$600 Gaming Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this week, or next week.

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) $500-$620

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, surfing internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type No specific preference.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm not sure If I looked in the right place, but I think 1280 x 1024, I went under properties, then settings to find that.

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This is what I've picked so far, looking for advice, or suggestions to change anything.


Motherboard
MSI H55M-ED55 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130264
$110

CPU
Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3540

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115221
$124

RAM
OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1333LV4GK.NE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227583
$84.99
Mail in Rebate, $69.99

DVD/CD Drive
LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 12X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136180
$18

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3160318AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148511
$38

Case
XION XON-CBX01-RD CyborGX Gaming Black w/ Red LED Light Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208034
$65

or

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=
$40

Probably cheaper case.

PSU

550W
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022
$64.99
Rebate
$49.99

or

650W
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015
84.99

Rebate 69.99


Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873
$145
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  1. Although i3 530/540 is viable for a gaming build, I'd still go for an Athlon X3. Mobo costs should be similar to the mobo you've listed, but I'm still not good with AMD mobo atm, so somebody else can fill in the gap there.

    I've heard that there are a lot of issues with the current line of OCZ DDR3 RAM, so use that at your own risk if you want to save that extra bit.

    You should only need 550W or less (on this build based on CPU+GPU), even if you overclock and crossfire, so the OCZ PSU you've listed sounds good here.
  2. I agree, this budget suggests AMD, but you can get an i5 750 Intel system a bit beyond budget

    Antec 902 case + 650W PSU - $130 after rebates (bargain!)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.482950

    Or the $40 case you linked and get PSU combo later on

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

    DVD Drive - $18
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136180

    4gb G Skill 1600mhz CL 7 - $103 ($93 with $10 off promo code)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=g_skill_ddr3-_-20-231-303-_-Product

    or a combo deal for PSU + G SKill for $173 ($163 with promo code) instead of the expensive case and PSU combo noted earlier
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.469084


    GPU GTX 250: $92
    Total with case and PSU combo: $388
    Total with RAM combo: $378

    If going with Intel:
    i5 750 + Asus Mobo (no XFire/SLI but USB/SATA III) - $285
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.479380

    Total with case and PSU combo: $673
    Total with RAM combo: $663

    Or AMD alternative

    RANA x3 440 - $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843&Tpk=rana%20x3%20440

    Asus 790 mobo (XFire) - $108 with shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402&cm_re=asus_790-_-13-131-402-_-Product

    Or Asus 890 (USB?SATA III and XFire) - $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631&cm_re=asus_890-_-13-131-631-_-Product

    Total with case and PSU combo and cheap mobo: $571
    Total with case and PSU combo and expensive mobo: $613

    Total with RAM combo and cheap mobo: $561
    Total with RAM combo and expensive mobo: $603

    Note the card I put in is fine for such low resolutions, but if you were to get a better monitor in the future (1920 x 1080) you will want to buy a better GPU then too.

    The 650W is more than what you need, but will cover 2 card set ups with 5770s if ever you upgraded cards. The 850W is WAY more than needed but can power 2 x any cards
  3. Quote:
    Antec 902 case + 650W PSU - $130 after rebates (bargain!)

    dang, that is cheap. That's cheaper than I can get the 902 alone..... dang....
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