Help With new budget gaming build

Hi all,

I am building my first build. I have $600 to spend. Minus $110 for monitor (1600 x 900), $20 for wireless adapter, and $13 or speakers, that leaves me with $457. I can get an i3 2100 for $105, so that leaves me with $352 for the rest of the build. I am fine with medium settings
In this build. Or, for gaming wise, I could upgrade the CPU for the i5 2400, but that what leave me with only $300 for graphics card, ram, psu, case, mobo, DVD drive, and hard drive. Is this manageable with $300, or do I new to stick with i3 2100 and use $350? Also, what are your ideas for some builds to go with?

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  1. Also: I Do not need a mouse, keyboard, or os, already have all of those. Os is windows 7 64 bit.
  2. Not very much room in that budget.. This is the lowest average prices I can think of for a medium settings gaming computer:

    $90-100 mobo
    $50 PSU
    $25-50 RAM
    $40 Case
    $30-50 HDD
    $20 DVD drive
    $120 CPU
    $140-180 GPU

    Total: 500-600 ish + Tax + Shipping

    Way above the budget you listed, and that is not including monitor etc.
  3. you better off buying a xbox 360 or a ps3
  4. Medium settings is doable.
    Total $350.93 ($320.93 after rebates)+ free dirt3 game

    The 6770 will handle 1600x900 fine with mostly high settings.
  5. I'm sorry, your post was kinda complicated. Please post back according to this thread - How To Ask For New Build Advice

    If your budget is 600 for the tower, you can get a very decent gaming system.
  6. Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of the year

    Budget Range: $450 before rebates (Budget was $600, but I need to subtract $150 for monitor, wireless card, and speakers)

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (medium settings), casual internet browsing/youtube/listening to musc

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (also open to ,, and microcenter)

    Country of Origin: USA

    Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900

    Additional Comments: None

    @zooted , I like your build, see below please.

    I was thinking something like this:
    Processor: i3 2100 3.1GHz LGA 1155 Dual Core- $100 + $6 in tax at Microcenter
    Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz LGA 1155 Dual Core - $100 (Newegg)

    Motherboard: ASRock H61 LGA 1155 - $54 (Newegg)

    Graphics Card: HIS Radeon HD 6670 - $84 (Newegg) - W/ free Dirt 3

    RAM/PSU Combo: - $97 (Comes with free kingston 4GB Micro SD Card)
    Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 1333 mhz
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series 600W (allows for future upgrades)

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $65

    Case: NZXT Gamma - $42

    Optical Drive: LG $20

    Shipping: About $20

    So the question is, do I go with @zooted 's build or mine? (Mine is bolded, Zooted's is normal, so you can compare)
    Zooted Mine
    i3 2100 i3 2100
    h61 mobo h61 mobo
    radeon hd 6770 radeon hd 6670
    500GB HDD 1TB HDD
    430W PSU 600W PSU
    HAF 912 Case NZXT Gamma Case
    Samsung Drive LG Drive

    Both builds are roughly the same price... if I want to use this build, medium settings, for the next few years and upgrade every once in a while, which one should I go with?
  7. Zooted's.
  8. Is it worth upping my budget by $30 to include all of my build but also the Radeon HD 6770 instead of the 6670?
  9. If you feel you need it. I mean, if you prefer the NZXT case get it. If you need 1 TB of storage, get it. If you need 8 GB RAM, buy it. I don't really know whether you do or not... The 600W PSU you won't, however.
  10. Well, for only $23 more, I can go with 4GB more of RAM, 170W bigger PSU, 500GB more storage, and his GPU/MoBo combo, so I think I'll go with that. The 600W PSU leaves room for upgrades in the future anyway.

    So now my build is:
    i3 2100 3.1ghz dual core
    biostar h61 lga 1155
    radeon hd 6770
    8gb ripjaws ram
    1tb hdd
    600w psu
    lg optical drive
    nzxt gamma

    $441 ($25 of shipping? jeez)
  11. 2 things, fallout guy -

    Get the 6770 with the Corsair 430 PSU. Make sure to get the V2 version as the previous one had some quality control issues.

    Have you considered a quad core AMD build?

    CPU: $130 AMD Phenom II X4 965

    Mobo: $60 ASUS M5A78L-M LX

    RAM: $50 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB

    GPU: $100 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6770 or $90 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 - nothing less than this what with more demanding games coming out. WOW or SIMS can be done on the i3 IGP, but if you're even looking at BF3, Crysis 2, COD:MW3, Metro 2033 etc. sticking to the 5770/6770 is the way to go for 1600X900.

    HDD: $70 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB or $50 500GB depending on your needs.

    ODD: $20 SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA with LightScribe Support - OEM

    PSU: $35 CORSAIR CX430 V2

    Case: $40 COOLER MASTER Elite 430
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