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February 12, 2012 4:21:42 PM

Hey everybody. I decided to build my own budget gaming pc for under $550. I'd like to know your opinions about this build.

At first I wanted to go either with a AMD Fx 4100 or AmD PII x4 965 but later found out that the i3 out does even a Fx 6100 OC'd and I couldn't find any PII x4 965's in my local area and on newegg.com so that's when I decided to go with an Intel, plus it gives me upgradeability for future SB's since the mobo is a 1155 and i might be upgrading to a i5 or i7 later on.

The motherboard I chose was a not well known MSI board for $119, which is $40 cheaper then a Asrock Extreme3. If anyone could sugest a board better then the Z68A-G45 for around the same price point and that's SLI/CF I would trully aprisiate that. I'm also looking for a cheap >$90 case ( Mid or Full ) will at least 3 fans ( one light up ) a windowed side panel ( I heard Coolmaster cases are good ).

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Cpu: Intel i3 2100 Dual-core 3.1Ghz -$124
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-G45 (B3) Intel Z68 Motherboard - $119
Gpu: Changed 550ti to EVGA Gtx 460 1Gb - $134
RAM: Patriot G2 Series Memory Kit - 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-10666, DDR3-1333MHz - $40
PSU: 550W $30-45
Hard Drive: $70
Case: NZXT M59-001BK M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case -$60 / Apevia X-DREAMER3-BK X-DREAMER3 Mid Tower -$60


Overall, what do you thing? for a $570 budget pc. Do you think it'd run most modern games at high @1024&786 +?

*Most of these parts will be bought from my local TigerDirect (CA)*

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February 12, 2012 5:21:12 PM

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At first I wanted to go either with a AMD Fx 4100 or AmD PII x4 965 but later found out that the i3 out does even a Fx 6100 OC'd and I couldn't find any PII x4 965's in my local area and on newegg.com so that's when I decided to go with an Intel, plus it gives me upgradeability for future SB's since the mobo is a 1155 and i might be upgrading to a i5 or i7 later on.


Yes AMD has a long way to go before FX is perfected. The i3-2120 is a much wiser decision.

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Gpu: Changed 550ti to EVGA Gtx 460 1Gb - $134


Don't bother with either - both are becoming pretty moot points when they're outperformed by the 6850 and 6790 at the same price and the new NVIDIA 6-- series has just been announced.

Try this for a $600 build - most of what you have is pretty decent but could use a bit of tweaking.

Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... Cooler Master HAF 912 - $64.99
PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - Corsair CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - Asrock Z68 Pro 3 Gen 3 - $139.99
CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - Intel Core i3-2120 - $139.99
RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $39.99
Video Card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - $144.99

Total: $599.94

About $30 more but you get a better case and PSU, a better motherboard, and a way better video card.
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February 12, 2012 5:22:46 PM

Doesn't this belong in New Builds?

On topic, though, plus Ontario tax it would be about $683.
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February 13, 2012 1:10:49 AM

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