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First time PC Build - 500$-600$

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March 7, 2012 2:02:17 AM

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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March 7, 2012 4:27:46 AM

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=N82E168...

Motherboard Asus P8Z68-M Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Antec VSK-2000
Out Of Stock - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
In Stock - http://www.amazon.com/Antecs-VSK-2000-Cost-Efficient-Mi...

PSU Corsair CX430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory G. Skill 4GB DDR 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor Acer S200HLAbd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-N550D5-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total price: $656.02




March 7, 2012 4:56:16 AM

Cloudz00x said:
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=N82E168...

Motherboard Asus P8Z68-M Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Antec VSK-2000
Out Of Stock - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
In Stock - http://www.amazon.com/Antecs-VSK-2000-Cost-Efficient-Mi...

PSU Corsair CX430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory G. Skill 4GB DDR 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor Acer S200HLAbd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-N550D5-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total price: $656.02




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?
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March 7, 2012 4:58:32 AM

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.
March 7, 2012 5:02:13 AM

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=N82E168...

This Mobo is 10$ cheaper from the originak one. Keeps almost same performance
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the i3 2120. yes you can use that instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 7, 2012 5:07:36 AM

At $104.99, just get the ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3

I love ASUS too but their low end boards don't compete well.
March 7, 2012 5:12:00 AM

Alright thanks!!

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