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Budget gaming build-compare to newegg's build

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June 28, 2011 3:37:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime within the next 30 days.


Budget Range: $500-$600 from bestbuy


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming-World of Warcraft, Civilization, First person shooters

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, OS, mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: everything should be from bestbuy.com if possible.


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: any brand is ok, so long as quality is not sacrificed


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: Minimum 1280x1024 will be used, will likely be using a 20" LCD monitor, nothing super fancy though.


Additional Comments: trying to build a computer better than the current newegg offer for their Independence Day sale- The Phenom II 1090T/880G/8GB/1 TB SuperCombo for $384.99 Combo: 675224

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

I am also looking through the budget builds in the above stickied post, but was curious if anyone could come up with something specifically from the bestbuy website that would perform better than the linked build and for under 500$ from bestbuy.

Thanks guys, appreciate any help at all!
June 28, 2011 3:40:26 PM

I should mention that you can use newegg or other reputable sites to fill any gaps where products might not be offered from bestbuy.com
June 28, 2011 5:35:25 PM

Saw at least one build in the stickies that fits into the budget, I need to check the pricing from bestbuy and make sure they carry all those items though. Main reason for purchasing through there is because of some gift cards and offers i have available through them that would make a 500$ purchase more affordable to my own pocket than the $385 newegg build if it outperforms it.
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June 28, 2011 8:20:54 PM

Bumping for some fresh looks.
June 29, 2011 1:05:19 AM

Hopin my search limitation isn't too much :-\ all else fails i'll just take the budget build from newegg and try to matchup the items over there.
a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2011 2:18:05 PM

If gaming is your priority, you don't need six core processor. Games hardly utilize 4 core at most:

CPU: $190- i5-2400 (Quad Core. Gives excellent performance. Beats top amd processors )

Motherboard : $60- Asrock H61M-VS ( Cheap, but at the cost of USB 3.0)

Case : $30- Xigmatak Asguard (Cheap and decent)

Power Supply: $45- Antec Earthwatts 430D (Good for our needs)

HDD : $55- Samsung Spinpoint 1TB (cheap and fast)

RAM: $35- Gskill (2X 2GB) 1333MHz (No need of faster memory)

Graphic Card : $175- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 (Great for gaming)

Optical Drive : $19- LG

Total : 609 USD

I found newegg deals were cheaper as compared to bestbuy. for example :
i5-2400 cost $200 on bestbuy wheras $190 on newegg

AMD processor is not recommended because of not good performance in WOW(link 1 and link 2)

Radeon 6870 is a good card and will allow smooth gameplay in WOW( review)

IF this build goes overbudget, here are the options :
1. Drop the HDD to Seagate Barracuda 500GB. Save $15.
2. Drop to i3-2100 for $125. Save $65.
3. Drop the card to HIS Radeon 6850 or GTX 460. Save $15.

Try upgrading the case if you don't like this one.

June 29, 2011 2:38:07 PM

Excellent suggestions, thank you! I will tale a look and see what I can get that full build to cost after my gift cards and rebates. Do you see your build as outperforming the one Newegg was offering? It seems like the newegg offer would require a decent gfx card since I doubt the built in would sustain SC2 or WoW on full graphics.
July 2, 2011 4:42:57 PM

Would anyone be able to help out with links to products specifically from bestbuy, I think some items from the above suggestion aren't available from best buy. I'm not worried about some products being cheaper at other sites since I have giftcards there. Thanks
July 2, 2011 5:55:15 PM

I've been looking at the BestBuy website and it seems that a lot of parts are overpriced and the parts you can get on Newegg are better and cheaper. What is the maximum amount you are willing to put into this build?
July 2, 2011 6:14:35 PM

If the parts are from best buy my budget is 500-600, if it's Newegg then I'm down to under 400. If a decent build isn't possible through best buy then I will just have toget creative I guess, haha.
July 2, 2011 6:38:03 PM

Here is the cheapest and closest parts I could get from BestBuy to be anywhere close to the build z_4 suggested. BestBuy has WAY overpriced parts and they are not that good.

Case: Cooler Master - Elite 335 Mid-Tower Chassis - $49.99

MoBo: Intel® - Micro ATX Motherboard 1333MHz (Socket 1155 - $89.99

CPU: Intel® - Core™ i5-2400 Quad-Core 3.1GHz Processor - $199.99

RAM: Corsair - 2-Pack 2GB PC3-10666 DDR3 DIMM Memory Kit - $54.99

GPU: VisionTek - AMD Radeon 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card - $249.99

HDD: Western Digital - Caviar Green 1TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops (OEM/Bare Drive) - $64.99

PSU:
Cooler Master - eXtreme Power Plus 500-Watt ATX CPU Power Supply - $49.99

Drive: Lite On - 22x Internal DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive - $29.99

Total: $789.92
+ Tax + S&H

You are better of going with the Newegg deals because BestBuy is just not worth it. Also it's not very upgradeable with the build I gave you and you can get a way better system for that amount.
July 2, 2011 6:51:49 PM

Thanks a ton! The build doesn't have to be amazing, just a useable gaming desktop for a few years. I basically get 10% off a purchase and I have some giftcards that should be about $100, so that's why I wanted as much from Best buy as possible.
July 2, 2011 7:06:04 PM

Your total would still be $610.93 with the 10% and $100 giftcards. That does not include tax or shipping & handling. I am quite bored so I will see what I can make on Newegg for you. Give me about 10 minutes or more.
July 2, 2011 7:12:01 PM

No problemo, I linked a Newegg offer that I was trying to "beat", so that's the basic guideline for a build if that helps
July 2, 2011 7:20:55 PM

What is your current video card that you use to play WoW and what screen resolution do you have?
July 2, 2011 7:27:07 PM

It's a replacement for my girlfriend who is playing in a laptop right now, I'm not at home so I'm not sure of the specs, my desktop I built off of suggestions from here and I believe it's a radeon 5850 hd. Anything similar or even a bit less is fine. We will get a monitor separately based on the level of gfx card
July 2, 2011 7:34:44 PM

Well the problem with that deal is that is lacks a video card.. it has onboard graphics which is not that good at all. It's only 4250 Radeon HD I believe and the power supply could be better because most PSU that are included with the case don't last very long. This build I made might be over budget, but it is good for the price.

I have to leave soon, so I'm just going to post links that you can check out instead of my fancy way of putting the links up.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $589.93 + S&H + Tax (not sure if there is any)

That is a little bit cheaper than z_4's build, but it's a bit hard to get cheaper for the performance that you want.
a b 4 Gaming
July 2, 2011 8:05:21 PM

with that budget why not just go for a phenom 955, with an AM3+ board? will save you some cash, will leave space for future upgrades, and will still be a great performance build.
July 2, 2011 8:19:20 PM

That's fine by me, my current desktop is an amd and has been great
July 2, 2011 11:28:05 PM

I'll give this a shot and see if I figured it all correctly, it's a mish mash of newegg and best buy stuff to hopefully make the most of my giftcards and the good prices at newegg. Will all this work correctly together/fit/recommended/etc?

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/VisionTek+-+ATI+Radeon+HD+5... card&cp=1&lp=1

Tower
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Thermaltake+-+V9+Black+Edit...

Hard Drive
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+Caviar+GP...

Optic Drive
whatever 30-40$ optic i can find

Power Supply
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Gaming+Series+600...
July 2, 2011 11:34:06 PM

And of course I just noticed this post entered in the above AMD budget build sticky, if this build is useable to run WoW on at mid to high settings, I'm just gonna go with this:
______________________________________________________________________________
Lunyone's "Lower Budget" Gaming Build!
for those who don't have $1000

1. Processor: $80 shipped!! Best bang for the buck AMD CPU for gaming!
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor

2. Motherboard: $55 shipped! Lots of options on this small mobo!!
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

3. RAM: $40 shipped! Good RAM at stock voltage (1.5v) and a good price!
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

4. Graphics Card: $118 shipped - $20 MIR = $98!! Comes w/Dirt3 ($40-50 value) and only requires 1 x 6pin PCI-e power connector!
SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

5 & 6. Hard Drive/PSU combo: $95 shipped - $10 MIR = $85!! Good solid PSU and decent HD for the $!
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply & Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 Hard Drive

7. Case: $50 shipped! Comes with 3 Fans and lots of room. Tom's Recommended Buy 2010!!
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

8. DVD Burner: $19 shipped!!
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Total system cost = $457 - $30 MIR's = $427!!!Hard to beat that for a "Budget" build!!
a b 4 Gaming
July 3, 2011 11:29:57 AM

Animalcrackers said:
And of course I just noticed this post entered in the above AMD budget build sticky, if this build is useable to run WoW on at mid to high settings, I'm just gonna go with this:
______________________________________________________________________________
Lunyone's "Lower Budget" Gaming Build!
for those who don't have $1000

1. Processor: $80 shipped!! Best bang for the buck AMD CPU for gaming!
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor

2. Motherboard: $55 shipped! Lots of options on this small mobo!!
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

3. RAM: $40 shipped! Good RAM at stock voltage (1.5v) and a good price!
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

4. Graphics Card: $118 shipped - $20 MIR = $98!! Comes w/Dirt3 ($40-50 value) and only requires 1 x 6pin PCI-e power connector!
SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

5 & 6. Hard Drive/PSU combo: $95 shipped - $10 MIR = $85!! Good solid PSU and decent HD for the $!
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply & Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 Hard Drive

7. Case: $50 shipped! Comes with 3 Fans and lots of room. Tom's Recommended Buy 2010!!
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

8. DVD Burner: $19 shipped!!
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Total system cost = $457 - $30 MIR's = $427!!!Hard to beat that for a "Budget" build!!


WoW isnt a very demanding game, that system would play WoW on max settings quite easily, i would reccommend a GTS450 instead, since WoW tends to perform better on Nvidia cards.
a b 4 Gaming
July 3, 2011 11:33:55 AM

if you want to make that a high-end upgradable system, you should replace the above components with this:

CPU with this: ($119.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo with this: ($94.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

graphics card with this: ($69 with rebates and free shipping!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

thats 283.98 U.S. dollars, instead of the original 233.000001 U.S. dollars but that extra $50 is well spend, and will allow for future upgrades and will give you a Quad core phenom.
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