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Saving up for a computer, what kind of computer would $800 get me?

#1Grunt40Posted 12/15/2013 11:22:44 PM
I have an OS, KB/M, and monitor already. Can $800 get me a solid gaming rig?
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#2Zyxer22Posted 12/15/2013 11:35:15 PM(edited)
Definitely. Especially now while some of the christmas deals are going around. You probably could've done better a month back when Black Friday hit, but that's not to say you can't still get a good deal.

I actually just built a friend of mine a computer for around $6-700 that included an i5-3570k and an gtx 760 overclocked. That's already a solid start. That extra few hundred could help ramp it up a bit.
#3fuzzymanPosted 12/15/2013 11:42:36 PM(edited)
solid yes

I'd put money into a good PSU, case, and cooling

don't just slap a 770 in there on a 500W who-knows-the-****-what power supply with one case fan
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#4NinjaGuerraPosted 12/16/2013 12:23:27 AM(edited)
Here is a build someone made me on tomshardware with gaming as the main purpose for around 850

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jC1D

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($312.98 @ B&H)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: CoolMax 700W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $847.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-13 06:56 EST-0500)

Could maybe drop the SSD and upgrade the motherboard or get an i5 4670

I'm gonna wait for some christmas deals and try and get something in a similar price range :O
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#5cjnoonePosted 12/20/2013 10:17:04 PM
http://www.logicalincrements.com/


Good source to use for various price ranges.
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#6DarkZV2BetaPosted 12/20/2013 10:21:57 PM
NinjaGuerra posted...
Here is a build someone made me on tomshardware with gaming as the main purpose for around 850

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jC1D

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($312.98 @ B&H)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: CoolMax 700W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $847.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-13 06:56 EST-0500)

Could maybe drop the SSD and upgrade the motherboard or get an i5 4670

I'm gonna wait for some christmas deals and try and get something in a similar price range :O


Toms is awful, especially when it comes to recommending power supplies. Replace that sparkler-in-a-box with something decent.
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#7_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 12/21/2013 5:12:34 AM(edited)
DarkZV2Beta posted...
NinjaGuerra posted...
Here is a build someone made me on tomshardware with gaming as the main purpose for around 850

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jC1D

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-G43 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($52.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($312.98 @ B&H)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: CoolMax 700W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $847.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-13 06:56 EST-0500)

Could maybe drop the SSD and upgrade the motherboard or get an i5 4670

I'm gonna wait for some christmas deals and try and get something in a similar price range :O


Toms is awful, especially when it comes to recommending power supplies. Replace that sparkler-in-a-box with something decent.


I kind of like the build. I would make some other decisions though. For example, while having an SSD is nice, I do not feel it is essential in any way. Especially not if getting one means you have to go for a worse processor to stay within budget. I would skip the SSD, and use that extra $50 to get something like an i5 4670k processor instead. For $50, there are better rated power supplies available. For example, look at the ones available from a brand like Corsair in that price range. This is personal and depends on the way you use the PC of course, but I would also go for a 1TB HDD instead (while planning to add an SSD in the future) and spend the extra money on a better case (for me the case and PSU typically last me longer than every other component, so it is ok to be picky about them). But that is just me, not needing 2TB, and this could be different for others.

But like I said, part of it is subjective. I am sure there are people who would have good reason to go for an SSD and a worse processor. But when gaming performance is your number one concern, I do not think this is a good idea.
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#8PhilOnDezPosted 12/21/2013 6:40:02 AM
fuzzyman posted...
don't just slap a 770 in there on a 500W who-knows-the-****-what power supply with one case fan


Just to clarify, 500w is plenty for a 770 so long as it's a good brand like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or Silverstone.

I put a build together a few days after Black Friday (after the deals had ended) for a bit under $800 that included an OS, 4670k, and a 7870ghz. Since you don't need an OS I should be able to do a lot better than that, I'll slap something together once I make it to my computer.
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