I need some help with a budget build

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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  1. 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
  2. what is your powers supply if i may ask?


    best you can get if you dont mind going just about 30$ over.
  3. Best answer
    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
  4. 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.
  5. PSU:
    Corsair CX430 $44.99
    XFX Core Edition 550 $57.99
  6. Alright so I think I might just split a build with my parents and was wondering about which would be better to go with.

    Here's the MSI build,

    And here's the Gigabyte build,
  7. Go with the Gigabyte build. You get a better GPU and you also get a unlocked i5-2500k.
  8. That's what I was thinking as well, thanks for the advice that helped me make that decision a definite answer.
  9. Best answer selected by underhill.
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