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Tight budget desktop for gaming and work

Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1G)
Asrock H61M-HVS
500gb seagate
corsair 4gb vengeance
samsung 22x dvd writer
cooler master elite 430
cooler master extreme series 500w
PC HD5670


athlon II x3 455
Asus M5A78L-M LX 760G
500gb seagate
corsair 4gb vengeance
samsung 22x dvd writer
cooler master elite 430
cooler master extreme series 500w
PC HD5670


which of this set are the best? im on a really tight tight budget on this built, it would be use for work on odesk and some games crysis, bf3, nba2k12 etc on maximum resolution on a 1366x768 resolution screen probably..

thank you..

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  1. any recommendation would be great, my budget is around 600$-700$ only excluding the monitor..
  2. Are you building because of price, control over part selection, or because you enjoy building ? I ask because it is possible to get more than you have listed right at $700 from such as

    http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/xps-desktops?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=mn

    I have always built my own systems, for all 3 of the reasons I previously listed.

    If we want to stick with building, I think you are going too light on the cpu and video card. I'll see what I can find and post a reply with possible alternatives.
  3. the i3 build would be much better but lose the cooler master PSU, they are not the best quality.
    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

    and if you are going to game at all a HD 7770 graphics card is a nice choice for a tight budget.
    HIS H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402
  4. Ok.....I went ahead and subbed parts according to what you listed, trying to stay with the brands you listed assuming you liked them ( except for PSU ).

    I assembled these parts on newegg for $688.92

    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

    ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157314

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701

    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145251

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    COOLER MASTER Elite 430
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    XFX Double D Black Edition
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150599

    This gives you a system with a CPU that will keep up with modern times, and last you a good few years. The Mobo supports usb 3.0 and PCIe 3.0 for the latest video cards.

    IF you need to cut price, there are cheaper 7770 series video cards to choose from, I just went with the best I saw since it came under the $700 total.
  5. thanks for the advice guys, its really about price right now really on a tight budget lol and probably the selection in our country is somewhat limited so im kinda force to what they really have, I'm from the Philippines by the way.. so the only thing needs to be replaced is the PSU and GPU right? so all other parts are okay? im going with the I3 core built..
  6. yes, please get another PSU! :)
    btw, as far as a grphics card to run BF3 here is an older article about what entry level card you may consider. the 7770 was not released yet but you can expect better than a 6770 or 550ti . .or there about with it.:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063.html

    good luck :)
  7. Best answer
    ahhhh.....Mabuhay =)

    Yeah, if you have limited parts, change the power supply and the video card to something better. Good luck on the build.
  8. Mabuhay thrakazog thanks... thanks guys for lending me with your expertise, thanks for the help im gonna buy tomorrow.. have a great day..
  9. Best answer selected by tukbol7.
  10. for the price of the HD 7770, you can get a 6870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389

    look at the performance difference.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=540
  11. Hi just a follow-up to my thread.. I went out and buy earlier today with my specs, but the difference now is my processor, right now it is an INTEL G630 (2.7g), it really saves me money and the store owner said it is no different from performance standpoint on my previous choice which is Intel Core I3-2100 is this true?
  12. The G630 is cheaper, but you take a hit in performance. For standard stuff you probably won't notice a difference, but for more intense things ( like gaming ) it will show a bit more.

    Comparison - http://compare-processors.com/intel-pentium-g630-vs-core-i3-2100/1323/
  13. wow now i know i was trolled by that guy lol, but its okay it saves me money i may just upgrade in coming months.. thanks thrakazog..
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