Build for a casual gamer


Sep 8, 2011
Hey everyone! I've been a lurker for quite some time, but I thought I'd join so I can gain some valuable knowledge from you wise folks! :)

I've previously only owned prebuilt computers so I am a complete noob when it comes to building computers, but I really would like to become more educated and I plan on building one this year, as my laptop is a complete dinosaur now..

I'm a casual gamer, usually play games like, Team Fortress or Left 4 Dead, and browse the internet, download music. I do use photoshop and other design related software if that makes any difference.

My budget would be the 600-800 range, and I would like it to last me a few years if possible. I'd really just like it to be able to smoothly play video games, and simple multi tasking and such without any issues.

This is what I have gathered so far by doing research and observing other peoples' builds. I would prefer to get everything from newegg if possible.

Any suggestions? Is everything compatible so far? Anything I should swap out? Any advice on a case?

Thanks in advance for your help!

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
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COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119068
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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136770
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HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814161348
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G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Item #: N82E16820231394
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ASRock H67M (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157233
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
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Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371016
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I'd also say get a bigger hard drive.


That's how quick 320GB will fill up.

Here's one that's 500GB for the same price:

You might also go to a 1TB like this for an extra $20:

Some people say you shouldn't use a 1TB drive as your primary for gaming, but whatever. I've never found it to be very noticeable at all as long as you get a quality 7200rpm model like the Caviar Black or Samsung Spinpoint.


Jul 20, 2010
you left out what resolution you will be playing at, as this is the single most important factor when picking a gpu. i would think though, that your 6850 choice will be just fine up to 1680x1050 for the most part?