$500 - $750 Budget Gaming PC Help

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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  1. 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=N82E16813128498
    a little more memory with a bit of upgrade may be nice, too $30.00 more
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220558
    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
  2. 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.
  3. 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=N82E16813128502&cm_re=gigabyte_z68-_-13-128-502-_-Product

    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.
  4. Is there any cheaper MB? It can be Micro ATX. I'm not even sure I'm going to do Crossfire
  5. 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=N82E16811129042
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    The cheapest no-frills Mob that would work is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130588
    You lose alot of features though.
  6. This antec bp550 is a nice semi modular power supply currently on sale $55 free ship:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016&Tpk=bp550

    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=ShoppingGuide122710_email-_-ShoppingGuide122710-_-http%3a%2f%2fpromotions.newegg.com%2fhomepage%2fblackNov10%2fbnr_homeLinkList_email.png

    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=N82E16820231427

    Here is a great combo get 8Gb of ram for the price of 4GB:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.674958
  7. 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.
  8. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231439

    Good, fast ram $49

    I doubt you would need more than 4gb honestly.
  9. If you want to save even more on the case get this:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/NZXT-Gamma-Classic-Series-ATX-Mid-Tower-Steel-Chassis-Black/15140332

    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.
  10. Thanks for the Walmart advice xD

    I think this is good now: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=23886688
  11. 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=N82E16820231427

    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=N82E16822148701
  12. 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.
  13. 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=N82E16820231427

    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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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=N82E16820231396
  16. 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?ItemList=Combo.660242

    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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