600-700 Dollar 2nd build/ First in 8 years

Approximate Purchase Date: (By January 30th)

Budget Range: (600-800) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming only use)

Parts Not Required: (K/M/ OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (All )

Country: (USA) we need to know where these parts are being assembled

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (No preference, but I hear Intel is better than AMD?)
Overclocking: Possibly, if only necessary though

SLI or Crossfire: At the moment no.

Monitor Resolution: (unsure, currently will be a TV/Projector than a pc monitor when funds are alloted)

Additional Comments: (none really)


Hey everyone I have a link to a list of parts I have compiled and im looking for advise. Should i buy the I5 or just the i3 and O/C it


Did i make correct choices? Should i get an SSD?


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2JMR <------Link
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  1. From what I can tell most 460 GTX require 450W power supply. 350W might cause problems.
  2. I have just updated, I will be trying out the 6870HD with a 580W PSU. Does that sound any better"?


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2KcR
  3. ok let's go from the top
    good CPU for the money .. also you will not be able to oc it ( you can also get i3-2100 which is still pretty good CPU - goes for $100 at microcenter)
    no need for aftermarket cooler as u will not oc your CPU
    get a better brand motherboard - ASUS, Gigabyte
    that memory is 1.65v u need 1.5v .. Gskill, Corsair
    HDD is fine .. but not the best .. if u can find WD Caviar Black or Samsung F3 go for it
    for the case I would recommend going with Antec 300 or NZXT Gamma for your budget
    Definitely change PSU ... brands like Corsair, PC power and cooling, Antec ..etc
    optical drive is whatever
  4. Okay I took into consideration what you said and made cnanges in the below liink


    With the i3 will I still be able to play new games witnout an issue? How about some bottleneck issues?


    Pcpartpicker.com/p/2Kls
  5. if u decide to go with i3 2100, i would recommend amd phenom ii x4 955 because its performance are basically the same at the same price range, and it has a potential to overclock.
  6. Phenom II x 4 $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    Gigabyte 880 AM3+ Motherboard $83 (USB 3.0)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128490

    PowerColor 6870 $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131378

    Cosair CX500 $51
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    G.skill Sniper Ram 8gb $43
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    NZXT Source Elite 210 $50 ( Great case with 3.0 usb on the front)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146077

    Seagate Barracuda 500gb $85
    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200-12-Internal-ST3500413AS/dp/B004TLIEHC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1322721303&sr=8-3

    $597

    This is a great build lol.

    USB 3.0 transfers data 10x faster than usb 2.0.

    You only need a CD burner which is $20 and a good 1920 x 1080p monitor which is less than $150. :) good luck.
  7. i3-2100 will beat phenom at any time .. look at the recommendations from Tom
    AMD boards are technically dead and have no pass to upgrade .. AMD will stop making new desktop processors next year.
    and don't listen to a hippie dog :)
  8. He doesn't need upgradability anyway. He needs more cores since he upgrades his computer by more than 5years. He will need more cores since games by that time might be using more than 2 cores. lol :D
  9. How about upgrading your i3-2100 after a year or so to new ivi bridge 4 or more cores CPU? Because I would recommend an i3-2100 over 955 be.
    AMD boards are not dead, and does have a pass to upgrade, but by now the intel is better move.
  10. I havent yet decided but i id have to put on hold cause the wife spent my entire christmas bonus in one day.... sigh 1500 dollars, i only wanted 600 of it... but alas the perks of being married i guess.
  11. holy crap. What did she buy with the 1500 dollars if you don't mind me asking?
  12. To be honest no idea. She over drafted our bank account and all the fees piled up. So looks like its no chance untill tax season. We looking for anything special doming first of the year
  13. was able to lower the price... bf worthy? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Wea
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