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$500 Budget Gaming Build (Need Advice)

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May 4, 2011 12:06:25 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 500 range before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers & Case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference but don't have a Frys or Microcenter near me.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I've looked at quite a few different posts on budget builds around my price range and kind of gathered different ideas for parts from various threads. I'm looking to see if it's a decent build, if there's any possible upgrades in my range and if the power supply I've chosen is going to be high enough for my build.
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ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 69.99

SAPPHIRE 100282XTREME Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 139.99

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 124.99

Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 39.99

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996586
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 39.99

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 19.99

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: 44.99


Subtotal: 434.94

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I just noticed that this power supply:
Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Has a promo code of 20 dollars off until 5/9. It says the price was 89.99, it currently is 69.99. Is that with the promo code or will the promo code take another 20 dollars off bringing it to 49.99?

I looked at AznShinobi's 600 build and noticed he listed the

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

is there a major difference between what he listed and what I picked?

This is the case I already have.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you in advance for all the help.

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May 4, 2011 12:46:12 AM

The difference from the one in mine, and the one in yours.

The Asrock has USB 3 and SATA 3 while the Asus still sports only the USB 2 and SATA 2. The Asrock still can use SATA 2 and USB 2 though, it just has the slots to use USB 3 and SATA 3.

By the way, I'm getting 480, not 430.
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May 4, 2011 12:53:33 AM

I must've left something out when punching up the total. Thanks for the response on the mobo, I'll be picking the one you've recommended since the price difference isn't really much.
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May 4, 2011 5:36:50 AM

I'm changing my mobo to

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and found out that the
Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
goes down to 49.99 with the 20 dollar promo code, which lasts until the 9th.

I didn't recieve a response on if the 380w power supply was going to be enough, but for 5 dollars more I'm just going to go with the 500w to be safe.

The rest is going to stay the same, unless someone knows of a piece that might be better for around the same price range.

The grand total, including shipping comes out to 503.94 for those that might have a similar budget & pieces.
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May 4, 2011 5:46:07 AM

Sounds good, good luck!
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May 4, 2011 5:46:50 AM

You have to get that rebate post marked and out in the mail before the 9th so make sure you receive your product before then to get all required items in the mail.
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May 4, 2011 5:50:11 AM

A Promo code, isn't an MIR. It's two separate things.
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May 4, 2011 5:57:37 AM

aznshinobi said:
A Promo code, isn't an MIR. It's two separate things.

Ya sorry. Disregard my post. I have no idea why I was thinking it was a MiB.
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May 11, 2011 12:46:08 AM

put it together and it runs great. all my games are maxed out with great fps. thanks for the help. I guess this can be closed now? o_O
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May 11, 2011 1:11:48 AM

Yep, just pick a best answer. Which every answered your question the best. Congrats.
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May 11, 2011 1:13:54 AM

Best answer selected by mike sparkfist.
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