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Extreme Budget Gaming Build ($500)

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October 14, 2011 1:41:04 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Possibly in a week or two

Budget Range: $500 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3,SC2), Watching SC2 commentaries on Youtube

Parts Not Required: Keyboard (standard), mouse ($20 logitech mouse) , monitor 23 inch LG, Windows 7 Ultimate woot woot , recycling the DVD drive from my old emachines once I figure out how to remove it.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter, newegg, amazon

Country of Origin: United States of America

Parts Preferences: Cheap, but quality

Overclocking: Later, when I get Hyper 212+

SLI or Crossfire: Not with this fail PSU

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Phenom II x4 965 ($80)
Asus M5A87 AM3+ 870 Chipset Mobo ($95)
AData 4GB DDR3-1333 ($20)
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 ($170)
Samsung Spingpoint F3 ($45)
Coolmax 550w Semi-Modular PSU ($50)
Cooler Master Elite 431 ($40)

TOTAL = $500 ($170 at Newegg, $349.80 at Microcenter with tax)

This my build based on the recent $500 build Tom's Hardware made. I need help as this build seems pretty bad to me since it has a Coolmax PSU however, it was the only $50 modular PSU I could find and being a first time builder, I need one. Any help or comments is appreciated. Thanks guys.

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October 14, 2011 9:15:17 PM

You should be able to find a higher quality PSU for about the same amount of money.
Check for the sales and rebates at newegg. XFX for example has nice rebates at the moment for their PSU's and they are solid units.

As for modularity, it's just not feasible at your budget. Any reasonable ones start at about $70 bucks.
It is not that much of a hassle to cram the extra cables to an unused location in the case :) 
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October 14, 2011 10:09:00 PM

the Antec Neo Eco 520W is on sale at Newegg this week for $39.99 after promocode, $34.99 after the $5 rebate.
October 22, 2011 12:00:27 AM

Best answer selected by samuelspark.
October 22, 2011 12:14:49 AM

Wow how many times do you need a build. This is like your 6th build help.