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Project Ultra Low Buck Sub 600 build I3-21XX with monitor

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August 16, 2011 11:33:17 PM

My Oldest son's computer met an untimely end while I was at work I guess he tried to swap the Keyboards and now it won't power on, it isn't worth fixing so its time to consult the wise ones on a new computer

What do you think of this one?

MSI P67S-C43 (B3) ATX Intel Motherboard $104.99

Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor $124.99

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming Computer Case $49.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $19.99

Recertified: PNY GeForce GTX 460 1G RVCGGTX4601XXB Video Card $134.99

Combo Memory/PS
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS600-PCARE3-US 600W Power Supply
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
Grand Total: $524.93
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2011 1:56:25 AM

I'm guessing this will be a gaming computer, if so, I would add another ~$100 for an i5 2500k because it allows for more future proofing
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2011 5:41:37 AM

I think that build is fine, and the greater performance gains will be seen with a better GPU than the 2500k.

Look at the GTX 560 or AMD HD 6870 and possibly look at DDR3 1600 and play around for something to match the budget.
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August 17, 2011 9:42:33 AM

Should get a H61 mobo since you are using i3-2100
Here is what I would go for with $600 including monitor build(Gaming wise)

CPU:Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz

PSU:Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W

Motherboard:MSI H61M-E33 (B3) LGA 1155

GPU:SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850

HDD+DVD Burner:

Case:Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX


Monitor:Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight

Total:$638.41 - $25 Rebate = $613.41

Edit: Forgot adding the PSU link
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2011 11:16:08 AM

No to the Coolermaster PSU! It's barely a notch above junk. A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands. A single GTX460 can run on a decent 450W-500W PSU (Tom's ran one on a 380W Antec Earthwatts). On a budget, the Antec "Earthwatts" or Corsair "Builder" are good units.
August 17, 2011 3:13:30 PM

Yes it will be a gaming computer and "homework" when I can get him to do it :( 
I was figuring the GTX 460 1g while old can be picked up for sub-130 on Newegg and as low as 99 on sale thought it might work but I'll fiddle around with the numbers and see if I can ekk out a 6950 2gb

To be honest I use toms benchmarks and this site sure they are synthic benchmarks but it gives me a baseline for what kind of performence I will be getting and a single 460 gtx 1g wasn't too shabby.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2011 4:17:16 PM

Here's what I would do for a $600 PC:

i5-2400: $190
AS Rock H61M/U3S3: $75
Mushkin 4 GB DDR3: $26
Seagate 500 GB: $40
Rosewill Blackbone: $37
Xigmatek 400W 80+ Bronze: $35
DVD Burner: $19
HD 6870: $175


If you need windows, drop to a HD 6850, an I3-2100, and Rosewill R102 case (saves $92, making the total $603)