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$500 - $750 Budget Gaming PC Help

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June 21, 2011 8:24:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: About one month.


Budget Range: $500 - $750


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, DVD Drive, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, or you can suggest some cheap sites.


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Only thing I prefer is a Quad Core Intel CPU.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1024x768, 1280x1024 (This might change once I get a widescreen, but just use these reso's for now)


Additional Comments: I don't know anything when it comes to building desktops. I prefer a desktop that has a good cooling system, but also not so loud.

I appreciate any help I can get. Thank you.

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June 21, 2011 8:40:35 PM
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June 21, 2011 9:09:57 PM

the list Timop put out is good, it might be overkill for the resolution you are playing on,,even if you step up a bit, even to 1080p
i would change the CPU to the 2500K - the part listed above cannot overclock, the K model is on $10 more and will overclock like snot
also micro ATX gives you little room if you xfire or SLI,, may want this board (or something similar,, stay with Z68 chipset though, 40$ more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a little more memory with a bit of upgrade may be nice, too $30.00 more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I love the antec 500 w, just remember if you add another vid card, you will have to upgrade though

also, the Antec 300 case is about same price but should be a bit quiter than the HAF case - Tom's uses it quite often in the 2000$ builds and works well
video cards Timop mentioned are nice, but I also think the 460GTX 1GB would work well for you now or a 560TI (future proofing) check prices,, i have seen the 460 for as little as 140

Give or take a little, its about 750 all together
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June 21, 2011 9:18:13 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. Appreciate it.

Would I be able to use the Patriot RAM with the MB Timop suggested?

Oh also, can you give me a link to the Antec 300 you're talking about? I searched it on newegg and there are several of them. I don't know which one is best.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 21, 2011 9:22:19 PM

The RAM would work fine on either board. Here's another board if you want ATX, Z68, and some change in your pocket.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Z68 isn't a must though, if you don't do video conversion or plan to use a SSD, P67 is exactly the same.

Also, the 2500K is $35 more than non-K now, and it still "overclocks" via turbo. Unless you're sure about OC, the normal one might be a better choice.
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June 21, 2011 9:28:07 PM

Is there any cheaper MB? It can be Micro ATX. I'm not even sure I'm going to do Crossfire
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a b 4 Gaming
June 21, 2011 9:40:15 PM

Boss187 said:
Thanks for the suggestions guys. Appreciate it.

Would I be able to use the Patriot RAM with the MB Timop suggested?

Oh also, can you give me a link to the Antec 300 you're talking about? I searched it on newegg and there are several of them. I don't know which one is best.

Theres only 2, normal and illusion (plus 2 120mm LED fans)
The fans are $12 a pop, but there's an MIR on the normal one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The cheapest no-frills Mob that would work is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You lose alot of features though.

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June 21, 2011 10:09:53 PM

This antec bp550 is a nice semi modular power supply currently on sale $55 free ship:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And if this is your first time ordering from newegg be sure to use promo code newcustomer10 to save ten bucks on any order over $50.

I would get the 2500k for a slightly longer lifespan with the easy overclock (semi-future proof).

Here is a promo for 15% of any desktop memory valid till 6/23 on newegg:
DM15JN11US

The email promo changes weekly so be sure to check that out here is the current one (can also be found on newegg's homepage):
http://www.newegg.com/emailpromo/?cm_sp=ShoppingGuide12...

Oh and don't buy that patriot memory just get the cheapest 1600Mhz 1.5v ram, they will usually overclock better with the extra voltage headroom.
These are a better option:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a great combo get 8Gb of ram for the price of 4GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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a b 4 Gaming
June 21, 2011 10:10:39 PM

Drop the RAM to either 1333 or get 8GB. These are barely better than 1333 4GBs.
Other than that, yes*

*The GPU is pretty lackluster in performance and and extra $15 for the SLI/CF board is worth it IMO. Save the money by switching to a cheaper case like the Nzxt M59.
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June 21, 2011 10:35:52 PM

If you want to save even more on the case get this:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/NZXT-Gamma-Classic-Series-ATX...

Technically it is the same without the 2.5" adapter and different side and front panels, but you will notice the guts are identical.

And 1600Mhz at cas9 is basically identical to 1333Mhz @ cas7 in fact the 1600Mhz can be down-clocked to 1333 and cas7, therefore whichever is cheapest is the best option.
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June 21, 2011 10:52:08 PM

All looks good (good choice on changing the video card and motherboard) except I would go for the ram I posted up earlier since it is lower voltage (less heat!!), faster with the same timings, and only four dollars more (not to mention how much more popular g skill is over patriot when it comes to memory). Here is the link again:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For five dollars more you could get this hard drive 500Gb, sata 6.0Gb/s, and a 16mb cache better than the 8Mb cache on the one you listed:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
June 21, 2011 10:52:34 PM

I'd stick with the 500W, CWT is a better OEM than FSP the BP uses. Other than that, looks good, just remember to use the promo codes.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 21, 2011 10:55:40 PM

mlcaouette said:
All looks good (good choice on changing the video card and motherboard) except I would go for the ram I posted up earlier since it is lower voltage (less heat!!), faster with the same timings, and only four dollars more (not to mention how much more popular g skill is over patriot when it comes to memory). Here is the link again:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Theoretically, here a $38 set for 1.5v G-skills without HSF obstructing heatsinks, but blue stickers are pretty and RAM uses so little power, the 0.15v doesn't make much difference at all.
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June 21, 2011 11:12:40 PM

Keep in mind that the 500w does not come with a power cord, dunno if the op already has one. It does come with a better efficiency rating but lacks the semi-modular design and cable coverings. Not trying to argue with you on this, but I'm shallow in regards to this and the looks are an important factor for me :) .

Where is the 38 dollar set I couldn't find the one you were referring to?

Bump to the promo codes you can always save so much on the egg it's great!

Don't you think the 2500K is worth the extra ten bucks?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 21, 2011 11:17:56 PM

mlcaouette said:
Keep in mind that the 500w does not come with a power cord, dunno if the op already has one. It does come with a better efficiency rating but lacks the semi-modular design and cable coverings.

Where is the 38 dollar set I couldn't find the one you were referring to?

Bump to the promo codes you can always save so much on the egg it's great!

You can save the enviroment!

For the RAM I meant this, 1333 CAS9, but with the little difference RAM makes, $5 is $5.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 21, 2011 11:22:17 PM

You can even combo that M/b with the 2500K making it ten cheaper than the 2500, now it's a no brainer:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I forgot to mention that the m59 case does come with two fans right out of the box. Both the gamma and M59 are very similar so I guess it would come down to (1) if you would use the few extra features of the M59, (2) which one you think looks better, and (3) how much you are willing to spend on a case.
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