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Updated March 20, 2014

$800 Computer Parts List

This is similar to the $500 computer. The AMD motherboard can take 2 video cards in the same system to double graphics performance. This is called SLI by Nvidia or Crossfire by ATI. See the video card component lesson for more on these options. We also used the case options from the $1200 gaming computer parts list.

The Processor (CPU)

make a computerIntel Socket 1150

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Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz

Newegg.com

$124.99

We have chosen a solid performing CPU. This CPU will keep your system speedy for years to come without braking the bank. It's a dual core which means you can have multiple things going on at once and it will split the load between the 2 CPU cores. It's like having 2 CPU's in 1 and it's a must going forward. Check out the CPU component lesson for more on CPU features and specifications to look for.


build computersAMD Socket AM3+

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz Socket AM3+

Newegg.com

$139.99

For the AMD based system we have also chosen a solid performer. It's speed in GHz is a little faster and it has 2 additional CPU cores. Check out the CPU component lesson for an explanation of this performance difference.

The Motherboard

Choose your motherboard depending on if you want an Intel or AMD CPU.


Intel Socket 1150

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

Asus Z87 Plus ATX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

Newegg.com

$160.99

This motherboard has a great reputation for being very stable. It has 2, PCI Express 3.0 16x slots so it can handle the two of the latest video cards. Supports a max of 32GB of RAM. Has on-board networking and sound. It's the perfect platform for our $800 gaming computer.


AMD Socket AM3+

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

Newegg.com

$184.99

This AMD based motherboard has two PCI Express 3.0 16x slots so I can take two ATI video cards to double gaming performance. It has USB 3.0 ports and SATA 6GB/s controllers. The rest of the specs are comparable to the Intel board above.


RAM (Memory)

The RAM Memory speed needs to match what the motherboard can handle. DDR3 1600 in this case.

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600

Newegg.com

$47.99

This is excellent RAM for the price.


Video card:

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB

Newegg.com

$149.99

This is ATI's best bang for the buck video card. Both motherboards above can take 2 of these in CrossfireX mode to double your 3D gaming performance.
Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Newegg.com

$149.99

In kind, this is Nvidia's best bang for buck video card. You'll notice it has half the memory of the ATI card above. Go ATI. Also this video is capable of SLI but there are very few motherboards in this price range that offer SLI. The motherboard that do offer SLI support in this price range are very old. If you love Nvidia and need SLI support you will have to move up to the $1200 Gaming Computer.

See the video card component lesson for what a video card is with definitions of features.


buiding computersHard Drive

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s

Newegg.com

$64.99

This hard drive fits our minimum specs. It's 1TB capacity is more than most people will need. It's fast, quiet and runs cool. See the hard drive component video lesson for features and specification to look for in a hard drive.


build computer videoDVD Burner (Writer)

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

Asus 24X DVD Burner

Newegg.com

$19.99

DVD burners are extremely cheap these days. There really isn't any reason to pay more for a DVD writer. We recommend this model for all of our customers computers.

altCase and Power Supply

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP

Newegg.com

$84.99

This case has a lot of bells and whistles for the money. It comes with a good 500W power supply. Great cooling with a 120mm front fan and 3, 80mm fans to exhaust the hot air. The motherboard tray and card slots, all fold out the side, making it easier to install the components. It has a side Window to show off you parts with blue light from one of the 80mm fans. This power supply does not provide enough power to use the 2 of the 7870 video cards in CrossfireX mode. If you're wanting to use 2 video cards you'll need to put in a different power supply. See the Mid-range Gaming Computer parts list.

Antec Sonata III 500

Newegg.com

$119.99

This case is the opposite of the RAIDMAX above in the looks department. It's made to disappear, not just by it's looks. It's designed to be ultra quiet. It comes with 1, 120mm rear fan and there is a spot in the front for another. The power supply is a great quality 500W Antec EarthWatts. It's rated at least 80% efficient which means it will lower your electricity bill compared to more power supplies. The power supply can NOT handle 2 of the 7870's in SLI mode. You'll need at least a 700W power supply.

See the case and power supply video lesson for features and specifications to look for in a custom computer case.


altCooling Fans

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

Antec 761345-75120-9 120mm 3-Speed Case Cooling Fan

Newegg.com

$11.99

The cases we recommend above already have fans but there are spots to add more. This Antec 120mm cooler is very quiet, which will help keep down the noise level of your computer. It has 3 speed settings and even the fastest is still very quiet at 30dB.

MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Fan

Newegg.com

$7.99

Again, the cases above have spots to add extra fans. It's a good idea to add fans when possible because a gaming computer will get hot.

Sound and Network - included on the motherboard

The motherboard include sound and network adapters so you don't need to buy a separate add on card.

For a PCI computer sound card comparison see the computer sound card component video lesson.

For more on
the Network card component see the Modem and Network card component video lesson.


build your own computerMonitor

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

Acer S220HQLAbd 22" 5ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor

Newegg.com

$109.99

This is a very good quality monitor. If you have the extra money, I'd recommend going with the 23" monitor below.

ASUS VS239H-P Black 23" 5ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor

Newegg.com

$169.99

This monitor is a little on the pricey side because of its an IPS panel. If you need excellent quality color it is worth the extra cost. This is the same monitor we recommend for the $800, $1200 and $1800 Computers.



build pc videoSpeakers

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

Logitech Z313 25 Watts 2.1

Newegg.com

$44.99

These get very good reviews. I have the older model and they sound excellent for the price.

build a pcMouse and Keyboard

Description

Where to Buy

Price

Notes

Logitech MK120 Black Wired Desktop Mouse and Keyboard

Newegg.com

$19.99

Comments

0 # eli 2010-04-05 00:04
:-)i like it
0 # Tech-O-Maniac 2010-04-18 08:24
Nice build. I like that you give options for almost every device. I have also made a gaming computer build for about $750, it's on my blog at Permalink: http://technomaniac.comze.com/?p=425 Let me know what you think.
0 # Vincent 2010-08-28 16:31
Hey dude, this is genius :o i just wanted to ask about the CPU cooler and paste etc and if cables are needed.
0 # admin2 2010-08-29 19:26
The cables come with the other components. What did you want to ask about the CPU and cooler?
0 # Vincent 2010-09-01 18:10
Never mind, all my parts came in :D i was just gonna ask if the CPU cooler was included but it came with the box. Thanks for ur help.
0 # Adam 2010-09-11 18:36
Could you suggest a better proccessor for a good price, which is compatiable with the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45
please
Thankyou
0 # admin2 2010-09-11 20:34
The E8400 would be my choice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036
-1 # Spencer 2010-09-17 22:18
Could you suggest a replacement of similar price and specs for the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45?
It's sold out on newegg and I'd like a mothboard sooner than later.
0 # admin2 2010-09-18 00:29
I'd go with the GA-EP45T-USB3P

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128433
0 # Spencer 2010-09-18 16:45
Thanks!
Do you know how many extra fan slots there actually are on the Antec Sonata III 500?
0 # admin2 2010-09-18 21:16
There are only 2 spots with 2 fans in the Sonata III 500.
0 # Spencer 2010-09-19 03:56
Sorry for all the questions, but can you direct me to a pre-configured tower of the same specs? I just want to compare prices and warranty durations etc.
0 # Spencer 2010-09-19 06:20
Not SAME, but similar
0 # admin2 2010-09-19 22:30
All of these are very similar. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583+600029807+600006352+600010516+600006377&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=7&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=
0 # Spencer 2010-09-20 00:47
Thanks! I can't wait for the DVDs to get here so I can get going.
0 # Spencer 2010-09-20 16:36
Will this build connect to the internet wirelessly, or will I need to buy another piece and if so, can you point me to one?
Thanks
+1 # admin2 2010-09-20 23:53
You would need a wireless network adapter to connect to your network and of course you would need a modem with a wireless router or a separate wireless router you can connect to your modem to share the Internet connection.

Heres some wireless network adapters.
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=31&name=Wireless-Adapters
0 # Spencer 2010-09-21 03:03
Is there one you would recommend above the others or are they all about on par?
0 # admin2 2010-09-21 04:35
Of those I would go with the TP-LINK TL-WN722N. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704045

It has an external antenna for better reception, can do wireless n, g or b and has all the latest security features. For $20 its a great deal.
0 # Keith Jr 2010-10-31 11:54
First off, thanks for the great list, I just built my first PC :D.

But, I'm looking for a good CPU Cooler.

My CPU: E7500 Wolfdale

My Motherboard: LGA 775 Intel P45

Could someone please make a recommendation, Thanks;-)
0 # admin2 2010-11-01 00:15
I like the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2. It's cheap($35), easy to install and cools very well.
0 # Keith Jr 2010-11-01 02:26
Thanks for the recommendation, This is my new favorite site.:-)
0 # Jeremy 2011-03-09 02:40
how does the Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6700 3.2GHz / 1066MHz / 2MB Socket 775 CPU compare to the intel CPU above
0 # admin2 2011-03-09 12:07
The E6700 is a previous generation CPU compared to the i3 550. It has half the cache and beyond that the i3 is based on a newer more efficient design.
0 # Jeremy 2011-03-09 14:55
thankyou
0 # Jeremy 2011-03-17 17:28
I have a asus m2n68 am se2 mother board and was wondering what a good combo for ram, processor, and video card would be. I was hoping the motherboard would be good enough to play the latest games with upgrades.
0 # admin2 2011-03-18 13:50
I wouldn't build a system around that motherboard. The best it can do is a Phenom I CPU which isn't fast by any means and 4GB of RAM. I would get the motherboard from this $800 computer list or the one from the $500 computer. Either will take the latest Phenom II CPUs and up to 16GB of RAM.
0 # Some Random Dude 2011-06-08 23:00
I'm looking for a Mini Case and was wondering what you would recommend. I plan on using the Intel i3 CPU and the Radeon HD 5750. I'm also looking for a case that I'll be able to fit a CPU cooler.
0 # admin2 2011-06-10 09:44
How mini are we talking about here? Do you want a tower, cube or desktop case?
0 # admin2 2011-06-10 09:44
mini itx, micro atx?
0 # Influence 2011-06-22 12:35
Hey, I've been waiting and waiting for a good PC deal to come along. Finally, my desktop ended up crashing and I was trying to find the most bang for my buck. I came across your page and decided to go ahead and build my own PC with your suggestions. I went with the Intel.

Finally all my stuff arrived and I had a blast putting it together. I've been using it every day since I built it and I am 100% satisfied. Thank you for the suggestions and options you provided everybody with!

I recommend this page to anyone trying to build their own gaming PC with a decent amount of power for under $1000 bucks.

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