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Building a Gaming Console for $600 Need Help

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April 6, 2011 7:30:58 PM


I've been struggling with putting my own Gaming desktop together. I've been scouring Newegg everyday for the best several months but I'm just not sure what to get.

I have around $600 for this new setup and any help would be really appreciated!

a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2011 7:38:40 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Grumpy9117
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April 6, 2011 8:02:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: 450-650 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, mostly Starcraft II as of right now.

Parts Not Required: I have speakers, mouse and keyboard as well as a monitor but its getting a bit old so if there is a deal I would love to step into a new monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg would be awesome, techbargains is cool too.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: No loyalty to anyone brand, just looking for most bang for the buck.

Overclocking: Maybe but most likely I wouldn't need to.

SLI or Crossfire: Either would be awesome if its within the budget, but I'm not sure what my options are within.

Additional Comments: Noise is not really an issue

a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2011 9:18:59 PM

the system in my signature is a VERY solid, if barebones, gaming system

Intel i5-2400: $190
AS Rock H61M-VS: $60
4 GB DDR3: $40
500 GB HDD: $40
Corsair CX 430 PSU: $45
DVD Burner: $18
HD 6850: $165
Rosewill 102 case: $30
Blue 120mm LED Fan: $5
$593 at newegg.

I'm VERY pleased with it, I've doubled or better my resolution in several MMOs from my old Core2Duo/HD4850 build from 2008.
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2011 9:22:57 PM

^ +1

One build in my siggy. The 2100 is just as good, my motherboard will leave you more room for expandability and the PSU is a bit better than the CX 430.
April 6, 2011 10:33:08 PM

Thank you guys!
a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2011 2:33:50 PM

+1 @ScrewySqrl for the true quad core (vs. hyperthreaded dual) SB. It's at the very top of your budget, but if you check Starcraft benchmarks, you'll see that nothing else comes close in this highly CPU-dependent game. If you have to, you could probably safely sacrifice the GPU down to a HD5770 to make budget; especially with an older monitor (which I'm guessing is not 1920x1080, perhaps 1280x1024?). As much as I like AMD for budget builds, it's a poor choice for SC2.