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Good Budget gamer rig for $550, just needs looking over

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February 10, 2012 8:42:04 AM

This is what I have picked out, just need verifying by a pro that all this will play nice together.

Case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

500 gig Seagate $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 500w PSU $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4gig G.Skill Ripjaws Ram $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asrock Mobo $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI GTX 550Ti $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Corei3 2120 AND Dvd Burner $136
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also, this PCI Express wireless-N adapter $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

one more question as it's my first build- does the CPU come with thermal paste or do I need to buy that?

Much thanks all!
February 10, 2012 9:34:53 AM

Its a good build. The CPU Cooler from box come with thermal paste.
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February 10, 2012 12:19:07 PM

6850 would be better indeed.
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February 10, 2012 6:43:45 PM

omg thanks for all these keen suggestions!!!
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February 10, 2012 6:57:07 PM

the 6850 would definitely like the 500w psu more wouldn't it?

"Recommended Power Supply

Here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation:

Radeon HD 6850 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 450 Watt power supply unit.
Radeon HD 6870 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 500 Watt power supply unit."

http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-revie...

set me straight?
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February 10, 2012 7:20:38 PM

The december SBM $600 build had an Antec Earthwatts 430 on an i5-2400 and a 6870, so the 430w would be fine for an i3-2120 and a 6850.
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February 10, 2012 7:21:18 PM

Look here for all of your wattage calculating needs.
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February 10, 2012 7:38:31 PM

of the way said:
Look here for all of your wattage calculating needs.


According to using this calculator, subbing in the 6870 for the 550ti, you are only using 407 watts.

So yes the 430w Corsair should be fine. You can upgrade to the 500w if you want too.
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February 10, 2012 7:58:34 PM

Or you could get an Antec Earthwatts 380w + a cheap HD 6850. Tom's used to build their budget rig with those parts.
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February 11, 2012 5:52:19 AM

going with my build, but subbing out for the good recommendations you all provided----

Case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

500 gig Seagate $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 430w PSU $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8 gigs Patriot Ram $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asrock Mobo $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire Radeon 6850 $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Corei3 2120 AND Dvd Burner $136
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also, this PCI Express wireless-N adapter $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total cost ~$560 before shipping.
good job mates!
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February 11, 2012 5:54:10 AM

good luck on that build!
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February 11, 2012 5:56:28 AM

thanks thanks thanks, I'll NEED that luck, it's my FIRST build.
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February 11, 2012 5:57:44 AM

Looks good.Good luck.
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