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January 29, 2012 7:15:53 PM

I already have a $1k gaming rig, but I want to build another one for gaming for when friends come over. I understand that this build won't be the best, but I just want a simple build that will run any game fine with a $500 budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, ASAP

Budget Range: $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: school, internet, gaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: US

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments:
I already have an idea of some parts I want, which will probably all be ordered from Here is the list of what I have so far: [...] 6819115078
Processor - Intel i3-2100 [...] 6813157241
Motherboard - ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard [...] r94mwxfsfx
Hard Drive - Hitachi 500gb Hard drive [...] u2s0b5qsxs
PSU -SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W [...] 6827135204
CD/DVD - ASUS 24X DVD Burner [...] 6814121474
Graphics Card - ASUS 1GD5 Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready [...] 6820231394
RAM - G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 [...] teel%20%2f
Case - COOLER MASTER Elite 430

Parts I don't need: Monitor (720p monitor), Mouse, OS, Keyboard

Some people have said to go with AMD for this kind of build but I feel that the i3 processor is good and will run fine for a build like this. The only concern I have as of now is that the Graphics card is to big for the Motherboard. Everything else is solid in my opinion. If anyone has any recommendations or advice to make the build more cost efficient it would be very helpful. Also I'm not too experienced with with knowing everything about all the parts, so if I have a compatibility problem with the parts please let me know. Thanks Guys :) 

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January 29, 2012 7:22:40 PM

This looks like a great build! As for AMD, it's only worth going with AMD if you have a $500-$600 budget and want to overclock, otherwise Intel is a great way to go. Also You said School and Internet are more important than gaming, if so, then you may want to go with a card that is a step down such as the Radeon 6750:
It offers great performance at 1680x1050, which is a larger res than what you'll be playing on
January 29, 2012 7:36:05 PM

None of the links are working for me.

Why not go to 8GB of ram? It barely increases the price of the build.
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January 29, 2012 7:43:53 PM

didnt you do this thread a day or two ago?
January 29, 2012 7:53:57 PM

maybe he wants more input?
January 29, 2012 8:33:59 PM

I meant to have gaming as the first priority sorry about that @r0aringdrag0n. Thanks for the input guys I will be ordering soon. :)