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October 7, 2011 7:09:54 PM

Hi everybody, first time computer builder here! I'm moving up from a laptop that can barely run source games on the lowest settings, and I tried my best at researching to come up with an affordable budget gaming rig (operating system and monitor included!) for around ~$600 in total. Since I'm not necessarily tech savvy, I'd like to have any suggestions from you all on how to improve my current build that I have in mind. My intended use is gaming (of course), but I'll also be doing school work from time to time when needed. Mostly I'll be running source engine games (Counter Strike, TF2, etc), World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, and the recently released Red Orchestra 2. I'd like to be able to play on high settings for the source engine games, and at least medium for Red Orchestra 2.

Processor: Intel Core i3-2100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disk: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Sunbeam Freezing-Storm IC-FS-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512mb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: SILVERSTONE 400w 80+ Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: 19'' Acer 5ms Widescreen monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Any and all help is appreciated!
Thank you.
October 7, 2011 7:58:35 PM

Awesome,that definitely helps me out, any time something is better quality for the same price/cheaper,I'm all for it! Thank a lot!

How about my other choices? Do they look acceptable? I'm concerned about getting a dual core, because I'm not sure how much longer they'll be valid when it comes to gaming, especially since I don't plan on overclocking.
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October 7, 2011 9:11:02 PM

It is a strong dual core and equals some of the cheaper quads unless the games support more than 2 cores, you could consider something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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October 9, 2011 12:47:22 AM

I forgot to add that I may not be ordering this computer until around Christmas time, do you think they would still have a similar combo deal when that time rolls around?
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October 9, 2011 1:14:36 AM

There will be and maybe even some better ones!
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October 9, 2011 2:07:39 AM

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