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What's A Good 500-600 Dollar Gaming Computer Build?

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July 5, 2013 9:22:22 PM



Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: 500-600 dollars after taxes and shipping

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

Are you buying a monitor: Yes but this is not included in the budget. This is seperate.


Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: City, State/Region, Country - USA, California San Jose

Parts Preferences: No preferences

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Would prefer a case with blue LED Lights but if not that's okay.
July 5, 2013 9:48:11 PM


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dIo6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dIo6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dIo6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Xion XON-160P ATX Mid Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $523.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 00:21 EDT-0400)
July 5, 2013 9:57:41 PM

^Lol. You seriously just took a build you posted in another thread and posted it here. Not sure if you noticed, but the OP has different requirements. He needs an OS and needs it all under $600 after tax. Your build is not only low quality, but it will exceed his budget.

@OP:
Is it alright if you order from sites other than Newegg? This way you can get the most out of your money.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($95.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $538.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 00:55 EDT-0400)

-Unfortunately, you can't overclock on this build because the motherboard doesn't have VRM heatsinks.
-The case has blue LED fans.

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July 5, 2013 10:01:44 PM

realchaos said:
^Lol. You seriously just took a build you posted in another thread and posted it here. Not sure if you noticed, but the OP has different requirements. He needs an OS and needs it all under $600 after tax. Your build is not only low quality, but it will exceed his budget.

@OP:
Is it alright if you order from sites other than Newegg? This way you can get the most out of your money.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($95.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $538.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 00:55 EDT-0400)

-Unfortunately, you can't overclock on this build because the motherboard doesn't have VRM heatsinks.
-The case has blue LED fans.



I did notice that it was a repost. I didn't notice the requirement. also it wouldn't with Win7 home at $89 if he doesn't need optical drive or reuses an old case.
July 5, 2013 10:03:12 PM

Tax. Tax in california is annoying. It would add an extra $50 to his build, which is why I kept mine under $550.
July 5, 2013 10:03:55 PM

Match all your needs beside Crosfiring in the future:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.83 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $573.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 01:05 EDT-0400)

You can play most titles maxed out at 1080p with this setup.
July 5, 2013 10:09:15 PM

It's probably a good idea to get a 6800K APU, and pair it up with a dedicated AMD GPU in hybrid crossfire later if need be. As for case, you'll just have to look around a bit and read the reviews, that part is really all about what you want.

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July 6, 2013 1:08:51 AM
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Little over max budget.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dL7u
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dL7u/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dL7u/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($66.21 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Athena Power CA-GSB01DA (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.49 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $672.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 04:08 EDT-0400)
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