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

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
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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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

    RAM:G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB)

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

    Total:$638.41 - $25 Rebate = $613.41

    Edit: Forgot adding the PSU link
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
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