$600 Build - First Build

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 Weeks

Budget Range: $600 After Rebates/Tax/Shipping (Prefer for it not to go over 600)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mild Gaming, Daily Casual use

Parts Not Required: OS/Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: U.S

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Nope

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: Hello, thanks for the help :D. I'm looking for a decent gaming build to play most games now and in the future (BF3, Rift, Diablo 3, SC2). I'm not expecting to have maxed out settings on them, as long as it runs smoothly between Low-Med settings I'll be satisfied. I'm not good with picking parts, but here is what I have so far. If theres any compatibility issues please point it out :)

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

XFX HD-485X-ZNFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3
$109.99 -> I believe there is a coupon for this atm that ends on May 23rd to bring this down to $60 then $40 with a $20 rebate so I might order this soon.

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,

Total = $494.93/$454.93 (If I decide to go for the GPU deal)

I know the PSU is pretty important so I'm going to need suggestions on a good one. Any other suggestions on parts are welcomed too. Thank you.
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  1. you have chosen a relatively expensive Z68 mb; recommend switching to a P67, take the savings and opt for i5/2500k processor
  2. Another option is backing down to an i5-2400/ H67 mb , and dump that savings into a better video card, perhaps a 6850 or GTX460(1 gb)
  3. Here's a recommendation :


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    For more performance you can swap out i3 2100 with i5 2400

    Also you can upgrade your power supply to this one

    You will remain well under your budget.
  4. With 600$ you can get a way better computer than one with 2100 and low end graphics card! This is what i suggest:

    Case is very important as it's the one who stores your system. It's worth spending a few more $$ to get the Antec One Hundred

    Antec One Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    There is a very good combo for HDD and GPU. First one comes from PC Power & Cooling and it's an 80+ Bronze with 650W, more than enough for this system! Second one is a SATA III HDD from Western Digital's Black series!

    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply bundled with: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Another good deal for CPU and GPU. Powerful Quad Core Phenom II X4 and 6870 so you can play everything at :sol: MAX SETTINGS :sol:

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX bundled with: SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    For motherboard I choose an AM3R2 one from Asrock with 880G chipset, so you can can full support for AMD Bulldozers! Other than that, this motherboard has USB & SATA III and Crossfire support (although last one is uselless as the second pci-e slot runs at 4x resulting in terrible perfomance for Crossfire)

    ASRock 880G PRO3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    Last but not least I choose a 4GB set from Kingston with 1600Mhz speed, which will be very useful if you upgrade to Bulldozers (as they need high speed memory).

    Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX

    Symmary is 669 Dollars but with mail-in rebate, instant discounts and combo deals we go to 614 Dollars
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