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December 25, 2011 3:16:21 AM

"NOTE" I DO NOT HAVE THIS SYSTEM AND PLAESE DONT TELL ME I SHOULD ADD A few more hundred Dollars and it Will out perform it ....WEL NO SH*T
I had decided to put an affordable gaming system around 500 dollars and here are the Parts:

Case : 35 dollars to 45 dollars Antec 200S or NZXT GAMMA
http://www.newegg.com/Pduct/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: 69 dollars (Cheapest I could find)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply Antec Neo 400c 400w psu (Better quality then corsairs CX 430)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner : 19.99 dollars

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...\

Mother board: ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0 lga 1155 h61

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

processer : i3 2120 120 dollars

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

g.skill Ram: 21 dollars 4gb ddr3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Last but not least the video card wich is 125 dollars : PowerColor HD 6790

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ADDS up to 515 dollars WITHOUT Rebate and Shipping included well this would be my build if I only had 500 dollars (but thankfuly I Have more :p )

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December 25, 2011 4:02:34 AM

Naturally more of a budget will get you a better gaming computer but the thing that you havn't told us is what games you intend on playing , at what settings and at what resolutions. Just looking at your build anyone will say that it will work and it will play some games but not everyone play the same games. So if you want to give us that info we can tell you where you can get to with this build. Also what is your OS.
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December 25, 2011 4:08:51 AM

inzone said:
Naturally more of a budget will get you a better gaming computer but the thing that you havn't told us is what games you intend on playing , at what settings and at what resolutions. Just looking at your build anyone will say that it will work and it will play some games but not everyone play the same games. So if you want to give us that info we can tell you where you can get to with this build. Also what is your OS.

tbh if i had this build i would play bf3, crysis 1 and 2 ,dirt 3 ,metro 2033, cod4 , gta4
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December 25, 2011 4:11:27 AM

most people play at 1080p 1920 x 1080 I wasnt going to get this rig any way and just put these parts so ican show people what kind of they can get for 500 $
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a b 4 Gaming
December 25, 2011 4:46:04 AM

why build with an i3 2120 whan the AMD FX 4100 processor is cheaper and faster at almost every task ?

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1766/

and thats before you begin to consider overclocking . Usually the FX will hit 4.6 GHz on the stock cooler while the intel pretty much cant be over clocked
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December 25, 2011 4:49:51 AM

they still have phenom 965s well last timed i checked....
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December 25, 2011 4:58:36 AM

the reason i chose the i3 2120 because its sandy bridge and upgradable to the i5 2500k
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December 25, 2011 5:02:27 AM

but its upgradable :D DDDDDD
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December 25, 2011 5:04:41 AM

in some games they only use 2 threads wich the i3 2120 spanks the amd phenom iis in..............
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December 25, 2011 5:05:37 AM

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BUT a gaming pc.............................
6850 vs 6770..................
phenom II at 4.0ghz makes FF all difference hardly............to a 2500k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its a 6790!!!!
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December 25, 2011 5:06:58 AM

i5 2500k = BOOM FOR YOUR BUCK
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December 25, 2011 5:08:40 AM

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And thats a whole lot different?
im tired give a man a break!!!!!

a 6770 only uses a 128 memory bit interface but the 6790 has a 256 bit interface and can unlock to a 6850 :p 
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December 25, 2011 5:09:21 AM

If you want an upgradable PC then ditch the H61 board and get a cheap Z68 board, more features and you can actually overclock on them. or at least a p67 mobo
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December 25, 2011 5:11:55 AM

well the mobo i origanaly had was 78 bucks and it was a z68 board but it ran out of stock yesterday :( 
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December 25, 2011 5:12:46 AM

i wish there was i3 2100k....:( 
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December 25, 2011 5:17:04 AM

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+1 to that my friend.

haha thanks I really think intel should do that It would be a budget gamers dream :p 
But il probaly just wait till ivy comes out any way
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December 25, 2011 5:20:30 AM

oh yes this 6790 is only 125 dollers and with rebate its only 110 dollars now thats a deal :p 
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December 25, 2011 7:24:37 AM

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Problem is the 2500k would have close competition from it's own manufacturer!
No doubt a i3 2100k could hit 5.0ghz much easier.....

if you disaible the i5 2500k s 2 cores you can do that :p 
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December 25, 2011 12:25:55 PM

I'd go with AMD due to the motherboard opportunities that you can get for much cheaper than intel you're saying thay you're going with intel because you can upgrade to a I5-2500k but then you select a H61 motherboard which doesn't support the K-series unlocked part so this makes no since. I would go with AMD also because the 960T has a 37% chance of unlocking to a 6 core and a 75% chance of unlocking to a 5 core and right now this is based off the thuban die which are great overclockers and this chip only has a 95W TDP, and it's also only 109.99$ after a gift card right now.
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December 25, 2011 12:39:05 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (ASrock 870 AM3+ Motherboard this will allow for X8/X8 Crossfire in the future and at 79.99 with Sata 6gb/s and USB 3.0 this motherboard is a steal.)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (AMD Phenom 960T This is great because as I've mentioned above a 37% chance of unlocking to a 6 core and a 75% chance of unlocking to a 5 core and it's 109.99 ATM a core for that much would be a steal!)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (NZXT source 210 this case is a great size for a midtower (it fits a Noctua Cooler and still allows the side panel to bet put on and it makes cable management easy)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (4 GB of Wintec Ram DDR 3-1600 these have huge heatsinks and wintec makes great ram)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (69.99 HDD I chose this because like you it's the cheapest I could find.)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (46.00 Power Supply I chose this due to it being modular I know it's made by raidmax but it's high wattage 630W should be more than enough even if it's made by a bad company)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Sapphire 6850 this is a great overclocker and for 139.99 atm it's a steal imo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I chose this due to it's the cheapest one and LG is a good company)

Total price for this would be around 530$ before mail in rebates.
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December 27, 2011 7:17:20 PM

All & Casey: I'm about to place an order for my first build - and instead of creating a separate thread, I just thought I'd hop on this one since it's very relevant! I picked a different case, RAM (wanted 6gb for light graphics work in addition to gaming), HD (Seagate...to spare an unnecessary convo, I'm a brand-whore) and graphics card (the 6870 is only $10 more than the 6850, has 50fps instead of 42fps on a few other benchmarks for MW3).

Is there anything I'm missing to complete the build later this week? Any random parts I may want to order - or potentially a very light PSU upgrade? Were any of the below a poor choice of part modification? And, what else do I need in addition to another Seagate to support Raid 1?

PS: My upgraded components (with links) were bolded.
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December 27, 2011 8:04:39 PM

Do not get 6 GB of ram because 3 sticks will not run in dual channel instead get 2 4 Gig Sticks, if you're going to spend that much on a HDD i would reccommend getting a SSD instead and just recyling old IDE HDD's, I would also reccommend getting the Coolermaster Haf 912 case right now due to it's price it's only 49.99 on newegg atm and it's easy cable management especially if you got that modular PSU.
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December 28, 2011 2:09:06 PM

Awesome - I didn't realize the dual channel would be an issue. I grabbed four 2-gig sticks (saved $50) and ended up sticking with a HDD because I've always had laptops and don't have any spare IDE HDDs laying around.

Also upgraded the power supply to a Coolermaster. Thanks for your help!
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December 28, 2011 7:03:07 PM

btw i have corsair tx 750 v2 in my main build :p 
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