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Need help building a cheap gaming computer for under $600

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January 11, 2012 8:36:58 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks
Budget Range: $500-$600 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: Keyboard and mouse (although if there is a good cheap combo I'll go for it, I'm using wireless right now), Monitor, HDD, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences:Not really any preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Probably later on (in two years or so)

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments:I want to play Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Minecraft, and possibly SWTOR. The parts I have selected as of now are as follows:
HAF 912

ASUS M5A97

Rosewill 630w

GTX 560ti and 8gb RAM Bundle

Phenom II x4 960T

EDIT: I updated the GPU and RAM
January 11, 2012 10:06:24 PM

Hi xMcNerdx !

I suggest you this:

Intel i3 2130 outperforms up to AMD phenom II 970! and its better for gaming!;)
and in future current s1155 CPU's are gonna drop in price once Ivy Bridge comes out so you can upgrade to i5 2600 or ivy bridge! :) 

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

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

and dont waste your money on gigabyte 6850! buy sapphire for 20$ less and you can overclock it up to 850MHz or maybe more! ;) 

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

+1$ you can buy Kingston HyperX 1600MHz memory's! more performance!

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

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


same price! better performance! ;) 
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January 11, 2012 10:28:08 PM

Get an Intel 2130 $139.99 free shipping
ASRock H61M-GE LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $62.99 Free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT $22.99 Free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $159.99 after mail-in rebate card Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $44.99 after mail in rebate $5.99 shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 11, 2012 10:46:56 PM

yea +15$ and sapphire 6870 is BETTER! ;) 

H61 chipsets are lame!:D  with p67 you get intel RST,2 sata 6Gb/s ports,USB 3, more USB ports, intel RRT and overclock friendly!
(Intel® P67 Express Chipset also enables overclocking features of unlocked 2nd generation Intel Core processor family)
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January 12, 2012 12:44:47 AM

Okay I updated my GPU because I decided for the money I might as well get the best I can now instead of having to upgrade later. How is that 560 ti that I linked above? Also, the i3 processors are only 2 core CPU's, will that make a difference in gaming? And could I just get this i3 2100 to save some money since it doesn't really seem that different from the other one?
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January 12, 2012 8:14:16 PM

Well isn't that GPU not a ti? Although comparing them side to side the non ti does seem better. I'll go with that card bundle. However with the CPU issue I'm still not so sure. I feel more comfortable going with the Phenom II x4 960T. It has 4 cores, unlike the i3, and I heard that it overclocks better (if overclocking is something I would want to do, I still don't really know what it is and how to do it). Also going with the Intel stuff with cost more.
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February 17, 2014 1:48:54 PM

xMcNerdx said:
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks
Budget Range: $500-$600 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: Keyboard and mouse (although if there is a good cheap combo I'll go for it, I'm using wireless right now), Monitor, HDD, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences:Not really any preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Probably later on (in two years or so)

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments:I want to play Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Minecraft, and possibly SWTOR. The parts I have selected as of now are as follows:
HAF 912

ASUS M5A97

Rosewill 630w

GTX 560ti and 8gb RAM Bundle

Phenom II x4 960T

EDIT: I updated the GPU and RAM


Hello

So I'm new to all this stuff too and i've spend the last 2 days hard core looking into the new stuff and prices and a lot of reviews. Along with this i had a friend that is also computer smart. I created this build and just purchased earlier today from amazon and newegg. I believe this build is great and I also want some input on it. I actually already had a hard drive so i didn't get one and that is up to you on what you want and what you can stand. If you have an external, getting a ssd would make your computer even faster. I just bought one for my mac about a month ago and thinking on keeping it in or switching it out and putting it in the desktop. So here is my build on pcpartpicker. you already have a keyboard so thats 25 less.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2UUTF
let me know what your opinions are on it.

AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card
Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
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