New build i5 gaming pc $900


Aug 17, 2010
Approximate Purchase Date: next weekend

Budget Range: $900 before rebates (I hate online rebate forms), cheaper is better. But I'm adding os and a keyboard to this build, so total around $1000.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, web browsing

Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, frys or ncix is ok if priced well (they can't usually beat newegg for price), I have a micro center 30 mins from me.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: probably not, only slightly if at all (eg taking the i5 760 up 3.0ghz, not shooting for anything crazy like 4.0ghz)

SLI or Crossfire: No. If a mobo is the same price and supports it for the future, great, but not my priority.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050. 22in lcd that's as high as it goes.

Additional Comments: I'm posting all the parts but I already purchased the psu bundled with windows 7 64 bit cus of a nice sale, so can't swap that out. I'll post the parts and then the combo prices.

Already purchased - PSU:
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2
windows 7 oem 64 bit
Combo: $150

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Combo: $142

ASUS P7P55 LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
DVD drvie:
ASUS Black 22X CD/DVD Burner - OEM
Combo: $110

Core i5 760

SSDNow V-Series SNVP325-S2B/64G 64GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$140 ($110 AR which I don't mind sending in since I'm buying at the store)

Second harddrive:
Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Keyboard (wanted a backlit one, plus mine is a super old ps2):
Saitek PZ30AUR 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Red Backlit Keyboard

GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum NE5X460HF1102 1024MB GDDR5


GeForce GTX 460 Sonic NE5X460SF1102 1024B GDDR5'


GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

Total: $1010 - $991 - $1052 depending on the GPU.

Another option is to use my current x1900xt card and wait a couple months for the ati 6000 series. It's doubtful I'd buy a 6000, unless there's some around $220 with better performance than a gtx 460, but the new series should drop the 5000 price a few bucks. It's not a great card, but can handle my current games at med-low settings.

My other questions are is the sonic pailt worth the extra $20 for the out of the box overclock or is it easy enough to oc the standard one? Also the 5850 I listed is oc'd and cheaper than the others, just wondering if it's the right 5850 to go for or if anyone wants to suggest a better one.

Thanking you in advance for advice.


Sep 2, 2010
The HD5830 is an option you don't have that is better than the GTX460 at the same price point.

At 1680x1050 I get excellent performance from my HD5770 and i5 661 on all the current games I have.


Aug 17, 2010
Already had a long thread about 5830 vs the gtx 460 a couple weeks back and many would disagree with you lol. I'm leaning towards the palit sonic platinum just cus of it's out of the box oc, I think it'll handle a 5830 pretty easily.

I know a 5770 is more than enough for my resolution for now, and who knows how the new gtx 450 performs? But I would rather spend $50 more now and keep the card a little longer in the long run, maybe get 6 months more out of it.


Aug 17, 2010
Can anyone say if these parts will fit together well? How's my mobo selection? I tried to keep it cheap without going bargain brand and staying away from micros.
^ Some suggestions -
Mobo - Why not a one with USB3.0 ?
OR the one with SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0
This one even does Crossfire but no SLI though...

SSD + OS - I would rather suggest you pay a few $$ more and get a better SSD
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB + OS

OCZ Fatality 550 + Samsung F3 500GB
Or OCZ 600W + Samsung F3 500GB

And as for the graphics card, the 67x0 series would be available by October and IMO they would be priced sub $200...Am sure they would offer better performance than the 5770 as they are reported to have a 256-bit memory bus compared to the 128 of the 5770, so that should give a good boost...
So its worth a wait IMO, also if you go with that MSI board, you would also have Crossfire option...

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