Super Awsome Fun $800 Gaming Computer

Princetawn

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Just a gaming computer for games like world of warcraft, skyrim, league of legends, dota 2. ETC. Mostly play games on xbox.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17331645

Approximate Purchase Date: Week or two

Budget Range:$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences:by brand or type: reliable brands.

Overclocking: Not at all.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

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Why I choose the parts i choose.

■ Motherboard - Cheap 1155 motherboard, dont plan on OCing, enough rams slots for me, good reviews, dont need anything more, and because from other computers ive built something always seems to happen to the graphics card, then i cant find another computer to use and i have to barrow a friends laptop to try and fix the problem. So the onboard video is cool.

■ Hard Drive - Lots of storage, fast, good price

■ Graphics Card - Powerful, good cooling, and because AMD is good i guess?

■ Power supply - Corsair is a reliable brand, has enough power for my needs

■ Processor - Good bang for buck, and i dont need the K version since i dont plan on ocing at all

■ Case - I think this is what people will suggest i change the most. I love this case because its simple, and sleek. Doesnt have every color of the rainbow LED lights. Doesnt look like some star wars machine monster, and im not a big fan of side panel windows. 6 years go when i first started building computers i would of opted for something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146025 but now i find those plain ugly.

■ DVD Drive - .......

■ RAM - G. Skill has life time warranty, good quality, cheap, reliable, and it looks cool? lol
 

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A couple things...

First, you want a Z68 mobo instead of H61. I recommend this ASRock:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157251
There's a gigabyte Z68 board for $100 on newegg, too.

There's really no reason to have a $110 case in that budget. There are a lot of good gaming cases in the world around the $50-$60 price point.
Antec 300: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
Coolermaster HAF 912: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
Rosewill Challenger: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060
Xclio Nighthawk: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103030
HAF stands for High Airflow - great for gaming.

You'll want 1600mhz RAM with sandy bridge. Same type, just 1600 rather than 1333. It's $4 more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

If you save enough on the case, maybe think about a 6950 1GB card (maybe $245), although the one you picked is good.
 

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Why would i want a Z68 board?(Being serious, not a rhetorical or sarcastic question). If i absolutely need one, then i could easily switch mobos, and downgrade the case.

I like spending a good bit on a case, because the last one i bought 8 years ago lasted for a while. And when i built a new rig i didnt have to get a new case because of the quality of the case. And i just really like the way the Lian Li looks, may not be some alien looking case with red, green, blue and yellow leds all over the place, but i like the sleekness of it.

And i know i sound like a snotty spoiled brat, but im just not into those gaming cases anymore, they were cool when i first started building my own computers, but now i find them ugly.
 

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The case you chose is a really good case and personally I like the plain black look better than the mesh and the lights, too, I just wouldn't put that much of my budget toward a case. Just personal opinion, though. A case is definitely an important and often overlooked part of a build.

Z68 is newer, has better features, and is better supported long-term. P67 isn't the worst choice, but H61 is pretty old and although it will work, you shouldn't use it except on super budget builds.

If you want to upgrade the mobo without downgrading the case you could go 4GB ram and add another 2x2GB kit when you find an extra $40 or so later. 4GB is plenty of ram for gaming and although in the next few years we'll need 8GB, it will be a while before anyone needs over 8GB except in very specialized applications.
 

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Well danraries, i took your suggestions( some ) sadly i just cant stand those mesh cases. So i changed the 6870 to a 6850 after reading some things appearently the 6850 can easily be oced to a 6870.

And i decided to just get the 2500k, and get a cpu cooler later, and overclock in the future. I would hate to get a Z68 bored and waste it by not overclocking anything.
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I also changed the ram to 1600
 

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Since i posted after you posted this, i decided to get the z68 and just OC. And since i decided nott o downgrade the case(although im still kinda considering, even though those mesh cases are sooo ugly.) That card is out of my budget unless i dowgrade the case.

 

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Ive always been afriad to OC. Out of all the computers ive built for myself, i never oced. The only "OCing" i did was change the gpu fan speed to %100.

But i figured since the k version is only $10 more ( for some reason i thought it was $40, idk what i was looking at) Might as well as try to overclock when i buy a cpu cooler down the road.

Kinda want to get one now though, because once i put the motherboard in the case...i dont want to take it out for atleast 2 years lol.
 

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Of and reading other threads i heard about some new cpus (ivy bridge and bulldozer or something), im wondering if the Z68 will be able to run them when they come out. I hope to get atleast 2-4 years off the 2500k, but *** happens and it may break or something and i may need a new one.
 

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Many cases require you to take the mobo out to replace the heatsink and it's really annoying. You can get a quality heatsink for $40 and it might save you some hassle down the road. The CoolerMaster Hyper 212 is a popular choice for $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
You can always add it later, though, if you don't know if you're going to overclock.

Well, no intel board will run bulldozer - totally different platform. But Z68 boards will run ivy bridge, yes.
 

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