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April 9, 2011 7:49:46 PM

Hey guys I'm looking to build a gaming PC for under 600$
This is my first build so please help me out. So far I've got as follows:
Gigabyte p67 intel motherboard
GeForce GTS 450 msi card
intel i3 550 processor
corosair 4gb ram
thermaltake v3 black edition tower
StealthXstream 700W power supply
Wireless K/M and Speakers

So far this is 610$. What should I add or remove? also I don't need a monitor as i already have one.
thanks
a b 4 Gaming
April 9, 2011 8:06:30 PM

You cannot use the cpu with that motherboard.

You need a s1155 cpu, not s1156. So you want to choose i3-2100.

You need 1.5v ram.

There are better choices for a power supply and you don't need 700w. A 500w would be more than enough.
April 9, 2011 8:28:18 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
Athlon II X3 450/880G HDMI SuperCombo Combo Price: $235.00

Then you need a hdd, dvd-burner, video card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 $164.99 after mail-in rebate card
Get Shogun game w/ combo purchase, limited offer

With the 450 watt you wont be able to overclock the card, but it should still run.
If not you will need a p/s as well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 $124.99 Free Shipping $99.99 after mail-in rebate Mostly the 800 shader 5770 uses alot less power than the 460, 6950, or 5850, but its still a pretty fast card. It should run on the 450 watt.
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April 9, 2011 10:01:32 PM

That i3-2100 with the asus motherboard combo looks pretty good. I think im gonna get it. Also which website do you guys prefer, newegg or Tigerdirect?
a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2011 2:21:30 AM

I prefer Newegg or Amazon, whichever is cheaper and has free shipping.
April 10, 2011 3:40:19 AM

i3-2100 is good
GTS 450 is junk. Someone above linked a good deal on a 5850 and that is a very good card for $165. You didn't list your prices so I don't know your budget but if $165 is too much you can grab a 460 gtx for $120 on tiger direct: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6488427&CatId=3670. I wouldn't go any lower than a 460 gtx on new build gaming systems. Also keep in mind tax when shopping at different sites, for example if you live in California newegg charges tax but not tigerdirect and that can change things.

Don't forget a hdd, dvd drive and possibly OS. Any $20 dvd drive will be fine and you can get a 500GB HDD for $40, just pick the company you like best, I prefer WD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136358
a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2011 9:53:38 AM

hunter387 said:
Hey guys I'm looking to build a gaming PC for under 600$
This is my first build so please help me out. So far I've got as follows:
So far this is 610$. What should I add or remove? also I don't need a monitor as i already have one.
thanks


Not sure what you need k/m wireless speakers for when you on a budget. your a gamer use a headest :D 

here is a kick @$$ sandy bridge Rig. I included a HD and DVD/CD drive that you build didn't have. it has a respectable Gaming GPU and a solid PSU.

All is from newegg.com

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
$20.99

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811133094
-$10.00 Instant
$49.99
$39.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
$49.99

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768MD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Item #: N82E16814121390
-$10.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$159.99
$149.99

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 (CMPSU-600CX) 600W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139019
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$79.99
$69.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231425
$44.99

ASRock H67M (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157233
-$5.00 Instant
$99.99
$94.99

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32120
Item #: N82E16819115077
$149.99
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$620.92 shipping is about $25 to westcoast MIR for $50 if you can get them.

if you have some flex in your budget there is this combo (not a fan of Rosewill PSU's but it a good deal none the less):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
for $520, add $149 for the ASUS GTX460 and you have a i5 2500k system that kicks even more @$$ (these $40 MIR's so final cost is $629 +shipping)



a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2011 10:44:59 AM
April 10, 2011 11:48:32 AM

No one included an operating system; Windows 7 64 bit, add $100.......

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so unless the budget is $700+ have to cut back a bit on something.

Most obvious thing would be to drop Sandy Bridge and goto an AMD quad core. No, CPU is not as fast, but you won't need a Sandy Bridge to play games in a $600 rig....

a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2011 1:58:20 PM




That MB is NOT a H67/P67, I have never even heard of the chipset it uses. It also uses a Audio and LAN chipset that I never heard of. I would stay away from this if I were you!
Stay with the H67 MB I recommended, it is solid.

Not a big savings on the GPU/CPU combo, but if you can fit it in your budget they are more powerful.

the Case is the same $ as the Thermaltake V3 Black that you picked out, so just stick with what you like.

The HDD/PSU link doesn't work but I found the combo anyway. it not really a combo deal because the PSU already has $10 instant and $20 MIR. you can save $10 and go with the Seagate drive if you want. I like the samsung better though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram: never here of that brand "WINTEC AMPX" good reviews though. I'd stay with the name brand Ram.

your choice though.
April 10, 2011 2:06:53 PM

^its a h61 chipset, the lower end. Which makes sandy a viable option at such a low price point.....If I were not planning cf/sli, I would go with that board to match with a non unlocked sb cpu.
April 10, 2011 2:18:42 PM

hunter387 said:
Hey guys I'm looking to build a gaming PC for under 600$
This is my first build so please help me out. So far I've got as follows:
Gigabyte p67 intel motherboard
GeForce GTS 450 msi card
intel i3 550 processor
corosair 4gb ram
thermaltake v3 black edition tower
StealthXstream 700W power supply
Wireless K/M and Speakers

So far this is 610$. What should I add or remove? also I don't need a monitor as i already have one.
thanks


forget the i3 buy an i7-860 ;)  cost around 200 euros
a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2011 2:47:31 PM

jerreddredd said:
That MB is NOT a H67/P67, I have never even heard of the chipset it uses. It also uses a Audio and LAN chipset that I never heard of. I would stay away from this if I were you!
Stay with the H67 MB I recommended, it is solid.

Not a big savings on the GPU/CPU combo, but if you can fit it in your budget they are more powerful.

the Case is the same $ as the Thermaltake V3 Black that you picked out, so just stick with what you like.

The HDD/PSU link doesn't work but I found the combo anyway. it not really a combo deal because the PSU already has $10 instant and $20 MIR. you can save $10 and go with the Seagate drive if you want. I like the samsung better though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram: never here of that brand "WINTEC AMPX" good reviews though. I'd stay with the name brand Ram.

your choice though.


You never heard of a H61? What planet are you from?

I'm using one and I love it. But if you can afford it, get the H67.
a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2011 3:28:08 PM

geekapproved said:
You never heard of a H61? What planet are you from?

I'm using one and I love it. But if you can afford it, get the H67.


Well I Googled it and found what it was, but couldn't fine reputable place that had speed tested it for gaming. Seems like a good deal for some one on a very limited budget who doesn't need all the bells and whistles (it is real plain jane, no raid and very limited ports).

Hows the on-board sound?
hows yours working out?
April 10, 2011 5:29:35 PM

Thanks for the replies!
a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2011 9:08:27 PM

Jerreded please do you research before you mock me.

Just because H61 is a skeleton doesn't mean it is not a viable option. With the build I put together he'd get way more CPU and GPU power.

Wintec has been a long standing company in the ram game. Lots of people around the forum have suggested the company. That includes Batchuka. Hope you know who that is.

Hmmm funny cause the link works for me. O well.

Hunter/OP Are you going to crossfire? If not, the H61 is good enough for you. It is good enough for most standard users. If don't OC then even better.

Onboard is fine. I use onboard still on my 790FXGD70 and it sounds excellent I don't know what people complain about.
April 11, 2011 1:28:29 AM

jerreddredd said:
Well I Googled it and found what it was, but couldn't fine reputable place that had speed tested it for gaming. Seems like a good deal for some one on a very limited budget who doesn't need all the bells and whistles (it is real plain jane, no raid and very limited ports).

Hows the on-board sound?
hows yours working out?


Speed testing motherboards for gaming? I laugh whenever I see a site do this because the answer is always the same: it doesn't matter. Have fun spending $50 more on a premium motherboard for maybe 1-1.5 fps advantage. You buy a motherboard because it has the features that you need and better capacitors and stuff. You spend money on a motherboard because it allows better CPU OCs (but really cheap boards OC just fine, it's more about the fan/hs/cooling) You don't spend money on motherboards for gaming performance. That $50 could be spent on a much better GPU which will give a noticeable performance upgrade.

Yes the H61 doesn't do SLI/Crossfire but who does a budget SLI/Crossfire build. You only get 4 sata ports on some models but that is a dvd drive + 2 HDDs + 1 extra. Most peripherals are USB nowadays so the limited PCI/PCIe slots isn't that big a deal.

As for onboard sound, all onboard sound is terrible. It's all Realtek/VIA junk until you get a good sound card.
a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2011 1:35:51 AM

^+1

Cept onboard is doing me justice. That's just me though.
a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2011 5:52:04 AM

aznshinobi said:
Jerreded please do you research before you mock me.

Just because H61 is a skeleton doesn't mean it is not a viable option. With the build I put together he'd get way more CPU and GPU power.

Wintec has been a long standing company in the ram game. Lots of people around the forum have suggested the company. That includes Batchuka. Hope you know who that is.

Hmmm funny cause the link works for me. O well.

Hunter/OP Are you going to crossfire? If not, the H61 is good enough for you. It is good enough for most standard users. If don't OC then even better.

Onboard is fine. I use onboard still on my 790FXGD70 and it sounds excellent I don't know what people complain about.


I didn't mean come off like that. yes my ignorance of the existence of the H61 chipset was obvious. It is very new and went unnoticed be me in the wake of the "Cougar Point" disaster.

I wasn't mocking you. I was serious.

How is the on board sound?
and I really wanted to know your opinion/review of the board. can you OC if you put a 'K' series CPU in it?

There could be a difference in MB speed that is noticeable across different chipsets. I would agree that the difference between boards with the same chipset would be so small the average person wouldn't notice or care. I would be interested in the performance of the H61 vs H67/P67 chipsets.
April 11, 2011 11:52:03 PM

Yes the x3 is a cheaper system. If you spend anymore than that, go with socket 1155. It's a new socket that just came out so upgrade cpu's will be around for a while where am3 is at its end of its life now.

a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2011 11:54:20 PM

Depending on the CPU. AM3+ plans to use 8xx X/GX/FX/G chipsets. MSI and Gigabyte already announced support in their current 8xx series boards. MSI has even says that they're 7xx boards have support as well.
April 12, 2011 12:32:54 AM

I don't know, you would have to buy a higher end am3 board to get that. For that money you could have a 1155 board instead and a faster sandybridge cpu. You would be taking the gamble that bulldozer is going to be faster than sandybridge.
a b 4 Gaming
April 12, 2011 12:35:07 AM

^ Z68 is releasing backwards compatible with P67/H67/H61.

If it is true, BD will only gain 50% from the old Phenom II's that's basically reaching the SB chips current perf. So hard to say.
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