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Final Decisions on my first budget Gaming PC

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December 18, 2011 8:05:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: By Tomorrow!!
Budget Range: Around ~$650 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching movies and gaming
Parts Not Required: OS and mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Newegg and Amazon
Country: US
Parts Preferences: i would like intel CPU
Overclocking: NO
SLI or Crossfire: NO
Monitor Resolution:1920 x 1080

So I've been researching for days for my first ever gaming pc and this is what I've decided so far.
PSU=$43
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G0WPLK/ref=ox_sc_a...
HDD=$50
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002JGN802/ref=ox_sc_a...
Monitor=$150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM=$37.50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case=$50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But I can't decide on these:
i3-2100($110) or i3-2120($130)
HIS HD 6750($90) or Sapphire HD 6850($145)
No idea what mobo I should get.

Please help. I mostly play leauge of legends, skyrim and diablo.
a b 4 Gaming
December 18, 2011 8:38:41 AM

Get a different PSU. Cooler master only has some good PSU's you will be better served by another brand.

The CPU can not be overclocked so once you balance the budget it is up to you if the 200mhz is worth it.

Get the 6850 over the 5750 it is almost a no contest as far as performance in a gaming machine. The money is worth it in an obvious way with this buy at that resolution..
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a b 4 Gaming
December 18, 2011 8:42:29 AM

Get a different PSU. Cooler master only has some good PSU's you will be better served by another brand.

The CPU can not be overclocked so once you balance the budget it is up to you if the 200mhz is worth it.

Get the 6850 over the 5750 it is almost a no contest as far as performance in a gaming machine. The money is worth it in an obvious way with this buy at that resolution..
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December 18, 2011 8:51:36 AM

i3 vs i3 dosnt really matter. Its not much price difference and you wont really notice a performance difference.
Yeah get the 6850, great performance and cost.
Just get some m-Atx or ATX 1155 mobo, any will be good since you dont really have any specific needs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
I would make sure to get a p67 or z68 chipset, and stick to gigabyte/asus/asrock
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December 18, 2011 9:15:34 AM

Ok, so I dont know where you are getting your prices but here is a solid $700+shipping($8) build...much better parts and should serve your purposes well...I tried my best to hit your budget, but I think this is as good as it gets

CPU: i3-2100 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock P67 PRO3 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: any $50 mid tower case that you like

Monitor: the monitor you've got listed $150

You can find a cheaper mobo if needed, ~$75 and go to a cheaper GPU(6750 ) to make your $650 budget.
Other thing is do you need a ODD? Samsung DVD Burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
your listed HDD has $20 shipping so may want to definitely look into something else
you need to definitely get a better PSU, no greater than 500w for your needs
if you get a cheap mobo, make sure the RAM is compatible, most cheaper boards will want DDR3 1333 and not 1600
Good Luck!
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a b 4 Gaming
December 18, 2011 11:15:20 AM

no overclocking available for the i3 so the cheapest h61 chipset should work just fine saving a lot of money.
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December 18, 2011 12:05:05 PM
a b 4 Gaming
December 18, 2011 7:55:57 PM

The corsair I linked to is more than enough power for a single 6850 CPU HDD and disk drive as well as some fans.
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December 19, 2011 2:03:40 AM

Thank you guys
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December 19, 2011 2:04:25 AM

Best answer selected by maccue.
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