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First Gaming Rig - $500 Budget

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks


Budget Range: Around $500


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Starcraft 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty 4), Internet Browsing/Multitasking, College Work, also will be running rainmeter in the background


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com or whichever website gives me the best bang for my buck. I also have a Micro Center near my house.


Country of Origin: U.S.A.


Parts Preferences: I really like the Cooler Master HAF 922, but as for the other parts, I just want the most bang for my buck.


Overclocking: No (First build so don't want to get into overclocking yet.)


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I would like the PC to run relatively quietly.
How do you know which PC parts are compatible? I would like some tips on how to actually assemble the PC, so I don't fry my components. I am completely new to this. Thank you all very much!
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  1. Motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-V EVO - $94.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131668

    CPU: AMD Phenom X2 555 - $87.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846

    GPU: MSI N460GTX Hawk - $169.99 ($129.99 after rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518

    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $27.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092

    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue - $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W - $69.99 ($59.99 after rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Chassis: NZXT H2 - $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146072

    Total: $580.93
    After Rebate: $530.93

    If possible get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - Fantastic Drive

    To check compatability, the following may help:

    RAM - Depends on Motherboard (DDR2? DDR3?)
    GPU - Depends on Motherboard (PCI Slots - 16x?)
    CPU - Depends on Motherboard (Supports Intel/AMD? Socket compares - AM2/AM3/AM3+)
  2. Processor : Intel Core i3 2100 - Dual Core - 65W - 32nm LGA1155 Sandy Bridge - $124.99
    Motherboard : ASRock H61-M GE - $69.99
    Graphics Card : PowerColor HD 6850 - $139.99
    RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333Mhz Dual-Channel Memory - $43.99
    Storage : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s - $59.99
    Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $19.99
    PSU : Corsair CX500 V2 500W - $39.99
    Case : Your Choice - ATX Mid Tower - $40

    Total : $527 after rebates.
  3. cpu
    amd phenom x4 840
    motherboard
    ASUS M4A88T-V EVO
    gpu
    power colour 6850
    ram
    corsair 2x4gb
    hard drive
    western digital 500gb
    psu and case
    raidmax typhoon
    disk drive
    lite on
    $480
    its better for gaming because its got for cores
  4. wait you should choose the ram 008rohit got. +1 to 088rohit
  5. @ 9_breaker

    Your Raidmax PSU can kill any PC Component in no time. Better get one from a reputed brand like Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, LEPA or Enermax.
    I had a Frontech cheap $10 PSU which killed my MoBo in 15 days. I was lucky to get a replacement from Intel.
  6. I just recieved 3 different builds. Could you guys compile them into one for me?
  7. A few things to consider :

    DO NOT build an AMD rig with a motherboard that is not AM3+ . If you do it will be obsolete in 3 weeks .

    Preferably build using the 970 series chipset boards which have full compatibility with the next gen processors [ and all current ones ]
  8. her's a better $500 build for you than any of the above builds

    i3-2100: $125
    AS Rock H61M/U3S3: $75
    4GB DDR3-1333: $25
    Seagate 500 GB drive: $40
    PNY GTX 460: $150
    Samsung DVD Burner: $17
    Xigmatek 400W 80+ Bronze: $35
    Rosewill R102 Case: $30
    120mm fan: $6 (optional)
    $497 or $503 with the extra fan
  9. Best answer
    I'd always build based on quality components AND with a clear upgrade path. Its not worth buying a junk case , or PSU and its not good value to get an intel build with a crippled motherboard .

    Prices vary so much day to day that I'd happily swap out parts from the following , if for instance a different brnd of graphics card was being discounted .

    AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103911

    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $33
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    Any DVD drive $20

    Antec Three Hundred + BP430 430W Power Supply $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065

    XFX HD-685X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6850 1GB $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150516

    Total is $503 after rebates .

    The motherboard is the latest tech and should have a long future since it can run bulldozer cpu's
    1080p is a demanding resolution for a graphics card so to stay in the budget its better to compromise a cpu core than it is to install a cheaper graphics card .
    The case and power supply are quality units with great cooling .

    If there was extra in the budget I'd be very tempted by the Phenom 955 , but this isnt going to be a huge deal . With bulldozer only a few weeks away its probably better to save on the processor now , and look to upgrade in a year or so when you have more money
  10. what exactly is crippled with the H61M/U3S3? It has SATA 3 and USB 3. It lacks RAID and Overclock. You aren't going to build a RAID array at this price point, and a 2100 or 2400 can't overclock ANYWAY. the Xigmatek 400W is a very solid PSU, and with 32 amps, It can handle teh 460/560 or hd6850/6870 with ease.
  11. ScrewySqrl said:
    what exactly is crippled with the H61M/U3S3? It has SATA 3 and USB 3. It lacks RAID and Overclock. You aren't going to build a RAID array at this price point, and a 2100 or 2400 can't overclock ANYWAY. the Xigmatek 400W is a very solid PSU, and with 32 amps, It can handle teh 460/560 or hd6850/6870 with ease.


    Thats my point exactly . There's no point buying a better processor , or updating . You cant even add more RAM without throwing out the stuff you have because there's only two slots
    In a year or two you have to start again from scratch with cpu, mb and OS .

    Far better IMO to build on a platform you can upgrade through the next 3, 4 or 5 years
  12. Outlander_04, I'm thinking of going with your build but will the 430W power supply be enough?
  13. Performance said:
    Outlander_04, I'm thinking of going with your build but will the 430W power supply be enough?


    It doesn't leave a huge amount of headroom , but it is certainly enough
    Toms system builder marathon $500 build used an Antec 380 green on a very similar computer , so the 430 is going to be sweet
  14. 008Rohit said:
    @ 9_breaker

    Your Raidmax PSU can kill any PC Component in no time. Better get one from a reputed brand like Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, LEPA or Enermax.
    I had a Frontech cheap $10 PSU which killed my MoBo in 15 days. I was lucky to get a replacement from Intel.

    thanks for the help but if that doesnt work wich case with abuilt in psu would be best for him.
  15. 008Rohit said:
    @ 9_breaker

    Your Raidmax PSU can kill any PC Component in no time. Better get one from a reputed brand like Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, LEPA or Enermax.
    I had a Frontech cheap $10 PSU which killed my MoBo in 15 days. I was lucky to get a replacement from Intel.

    thanks for the help but if that doesnt work wich case with abuilt in psu would be best for him.
  16. Best answer selected by Performance.
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