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Budget PC Gaming Rig Suggestions/Recommendations

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July 23, 2011 11:32:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $500-650 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, Microsoft Office, surfing the internet with plenty of tabs, & watching movies)

Home Gaming PC so productivity/browsing (i have lots of tabs open and usually have iTunes and microsoft office open at the same time, don't know if that matters.) but I want to at least run games at a respectable price/performance rate. I play mostly anything modern, I don't really play the latest and greatest games only untill i see a drastic price drop on steam. I'm anticipating Diablo 3 and Battlefield 3, but I guess games from 2009 to 2011 so Bad Company 2, Crysis 2.

Parts Not Required: USB Mouse/Keyboard, Windows 7 64bit, 1080p TV, This Case, This video card which came out to $125 with promo code and rebate, & this RAM, and a 5 year old optical drive with DVD/CD burning capabilities, unless theres a deal on a blu ray burner.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Wherever is cheapest and reliable

Country of Origin: Florida, USA

Parts Preferences: No, as long as it meets my budget.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments:Now with that out of the way... I sort of took pieces and bits from other forums/posts asking for similar builds around this price point and came up with.......

CPU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JEVGMO?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=at055-20

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371047&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=3332167&SID=u00000687

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150516&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=3332167&SID=u00000687

(comes out to $125 with promo code and Rebate.)

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&nm_mc=OTC-C173T&cm_mmc=OTC-C173T-_-Hard+Drives-_-SAMSUNG-_-22152185

Space would not be an issue, i'm pretty good at managing it so anything equal to or greater than 500gb would be good.

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=3332167&SID=u00000687

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138308
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So, there you have it. Feel free to suggest any alternatives/upgrades that fall within my budget. Except for the RAM and the the GPU.
July 24, 2011 12:04:43 AM

For FAH I think this would be better.
Check out the $550 build here.
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Then swap the i3 2100 for the i5 2400.
Then use the 560 GTX no ti.
This should bring you to some where around $630 before rebates.

The reason, you can fold better with the 560 GTX no Ti since you get CUDA, you also have a better card for 1920x1080. The quad will also help score you way more points that the i3 2100.
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July 24, 2011 12:17:07 AM

aznshinobi said:
For FAH I think this would be better.
Check out the $550 build here.
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Then swap the i3 2100 for the i5 2400.
Then use the 560 GTX no ti.
This should bring you to some where around $630 before rebates.

The reason, you can fold better with the 560 GTX no Ti since you get CUDA, you also have a better card for 1920x1080. The quad will also help score you way more points that the i3 2100.

I'm completely sorry, I forgot to edit out F@H. I re-edited the importances of the build so that your recommendation could match my need.

Would you still recommend the i5 2400? I was strongly considering this option as my current build draft falls under my budget, just want some more funds put into it.

I would also like to add that the Video card was ordered this morning and I'm able to cancel it if you suggest otherwise. But for its price i strongly believe it would be enough.
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July 24, 2011 12:18:48 AM

Then I still stick to my recommendation.
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