$500 gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week

Budget Range: 500 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: light gaming (minecraft, civ4)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I5-2500k or I3 If I5 than z68 (z67), if I3 than h61 (h77)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 2 monitors at 1920x1080 (found better monitors)

The parts I will be using are

8 gigs of ram $29

6770 $99

I5-2500k $179

z68 $104

500 gig Hard drive $89


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  1. The case and psu will push it over $500. Also are you going to be needing a DVD burner? Those go for under $20. You could get a better video card if you bought a cheaper cpu.
  2. I have an old one but I am not sure if I can reuse it. The reason I put down the I5-2500k is because micro-center often has $50 of a z68 motherboard with it. If I can not get this deal I will drop to a 2400 and an h67. On the psu, can you recommend one from micro-center because it would be nice if I could get everything from the same place.
  3. If it is a SATA DVD Burner, you can reuse it.
  4. Best answer
    case COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 $30 after MIR and $10 off

    PSU Corsair CMPSU-430CXV2 Builder Series™ CX430 Power Supply $20 after MIR

    If you like other one CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $31 after MIR and 15% off

    So you will be in $500 Budget Range.

    Good buy from microcenter, i got my i5+MB from there too.

    If you buy from, you can't grt the $50 off. You have to pick up in store.
  5. I am going to buy parts from microcenter online. Also, that case says $49 after the $10 dollars off, not $30 before the $10 off. Also, how can I tell if I have an sata dvd drive? One last question. I have an old case from a dell computer. Will I be able to use this? it is Pentium d so I am not sure if it will work.
  6. Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI H61MA-E35 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($146.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 400W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $544.89
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated 2012-04-13 18:00 EDT-0400)
  7. The dell case does not fit. The case from newegg is $30 ($49.99- $10 promo code EMCNFJN25, ends 4/16 - $10 MIR). As I say if you buy from, you cannot get the $50 off deal.
  8. Dude get at least a 6850 if you want to game.
  9. The 179.99 price on the i5-2500k is for in store only. You can't order it online and get the price + the $50 off a Z68 board.
  10. I already said that I am buying in store. Also I was looking at this article and from it it looks like I should be able to game fine on a 6670.,3136.html
  11. Best answer selected by adgjlsfhk.
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