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February 15, 2012 3:34:05 AM

So I was wandering around microcenter the other day, and I tried to pick out some parts that were decent for my budget (620 without including OS) and bear in mind that this is my first time picking out parts, first time building.

Intel Core i3 2100 LGA 1155 3.1GHz Boxed Processor: 99.99

Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2H LGA 1155 H61 mATX Intel Motherboard : 74.99 (this was the piece I was worrying about the most http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...)

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" : 99.99

Thermaltake TR2 Series 600 Watt ATX Power Supply: 44.99

Thermaltake V4 Black Edition VM30001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case : 40.99

Samsung 22X DVD±RW Burner with Dual Layer Support - OEM : 18.99

Corsair XMS 8GB DDR3-1333 RAM : 44.99

XFX HD-685X-ZCFC AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024MB DDR5 : 160


In total:

~585

The reason I chose i3 2100 by the way is because I heard it ran circles around AMD quad cores, and it is upgradable without having to buy another copy of Windows 7. I am most worried about the Mobo and I was wondering if I forgot anything. I am also wondering with the $40 left over, what I can do to upgrade any of the parts, whether it be the mobo or the video card.

Preferred site for parts: Microcenter if possible, and then Newegg.

Don't need mouse, keyboard, OS, monitor.

Not going to OC

Just trying to find a build that is perfect for my budget and can run things like battlefield/skyrim at medium-high settings with very good fps. I usually don't run shadows on my games either, so the fps improves greatly.

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February 15, 2012 4:09:16 AM

This will run you a little bit more (about $70) but you'll get a better case, PSU, and motherboard, and the video card is about the same. Thermaltake PSUs are pretty much junk for the most part, I wouldn't recommend them.

Try this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair CX500 - $59.99
Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i3-2100 - $124.99
RAM: PNY 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600Mhz 1.5V - $41.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99

Total: $661.82

The Corsair CX500 is a good PSU for the money but this would be the best in it's price range and would only raise the price about $30: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 15, 2012 3:01:03 PM

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February 15, 2012 3:50:55 PM

You can run Skyrim on full high with an i3 and a 560Ti. My gameplay is completely smooth at x8/x8 Antialiasing and anisotropic filtering. If you can get a better GPU you'll definitely benefit from it.

I don't see any reason to invest an extra $50 into a Gen 3 board when the OP isn't really going to be using any of the extra features. I'd suggest trying to get a P67 board, but for $75 that's not a terrible board. If you go to a Microcenter you might be able to get a better deal on a CPU/Mobo combo as well.
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