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(i3) Budget/gaming first time build suggestions pls

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April 7, 2011 9:59:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week (the closer the better))


Budget Range: Less than 700$ was aiming for 500$.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS(sticking with xp for now), Dvd/cd drive(hopefully).


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com


Country of Origin: U s and a


Parts Preferences: Western digital hdd, Intel cpu, better for upgrades in the future with intel motherboard? Didn't want to cheap out on the PSU so I got that Corsair.


Overclocking: Willing to try.


SLI or Crossfire: Not now..maybe down the road?

Additional Comments: I started out with AMD phenom ii x4 cpu and Cheap Asrock mBoard but moved to Intel for fear of cheap asrock board being too cheap(you get what u pay for?). Plus, hoping for more room towards upgrades when intel's chips drop down. Obviously i'd like to keep this new build as cheap as possible. Perhaps I could get a less expensive Video card for the time being although i'd like to keep the one below. Please any suggestion/advice?
Parts I have selected:

Cpu(125$) - Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mainboard(115$) - GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16813128487

RAM(40$) - G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS Item #: N82E16820231396
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics(175$) - Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1 GB Item #: N82E16814102908
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive(46$) - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 Item #: N82E16822136073
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case(40$) - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119203
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU(70$) - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 (CMPSU-500CX) 500W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139018
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 690$ before shipping.

Please let me know if u see something wrong or better deals. :pt1cable:  Thank you guys for all your time.



April 7, 2011 10:24:20 AM

In mah siggy 600$, I don't know how your build costs so much.
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April 7, 2011 10:40:02 AM

aznshinobi said:
In mah siggy 600$, I don't know how your build costs so much.

Thanks for your siggy btw I was trying to model my build after your 600$. Perhaps you could update your build for non-microcenter users and item availabilty/stock. Maybe add newegg links along with amazon ones?
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April 7, 2011 1:45:58 PM

browserr said:
Approximate Purchase Date: This week (the closer the better))


Budget Range: Less than 700$ was aiming for 500$.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS(sticking with xp for now), Dvd/cd drive(hopefully).


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com


Country of Origin: U s and a


Parts Preferences: Western digital hdd, Intel cpu, better for upgrades in the future with intel motherboard? Didn't want to cheap out on the PSU so I got that Corsair.


Overclocking: Willing to try.


SLI or Crossfire: Not now..maybe down the road?

Additional Comments: I started out with AMD phenom ii x4 cpu and Cheap Asrock mBoard but moved to Intel for fear of cheap asrock board being too cheap(you get what u pay for?). Plus, hoping for more room towards upgrades when intel's chips drop down. Obviously i'd like to keep this new build as cheap as possible. Perhaps I could get a less expensive Video card for the time being although i'd like to keep the one below. Please any suggestion/advice?
Parts I have selected:

Cpu(125$) - Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mainboard(115$) - GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16813128487

RAM(40$) - G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS Item #: N82E16820231396
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics(175$) - Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1 GB Item #: N82E16814102908
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive(46$) - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 Item #: N82E16822136073
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case(40$) - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119203
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU(70$) - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 (CMPSU-500CX) 500W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139018
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 690$ before shipping.

Please let me know if u see something wrong or better deals. :pt1cable:  Thank you guys for all your time.


I come up with $611 based on your numbers above.
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April 7, 2011 6:43:00 PM

^ I KNEW IT!

Haha, all the numbers in my siggy are according to items on newegg and amazon.

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