Replacing my old computer and need help


May 17, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: next week or two

Budget Range: around 700$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, movies...)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg etc.

Country of Origin: Usa

Parts Preferences: I like AMD better, but it is OK to go wit intel if it offers better performance.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: not likely

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: here is what i want. I will move out of town in a while, but will not take my old pc with me. So i decided to build new one. Hope you can find me good computer that is as cheap as possible and will play all new games, as i like to play games in free time. (but i don't need high end gaming rig because i do not need to play on ultra high settings, just that game runs ok, with solid fps on normal detail settings is fine with me :) )

This is my soon be old computer:

Intel core2duo e6750 2.66 Ghz
gigabyte GA-945gcm-s2c
2Gb RAM ddr2
2x160GB WD caviar blue (7200rpm)
Nvidia geforce 8800gts
lc power 450W psu
regular case

So cheap as possible and better than my current computer, is what i am looking for .



CPU+Mobo combo: i5 2500k + MSI P67A-G43 $329.98 ( before $20 MIR )
Memory: Gskill 2x2GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $34.99 (after coupon code )
GPU: Sapphire 6870 $174.99 ( before $20 MIR )
DVD: Sony 24x DVD+/-RW $18.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $64.99 ( might be cheaper again elsewhere as the $49.99 sale is over )
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $69.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 $89.99 (before $15 MIR)
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ ~$30 from amazon and comes with thermal paste

Total: ~824 before rebates ( ~$775 after )

If you go for AMD instead you can get Phenom II x4 955BE and a suitable AM3+ mobo for about $220-$270.
So you can get it closer to $700, but the intel will OC and perform better.

Also if you have a microcenter nearby, they are running a great deal on i5 2500k and LGA1155 mobo's until the end of the month i think. ( $40 off of the mobo, and the cpu is $180:ish, but of course you have to pay tax )

It should pretty much run circles around your old computer. CPU will be maybe 3 times as fast and the GPU will be between 2-4 times as fast depending on game


Apr 21, 2011
+1 to rvilkman . Incase its possible get CPU from microcenter :-
i5 2500K ($180):

Here's a slightly altered build to fit your budget.

CPU & Motherboard: $333- i5 2500K & MSI P67A G45

HDD & Optical Drive :$72- Seagate Barracuda 1TB & LiteOn

RAM: $32-Gskill NS(2X 2GB)

PSU: $55- Antec Neo Eco 520 (Sufficient for your needs)

GPU: $175- Sapphire Radeon 6870(Same)

Case: $65- Xclio NightHawk

Total: 732 USD

Rebates: 40 USD

Possible downgrades would include :
1. Dropping the case to NZXT Gamma Classic worth $36. Save 30 USD.