A $500-$600 gaming build?

Hello guys,


Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably within the year... if anything's coming out, I can wait

Budget Range: 400-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Coding (nothing really intensive), Browsing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, and HARD DRIVE (I have an SSD)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg are nice. As long as the S+H doesn't cost more than the GPU!

Country: Doesn't matter to me

Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter, as long as it's reliable.

Overclocking: Probably not, but seeing as we're on a budget it might be necessary.

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know how to, and whether it's stable, but I can give it a try.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Doesn't need to be showy at all. Keeping it cool and quiet would be nice.


So I'm a complete newbie to building computers. I do know what RAM is, and that kind of thing (I'm not completely out of touch), but for example subtle differences between GPUs I am not good with. So I was looking around for a budget gaming build (to play games like CoD, Battlefield, Combat Arms, etc.... FPS in general), and found a link to something I'm sure you guys have seen... [here]. Now this says that you can build a nice gaming PC for about $600 (updated February of this year). Now... I've looked around. I've seen prices. Anything/everything I see is screaming well over $600. So I was wondering... was it possible? Here's exactly what I need/know:

I need to play: Call of Duty, Battlefield (3 or Bad company, doesn't matter), Combat Arms, and other more lightweight FPS (those are more hefty). If it can run Skyrim, so much the better, but I'm not hoping for that. The thing is that I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE GRAPHICS!!! I'LL REPEAT: I DON'T care about the graphics quality.Okay, maybe a little. Medium would be nice. As long as I can tell what's going on and the fps is good, I'm fine. As long as it can run it without hiccups, I'm good with it. This is why I think the price might go down. So here are the specs I saw (yes, I know they go to rerouting pages. You don't notice them, and yeah, it's uncomfortable, but they're on the website links):

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-Core + HyperThreading 3.3GHz - $120

Motherboard: BIOSTAR H61MGC Intel H61 LGA1155 - $50

RAM: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333MHz - $23

Video/GPU: Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $165

Storage/Hard Drive: If you read above, I already have one. For compatibility, it's a 256 Gig Crucial SSD

Optical: LG SATA 22X DVD Burner - $16

Power Supply: Silverstone 500W 80PLUS - $60

Case: COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced 2x120mm + 1x140mm - $70-80

Quick question. For internet, I probably need a wifi antenna or something connected. I do have an ethernet cable. I wasn't sure if that was included in the motherboard/case or not...

Total price of above: $535

So I'm asking you... what would you switch out? What's a better deal for the money? Can this run Battelfield and Call of Duty, anyway? Over at the forums, they're saying, "yeah! Sure! These'll handle B3 and Skyrim fine! Don't worry!", but I'm a little incredulous because everywhere else I looked, people were saying stuff in the thousands. Kind of makes me wonder, why would you need the way better parts then? :heink:
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  1. The PSU what you choosed at 500W its overpriced. Here a good 550W modular PSU Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC 60$
    Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 912 60$ ...50$ after rebates.
    You have put the link from a 6850 video card not from 6870.
  2. Best answer
    In your build have forgot the OS.
    CPU : I3 2120
    RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit
    PSU : Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
    DVD-RW : SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
    OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    TOTAL : $606.92 and 687$ after rebates.
    If you allready have OS buy a 500GB HDD for storage Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB and 8GB RAM because you mobo have just two memory slots and you can't upgrade later PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
  3. Thanks to both of you! I have updated the video card link. I do have an OS (Windows 7 Ultimate :ange: ), so I wasn't factoring that in. Thanks for the power supply and case heads up. What I do want to know still is whether the build I have will run the games. If so, I'm okay with it... the other, better build sosofm suggested is still considered!

    P.S. Is Windows 64 bit and 32 bit on the same installation CD?
  4. Yes there should be disks for the 32 bit and the 64 bit installs.

    And yes the build will run those games smoothly on higher settings.
  5. So overall, would you guys recommend sosofm's build or mine? We have the same GPU, which I assume is the main bottleneck, so are they about the same? Also, thanks for the better PSUs... really saved me!
  6. In that build is no bottleneck. It will be good for gaming. I3 2120 perform better in games and other aplications then an AMD quad core.
  7. Sosofm's build, the PSU is from a high quality brand and the case IMO is just as good.
  8. Sosofm´s build is fine for what you want.

    If you are going to wait a bit, perhaps you can save more and get a better mobo; it never hurts.
  9. Get this case instead:

    Cheaper, and you'll be able to get an i5 and better mobo.

    Also, if you don't care about graphics, get the 6850. Shreds through every game at med. to med. high settings.

    It's $130.
  10. Thanks to all of you guys! Sosofm, I'm using your build... I noticed the case before, and forgot about it. That is EXACTLY what I'm looking for! Obsama1, I really like the other case (it's got more... stuff!) and I don't want to skimp on graphics cards. Sure, the 6870 is a little more expensive, but if it gets me another few months of up-to-date gameplay, I'm happy! I just have to ask one more thing:

    I noticed that the fans on the HAF case are said to be bad. Are there any cooling units you personally would recommend? I'm probably not going to overclock, but cooling is something I'm willing to invest a LITTLE more in (I'm not going for LED super-cooling liquid helium to go to 8ghz).

    Also (I know I said one more thing), are there any other mobos you would recommend? I did notice only two RAM slots on that one (which isn't terrible), but I'm building for the first time, so if there's anything else... please say! I don't need an OS, so I think I can spend a little more on other stuff!

  11. Best answer selected by ddan49.
  12. You can buy Z68 motherboard and you can upgrade in the future with Ivy Bridge processor ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 105$
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 114$
    I own that case and i have the stock fans ( in Europe that case come with 1 x 200mm front fan and 1 x 120mm rear fan) and i added another 1 x 200mm fan on top. All fans are from Coolermaster. This one COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 but is was red. And to controll all the case fan and make them quiet ill buyed a fan controller ZALMAN MFC1-Combo 5 Channel Fan Controller
    If you want a verry quiet PC buy Noctua fans , are expensive but you pay what you get.
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