Need help building a decent budget system.

I want to go from my current rig which is q6600 prebuilt rig to an i5 setup. I want this rig for gaming and to eventually go up to a possible triple crossfire set up. For reference my current rig is a q6600 @ 3.0ghz - 6gb ddr2 - 660gb hdd - 550 watt Thermatalke Black Widow Psu - AMD 6950 2gb.

I will probably try to sell my old rig to help finance the next build but my budget would preferably be about 400, more if I can get a good price for my old rig. ALso should I sell my video card with my old rig to get more out of it or should I bring the good parts over to the new rig to keep cost down. Also how much would the old rig be worth with the video card and psu and how much would it be without it? If I can get a good price may increase my budget accordingly to about 6-700 so theres that as well
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  1. Well, I don't know much about making builds, however, you could check out my thread at the build the members here have helped me compile. The current build is an AMD build costing $337 for all the parts. Maybe you might want to use some of the components I (from helpful members) have compiled.

    EDIT:
    Link (epic fail by me):
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/340550-31-great-budget
  2. Thats a good build price actually, I did consider amd for that reason. Though I want to try to stick to an i5 set up because this is something I want to use for about 4 years befor I do another system build.
  3. Well, I can't suggest anything beyond the build I got on that thread. Hopefully someone else can help.
  4. Its a good guidline, Im amazed you got a decent little system for under 400. I guess I will have to scour newegg like you did and see what I can pull of
  5. fill out this form:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    we especially need to know your budget and what else you need besides the basic tower
  6. Also should I sell my rig as it is or steal parts for the new rig. and any ideas as to how much I should sell it for?
  7. ScrewySqrl said:
    fill out this form:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    we especially need to know your budget and what else you need besides the basic tower



    purchase date- Ideally next week, otherwise august

    Budget range- 400-500 ,before rebates (more if i can sell my old rig for a decent price)

    Usage- Gaming, blu-ray movies, media center

    Parts not required- monitor(for now), speakers, keyboard and mouse, maybe hdd and psu if I gut it from my old rig

    preferred websites- newegg, ebay, and any other sites you guys may have had good experiences with

    Country- USA

    Crossfire- yes, but that will happen in the fall

    monitor resolution- 1360-720 , and 1920-1080 when I switch screens

    other comments- prefer it to not be too loud, my primary games is Crysis 2, Skyrim, and most modern titles.
  8. the good news: you can keep the 6950. It'll still be nice.
    for $500 for the rest:

    i5-2400 + 8 GB DDR3-1333: $220.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.850897

    Gigabyte H61 Motherboard: $64.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128537
    comes with SATA 3, USB 3, and PCIe 3.0, ready for ivy bridge and the GTX6xx and HD7xxx gpus

    Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Bronze PSU: $69.99 w/ $10 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071
    more than plenty for your 6950, and from a great, reliable company

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HDD:$79.99 w/ Promo code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    Rosewill Redbone case: $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147159

    Samsung 22x DVD burner: $15.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    total: $491.93

    Shipping: $17.79

    total: $509.72

    rebates: $10
  9. ScrewySqrl said:
    the good news: you can keep the 6950. It'll still be nice.
    for $500 for the rest:

    i5-2400 + 8 GB DDR3-1333: $220.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.850897

    Gigabyte H61 Motherboard: $64.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128537
    comes with SATA 3, USB 3, and PCIe 3.0, ready for ivy bridge and the GTX6xx and HD7xxx gpus

    Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Bronze PSU: $69.99 w/ $10 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071
    more than plenty for your 6950, and from a great, reliable company

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HDD:$79.99 w/ Promo code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    Rosewill Redbone case: $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147159

    Samsung 22x DVD burner: $15.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    total: $491.93

    Shipping: $17.79

    total: $509.72

    rebates: $10


    Thats really a solid list, I may go down to 4 gb of ram and go for the 2500k maybe, but this is still really a good list. Now I hope I can sell my old rig for 200 at least, though 300 would be ideal though unlikely lol. I have 240gb laptop hdd floating around, would that be a good idea to use to save some cash?
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