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Budget Gaming Build - Solid? ($550 Limit)

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May 3, 2011 4:43:36 AM

I've built my last 2 gaming rigs and I'm ready to go ahead and throw together another one as my Athlon 5200+, 8800GT system is showing it's age and I'm passing it onto my wife.

I'm building a system to handle Diablo 3 when it comes around, as well as solid settings on various FPS's.
I've got a case and a solid PSU (I also have an Antec Earthwatts 500w PSU I could use as well).
My budget for the remaining components is about $550 max. I'd like to be between $500-$550 as it's going on my newegg perfered account and no interest for 12 months.
Any suggestions / thoughts? Looking to buy in the next few days and wondering how solid this would be for a budget gaming build and if any changes I should make or go as is. Look forward to any feedback! Thanks.

Components Already Have:

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion
PSU: Corsair VX450W Power supply - 450 Watt
Hard Drives
CD Rom Drive


Need / Proposed:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
$125

MOBO: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
-USB 3.0 and SATA 6gbs
$80

Graphics Card:
XFX HD-685X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... )
$174

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
$40

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
$99

TOTAL: $519.95

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a b 4 Gaming
May 3, 2011 4:51:22 AM

Looks solid. I would've recommended the same thing.

Cept, if your not to focused on the game and MIR. Here's a better card for a cheaper price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5850 vs 6850
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/295?vs=291
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May 3, 2011 4:56:24 AM

Wow, didn't realize there was that little difference in performance versus price. Much appreciated! Definitely throwing that in instead.
16 bucks under budget, but I can throw in a USB drive or something to push it to $500 even. TY! :) 
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May 3, 2011 5:02:39 AM

I just checked out your links... Had I looked there first I could of saved myself about 4 hours of research! Doh! Well glad I made good choices at least. Thanks Mate!

Will keep an eye on the thread of any other POV's for a few, if not definitely going this route. :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
May 3, 2011 5:22:08 AM

^ Haha no problem man, good luck with the build! Glad my article would've been helpful before research :) 
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May 3, 2011 6:08:10 PM

Went ahead and ordered the parts! Thanks again AznShinobi. :) 
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May 3, 2011 6:08:26 PM

Best answer selected by stimmerut.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 3, 2011 11:00:54 PM

Yep, good luck!
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