$300 gaming build

Hi guys, I really need help with a new build if you guys don't mind helping out.

excluding CASE and GRAPHIC CARD and CD drive as I already have those

this is what I got so far. CPU $128 shipped MOTHERBOARD $58 shipped POWER SUPPLY $40 shipped RAM $47 shipped HARD DRIVE $65 shipped

total : $338 before rebates

I have trouble finding a cheap hard drive, I'm pretty happy if it's around 100 GB.

what do you guys think of my picks? would you guys replace any of these with something else?

edit: I play TF2 mostly and sometimes new games like skyrim but I'm not too demanding, I already have an HD5770 video card.
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    Hi! Welcome to the forums.
    Hmm. $300 gaming build? That's gonna be pretty tough.

    Tell you what. I think we can make this work. What case do you currently have? We may need to tailor the build around that.
    -Since this is so low budget, don't expect anything feature rich. We CAN make it work, however.

    Really, we have two routes to go down: Intel, or AMD. I'll go with the intel for starters.
    CPU: Intel Pentium Dual core G850
    PSU: Corsair CX500
    Above bundle for $110 after rebates:
    Mobo: ASRock H61 VS $55
    RAM: G.Skill Value 2x4GB DDR3 1333MHz $37
    HDD: Seagate 500GB HDD $75 (promo code)
    DVD burner: LG sata $16
    You should be able to swing that. I picked the CPU based on it's performance in the recent Tom's best gaming CPU:,3120-10.html

  2. $300 gaming rig isn't going to buy you much. Also, I can't view your links (firewall at work blocks tinyurl), but a $40 PSU makes me nervous. Cheap PSUs don't last.
  3. save up for a better build
  4. Since you have a microcenter near you (assuming thats why you linked to it) pick up an i3-2100 there for $99. This can cut about $30 out of your build. Also may I ask why you picked such expensive RAM?

    This Kingston RAM is $29.99 and might be better suited for such an extreme budget build.
  5. Now that I can see links, here's what I think about each component.

    1. Why did you pick a notebook hard drive? They cost more, have lower capacities and are slower. Get a standard 3.5" drive instead.

    2. That memory sucks. It's 1333 CAS 9 from a no-name brand. $15 more buys you 1600 CAS 7 from a known brand. Do you want to save $15 that badly?

    3. That PSU is HEINOUS. 16 amps on the 12v rails is awful. You'll blow it in a year or less, trust me.

    4. Don't see anything immediately wrong with the motherboard.
  6. andrewj said:
    Thanks for the advice, may I ask why you picked the dual core G850 over the i3 2120 ?

    Price. The G850 is $88, the i3-2120 is $125. I couldn't fit it into your budget. If you'd like to step up the the i3-2100 or 2120, be my guest. It certainly performs better.

    andrewj said:

    The RAM I selected is priced at $47 but there is a $30 rebate, I think it has a similar performance to the G.skill you linked.
    The RAM you linked is 1.65v I believe, which is not good for Sandy Bridge CPU's like the i3. The stuff I linked is 1.5v.
    andrewj said:

    and a video card. I thought for $300, the list I gave is pretty decent for gaming, can I ask what's wrong with it if that's not enough?

    The list you made included some sketchy components, mainly the PSU, RAM and mobo. The mobo I linked costs the same but has more features, while the PSU I linked is simply higher quality in about every way.

    Your build was certainly good! Don't feel like I'm tearing you down. I'm just trying to get you the most kickass you can afford.
  7. wow, thank you all for the advice, it has been a tremendous help and this forum is so friendly.

    I will grab a different PSU, mobo and ram, was just getting ready to drive myself for those 1.65v ram!
  8. The PSU is absolutely fecal. A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands. A surprising exception is the FSP-built Antec VP-450, found to be extremely efficient, although it can't be 80+ certified because it doesn't have the full range active PFC:
  9. I think I'm going to get the PSU and G850 CPU for $110, that's actually a pretty good deal!

    can you guys tell me if this is a good ram for sandy bridge

    voltage is 1.5 - 1.62V
  10. It is a very good deal. I have a buddy wanting a budget home computer and I suggested that same deal to him.

    Yes that ram should work fine.
  11. we need to know what gpu and case you already have
  12. samdsox said:
    we need to know what gpu and case you already have

    He has this case:

    and he hasn't listed what video card he has.
  13. HD5770, sorry for the late reply.

    I'm using athlon x2 5600+ 2.8ghz right now with 4 gigs of ddr2. This is more of an upgrade than a new build for me, I'm giving my dad the 5600+ for web surfing.

    last question: Will this motherboard be able to support Ivy league if I decided to upgrade in maybe two years?
  14. Maybe. It's looking pretty hit or miss for compatibility. Ivy Bridge is really all about dropping power consumption, don't worry about it.
  15. Best answer selected by andrewj.
  16. better hard drive 160gb is a joke
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