New $600 build

Approximate Purchase Date: asap

Budget Range: 600 tops

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming pc

Parts Not Required: keyboard/monitor/

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/fry's/Micro center

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I prefer intel but open for suggestions

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: -

Additional Comments: I have a micro center near me so I can get a 2500k(unlocked) for $179 in store pick up, and also a i5-2400 for $149. I am not sure but I think I can also get a cheap deal from micro center with a mobo bundle. I checked newegg prices on the $600 gaming build for december but alot of the prices are alot more expensive then in the guide making it much more then $600.
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  1. Check out my $600 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

    Since you can get the $180 2500K, I'd just suggest getting a motherboard from Microcenter just to see if they will indeed bundle and reduce price.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0374835
    It's cheap but will give you the ability to SLI/CF at 8x/8x and Z68. If they don't give you bundle price, tell them to price match this board.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130618&Tpk=z68a-g45
  2. You can check out the $600 build made by Tom's hardware here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-performance-gaming,3097.html

    But personally, I would go with this build:

    CPU: FX-4100 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

    Graphics: Gigabyte gtx 560Ti $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401

    MoBo: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157281

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    Case: NZXT Gamma $40
    http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Black/dp/B002UDK9U6

    HDD: WD 250GB blue drive $44
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59705&vpn=WD2500AAKX&manufacture=Western%20Digital

    RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT $35
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

    Heatsink+Fan: STOCK $0

    DVD-ROM: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner $16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    Total: $635

    Explanation: I chose this because of the FX-4100 and the gtx 560ti. The FX-4100 is a great CPU and is overclockable. Many people has said that the CPUs benchmarks do not reflect the CPUs actual performance and that the CPU performs amazingly. The 560Ti is one of the best gpus you can get for this budget. I chose the ASRock board because it is SLI capable and is from a reliable company. The OCZ 600W PSU is enough for SLI in the future, if you plan. The NZXT GAMMA is roomy and will allow for all your components to fit, it also has many fan slots. The HDD is from NCIX, and I thank aznshinobi for the link. 8GB of G.Skill RAM should be more than enough for gaming needs. DVD-Burner to watch DVDs and also to copy Win7
  3. ^ Err.... I think you should think more about recommending the FX-4100
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bulldozer-efficiency-overclock-undervolt,3083.html
    That's not the FX-4100 but the big brother 8150. If that's the efficiency expected, should be, I don't think the FX-4100 is even close to worth it. Specially since after overclocks the TDP sky rockets, the heat rises by a large margin and the efficiency is just gone. Just me though.
  4. correct, the energy used skyrockets once you OC it, but it's still a decent CPU at stock speeds.

    The only reason I chose the FX-4100 is because it's decently priced at $120 and I could fit a gtx 560Ti into the build
  5. r0aringdrag0n said:
    You can check out the $600 build made by Tom's hardware here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-performance-gaming,3097.html

    But personally, I would go with this build:

    CPU: FX-4100 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

    Graphics: Gigabyte gtx 560Ti $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401

    MoBo: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157281

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    Case: NZXT Gamma $40
    http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Black/dp/B002UDK9U6

    HDD: WD 250GB blue drive $44
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59705&vpn=WD2500AAKX&manufacture=Western%20Digital

    RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT $35
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

    Heatsink+Fan: STOCK $0

    DVD-ROM: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner $16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    Total: $635

    Explanation: I chose this because of the FX-4100 and the gtx 560ti. The FX-4100 is a great CPU and is overclockable. Many people has said that the CPUs benchmarks do not reflect the CPUs actual performance and that the CPU performs amazingly. The 560Ti is one of the best gpus you can get for this budget. I chose the ASRock board because it is SLI capable and is from a reliable company. The OCZ 600W PSU is enough for SLI in the future, if you plan. The NZXT GAMMA is roomy and will allow for all your components to fit, it also has many fan slots. The HDD is from NCIX, and I thank aznshinobi for the link. 8GB of G.Skill RAM should be more than enough for gaming needs. DVD-Burner to watch DVDs and also to copy Win7


    you chose asrock mobo because it supports sli, i would really doubt on that, have you seen the system builder 1200, fx 6100 massively bottlenecked 2xhd6950, i wouldn't bother multigpu on fx series cpu's. i would go with toms 600 build, really its awesome for all the penny.
  6. is the Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 250GB is compatible with the Tom's 600$ build?Also which good power supply I can get on tom's 600$ build because the one they suggest got a price increase..
  7. Yes...
  8. simonsauve said:
    is the Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 250GB is compatible with the Tom's 600$ build?Also which good power supply I can get on tom's 600$ build because the one they suggest got a price increase..

    -Yes! Most HDDs are compatible with most computers, all they have to be is have SATA connectors and be 3.5".
    - You can try using this PSU, although I wouldn't recommend it with the bad reviews and such:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031
    You can also go with this, which is also 430W:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    However, I would recommend this PSU that is $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104954
  9. r0aringdrag0n said:
    correct, the energy used skyrockets once you OC it, but it's still a decent CPU at stock speeds.

    The only reason I chose the FX-4100 is because it's decently priced at $120 and I could fit a gtx 560Ti into the build


    And you can get i3-2100 for $99 and won't need heatsink for it
  10. madchemist83 said:
    And you can get i3-2100 for $99 and won't need heatsink for it


    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i3-2100-Processor-3-1GHz-LGA1155/dp/B004JEVGMO

    i see no $99 i3... :cry:
  11. madchemist83 said:

    Oh. I see, but for me, driving to my local microcenter will make the CPU and fuel cost around $200...
  12. r0aringdrag0n said:
    -Yes! Most HDDs are compatible with most computers, all they have to be is have SATA connectors and be 3.5".
    - You can try using this PSU, although I wouldn't recommend it with the bad reviews and such:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031
    You can also go with this, which is also 430W:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    However, I would recommend this PSU that is $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104954



    Alright thanks that's exactly what was I looking for!
  13. And about build why does everyone never put a wireless adapter on their build is it because it is already include in the component?
  14. Who uses wireless these days ? I go for LAN .. much faster. Wireless only for phones and stuff
  15. simonsauve said:
    And about build why does everyone never put a wireless adapter on their build is it because it is already include in the component?

    The reason why is because wireless adapters and stuff are considered as "other non-needed stuff". Most times, when you're on any sites the computer build is a barebones computer, and most times won't even include OS. So saying "I want a $500 computer" will get just that, a $500 computer that will run, although without OS or any other peripherals.
  16. ^+1
  17. Ohh ok now i understand why there was parts missing lol! Little noob that i am
  18. No problem! and good luck with your build!
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