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Help with $500-550 build

I know we all love to put together machines for fun. (just adding the parts to a cart not really getting them). I had a buddy ask me to help put together a parts list for a machine in the $500-550 range. Its not going to be a super High-end gaming rig. But needs to be better then what he can get in stores.

Just hoping to get some help from Toms. Thanks in advance.
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  1. What you have ? ( monitor,keyboard ,OS ,mouse)
  2. MOBO : ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131724
    CPU : Intel Pentium G840 Sandy Bridge
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116398
    RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146748
    HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770
    GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102940
    PSU : CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    DVD-RW : LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240
    CASE : NZXT Source 210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
    OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    TOTAL : $562.91 and 543$ after mail in rebates.
  3. I think the only thing I'd change in that is this mobo instead, for USB3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236 for the same price, but free shipping.
    Otherwise it looks good, but hopefully you don't need the OS, so you can upgrade the CPU to an i3 and the GPU to a HD6850.

    Edit: Just found this 500GB Seagate HDD for the same price but there's a $10 off promo code: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
  4. Sorry, yes he has a OS, mouse, keyboard, and monitor. And not set on AMD or Intel. Just best value for his budget. Thanks for all the quick responses
  5. Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - 39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

    ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236

    Intel Core i3-2120 Desktop Processor and LG Super-Multi 22x DVD Burner Combo - 133.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.822345

    HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card and Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Combo - 167.98 (10.00 off MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.817576

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 84.99 (10.00 off promo code EMCNHJD22)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    TOTAL: $551.92 (before -20.00 in MIR and promo codes, shipping not included)

    TOTAL w/ MIR and Promo Codes: $531.92
  6. ^nice
  7. That does look pretty nice and will be hard to beat. Thanks for the continuing help
  8. Best answer
    VERY, VERY big challenge to beat the other build, but I think I can with only spending another $2 :)


    Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147159

    Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - 39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

    ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241

    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor and LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Combo - 194.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.822372

    HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card and CORSAIR 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory - 148.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.817492

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    TOTAL: $563.92 (before -20.00 in MIR and promo codes, shipping not included)

    TOTAL w/ MIR and Promo Codes: $533.92

    This gives you a little different case, but a more powerful i5-2400 processor. You can always add another stick of ram later to make up the 8gb of ram.
  9. ^ you sir are going to be selected as the best answer. :)
  10. Best answer selected by o_tipper_x.
  11. Honestly, swap the motherboards and spend the extra $15.00 to upgrade to the better motherboard in the first build I gave you.

    Total after promo codes and MIR: $548.92 (shipping not included)
  12. Thanks for the additional info
  13. I also prefer Pezcore's first build, with the better mobo.
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