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I need some help with a budget build

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March 6, 2012 10:17:46 PM

So since I am currently a student and only have a limited amount of money I am looking for a pc build that won't cost more than around $450. :sweat: 
I won't be needing a monitor, keyboard, mouse, case, PSU or hard drive.
I probably wouldn't sli or crossfire with this rig.
Preferred shops: wherever is cheapest
Country: USA
I tend to prefer Intel but I might go with AMD if it's cheaper for the same basic thing.
OC: maybe if its easy to access and change.
Since I am looking for a budget build I don't know all too much so it would be appreciated if someone could get back to me fairly quickly.

Thanks, Und

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March 6, 2012 11:05:25 PM

CPU: i3-2120 $129.99
Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 $69.99
GPU: XFX HD-687A $144.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB $29.99
DVD: LITE-ON $17.99

Total: $392.95 (Newegg price after rebate)

You can add a cheap SSD and it would make your system feel like a $1000 gaming rig.
Here is one on sale. Patriot Pyro 60GB $64.99
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March 6, 2012 11:33:52 PM

Here is a chart of your options.
i3-2120 $129.99
i5-2400 $179.99

ASRock H61M/U3S3 $69.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 $104.99

RAM: Any 2x2GB RAM should be good.

XFX HD-687A $144.99
MSI 560 TI $204.99

Lite-ON $17.99
March 7, 2012 4:16:02 AM

So I just checked both the PSUs that I currently have and the larger one is 215W :(  so I'm assuming that it'll need replacing and for that I would probably spend roughly $65. Oh and I forgot to add no dvd drive to the unnecessary components.
March 7, 2012 4:35:20 AM

Corsair CX430 $44.99
XFX Core Edition 550 $57.99
March 22, 2012 7:04:16 AM

Go with the Gigabyte build. You get a better GPU and you also get a unlocked i5-2500k.
March 23, 2012 12:57:25 AM

That's what I was thinking as well, thanks for the advice that helped me make that decision a definite answer.
March 31, 2012 8:53:20 AM

Best answer selected by underhill.