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First gaming pc, <600, need input

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January 30, 2012 4:11:43 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of February

Budget Range: Under 600 if possible. Can budge some.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies (720p), Autocad

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Speakers, OS (Have Win7 64bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere trustworthy

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Just want reliable brands.

Overclocking: Not necessary

SLI or Crossfire: If you think it will be worthwhile

Monitor Resolution: Currently getting a 720p monitor for free may look at 1080 in the future but that would be maximum.

Additional Comments: Main use would be for gaming but the games i tend to play aren't super demanding. Upcoming games i am wanting to play are: Diablo III, Starcraft II, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Tomb Raider, Rayman Origins. I however do not need to play at ultra if i can get high settings i will be fine, I am coming from console so most anything will be an upgrade to me.

I tend to also play alot of indie games but these will not be the limiting factor. I will also use this for emulation and would like to be able to play up to N64/Saturn era which shouldnt be an issue.

Wanting to go with a Bluray drive for ripping movies for the optical.

As mentioned i would like to stay under 600 but if you can get lower and think i will be fine for what i want go with it.

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January 30, 2012 4:59:25 AM

Grab this beast by increase your budget :-
CPU -> Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard -> ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)

Memory -> Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive -> Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card -> Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($152.55 @ Newegg)

Case -> NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply -> Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)

DVD WRITER -> SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner ($17 @ Newegg)

Total: $670.35

(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-01-29 10:42 EST-0500)

50 dollars over budget but i think worth it- if you ever want to crossfire your going to need a more powerful powersupply though. Like 650 to 700 watts-possible this one ? OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply like 20 dollars more after rebate then the 500 watt power supply
January 30, 2012 5:28:10 AM

SLI / CF is probably not feasible at this budget. and like Subrata above said, you will need a more beefy psu to handle the load.

Apart from that, i agree totally with Subrata's specs.

EDIT: if you are feeling REALLY stingy, you can save ~$20 and omit the DVD
burner and install windows from a usb stick instead.

EDIT #2: if you're not into overclocking, save a bit more
and drop down to a core i5 2400 or i5 2300
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January 30, 2012 5:42:53 AM

If MICRO CENTRE near in your location then just change the cpu

Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor.( $149.99)
& omit DVD writer.

Total Budget $603.35
January 30, 2012 5:53:41 AM

subrata4web said:
If MICRO CENTRE near in your location then just change the cpu

Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor.( $149.99)
& omit DVD writer.

Total Budget $603.35

There we go! now a machine almost perfectly within budget.