~550-600 Gaming Rig Help

Need the best bang for my buck ~550-600 to play Guild Wars 2 with no lag at medium to high settings with good resolution. I don't plan to upgrade for a couple years. I will buy new build then.

Approximate Purchase Date: Today until 2 weeks max.

Budget Range: ~550-600. After Rebates...however I would like to avoid rebates unless it's a super good deal.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com (I rater bundle all from either. And I would choose newegg if <30 total.

Country: USA

Parts Preferred: Any

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Just bought a 24. 1080p. (no idea what is good resolution for this...


Guild Wars 2 Minimum System Requirements*

OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or better

CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 or better

GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800, ATI Radeon™ X1800, Intel HD 3000 or better (256MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better)
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  1. Kinda hard for you to get Intel unless you want a Core i3. i checked most of the low i5's and still made the build go over. My suggestion. grab a AMD 970 chipset and a Phenom II 1045t and grab a GTX 560 and the hard Drive i can't really tell you right now because no solid deals but a 120gb SSD will suite you well..... and a simple DVD drive from the 20$ rack and a Windows 7 copy. yea should be around the 550-600$ tag
  2. I3 has great reviews and I don't plan on OC. Whatever is gonna be the best being for buck. Future proofing is last on my list. Thank you for your advice.
    I mostly need help in compatability and mono options...I tend to get lost in translation. This will be my first build.
  3. You don't need to get the I-series to have a good intel gaming CPU. The G-series are great for gaming, and are socket 1155 as well, so you still have the option of picking up a beefier I-series processor down the road.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html

    One rule of thumb for a game machine: Spend 2-3x as much on your video solution as you spend on your processor. That will give you a more balanced machine where you'll be less bottlenecked by either the CPU or the graphics; they'll top out around the same time.

    If you don't want to overclock, that mostly rules out AMD, unfortunately.

    here's a quick build you can use as a starting point (prices from newegg):

    $80 Pentium G630
    $65 ASRock H61ICAFE motherboard
    $65 Antec BP550 Plus 550W 80 Plus
    $47 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    $55 Rosewill CHALLENGER case
    $65 Western Digital Caviar Blue RFHWD3200AAJS 320GB
    $190 MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 ($20 mail in rebate)

    $567 total ($547 after rebate)
  4. CPU/MOBO Combo: Pentium G850/Asrock H61M Combo @ $129.98

    RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB(2x2GB) DDR3 1600 @ 23.99

    Graphics Card: Sapphire 7770 @ $159.99

    HDD: Seagate Barracude 500GB @ $84.99

    Case: NZXT Source 210 @ $39.99

    Power Supply: Corsair CX430W @ $44.99

    DVD Burner: Samsung CD/DVD Drive - OEM @ $14.99

    OS: Windows 7 Home 64 OEM @ $99.99


    Total: $606.83 (after shipping)

    Theres a couple of promo codes that can drop the total price to about $570.
    And the Corsair PSU has a $20 MIR.
  5. Terrific advice from all of you. Gives me a much better understanding on what too look for. Mainly quilciri with the bottlenecking issue was a huge concern for me. With budget the last thing I want is something too powerful. Imma do some searching and post up my build tomorrow. :)
  6. CPU
    i3-2120 for 113$ after promo code, free shipping
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    MOTHERBOARD
    MSI H61M-P21 (B3) for 58$, free shipping
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130603

    RAM
    G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666 cl9@1.5v) for 38$, free shipping
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424

    CASE AND PSU
    Broadway Com Corp 1243MA- BLACK Glossy black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply for 40$, 7$ for shipping
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811162059

    SSD
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 60GB SATA III for 74$, free shipping
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226247

    GRAPHICS CARD
    HIS H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 for 140$, free shipping, free dirt 3 coupon :o
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402

    Voilà, thats all in 470$
    and to make it to ~550$ you can add
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770
    or
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236067
  7. CPU
    i3-2120 for 113$ after promo code, free shipping
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    MOTHERBOARD
    MSI H61M-P21 (B3) for 58$, free shipping
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130603

    RAM
    G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666 cl9@1.5v) for 38$, free shipping
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424

    CASE AND PSU
    Broadway Com Corp 1243MA- BLACK Glossy black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply for 40$, 7$ for shipping
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811162059

    SSD
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 60GB SATA III for 74$, free shipping
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226247

    GRAPHICS CARD
    HIS H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 for 140$, free shipping, free dirt 3 coupon :o
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402

    Voilà, thats all in 470$
    and to make it to ~550$ you can add
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770
    or
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236067
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