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February 22, 2012 12:28:04 PM

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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February 22, 2012 12:33:21 PM

What you have ? ( monitor,keyboard ,OS ,mouse)
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February 22, 2012 12:48:31 PM

MOBO : ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : Intel Pentium G840 Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : NZXT Source 210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $562.91 and 543$ after mail in rebates.
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February 22, 2012 1:07:35 PM

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=N82E168... 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=N82E168...
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February 22, 2012 1:18:28 PM

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
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February 22, 2012 2:01:09 PM

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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

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?Ite...

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=N82E168...

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

TOTAL w/ MIR and Promo Codes: $531.92
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February 22, 2012 2:09:35 PM

^nice
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February 22, 2012 3:26:03 PM

That does look pretty nice and will be hard to beat. Thanks for the continuing help
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February 22, 2012 4:05:32 PM

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=N82E168...

Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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?Ite...

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?Ite...

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=N82E168...

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.
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February 22, 2012 4:09:52 PM

^ you sir are going to be selected as the best answer. :) 
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February 22, 2012 4:10:46 PM

Best answer selected by o_tipper_x.
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February 22, 2012 4:25:52 PM

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)
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February 22, 2012 4:38:08 PM

Thanks for the additional info
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February 22, 2012 8:42:50 PM

I also prefer Pezcore's first build, with the better mobo.
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February 22, 2012 10:17:48 PM

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