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February 4, 2012 11:29:31 PM

Building a budget rig for a friend, needs to be as cheap as possible with performance similar to what is posted below. I don't want to get as much performance as possible for $500, I want performance at this level as cheap as possible, if that makes any sense.

Approximate Purchase Date: Summer (after mid-June)

Budget Range: $500 absolute max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Light gaming, browsing, office work.

Parts Not Required: KB, mouse, OS, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Mid tower with regular ATX mobo, single slot GPU if possible, not a big deal. 1 HDD only (no SSD).

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: No rice. No excessive LED's. Case window not needed. Decent airflow please (using stock HSF).

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z $44

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W $125

HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $80

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770 1GB $100

Mobo: MSI PH61A-P35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $75

RAM: Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) $37

ODD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X $18

Thanks. Really appreciate help on this. My second build (first was around $900, so I don't know the budget market really)
Also, will Ivy be out by this time, and if so will it be worth it at the price premium? (Opinion)

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February 4, 2012 11:32:42 PM

I don't think you'd be able to build one with Ivy Bridge at $500. I would also ask about a month or so before buying for more accurate responses.
February 4, 2012 11:42:35 PM

It doesn't make any sense to ask now about a build in June, prices and product will be different then, the choices will change.
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February 5, 2012 12:54:50 AM

I was just looking for a rough idea, specific parts may change a little. I just realized I did not include a power supply... Reccomendations for good brands/models especially for PSU's and mobos, and an estimate of how much wattage to get?
Thanks for the thought on Ivy, azeem.

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February 5, 2012 2:52:54 AM

Get this:
Corsair 430W

or this

Silverstone 400W

If you're having a budget build then a good 400 or 500W PSU should be enough. You could go easy on your other parts but picking a good PSU should be on your list as you don't want your system to be messed up with a crappy cheapo one :) 

Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX and Silverstone are considered the good brands for PSU's btw.
February 5, 2012 4:24:41 AM

Check back when your friend has the money in hand...
As you can see, the mail in rebates and combo deals can change daily which can make a difference. $20 MIR is useless if you miss the cut-off date.
February 9, 2012 1:26:47 AM

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February 9, 2012 1:33:42 AM

Look up the combo deals on the processor and DVD together. Newegg typically runs these often, and use that extra 12 in savings to buy a seagate or WD hard drive over the hitachi.
February 9, 2012 6:32:34 AM

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