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Budget gaming build? $500-650?

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February 25, 2012 1:46:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or weekend

Budget Range: 500-680 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (at least medium settings)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Micro Center ( id rather pick up everything than have it shipped)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Any I series Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: A 19 inch that i got for christmas

Additional Comments: Build must include Windows 7 home premium 64bit
February 25, 2012 3:01:56 PM

What I'm planning on getting as of now.....

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

MB: MSI H61MU-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 H61 mATX Intel Motherboard $69.99

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card $134.99

HDD: SeagateBarracuda 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" - OEM $99.99

RAM: Kingston HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) (2x 4GB) $29.99

PSU: Corsair Builder Series 500 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply $57.99

Case: Diablotek EVO Mid Tower ATX Computer Case $37.99

Drive: LG 22x DVD±RW Super Multi Dual Layer Burner - OEM $18.99

Windows: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM (PC) $99.99

Grand total including tax and before rebates is about $690

any edits or revisions/recommendations are welcome

thank you





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February 25, 2012 3:42:11 PM

instead of the 550ti, how about one of these below:
microcenter:
XFX Radeon HD 6790 1024MB DDR5
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $139.99. After Rebate: $119.99
Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $164.99 After Rebate: $134.99
HIS IceQ X Turbo AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $164.99 After Rebate: $144.99
newegg:
xfx double d radeon hd 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $170, $150 with rebate, free shipping.
XFX Double D HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $150, $135 after rebate. deal ends on 26 feb.
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 10% off w/ promo code HARDOCPX222B, ends 2/28.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $150. $135 after rebate.
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 free dirt3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $160. $140 after rebate, $8 shipping.
these can outperform the 550ti (which offers comparable performance to $110~ 6770). make sure your chosen card fits the rest of your specs and budget. recommendations are based on price.
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February 25, 2012 4:27:56 PM

Heres a build from newegg i made.
COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119233

Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371045

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/Prod [...] 6813157236

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor & LG DVD Burner Combo - 134.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.822344

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - 22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231396

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102908

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148767

TOTAL: $562.92 (before 15.00 MIR from vid card, shipping not included)
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February 25, 2012 5:40:46 PM

Will the XFX Radeon HD 6790 work well with the MSI
H61MU-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 H61 using the Corsair
Builder Series 500 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply?
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February 25, 2012 6:05:38 PM

If by "work well" you mean function as intended, then yes. The parts are compatible, and there are no issues there, and the PSU is fully capable of powering all the parts.

If you can swing it the 6850 would be a better buy than the 6790, but the 6790 still often outperforms the 550 ti.
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February 26, 2012 1:42:57 AM

mrinstinct313 said:
Will the XFX Radeon HD 6790 work well with the MSI
H61MU-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 H61 using the Corsair
Builder Series 500 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply?

the msi mobo has a pcie 2.0 slot, so the 6790 should fit nicely. the psu is capable of handling the 6790 and othe cards (i am assuming that you're getting the cx 500 v2). the rest depends on the case - whether it can fit the 6790 or not. check the case dimensions and the gfx card dimensions.
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