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Need advice on first pc build $500

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week.

Budget Range: Around $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (skyrim, bf3, metro 2033, SWTOR, etc.)

Parts Not Required: OS, Keyboard , Mouse, graphics card (Galaxy GTX 480)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, (Microcenter for cpu)

Country: Michigan, USA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080.

cpu i3-2100 $99.99

mobo GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 $52.99

Psu Corsair Builder Series CX600 $69.99

Ram- need suggestions. has to be 1.5v correct?

hard drive need suggestions

case need suggestions

dvd drive need suggestions

anything else i am forgetting about? Also just want to make sure the i3-2100 wont bottleneck the gtx 480??? may need to upgrade towards a i5-2400 or 2500k possibly. Also will the psu be powerful enough, as well as have the neccesary connectors for gpu?

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  1. Intel Core i5 2400 LGA 1155 Boxed Processor - $149.99

    Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 mATX Intel Motherboard - $104.99 after rebate savings

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $89.99

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 - $49.99

    Lite-ON 24X SATA DVD Burner - $17.99

    NZXT Classic Series Source 210 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case - $27.99 after rebate savings

    Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99

    Total : $440.94 + $69.99 = $510.93
  2. Okay so I have put together a new build let me know what ya'll think. Also i have $200 Amazon credit... If you buy the 2500k with mobo from microcenter you get $50 off mobo.. So this is actually cheaper than going with an i5 2400 because of the savings on the mobo...

    Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $179.99

    Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard $49.99 after rebate savings

    Hitachi 7K1000.C 500GB HDS721050CLA362 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $89.99

    Lite-ON 24X SATA DVD Burner - OEM $17.99

    Total for microcenter store pick up with tax= $368.84

    Zalman Z9 Plus Atx Mid Tower $73.99

    Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit $49.99

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply $79.99

    Total for Amazon = $203.97

    Galaxy 80XLH5HS8GUX GeForce GTX 480 1536MB 384-bit DDR5 PCI Express Video Card (Brand New) $Already own

    Grand total- $572.81

    Any feedback is greatly appreciated! thank you.
  3. Think I might go with this mobi instead of the gigabyte..

    ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard $69.99

    What do you think?

    Also added a cooler master hyper 212 evo to my cart on microcenter for $36.
  4. Best answer
    Go with the ASUS mothyerboard. The boards have minor differences, but the ASUS motherboard has Manufacturer Warranty of 3 years while GIGABYTE has 1 year.
  5. Thanks for the help ujaansona.
  6. You are welcome. :)
  7. Best answer selected by atc250es.
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