New $660 gaming build suggestions needed (FIRST TIME BUILDER)

Hi all,

I'm a first time builder, so any help you guys can give me will be very helpful.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime soon hopefully

Budget Range: $660

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Every day use (iTunes, microsoft office, internet)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS (Windows 7 64-bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: , , (I am open to any combination of these websites)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel processor, at least 20" monitor, at least 1600 x 900 resolution

Overclocking: Most likely not

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not

Monitor Resolution: At least 1600 x 900, I'd prefer 1920 x 1080.

Additional Comments: I also need a monitor, speakers, and wireless adapter. I am fine with either AMD or NVIDIA graphics cards. Only Intel processors. At least an i5 2400, i5 2500K would be nice if it can fit even though I won't be overclocking any time soon. I can get an i5 2400 for $150 or an i5 2500K for $180 at microcenter, so include one of those in your build ideas please. At least 500GB hard drive.

Here were my ideas for monitor, speakers, wireless card.
Monitor: HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD 1920 x 1080 WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers - $120
Speakers: Logitech 2.1 Speaker System - $26
Wireless Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN822N 300 Mbps High Gain Wireless N USB Adapter with 2x 3dBi Antennas - $25

I'm also going to get this: 18" Right Angle SATA Cable - $4 -

What would your ideas be for the remaining $660 budget range? I still need a processor, motherboard, graphics card, hard drive, RAM, psu, cd/dvd drive, and case.

Thanks for any help in advance.

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  1. Your not going to get a 660 dollar gamer with a I5 2400 and up. If you want a budget gamer, use AMD. Thats what I use.
  2. Even with an i5 2400 at $150? Then HDD about $80, PSU about $70, graphics card about $200, case about $60, ram about $40, cd/dvd drive about $20, motherboard about $60? That's $680, and I bet I could find a cheaper graphics card than $200, maybe Radeon HD 6870 for $170? That would be only about $650. I think it would be possible, but a tight fit. I'm not the best at picking out parts though, so I was looking for build suggestions.
  3. Tom's hardware did it with a SB quad core and a 6850 for $620, you might want to look at that article.
  4. the hannspree monitor is not LED backlit, the acer deal however, is backlit at the same price, less reviews though. Up to you:
  5. hmm, i saw the i5s cost a lot, i thought around 200 or so, i was thinking of i5 2500k.
  6. ccbad said:
    hmm, i saw the i5s cost a lot, i thought around 200 or so, i was thinking of i5 2500k.

    i5 2500k costs $180 at microcenter (in stores only)

    or you can get the i5 2550k from microcenter - it is pretty much the same, just no onboard graphics. $160 with a facebook coupon from the micro center page. Thought to be better for overclocking.
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