$600 Build for everything!

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or so.

Budget Range: $560 before rebates, the tax will even out to $600.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, Gaming, School Work

Parts Not Required: Speakers, headset, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon, Superbiiz, NCIX US

Country: US

Parts Preferences: A 1440 x 900 monitor at the least. No lower. Cheapest HDD that's 320gb @ 7200rpm+ and SATA.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Dependent on the monitor, higher then 1440 x 900

Additional Comments: It needs to be as cheap as possible, while not losing too much performance.

CPU: AMD x3 720 ($74.99)

Mobo: ASRock N68C-S UCC ($44.99) S+H $2.99

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4gb DDR3 ($20)

GPU: Sapphire HD 6670 1gb ($79.99) S+H $4.99

PSU & CASE: Rosewill R519-BK Black Computer Case 500W Power Supply ($59.99) S+H $4.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB @ 7200rpm Sata 16mb ($84.99)

Optical Drive: Samsung 22x ($16.99)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium ($99.99)

Monitor: Acer G205HVbd ($89.99)

=$585.22 - Cheapest I could get it without making it total suck.

This is a build for a friend. I have experience with assembling PCs, but not much with choosing parts. I've done a good share of research, so I have a very good idea on what to do and look for. We live in California so I'm trying to cut the price back to $560 so the tax evens out to $600. I've tried using PCPartPicker but a lot of the prices were off and it's no longer loading (just me?).

We'll be playing games like TF2, L4D2, and occasional CoD. He's not a heavy gamer, so nothing too hardcore. Would giving him my old GTS 250 be a good idea? It ran really hot @ 60*c+ idle with a good circulated case. I think it's a dying GPU.
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  1. Decent build for the budget. I'd suggest a few changes/improvements.

    Go for the Intel Sandy Bridge G850. It performs on par with a X4 840 and costs just $85. Get an ASRock H61 board to go with it. Also, the X3 720 does not come with heatsink + fan, so you'll need to buy one.

    You could try looking for a PSU + case combo for around $60 that would be on par with what you chose.

    There's a HD6750 going for around $90 on newegg.

    Added links:
    Pentium G850 ($87.99 with free shipping): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00520I9VA?tag=banforbucga08-20&camp=213761&creative=393545&linkCode=bpl&creativeASIN=B00520I9VA&adid=0PY2BHD6XM8MSKQMMN4N&&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fgamingrig.blogspot.com%2F
    ASRock H61 ($59.99 with free shipping): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004S9JXPW?tag=banforbucga08-20&camp=213761&creative=393545&linkCode=bpl&creativeASIN=B004S9JXPW&adid=12ESQZG7DFVC1T1HKMQ1&&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fgamingrig.blogspot.com%2F
    HIS HD6750 ($89.99 + $4.99): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161395
    Raidmax Atlas with 500W PSU ($59.99 with free shipping): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156258
  2. I'll think about that PSU+Case combo, but no can do with that processor and mobo upgrade. I've got a pretty tight budget and can't quite afford even a $30 increase. I'm kind of sketchy of that combo due to the reviews.
  3. madchemist83 said:

    Oh wow, many thanks for this!
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