Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Creating a New $600 Gaming Computer

Last response: in Systems
Share
March 4, 2012 2:18:57 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next weekend

Budget Range: 500-600 dollars before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, office documents, editing movies with Sony Vegas Pro 10

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.tigerdirect.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: No particular preference but Intel CPUs run great for games

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Monitor Resolution: have two options, one with higher resolution, one with lower resolution (will check details soon)

Additional Comments: Need to be able to run Napoleon Total War on nice graphics and smoothly (specs here) and nothing fancy looking, functionality over appearance

I will make sure to get this strap to dissipate any static for this build. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... :ange: 
And some standoffs. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Some ideas:

Case- 1 or 2 or http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...)
500W http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
600W http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Power Supply Unit- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Motherboard-
Central Processor Unit/Heatsink-
Hard Drive- (nothing too large is necessary)
Memory- 1X http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... or 2X http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
Graphics Card- HD 6770 or HD 5770 or similar
Sound Card- Probably will be integrated on motherboard
Network Card- Probably will be integreated on motherboard
DVD Drive-
Operating System- Avoiding Vista
Cooling fans- http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... or http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Missing anything? :p 

This is my first build, and I would like it to stay within the budget. Thanks for your help filling in these blanks. Just tell me what you think is best for each part.
March 4, 2012 2:49:21 PM
March 4, 2012 4:25:18 PM



Would be really good, looks nice to me. But it uses newegg, not my source. I suppose its not too much of a problem but if anyone has ideas with my site, would be even better. :ange: 
Related resources
March 4, 2012 4:50:53 PM

ok, you can save a bit of cash here. Instead of the 6870 you can get the 6770, it will run almost every game on high settings (some on ultra but only a few). I prefer AMD over intel so if could give us your feedback that would be appreciated. i can show you my build which is about a $560 budget.


APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
$32.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$74.99

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$64.99



XFX HD-677X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$119.99


Rosewill Stallion Series RD400-2-SB 400W ATX V2.2 Power Supply
$39.99

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/4G
$25.99



AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
$109.99



Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99
________________________________________________

Total= $570 including everything listed. this build is $100 cheaper than the last one. And it will be able to play new games at awesome settings
March 4, 2012 4:54:37 PM

All of the things listed above can be purchased on tigerdirect
March 4, 2012 7:05:44 PM

All of you guys are aware, Newegg and TigerDirect's prices are all different in Canada correct?
March 5, 2012 1:30:12 AM

the_creed4 said:
ok, you can save a bit of cash here. Instead of the 6870 you can get the 6770, it will run almost every game on high settings (some on ultra but only a few). I prefer AMD over intel so if could give us your feedback that would be appreciated. i can show you my build which is about a $560 budget.


APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
$32.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$74.99

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$64.99



XFX HD-677X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$119.99


Rosewill Stallion Series RD400-2-SB 400W ATX V2.2 Power Supply
$39.99

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/4G
$25.99



AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
$109.99



Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99
________________________________________________

Total= $570 including everything listed. this build is $100 cheaper than the last one. And it will be able to play new games at awesome settings


What do you guys think of this:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... x2
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

:bounce: 

Best solution

March 5, 2012 3:18:47 AM
Share

CPU is incompatible, you want 2nd Gen i3's i5's i7's
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
Drop that PSU, garbage. Swap with this Corsair CX430 V2
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
Despite common assumptions a good 430w can power an i5 2400 + 6870. (These are better specs that what you can afford but I'm just giving you an idea)

Swap the ram
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Swap the card for this
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
You will actually be able to play games now.
March 6, 2012 9:05:40 PM

aznshinobi said:
CPU is incompatible, you want 2nd Gen i3's i5's i7's
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
Drop that PSU, garbage. Swap with this Corsair CX430 V2
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
Despite common assumptions a good 430w can power an i5 2400 + 6870. (These are better specs that what you can afford but I'm just giving you an idea)

Swap the ram
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Swap the card for this
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
You will actually be able to play games now.


Do you know of any good alternatives to the i5 if I got with the 6870 video card. Also, I think some more power would be a safe bet. :sweat: 
March 6, 2012 9:40:53 PM

No you don't plenty. The i5 2400 draws 95w AT MAX, the 6870 has a TDP of 151w (usually you won't get it up to 151w draw, maybe 140-ish)

Assuming EVERYTHING is running on load, the 95w+151w+50w(Peripherals, HDD, etc)=296w. The CX430 V2 is plenty.

The i5 2400 is your best i5 Alternative besides the i5 2500K there are only 4 i5's.... So you don't have a huge variety...
March 6, 2012 9:50:48 PM

aznshinobi said:
No you don't plenty. The i5 2400 draws 95w AT MAX, the 6870 has a TDP of 151w (usually you won't get it up to 151w draw, maybe 140-ish)

Assuming EVERYTHING is running on load, the 95w+151w+50w(Peripherals, HDD, etc)=296w. The CX430 V2 is plenty.

The i5 2400 is your best i5 Alternative besides the i5 2500K there are only 4 i5's.... So you don't have a huge variety...


I meant an alternative to the i5 altogether, like an AMD processor. :pt1cable: 
March 6, 2012 11:39:58 PM

Sorry to break it to you if you were planning to use AMD, they have no options that compete even close to the i5 2400 even after overclocking. In gaming, the FX-8120 fails in comparison to the i5 2400.
March 10, 2012 11:16:43 AM

Sounds good to me then. Mobo and the other parts are okay?
March 10, 2012 8:49:30 PM

Yes with the fixes. All good! You're good to go! just select the BA and close the thread out.
March 11, 2012 12:13:33 PM
March 11, 2012 7:18:33 PM

aznshinobi said:
Get this kit
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
Dual channel is faster and H61 is only compatible with speeds below 1600.

Rest looks good.


So the parts I chose are good to go:
but

-which of the two mobos I edited in is better?
-got to get RAM under 1600.
-I also found a good deal with a Sandy Bridge version of the i3 but am I right in saying the mobo only supports 2nd generation regular i3s? Check out the processors I listed because I'm not sure which is best.
-What do you think of this RAM compared to yours for the system (with only two memory slots, I was hoping to slap a 4GB in one to have room for later): http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... OR http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... OR http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... OR http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Thanks for all your help :wahoo: 
March 11, 2012 8:20:25 PM

Both would pretty much be the same, go with either.
2nd Gen i3's is Sandy Bridge.
Go with the 1st Corsair RAM kit you listed.

March 13, 2012 12:05:15 AM

Best answer selected by gotanyideas123.
!