Trying to build a decent gaming PC for under $600.

Hey everyone, first time poster but I was told you guys give great advise here. Anyway, recently my aging PC's motherboard blew so I'm in the market for a decent gaming PC but I am dirt poor and can only spend at the max about $600.


Approximate Purchase Date: End of the month or beginning of next.

Budget Range: $500-$600 (after rebates but the less money the better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching videos

Parts Not Required: Only need a new tower, I have everything else. Keyboard, mouse, speakers, headphones, monitors, etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None really, as long as its cheap and it works.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would prefer it to be quiet but its not that big of an issue. Also, I've been known to play for long intervals at a time so I need it to keep cool under strain.

I saw this combo deal at newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.756376&cm_sp=DIY_PC_Combos-_-756376-_-Combo
Coupled with this video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121474
I think it would fill my needs but I want to know what you guys think. My goal is that the system can run Skyrim on high but if my budget will just not allow that then medium is fine too. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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  1. The combo you linked uses a terrible processor for gaming. Skyrim only utilizes 2 cores thus making your other 4 cores sit idle.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.765928 would be your best bet with your 6770 although that pushes your $600 budget and doesn't include windows or an optical drive. If you have a student discount for windows then you can get everything for ~645.

    The other decent combo on newegg is http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.752642 $327 + 110 for your 6770 and $100 windows = $537. edit: they removed the hard drive from that combo so another $100 or so added minus the $60 it was originally still gets it within your budget.
  2. darkdeity said:

    Parts Not Required: Only need a new tower, I have everything else. Keyboard, mouse, speakers, headphones, monitors, etc.

    Do you have an OS?
  3. Here's a build, $507.19 -$55 MIR = $452.19
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2EYK
  4. my suggestion for $600:

    Intel i5-2400: $190
    AS Rock H61M/U3S3: $75
    Team Elite 8GB DDR3-1333: $28
    hitachi 750 GB HDD: $70
    Samsung DVD Burner: $16
    HIS HD 6850: $150
    Antec EarthWatts 380W: $30
    Rosewill r102 case: $30

    total: $589
    Shipping: $5
    grand total: $594
  5. Forgot to mention: Yes, I do have one more install on this Windows 7 Family Pack or something I got a long time ago so an OS isn't a problem.

    So are all six-core processors bad for gaming right now or is there just something wrong with that one?

    Also, I saw this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131374
    If this comes in in time would it work with the build I linked or the http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.752642&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=k6ednllgboj4
    that crewton linked?
  6. It's not that 6 core processors are bad for gaming, it's that they aren't designed for gaming and run their cores at a lower frequency and power. They are more for work stations and rendering whereas a dual or quad core will up their frequency to processes smaller bits quicker.

    The 6850 with my diy link will work well if they come back in stock.
  7. OK, with $600 for the tower you could just, just barely get a 2500K +6850 system. The 2500K is pretty tight on a $600 budget though.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2FaU
  8. Would the six-core vs quad-core make much difference? I would really like to make it as cheap as possible while still being able to run current gen games on medium-high settings. All the other specs listed on newegg seem the same except the obvious 2.8/3.2GHz and a few reviews on newegg for the six-core say it runs games well. (I'm new at this so I don't know how trustworthy those are.) If it's not going to make THAT much of a difference I would rather go with the cheaper option.

    Also, does anyone know if I could contact someone on newegg to see when/if they think they'll get that other graphics card back in stock or do they not answer questions like that?
  9. Ugh... Now the motherboard on the: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.756376
    combo is out of stock... Can anyone recommend a replacement? Or would the quad-core combo work out that much better now?
  10. I'll again point to my build, from newegg, with a quad core 2400 (Better than the 6-core 1090), 8 gb ram, 750 GB HDD, and a 6850
  11. crewton said:
    The combo you linked uses a terrible processor for gaming. Skyrim only utilizes 2 cores thus making your other 4 cores sit idle.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.765928 would be your best bet with your 6770 although that pushes your $600 budget and doesn't include windows or an optical drive. If you have a student discount for windows then you can get everything for ~645.

    The other decent combo on newegg is http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.752642 $327 + 110 for your 6770 and $100 windows = $537. edit: they removed the hard drive from that combo so another $100 or so added minus the $60 it was originally still gets it within your budget.


    i know this might be against forum rules but why dont people use pirated windows instead of spending $65 ?
  12. Quote:
    i know this might be against forum rules but why dont people use pirated windows instead of spending $65 ?


    If it works more power to you, if it doesn't it's a pain to fix.
  13. pirated windows dont actually give any problems ? torrent and crack thats all. i ve been using win 7 pirated for almost 1.5 years now and its been working flawlessly
  14. Looks like sales are ending... I guess I should have jumped when I had the chance. Oh well, how does this look?
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=25320468
    Some of the other build on here have stuff out of stock or more expensive now... Anyone have something cheaper?
  15. we don't recommend or condone piracy
  16. ScrewySqrl said:
    we don't recommend or condone piracy


    i know , sorry bout that. was just asking
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