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September 11, 2011 2:49:15 PM

Hi all,
Recently I decided to switch my iMac and the family iMac to W7 machines. Thanks to everyone who helped me create a build to replace the 27 inch 2011 iMac.

Now I have $600 to work with that I got for selling an iMac 20 inch 2008 core 2 duo 2.4ghz with ati 4250 and 4gb ram

I am looking into building a PC with a $600 budget. Mouse/keyboard are needed - Speakers, monitor, OS are not needed.

It will be used for gaming, (It doesn't really need to max BF3, but the primary person that games on it plays stuff like Dirt 3 and Burnout Paradise)

Web browsing/document processing

And some photoshop

I already have a dvd drive.

Thanks everyone for the help
September 11, 2011 3:12:57 PM

So, to sum up, $600 for:

case
PSU
CPU
mobo
RAM
video card
hard drive

Anything else?

I'd get an i3-2100 CPU ($125) .
Almost a quarter of your budget, but warranted, I think.
[And I've been an AMD booster for most of the past decade.]

Budget $50 for board-supported RAM
(I leave looking that up as an exercise for the reader.)

$150 for PSU & case. DO NOT SKIMP HERE.
(I'm still using the same basic but quality cases
that I bought 5 & 10 years ago for ~$50 & $80.)

Here's a quality, cost-effective PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and a couple of serviceable Antec cases:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Yes, I'm an Antec fan ... ]

To save some money, you may wish to check out
the case/PSU combos:
http://www.newegg.com/Store/ComboDeals.aspx?ComboStoreI...

That leaves $275 for mobo, card & hd.
$75 for an HDD. You can go for max performance,
go green, or opt for more storage. All will work:

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...

That leaves ~$200 for card & mobo.
Here's an MSI P67 board for $90:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

So, you've got $100+ to use on a video card, with any excess
to devote to case & PSU or motherboard.
[I know nothing about video cards or gaming, so I leave
that recommendation to someone knowledgeable.
Just read up to ensure that the card you choose
adequately supports the games you'll be playing.]

The key, IMHO, is balance.
And always read the product reviews, critically,
to avoid avoidable 'gotchas'.

Make sense?

- Richard
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September 11, 2011 3:24:29 PM

Case
PSU
CPU
Mobo
Gpu
HDD
Keyboard (just realized I already have a mouse)
Ram
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September 11, 2011 3:56:59 PM

Keyboard -- up to you. VERY personal preference.

FWIW, I bought this keyboard a year or two ago.
It's definitely clackety, but I like its feel more than any keyboard I've touched in the past decade (other than the much more expensive Lenovo boards):

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

P.S. - Please note that I updated my initial reply with specifics after your 2nd post.
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September 11, 2011 4:07:07 PM

Antec 300 - $70
XFX Core edition 550w - $70
i3-2100 - $125
Gigabyte GA-P61-USB3 - $70
Corsair 4gb 1600 - $33
Sapphire Radeon 6750 1gb GDDR5 - $106
Seagate 500gb HDD - $40
Win 7 Home Prem 64 - $100
=$614 minus about $25 in rebates.

Keyboard is gonna have to be cheap! ;) 

(prices from newegg)
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September 11, 2011 4:11:04 PM

OP should be okay ... already has the OS.
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September 11, 2011 4:30:45 PM

If i take fadeawayyx's build, take out the OS and put in a i5 2400 instead of the i3 2100, will everything be compatible and will the PSU be able to still handle it? I assume so, I am just making sure.
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September 11, 2011 4:38:54 PM

Thanks expat for the build. It looks really good, except there is one thing that bothers me about both builds posted - I feel like even an i5 2400 will remain very fast well into the future, while the dual core will start showing its age a lot sooner. It looks like it is roughly a $55 difference - Is it worth spending a bit less on some other parts to get the quad core i5?
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September 11, 2011 4:48:49 PM

Should be, however I went for a H61 because it doesn't overclock (or not very well) - which fits in fine with the i3-2100 which can't oc anyway.
If you're going i5-k, pick a better mboard. If you're just going i5-2400 then sure stick with the h61.
I'd put the extra $100 into a better gpu since you won't be able to get z68+i5-2500k upgrade.
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September 11, 2011 4:58:32 PM

What fadeawayyx said.
It gets back to that BALANCE issue.
For gaming, my sense is that the GPU is as important as the CPU.

And if you're considering the i5-2400, I'd scrape up $30 more
& get the i5-2500K which, by all accounts, is a MUCH better CPU.
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September 11, 2011 5:12:16 PM

And if you're considering the i5-2400, I'd scrape up $30 more
& get the i5-2500K which, by all accounts, is a MUCH better CPU.

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Well, I don't really see myself over-clocking the machine. What are the benefits of the 2500k as opposed to the 2400? $30 is a lot to pay for a difference of .2 ghz, isn't it?

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September 11, 2011 5:24:36 PM

apple2000 said:
And if you're considering the i5-2400, I'd scrape up $30 more
& get the i5-2500K which, by all accounts, is a MUCH better CPU.

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Well, I don't really see myself over-clocking the machine. What are the benefits of the 2500k as opposed to the 2400? $30 is a lot to pay for a difference of .2 ghz, isn't it?


If not OC'ing then, yes, i5-2400 is probably the way to go.
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September 11, 2011 6:57:45 PM

Alright. So is the build I posted a picture of on Newegg solid? I just want to make sure before I purchase it.
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