$500-$600 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: In a month or two

Budget Range: ~$500-$600 before rebates (without os and monitor)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, SC2, future games like Diablo 3 and Battlefield 3)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon

Country of Origin: U.S

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: Just so people know I just started looking into building my own gaming computer so I'm not familiar with everything. I know a gaming pc should cost more then 600, but as long as it has the ability to play games from Medium to High I'm fine it it. So far I've come up with this, but I'm pretty sure its not a great build haha.. Would be great to get some opinion on this since I barely have any computer knowledge

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
ASUS P8H61-M (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.631838 - $249.99

SAPPHIRE 100282XTREME Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB - $139.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $44.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - $54.99

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS - $59.99

LG Black 22X - $23.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX - $59.99

Total = $633.93

I don't know how to pick a case out so some recommendations would be great! Also any monitor recommendations would be appreciated. I know the case would probably push it to almost 650 which is over my budget so if there is any way to reduce the price that would be great I guess thats all I have to say for now, thanks in advance
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  1. Yeah that's how I'd build a new budget system right now. There is a combo deal for that CPU/Mobo that will save you $20: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.631838

    Now if you really want to save some money you can downgrade to the i3-2100 and there are also cheaper H61 boards out there. i3-2100 is perfectly fine for gaming, but if you can fit the i5 in your budget I'd go with that.

    You are not OC'ing so case airflow is not really a big deal. I usually say just buy a case that looks good, fits your mobo and gets decent reviews. Something like this is great for a budget build: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227. The extremely popular Antec 300 also has a rebate making it a good buy atm: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    For a monitor you cannot beat this 21.5" LCD with LED backlight 1920x1080 for only $130: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009261
  2. Thanks for the combo link I guess I missed it haha.

    So looks like I'm pretty much set. Anyone else for opinions? Just making sure that I get the best pc possible with my budget
  3. yep, thats the build, i believe the 5850 is sold out however :(
    i5-2400+h61+5850+BP550 is the best value available. I think its a shame the editors pick $500, $1000, and $2000 for their marathon builds as the 600-800 price bracket is far more interesting.
  4. Spend a little more for the WD 640G Black hard drive! Faster and built better.
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