500-600$ PC build

I only like Tiger direct so please help me with Tiger Direct items only. (new egg sent me the wrong RAM modules 3 times in a row.)
Should I go with AMD or Intel? Or NVIDIA or ATI? I don't know the latest cards, but I really love my ati 5770 and I thinking about a 6770 with a Phenom/ I3 or I5 if possible. I play Garrys Mod, PCSX2 and there kinda demanding.
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  1. Will you be doing a build from scratch or using parts from an old build such as case and PSU?
  2. No, buying the parts. The ATi 5770 is in my current PC and I will give that to my lil bros because that's all they need. I plan to play Crysis, BF3, and Bioshock 1 and 2.
  3. I don't need a monitor and OS or DVD drive.
  4. Just a quick and dirty run through TigerDirect and not looking too deeply I came up with this build that comes to $720. If you do a little more research and look around you can probably shave it down to your price range, but I honestly think that you'll be able to find some of these things cheaper on Newegg. That's my experience anyhow. You can also shave some off with a cheaper hard drive and going to 4GB of RAM instead of 8. Check out the best GPU and CPU for the money lists here on Tom's. That's where I pulled those options from.

    Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6531504&sku=C283-2094

    PSU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4362114&sku=O261-2017

    MB: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1124769&sku=A455-3505

    CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7295299&sku=I69-0212

    RAM: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=40739&sku=C13-5720

    GPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7229007&sku=G452-6850

    HD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7288041&sku=TSD-500AALX
  5. Or there is a cheaper build that I would recommend using Newegg which would probably get you cheaper parts like Saubrey said,

    CPU: Intel core i3 2120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128538

    GPU: ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121419

    PSU: XFX ProSeries P1-450S-X2B9 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Core Edition V2 Full Wired Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207018&Tpk=xfx%20450w%20power%20supply

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    Case: RAIDMAX Seiran ATX-902WW White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156272

    RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-1333C9D-8GAO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231542

    Including Shipping and with Mail In Rebates this build comes out to be $566.36 which I believe is more inside of your price range
  6. I'd take a Phenom II 965 Black edition over an i3 personally. In my opinion theres too big of a price gap between Intel's quad core and dual cores. And the remaining AMD Phenom IIs fall right in the middle of that gap as they are true quad cores. If you can afford the i5 (starting at 180) those would be the best choice, but a Phenom II at the price point is going to offer you better balance for a system outside of gaming.

    I'd use Underhill's build, but I'd make the following changes:

    CPU- Both the i3 and 965 can handle single player games very well and are about even in performance, but in terms of multiplayer, most games are more CPU intensive, and you may find the i3's 2 cores causes limitations.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    Mobo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

    Video card: (Same price, slightly better)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389

    As far as your concern with Newegg, maybe you had a bad experience with them, but honestly, I have ordered from them several times and found them to be incredibly reliable and expedient in their shipping. I'd give them another shot. TigerDirect is equally good. The only online merchant I can say I would avoid would be MicroCenter. They have what seems to be decent prices, but I found the devil is in the details, as they charged me both shipping and sales tax for orders that Newegg or Tiger wouldn't, which made the final price being no cheaper, and the other tradeoff was MicroCenter ships painfully slow. They had my order "processing" for over a week and after 2 phone calls to them and talking to their inept customer support, I cancelled the order. Meanwhile Newegg had my stuff to my door in 2 days.
  7. Wow, Tigerdirect is much higher on some things than newegg.com

    Case = Silverstone PS02 Black Mid Tower Case - 44.99
    Power Supply = XFX P1-450S-X2B9 Core Edition - 59.99 (before 10.00 MIR)
    Processor = Intel Core i3-2120 - 129.99
    Motherboard = ASUS P8H61-M LX PLUS - 69.99
    Memory = Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2x 4GB) - 44.99
    Graphics = Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 - 169.99
    Hard Drive = Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - 79.99

    TOTAL = $599.93 (before shipping or rebates)
  8. Pezcore27 said:
    Wow, Tigerdirect is much higher on some things than newegg.com

    Case = Silverstone PS02 Black Mid Tower Case - 44.99
    Power Supply = XFX P1-450S-X2B9 Core Edition - 59.99 (before 10.00 MIR)
    Processor = Intel Core i3-2120 - 129.99
    Motherboard = ASUS P8H61-M LX PLUS - 69.99
    Memory = Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2x 4GB) - 44.99
    Graphics = Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 - 169.99
    Hard Drive = Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - 79.99

    TOTAL = $599.93 (before shipping or rebates)

    Yea, but between Tiger and Newegg, both of them I have ordered from several times. (The build in my sig was a mixture of Tiger and Newegg parts), CPU came from newegg obviously since they're the only one that seems to have Phenom II black editions left, but I have nothing but good things to say about both of them. MicroCenter deserves nothing but my contempt. They can take their lower prices and stick em. :wahoo: Seriously, the kind of customer service I got from them, I'd rather pay a little more for the same parts.
  9. Yeah about the only thing I liked from the Tiger Direct build I made was the Silverstone case. I wish newegg carried that case :( .

    The rest I could have upgraded/gotten cheaper from newegg.
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