$600 moderate gaming

I will be building a new PC in July and, due to not having any building experience, I wanted to start to get a feel for what I can get with my budget ($600) and what/where I should be buying. During the actual construction I will have the help of a friend who has built systems before, if that is important. I will be using this PC for moderate gaming (WoW on highest possible settings in-budget, Dawn of War II, would like to be able to play new games for the next year or two on at least medium settings if possible), web browsing, and schoolwork in the form of writing/editing documents. Thanks for your help!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: early July

BUDGET RANGE: $600 absolute maximum

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING, internet, writing/editing documents, email, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, OS, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I've heard newegg.com is good, but I'll buy anywhere

PARTS PREFERENCES: don't know enough to prefer

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: need to purchase a monitor, so nothing here

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet would be good
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    I will be building a new PC in July and, due to not having any building experience, I wanted to start to get a feel for what I can get with my budget ($600) and what/where I should be buying. During the actual construction I will have the help of a friend who has built systems before, if that is important. I will be using this PC for moderate gaming (WoW on highest possible settings in-budget, Dawn of War II, would like to be able to play new games for the next year or two on at least medium settings if possible), web browsing, and schoolwork in the form of writing/editing documents. Thanks for your help!

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: early July

    BUDGET RANGE: $600 absolute maximum

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING, internet, writing/editing documents, email, watching movies

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, OS, mouse

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I've heard newegg.com is good, but I'll buy anywhere

    PARTS PREFERENCES: don't know enough to prefer

    OVERCLOCKING: Yes

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: need to purchase a monitor, so nothing here

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet would be good



    CPU/MOBO Combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.190738

    Antec 300 case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=antec%20300

    PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

    MEMORY
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231219

    4770 GRAPHICS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102835

    640GB HARD DRIVE
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    DVD Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

    SUBTOTAL: $588.89

    also $35 in MIR
  2. srry didn't read that you needed a monitor, id say get this one for $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254005

    then get smaller Hard drive, cheaper psu, and maybe downgrade cpu to athlon 7750 and a comparable mobo
  3. Ok, that monitor looks good. If I downgraded the case to one that included a 350 watt PSU (see link below) would I run into any problems with the other items you linked? And, I would be able to swap out that PSU for a brand-name if I choose to upgrade, correct? I also don't need nearly that big a hard drive at the moment and could always add another hard drive later if necessary (that case would allow me to, yes? I think that's what it means when it says it has 4 3.5" internal drive bays.). I would use a 160GB hard drive to start with (again, see below), and I don't think this would cause any issues. Would I really be gimping myself by going with that PSU/case downgrade? The hard drive shouldn't be a problem as I should have the funds to upgrade that within a year and I don't see myself hitting the limit in that time, seeing as I don't intend to do any video/photo editing, but I am a bit worried about the case/PSU since it looks like what I want but its very cheap. Overall, this will cut $130 off my costs, letting me buy the monitor and stay in budget. Sorry for the likely confusing post, and thanks very much for your help.

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147010

    Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

    Edit: I am ignoring the rebates with regards to budget since I cannot go over and then make up the difference, but will be able to credit the rebates towards upgrades.
  4. .
    LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827136152
    $24.99
    . .
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129042
    $69.95
    -$15.00 Instant
    $54.95
    . . AWESOME GAMING CASE w/free shipping

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822136098
    $49.99
    . . FASTER HDD DOUBLE CAPACITY w/free shipping ( after you pay shipping on 160 drive it is only 3-4 dollars more :")

    Hanns·G HW-191DPB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
    Item #: N82E16824254005
    $139.99
    -$20.00 Instant
    $119.99
    . .
    SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814102835

    $99.99
    . .
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS370X 370W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817703018
    $59.99
    -$10.00 Instant
    $49.99
    . . BEST PSU company bar none free shipping too

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231122
    $54.99 -$7.00 Instant
    $47.99
    . . GREAT overclocker

    GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128387
    Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy

    AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core Processor Model AD785ZWCGHBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103678
    $183.99
    -$5.00 Instant
    -$30.00 Combo

    $148.99
    NICE COMBO savings and will overclock usually with a good HSF to 3.3-3.4

    Subtotal: $596.88
    Calculate Shipping
    Zip Code: . UPS Guaranteed 3 Day Service -- $11.64 Shipping: $11.64


    Grand Total: $608.52
  5. This thread makes me laugh at steve job's quote "There isn't a computer that's good for under $1000"

    Anyway..

    I would generally agree with the two guys above.
  6. LOL @ the one

    Steve is a money hungry monger...
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