<$750 Budget Gaming Computer

3lephant

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Approximate Purchase Date: Monday July, 25th
Budget Range: <$750 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Starcraft 2, Battlefield 3, Skyrim) and School-Use
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Reliability is my priority. I need a quiet PC as I will be living with a roommate next year. I need to be able to absolutely crush Starcraft 2. I'm sick of running that game on low.

As of now, I have

Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz
MSI H67MA-E35 Micro- ATX
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
XFX Radeon 6870 1 Gb
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4 Gb) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Antec Three-Hundred

Total: $786.38

I'm hoping to shave about $86.38 from this build, without losing too much performance and reliability.

Thank you so much for your help.

 
The only place i would consider saving money there is getting 4GB of RAM instead of 8GB since you won't notice the difference in games any time in the near future. It's also easy and cheap to upgrade in future. Other than that, great build.

P.S. Another way to save money would be to look out for good combo deals.

EDIT: The HAF 912 is $5 less than that Antec too, theyre both equally good cases.
 

gammerx

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You can save like $30 by switching to a 6850 instead of 6870.
Switch 2x4GB to 2x2GB RAM. saves $20
get the HAF 912 on amazon for $55 saves $5 (free shipping too!)
If you have a local microcenter, get the i5-2500k for $180, that saves $15. I think they still have the deal where if you buy a compatible mobo, you get an additional $40 off so thats like saving $55 on that cpu!