$600 Gaming PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of the month.

BUDGET RANGE: $600-630

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, surfing the internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and operating system.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, zipzoomfly.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer an Intel CPU...the rest I don't really care about the brand.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have 2 Dell 1280x1024 Monitors (I hope to use dual monitors...not necessarily for games but instead multi-tasking.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't care too much over the brands of computer parts as long as it fits within my budget and is a good value with the money spent. I don't plan to really play some of the high-end games such as Crysis and such. I just wanna play FPS such as Battlefied and Call of Duty.
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  1. This should work, one note is that the mobo does not support crossfire and one that would will cost you a little more.

    Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227320

    XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150337

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

    See what you think.
  2. ^+1 jbakerlent

    You will not be able to build an Intel PC with the same power and upgradeable path for the same price. Your only other option for an Intel build is wait for the official release of the Core i5 and see how it fits performance to price for your budget.
  3. the problem with a $600 intel build is that all that buys is a core 2 duo and not even a top end one .

    To add to the intel misery they've stopped making c2d's and quads and the whole socket 775 family is history . Parts will be here for a while but are likely to get more expensive as they become legacy stock thats only needed to fix parts that have failed . Even DDR2 is heading this way

    Fortunately AMD is very price competitive in this range . Their quality is just as high as intel , and theres no reason not to use AMD at all .

    jbakerlents build is pretty good . The triple core cpu is more than a match for the top end core 2 duo's and thanks to 3 cores instead of 2 it multitasks better .

    Id use this ram instead
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231200
    Its a little cheaper at $75 and just as good

    Id also consider replacing the 640 gig hard drive with a seagate 7200.12 500 gig
    [ but not ever the 7200.11 which is faulty ]
    or the samsung F3 500 gig
    Both are a little quicker than the WD black , which is quicker than almost everything else

    700 watt psu is overkill for that build so
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017
    which is $50 after the rebate


    The money saved could be spent on a stronger gfx card like a 4870 which can be around $130 , or buy your mom flowers
  4. Check my build. I am in about the same budget as you are. I went with DDR2, a little cheaper, and a pretty good GPU combo to make up for the slower RAM.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269726-31-check-build
  5. Yes, switch the 4850 wit ha 4870, much better, go with DDR2 if you must.
  6. What about this GPU combo deal w/ DDR2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.228259
    EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - COMBO
    OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820227289 $237.98
    -$24.00 Instant
    -$15.00 Combo
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate14-130-434
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    AMIR: $182.98
  7. Is there any other RAM I can get than this:


    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231200

    I was planning to get this one but it's currently out of stock. I mean I will wait if I have to for this as it is a good deal.
  8. Would this one just be as good with jbakerlent's build?

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189

    $80
  9. One more thing....for the GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD...does it have any vga for my Dell E177FP Monitor?
  10. Hmm think TS can hit a quad and a HD4850 on DDR3 platform and still be within budget :bounce:
  11. That RAM would work but the latency (8) is a little higher than the others. I agree with Outlander on his recommendations, of course. That motherboard, the 770, does not have onboard graphics so the it whether there is a vga port or not would depend on the graphics card (and those 4850's don't have vga) but you can easily pick up a little converter and that should work fine.
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