$600 budget-ish gaming rig

Approximate Purchase Date: some time in june

Budget Range: $0-$700 ($700 is pushing it though) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing, work

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com.... though open to other reputable sites

Country of Origin: i live in the U.S.

Parts Preferences: whatever has the most for the least amount of $ and I'm going to uses windows 7

Overclocking: Maybe (but not necessary)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: at least 1080

Additional Comments: the quieter the better, at least 1tb hdd (nice to have 2), at least 3 gb memory... i would like to make it for as little as possible and yet still play games like:civ and total war series, bf2 +bfbc2 (and eventually bf3), mine craft, crysis, and others but that should give a good idea.
and i would like to have an easily upgradeable setup so it will be a long time before i need to start anew, basically i would like to upgrade parts as i get more "scratch."
....of course the budget dominates all.

also what are some hidden cost in building a pc

these are the parts i have already looked up-

Phenom II X4 840
Core i5-2300
Core i3-2100


3 memory slots preferred


Seagate ST31000528AS

SeaSonic USA M12II 520 Bronze
Antec EA-380D Green

Antec Three Hundred Illusion
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  1. the I5 is much stronger than the phenom. the I3 beats a quad core phenom.

    i would go with i5-2300
    this board is alot cheaper


    SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  2. thanks... do you know of a less expensive graphics card that would still work
  3. either a HD 6850 1GB or GTX 460 1GB
  4. thanks... i suppose that with the g-card being the most important part in a gaming rig i should allow for as much as possible.
  5. yep it imporatant to buy the best card you can buy if it means stepping down to less inspensive processor like the i3
  6. Since you are buying in june, it's kind of useless to look for parts, mainly because amd releases there new stuff june 6 and they always dominate the low budget builds. You have a good idea of what you can get;wait closer to your buy date to look for specific parts.
  7. @k1114... true true... though right now I'm reaching out to the community so i will have a better idea of what to get when the time comes...right now I'm somewhat lost in the vast sea of computer parts.
    also nice avatar.
  8. These parts can all be found on Newegg:
    CPU: $225 i5-2500K
    Mobo: $130 Gigabyte Z68 8x/8x on PCI-e lanes
    Graphics: $190 Galaxy GTX 560Ti
    PSU: $74 Corsair TX750 V2
    RAM: $48 Geil 4GB (2x2GB) 1600CL8 DDR3
    Case: $40 Thermaltake V4
    HDD: $55 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (wait for Newegg deal)
    DVD: Use old one

    TOTAL: $762

    This build makes no compromises and is totally awesome. In order to get this down in your budget, you can use the same coupons to get the Corsair TX650 V2 for $65 (might handle two GTX 560Ti's...maybe), Find 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 on sale w/rebate for $25, Find a decent case with free shipping for $30, Get the $125 mATX version of the Gigabyte Z68 motherboard, or use an old HDD until you can afford a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB.

    If you do most of those, you'll get this under $700. If you just switch to a cheap H61 mobo and i3-2100 (or better, i5-2300) with the same other parts (although you'll only need a 500W PSU), you'll get it down to $600. Keep in mind that if you get a single PCI-e slot motherboard you'll need a high end graphics card to go with it because there will be no SLI/CF down the line.

    PSU: Stick to Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, or XFX unless you've got a stellar review (see jonnyguru.com for examples) for something else. Check here to see how much power you need:http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
    Use 15% capacitor aging.
  9. the only thing i would consider is bulldozer and it gonna start at $190 for a quad core. LLano start at $70 for Dual Core up to Quad Core for 110,130,150,170 the 150 and 170 has 400 stream processor the other has 320 stream porcessors and dual core only have 160 stream processors

  10. I would personally wait 1 month for Bulldozer. One guarantee about it is that it will really drive prices down, regardless of its performance.
  11. good stuff only thing is i still need to reserve about a $100 for os
  12. i hate being a broke a** college student
  13. maybe to cut costs i should go with this cpu
    Core i3-540

    because as long as it's dual core i don't think i should be too worried about the processor... then again i could be wrong.
  14. If you're a "broke a** college student", how do those Windows 7 discounts for students work? A lot of colleges (especially engineering kinda stuff) have free copies of Windows. Ask your friends if they know of anything your school offers.

    DO NOT get the i3-540. You want a 2nd generation i3/i5 socket 1155, not first generation socket 1156.

    If you want to cut costs, take some of the suggestions I made above like getting an i5-2300/i3-2100.

    If you're not getting a "K" series CPU, then you may as well just get a cheap H61 motherboard (versus Z68 or P67). If you can only afford $600, I highly recommend you wait one month and you'll probably be able to get all this stuff for under $700.

    I do think the PSU is a very good deal and I'd get the TX750 V2 now IF you're planning on getting an SLI capable motherboard (the Gigabyte Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502&cm_re=gigabyte_z68-_-13-128-502-_-Product ).
  15. yeah my college offers super cheap upgrades for windows but thats it.

    yeah, i wasnt paying attention to that, thanks
  16. i'd like to bite the bullet and get an up to date motherboard (latest cpu socket, and usb 3.0 and so on) so i can upgrade stuff in the future with out buying a new mobo.
  17. Go for sandy bridge. Here's a recommendation
    DVD Burner 19.99 $

    Case 49.99 $

    HDD 64.99 $

    Graphic Card 197.99 $ with 20 $ mail-in-rebate

    Power Supply 39.99 $ with 10$ mail-rebate

    RAM 49.99 $ . 1.5 volts perfect for sandy bridge

    MOBO 88.89 $

    CPU: for it you have two choice i3 2100 or if you can stretch higher i5-2400

    About PSU : This power supply is decent with the above config. Here's a proof 6870 power consumption. However if you want higher wattage, here's another Antec

    Here's a screenshot with base config:

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  18. thanks, yeah I'm thinking that with that Antec costing only a little more i might go with it just to be on the safe side (because i plan on upgrading stuff and adding more HDD as time goes on)
  19. dalauder said:

    Graphics: $190 Galaxy GTX 560Ti

    Where can I find a 560 Ti @ 190? or do u mean the 560?

    Anonymous said:

    why the windows 7 again? Get the upgrade from the school. There are ways to legally do a clean install with it. Good luck
  20. i need to buy windows 7 because my school only offers upgrades, not the os itself.
  21. well i take that back because i found this...

  22. $190 GTX 560Ti (after $40 rebate): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162074&Tpk=galaxy%20gtx%20560%20ti

    Good choice not to go with the Cooler Master PSU.
  23. dalauder said:
    $190 GTX 560Ti (after $40 rebate): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162074&Tpk=galaxy%20gtx%20560%20ti

    Good choice not to go with the Cooler Master PSU.

    Oh nice. The 560Ti isn't worth it imo at its normal price range but a deal like this changes things altho I wouldn't personally go with that brand.
  24. gametstr said:
    Oh nice. The 560Ti isn't worth it imo at its normal price range but a deal like this changes things altho I wouldn't personally go with that brand.

    what would you recommend.
  25. I don't like Galaxy, but that's mostly because 4myrebates.com never gave me a BIG rebate with them. That said, I'd try it again at this price or order the $185 ASUS Open Box w/ three year warranty.
  26. what about this one
    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR
    it's a little high considering my budget but it comes with a free copy of photoshop
  27. the more i think about it i really want to splurge on a nice g card even if it means skimping on other parts or (deep breath in horror) going a bit over budget, cuz not only do i want to use the comp to game but i also really like to use multiple monitors
  28. Well if I can afford it I wouldn't go with anything but a 6950 2GB for high resolution multi monitor setup.
    or a 570 if u can go that higher?
  29. true..any recommendations?
    these are the displays im thinking about getting.
    main display:
    Vizio 22" Class LED-LCD 1080p
    and two:
    Hanns-G HW-173ABB
  30. also should i go for a oem cpu and get a water cool setup...or would that be over kill/ budget stupid?
  31. also might it be better to buy two gpu's (around $100 each) and have dual cards instead of one, or would it just be better to get one gpu (at around $200).
  32. Definitely budget stupid to go for a water cooling setup. Just get a good air cooler.
    like the CM hyper 212+ or Skythe mugen 2

    I 'd go with a single GPU solution. at 200$ the new GTX 560 / HD 6870 are good cards.
    If u can push the budget a little check this out for 233$ AR.
  33. i would love to pimp the gpu but i'm also budgeting for a server build... so im having to balance the budget a bit
  34. Looking good.
    Except the case. Just get the antec 300 illusion. u could use the extra fans for better cooling. (u are using stock CPU cooler.)
    Also for a build like this u dont really need a PSU bigger than a nice 450w unit. Let me see if I can find u a good one. Never mind stick to the corsair. Cant find any good ones cheap enough to justify going so low on wattage. that 650 should give u enough room for upgrades
  35. thanks for the help.
    yeah i wanted to find a cheaper power supply but like you said there arent any to justify the down grade.
    thats a good case.. though one nice thing about the Antec's VSK-2000 is that the psu is on top instead of the bottom...at least i think it would help the mobo. your probably right though.
  36. Case: $55 Antec 300 Illusion. Bottom mounted PSUs are better actually. That way the case can vent on the top to let heat out (where heat naturally rises). If you've missed the deal on the 300 Illusion, get the Thermaltake V4. It's cheaper and better (bottom mounted PSU, black interior).

    PSU: $40 OCZ StealthXStream 2 600W http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6491962&CatId=1483
    If the Corsair TX650 V2 is very good, but if it's not still on sale for $64, it's not really a special deal anymore. This particular OCZ is very good: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-StealthXStream-2-600-W-Power-Supply-Review/1058/10

    Mobo: $130 This Gigabyte Z68 will allow upgrade to a much better CPU if you decide to down the line and is full ATX for $130: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502&cm_re=gigabyte_z68-_-13-128-502-_-Product

    CPU: $225 i5-2500K

    RAM: $25 1333CL9 Patriot http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=u1260993t2947259f9fp0dd0c0s701&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16820220480
    This is the same speed (1333) and latency CL9 as the other stuff. I prefer 1600CL9, but if you can't afford the $48 Geil 1600CL8, then you may as well go cheap.

    DVD: $20

    GPU: $190 Galaxy GTX 560Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162074&cm_re=gtx_560_ti-_-14-162-074-_-Product

    OS: $30 Windows 7

    TOTAL: $715

    This Computer is MUCH MUCH better than the one on your list above. The i5-2500K often performs much better in games than the i3-2100
    And the i5-2500K would appear at the top of all these charts if overclocked.

    Also the GTX 560Ti is much faster than the 6870, especially with NVidia's newest drivers (faster than most benchmarks you find will indicate). And it overclocks like 20%, which is pretty amazing.

    This computer is so close in price to the inferior build you proposed that I don't think it can be passed up. I, personally, would buy the Corsair TX750 V2 for $74 if you can still find it for that because it can handle GTX 560Ti's in SLi and was a great price.
  37. hmm the ocz is a good deal.. and as a reviewer suggested i guess i could get some Molex to sata power adapters to makeup for it only having 3 sata connections.
    good find. I went ahead and snagged one.

    also do you know of any decent gpu's for about $50, i want to use one in my server build.
  38. If you want a good gaming system get a PS3 it had the world's FIRST 6 core CPU but ht eGPU is like a geforce 7900 gs.
  39. lol yeah i already have 2 ps3's, i'm actually thinking about selling one to help fund this build
  40. Server? It should work just fine with integrated graphics. If you're putting together a server, you should probably just start a whole new thread on that. You'll find more advice from people who know more about servers than me.

    Cheap graphics though? Anything will do. You could post in the classifieds section of this forum.

    EDIT: And I pretty much ignored that comment about getting a PS3. A PS3 is only worth it if you NEED L.A. Noire.
  41. true true
  42. This will do what you need and BETTER than a intergrated, this is one heck of a powerful card http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6820707&CatId=3670 it's kinda old but is still good it plays MW2 on max 60fps STABLE. The http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=417780&CatId=3669 is less peformance for the same price. The http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=547&card2=575 You should get this for REAL peformance and now the card is LOW priced!
  43. @Addison

    You hopped in this thread really late. Please scroll up and read what we're talking about because you're not contributing helpful input. It's a Radeon 6870 or GTX 560Ti on the table, which wipe the floor with a PS3, 9800GT, or 5670. And a 9800GT doesn't max out MW2 on most resolutions. Maybe if you window it.

    The thread is nearly closed because the guy's already buying parts.
  44. That was my old card and I played on a high res just fine.
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