Aiming for a $400-550 Budget Build

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks


Budget Range: $400-550


System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Primarily for everyday usage, some casual gaming (ME3, Diablo 3, etc.) in the future


Parts Not Required
: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case(?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but anything is fine.


Country of Origin:
US


Parts Preferences: Intel CPU but I'm flexible on that and everything else.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire:
Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


Additional Comments:


Haven't built a computer in about 4 years so it's amazing to see how much the tech world has changed (not to mention how cheap RAM is now!) I haven't updated in so long because I've been fine on my current setup-- but with a few new games that I want coming out (and a small bonus from work) I want to have a system powerful enough to run them at decent settings.

Here's the parts of my current rig that I'm not sure I can get away with not purchasing new things for. Any advice about it and I'm all ears:
Western Digital Caviar Blue 400 GB HD
Powerspec TX366 Micro-ATX Case

And here's a proposed build I have. I appreciate all suggestions and education on why I might be FOS:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 - Buying from a friend, should be ~$160.

MoBo: ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-241&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X Series 8GB - $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=11npswv0gz7ls

GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6750 - $106
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102939

PSU: Really not sure here and would appreciate any advice. Was looking at a Corsair CX600 but wasn't sure if it was necessary.

HDD: If I have to get a new one, was looking at the Samsung Spinpoint 1TB: - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1idl8l94iynds

Others: I do hear I need to also get a fan because the one out of the box for the i5 2400 is not quite as good. I also only have a Khypermedia 48x24 CD-RW-- would an upgrade be necessary if I'm not doing any video editing/DVD watching?

Any other components/parts/things I'm missing, please let me know. The price of everything above is currently running at about $430. I can go slightly over my budget and I'm very open to advice on what should be upgradeded/downgraded to better suit my needs.

Thanks for all the help!
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  1. Thanks a ton for the advice 384-BiT.

    A small update: my friend is actually selling me an i7 2600k for $210 instead. Any budget motherboards you/anyone else could recommend? I was thinking of this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138319

    I'm starting to feel like I'm overkilling for my needs but I suppose it means I can have a longer upgrade cycle.
  2. I suppose I don't. The only differences that I personally know of between the two are that Z68s have a few more bells and whistles and are more geared for SSD.

    I'll likely take your advice and just get a P67. Do I need any other cooling devices for the rig? Does everything else look okay to you?

    Dearly appreciate you taking the time to help me with this.
  3. Best answer selected by siriusvi.
  4. Thanks for all your help 384-BiT! Really appreciate it. I'll name the new rig after ya. :D
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