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First time gaming build! $500-$600

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October 30, 2011 1:26:56 PM

Hey guys so my last post wasnt in the correct format so I shall re do this one!

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month or so

Budget Range: $500-600$ (before rebates if any)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(WoW, Sc2, Bf3) Movies, internet

Parts Not Required: starting fresh

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or other reputable site

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Whatever provides the best price to performance ratio

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050 ( till i upgrade)

Additional Comments: Quiet is a major plus. May upgrade to 16GB RAM may not!
a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2011 3:34:23 PM

Hi! Welcome to the forums.

So, you have 500-600? Well, I would recommend you check out this build: It's exactly what you need for your budget, with maybe a few upgrades. (Antec 300, 1TB HDD) But if you need a monitor, OS, mouse and keyboard, you need to up your budget.

Hope that helps a bit. Be sure to get back to me!
October 30, 2011 3:39:23 PM

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $35.99

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $54.99

ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $53.99

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100 $124.99

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $179.99

Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model PSD34G1333K $24.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $99.99

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM $17.99

Subtotal: $592.92

I encountered a huge problem with the hdd while composing your system. ATM all of the hdds are double and triple the price they used to be. It is ridiculous. I suggest you wait a little bit and spend like 50$ for a 500gb drive as you should (Caviar Black/Samsung Barracuda 7200.12/Samsung F3) and put the rest of the remaining money on either a 6950 or a 560ti.
As things are with the hdds atm this is the BEST i could scrap up
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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2011 3:52:01 PM

Yup, HDD's are quite high. The flood in Thailand hit the main spindle producing factories. Just get whatever drive you can.
October 31, 2011 2:01:18 PM

I am having the exact same problem as the OP. I figured out a solution that seems to work for me, but it involves building the PC first and then adding a GPU and a bigger HDD a couple of weeks later once I save about $200. Maybe it will work for you too. I'm also hoping the price of HDDs will come down in those 2 weeks.

Intel Core i3-2125 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz Dual Core w/ HD 3000 Graphics ($159)

GIGABYTE GA-Z68M-D2H LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($95)

Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Memory ($25)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD800AAJS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($50)

APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case ($25)

Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2SB 500W ATX12V v2.2 Power Supply ($40)

Hanns_G HL227DBB 21.5" LED monitor 5ms Full HD 250 cd/m2 ($110)

This system is a total $525 shipped (everything from Newegg), but it includes a monitor (since you said you're starting fresh). Overall I think it's a decent starter build and since it has the Sandy Bridge with HD 3000 graphics on the CPU, you can actually use the computer without a GPU for the 2 weeks until you can buy your GPU (I will be getting a Radeon HD 6870 or a GTX 560 ti).

I hope that helps (any critique is welcomed, but I don't want to hijack anyone's thread).
October 31, 2011 4:32:33 PM

see this
go to high settings page(2nd page) that is enough , u can turn down 1 or 2 parts
dont change the cpu and gpu , ram also ok . just get a cheaper mobo(not recommended or get some gigabyte they are cheap in newegg) . ofc change the hd if u dont want or get a samsung hd cuz western digital are expensive (bcoz of thailand floods)
u will be able to play at high settings at decent frames
u can turn down cpu but keep it till i5 (min)
if u cant still make it get a second hand or a 550 ti or 460 768 mb