3 shipping

    Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3K2/4GR $33.99 + fs


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $99.99 + fs

    Combo: GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB + AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core $247.98 - $10 mir

    Total: $746.90 - $10 mir

    TIA!
     
  2. kevineugenius

    kevineugenius [H]ard|Gawd

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103932 is a quad-core, of which I'm a fan plus it makes you feel macho to say "Quad Core!!" and with the promo code it's $6 cheaper than the MIR and combo discount, then spend like $12-14 on a Coolermaster HSF for basically a free step up from dual to quad. Or if you like stock HSFs, there's always people looking to offload brand new ones.

    My $.02
     
  3. Jon55

    Jon55 2[H]4U

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    At $800, I would almost say go for an i5 2400 instead. Yes, they're a little more, but the i5 2400 kicks the ever-living crap out of the AMD chips, even their top of the line X6 (hell, even an i3-2100 can beat it on certain occasions). There is an i5-2300, but it's only like $5 cheaper. Benchmarks here and here to see what I mean. Yes, the cost is a litte bit more, but it will perform much better. If you feel the price point for an i5-2400 is a bit too high, then at least go with an AMD Phenom II X4 955 instead.

    Also, ditch the WD Blue hard drive for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. They're the fastest non-SSD hard drives out there, and are very cheap, and will kick the crap out of the WD Blue drive you've chosen.
     
  4. hossdaddy

    hossdaddy 2[H]4U

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    are you seeing that hes buying a new lcd and os in that budget? From my build that leaves $580 for everything else.
     
  5. Jon55

    Jon55 2[H]4U

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    Ah, I did miss that. Then for a $580 budget, yes, your setup looks good.
     
  6. tonytnnt

    tonytnnt Gawd

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    Intel Core i3 2100 will just fit (see below)

    I have an Antec 300, I wish I'd gotten the HAF 912 instead.

    Here's my suggested build (Amazon offers more free shipping and sometimes better deals, so I used that with Newegg.)

    $60 - Cooler Master HAF 912
    $100 - Windows Home Premium 64-bit OEM
    $60 - Samsung F3 1TB 7200RPM
    $140 (use promo code EMCKCKE68) - Hannspree By HannsG SL231DPB Glossy Black 23" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
    $160 (before $40 MIR) - EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
    $19 - LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    $60 (before $20 MIR) - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W
    $31 - Crucial 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    $165 (before $10 MIR) - Intel Core i3 2100 and BIOSTAR H61MH LGA 1155
    Total: $795
    With a bigger monitor, OS, free shipping, and even $70 worth of MIRs in there. CPU is a lot better, and the GTX 460 1GB is a tad faster than a 6850 at 1080p (plus that's a great price + MIR.)
     
  7. Jon55

    Jon55 2[H]4U

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    Very nice. hossdaddy, I'd highly recommend going with this over your current potential build. That Phenom II X2 555 is just very underwhelming.
     
  8. hossdaddy

    hossdaddy 2[H]4U

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    I like where you are going with that Tonyt but it is sacrificing some things I was hoping not to such as usb 3, sata3. Also dropping from Asus to entry level Biostar isnt really floating my boat tbh. Thanks for the replies guys keep it coming we have time yet :)