Gaming Build - $500-$600

Approximate Purchase Date: Two weeks from now

Budget Range: $500-$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - SWTOR and Eventually Guild Wars 2. I guess school too

Parts Not Required: I have a case and power supply, i believe its 450W or 500W.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon for most of my parts and maybe Newegg. I live in hawaii, shipping is ridiculous.

Country: US??

Parts Preferences: I would like to go intel.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually

Monitor Resolution: dont have a monitor, but dont include it into this budget. I will pick one up from costco. But i will take suggestions.

I spent a good hour or two looking through other threads to see if i couldnt just piggy back off someone elses post, but i couldnt find one that fit my price range and needs. Most of the builds were amd or people were planning on over clocking. I pulled some ideas from other threads and came up with this. Your thoughts?


Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128523 - 114.99

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074 - 189.99

GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908 - 139.99

Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180 - 49.99

Hardrive - gonna use old harddrive

Case - going to find a cheap one on amazon
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  1. Check the Tom's system build marathon for $600:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-performance-gaming,3097.html
    It has the same CPU, but a better GPU...if you still need some help after reading that, I can help you tomorrow.
  2. Thanks for the links.

    I would like to go with this board, but i cant seem to find it on amazon. I live in hawaii, so the bulky items i would like to purchase from amazon. Free Shipping. I want something that supports crossfire. Have any suggestions.

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  3. Why The Extreme4? it costs $50 more, OP doesn't need to spend that much more on this small budget. Why get an mATX board, most mATX's are rather annoying to CF/SLI with since the sizes of cards have been increased.

    The Extreme3 is fine or this
    Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502
  4. cause the extreme 3 is out of stock?
  5. ^ True, but OP isn't buying until 2 weeks later. So... He can get it when it's in stock I'm sure.
  6. Ok, good point...now, what is OP? I know it's the forum asker, but what does it mean
  7. It means Original Poster.
  8. Ok, thanks!
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