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$600 Gaming PC (before tax+ship), Help Requested

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September 19, 2010 3:39:27 AM

Hello all, I'm a first timer here. Unfortunately I've been in the dark about PC components for the past few years and don't know where to begin. Please help.


Approximate Purchase Date: A couple weeks.

Budget Range: $600 AR (before shipping & tax)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (not hardcore), Watching Movies, Office, Encoding Audio/Video files.

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything that's reliable. Newegg preferably since I live close to the HQ.

Country of Origin: California, US

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel if my budget allows. If not, an AMD will suffice. Optical Out on mobo for audio is a plus! 4GB RAM required.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Main game I will use it for is Starcraft 2. CPU should take priority over GPU since Starcraft 2 tends to bottleneck at the CPU and also because I am not the most hardcore gamer. Additionally, I would like something that would be upgradable in the future. Which is one reason why I prefer an Intel processor, as I definitely would like to run their CPUs in the long run. Lastly, something that run's quietly would be a plus (at least fan control?).

I understand I might be asking for too much, and am willing to make compromises. Please point me in the right direction!

Thank you!!!

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September 19, 2010 9:03:36 AM

A powerful Intel build on that budget will be really difficult. Here's my best try:

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 P55
Intel Core i5-750
$305 after a $10 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 768MB
OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB DDR3 1600 CL8
$205 after $40 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ ModXStream 600W Modular 80 Plus Power Supply
Lite On 24X SATA DVD Burner
$52 after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

NZXT Gamma ATX Mid Tower
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB HDD
$83
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total (After rebates):
$645


Options:

MSI H55M-ED55 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-750
If you can live without SATA III & USB 3.0,
Subtract $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or use a combination of these to get a GTX 460 1GB for ~$20 more:

Intel Core i5-750
Gigabyte GV-N60OC-1GI Geforce GTX 460 1GB
$380 after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 P55
Gigabyte GV-N60OC-1GI Geforce GTX 460 1GB
$305 after $30 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W
Gigabyte GV-N60OC-1GI Geforce GTX 460 1GB
$220 after $40 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB DDR3 1600 CL8
Intel Core i5-750
$255 after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 P55
$155 after $30 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W
WD Caviar Blue 500GB HDD
$87 after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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September 19, 2010 9:15:10 AM

Comparable AMD Build:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 (Similar in performance to a stock i5-750 for $100 less)
MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$210 after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 768MB
OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB DDR3 1600 CL8
$205 after $40 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ ModXStream 600W Modular 80 Plus Power Supply
Lite On 24X SATA DVD Burner
$52 after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

NZXT Gamma ATX Mid Tower
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB HDD
$83
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total (After rebates):
$550

or

XFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB
4GB OCZ DDR3 1600 CL9
$292 after $30 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total (After rebates):
$637
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September 19, 2010 5:42:31 PM

What resolution is your monitor? As a "non-hardcore" gamer, are you willing to lower a few settings? If so, and your resolution isn't too high, you may not need to spend over $200 of your budget on a GPU; a HD5770 may suffice.
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September 29, 2010 4:24:25 AM

Onus said:
What resolution is your monitor? As a "non-hardcore" gamer, are you willing to lower a few settings? If so, and your resolution isn't too high, you may not need to spend over $200 of your budget on a GPU; a HD5770 may suffice.



Yes, I will be using a HD 5770. I will not be gaming at 1920x1080, but will be using the OS in that. Thank you.
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September 29, 2010 4:24:59 AM

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