First time PC Build - 500$-600$

Hi, im looking into starting my first pc build, and am in need of tips for the components.
I also need to include a monitor in this price range.
I already own a HD and Optical Drive I can use for this build.
The OS is also not required as I have a copy of Windows 7.


Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Months (April-May)

Budget Range: 500$-600$, as cheap as possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: school work, surfing the net (youtube, music downloading), some gaming (more when Diablo 3 comes out)

Parts Not Required: HD, Optical Drive, Keyboard & Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Monitor preferably 21"+

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Highest possible

Additional Comments: Any tips for my first build would also be helpful, thanks!
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  1. elyjah said:
    Hi, im looking into starting my first pc build, and am in need of tips for the components.
    I also need to include a monitor in this price range.
    I already own a HD and Optical Drive I can use for this build.
    The OS is also not required as I have a copy of Windows 7.


    Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Months (April-May)

    Budget Range: 500$-600$, as cheap as possible

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: school work, surfing the net (youtube, music downloading), some gaming (more when Diablo 3 comes out)

    Parts Not Required: HD, Optical Drive, Keyboard & Mouse

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, ncix

    Country: Canada

    Parts Preferences: Monitor preferably 21"+

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: Highest possible

    Additional Comments: Any tips for my first build would also be helpful, thanks!



    Tried my best to fit in your range and include a Monitor.

    Processor Intel® Core™ i3-2105
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115090

    Motherboard Asus P8Z68-M Pro
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131786

    Case Antec VSK-2000
    Out Of Stock - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129069
    In Stock - http://www.amazon.com/Antecs-VSK-2000-Cost-Efficient-Mid-Tower-Case/dp/B002DW99P0

    PSU Corsair CX430
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    Memory G. Skill 4GB DDR 3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231190

    Monitor Acer S200HLAbd
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009317

    GIGABYTE GV-N550D5-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125410


    Total price: $656.02
  2. Cloudz00x said:



    Thanks for the reply!
    A few questions:
    1. Would I be able to replace the MOBO with something more affordable and maintain performance?
    2. Could i use the i3 2120 processor instead?
  3. You can get this mobo:
    ASRock H61M/U3S3 $69.99
    It is perfect for that processor.

    You can also use the i3-2120 with the higher clock frequency.
  4. elyjah said:
    Thanks for the reply!
    A few questions:
    1. Would I be able to replace the MOBO with something more affordable and maintain performance?
    2. Could i use the i3 2120 processor instead?


    I try to stay with asus but aniother good one would be asrock. Cheaper compared to the one I posted.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236&Tpk=ASRock%20H61M%2fU3S3

    This Mobo is 10$ cheaper from the originak one. Keeps almost same performance
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131783

    As for the i3 2120. yes you can use that instead.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
  5. At $104.99, just get the ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3

    I love ASUS too but their low end boards don't compete well.
  6. Alright thanks!!
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