550$ budget computer

Approximate Purchase Date: A couple of weeks (Late September - Early October)

Budget Range: $500 - $550 (preferably in the middle somewhere)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Game Streaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, operating system, speakers

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: No preference as long as it sends to the US.

Parts Preferences: Nvidia for GPU & possibly Intel for CPU.

Overclocking: Possibly

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like something that can run games such as Team Fortress 2, Portal 2, New Vegas, etc. without lag. - thanks in advance.
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  1. CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    MOBO: ASRock 760GM-GS3 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    $55 after delivery
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157215

    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=samsung%20spinpoint%20f3%201tbhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    GPU: Radeon HD 6770 $99 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125396 free dirt 3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102941 free shogun

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    DVD BURNER: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 – OEM
    $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    CASE: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
    $40 dollars after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227&Tpk=elite%20430

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL
    $25
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310

    COOL: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    $500 after rebates build!

    If you want to get another 4gb ram stick and it'd be $525.

    With your budget, It'd be best to stick with AMD for now.
  2. Save your money. Your not going to get Intel/nvidia components, overclockable, and SLI for $550.
  3. IF MIR's are in play, then i have this to offer:

    - Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

    - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    - HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    - ASUS M4A87T AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

    - ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    - OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS650W 650W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

    - PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333

    - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

    - NVIDIA Gift - Dungeon Siege-III Game Coupon

    Total AFTER MIR'S AND SHIPPING: $548.66 + Dungeon Seige III Game coupon

    And like said previously, with that kind of a budget, AMD is your way to go.
  4. casualbuilder said:
    IF MIR's are in play, then i have this to offer:

    - Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

    - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    - HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    - ASUS M4A87T AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

    - ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    - OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS650W 650W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

    - PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333

    - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

    - NVIDIA Gift - Dungeon Siege-III Game Coupon

    Total AFTER MIR'S AND SHIPPING: $548.66 + Dungeon Seige III Game coupon

    And like said previously, with that kind of a budget, AMD is your way to go.


    & This is everything I need, correct? No extra purchases? Just making sure. Thanks for the help (:
  5. this will include all that you need to build a system. Like GeekApproved said though, this is kind of a low end gaming rig. $550 makes it hard, but for this price, there is a lot of muscle. Lag is a term for internet connections, FPS is what your gpu will put out. i run a 560 OC'd to 950MHz, and it runs like a champ. for a "mid-ranged" card, it rocks. so, the 550ti was more of a budget buy for you, but should perform well enough for you to get what you need out of it. Also, if you are planning on OC'ing the cpu, watch your temps and run Prime95. the stock cooler is a beast comparitively, but it is still a "stock" cooler. If you have patience, i would wait it out though. for another $150 in your budget, you can make some serious upgrades to your video card, and possibly even your mobo for future upgrades.

    All in all, this setup will get you where you want to go TODAY...1yr from now, you may be upset with your computer's performance though. The choice is yours, Best of Luck!
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