Budget Range: 500-550
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphic Design, Web surfing.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Hard Drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com
Parts Preferences: No real preferrence
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Additional Comments: I found a great build through the forums here (http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore) that I thought was in my budget til s/h and taxes kicked in and it ended up going way over my budget, so I now I want to see if there's a budget build that keeps all this in mind as I really can't afford to go over the 550 limit no matter what. May seem like a tall order as this rig is going to be for playing games on high if not maxed out settings and will handle graphic design as well being future proofed a bit.
Total: 546.57 shipped (if taxes are added, let me know. I can grab a cheaper mobo)
I was going to suggest a pentium level sandy bridge cpu but graphic design will benefit from the hyper threading on the i3.
That gpu should be able to play any current game on max (bf3 might graphics turned down a tad).
Hey thanks for checking out my link! I'm going to assume that you live in CA? You should check out Amazon, mainly because you won't be charged tax. With that said, some adjustments to my build, $80 off (Since you don't need the HDD) that'd bring you to $570. Bring the 6870 down to the 6850 that'll save you $20 bringing you below your budget and still allowing you to still have the i5 2400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(With the promo, the 6850 is only $150)