Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

$600 Gaming Rig: Advice & Compatibility Check

Last response: in Systems
Share
May 13, 2012 9:06:11 AM

Hi All, The last time I built a computer was 10 years ago so I'll need some help checking part compatibility or anything missing pieces.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month

Budget Range: $600-700 after rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming: Diablo 3, Dota 2, Skyrim, Plants vs Zombies

Parts Not Required: keyboard,mouse, speakers, cd/dvd rom(IDE)
monitor: SAMSUNG P2450H 1920x1028
PSU: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg. I am close to shipping center so I can pick it up. Free Shipping

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Want to use a SSD for for OS drive- Heard its a good performance booster

Overclocking: no
SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: First time using SSD, Am I missing anything? Which OS should I use for this? 7 premium or pro? Wheres the bottle neck?

Here's what I found.


Case- Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $69.99(54.99AR)

Mobo- ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $66.99(58.99 combo w/cpu)

CPU- Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 $104.99

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL 41.99

GPU- PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 139.99

HD- Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 99.99(79.99 AR)

Total $561.94 ($478.94 AR- All instant Rebates) still need OS

Thanks a bunch.
May 13, 2012 9:33:17 AM

very good choose.......you're good to go<<<>>>
m
0
l
May 13, 2012 10:00:53 AM

For your budget I would drop that ssd and invest the difference in a beefier gpu like the gtx 560 ti (230 dollars). There's simply no room for an ssd in your build, right now ssds are a luxury only enthusiasts can use. I'd also invest 30 dlls more in your motherboard so you could buy a h77 mobo. The h77 has native usb 3.0 front and back with sata 3 native along with rapid response technology. Maybe in a year you can buy a ssd when p/g become reasonable.

SSDs are not performance booster when it comes to gaming they only speed things up when loading.
m
0
l
Related resources
May 13, 2012 10:41:31 AM

hd 6850 isn't bad..
m
0
l
May 13, 2012 4:25:00 PM

Which h77 mobo would you recommend?
m
0
l
May 13, 2012 5:01:10 PM

i would go with asrock h77 pro4 mvp this one seems alot better....
newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Motherboards+-+Intel-_-ASRock-_-13157302
m
0
l
May 14, 2012 7:15:00 AM

Thing is that with the core i3 2100 you won't be doing any overclocking and I figure why bother paying more for a overclocking enabled motherboard.
m
0
l
May 14, 2012 3:04:26 PM

z68 is waste for i3 cause this cpu have not overclocking feature and z68 are good for overclocking cpu's get h77 which i suggest.
m
0
l
May 14, 2012 7:53:05 PM

hmmm, then the upper one is the best choice.
m
0
l
May 18, 2012 4:22:45 PM

Hi,
Thanks for the input everyone!

Asides from a few loose ends i am pretty much done with building the new computer. In the end I went with the

ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
and the
Crucial SSD.

Seeing the games run on max feels like putting on glasses for the first time again.
Windows experience index
processor 7.2
memory 7.5
graphics 7.7
gaming graphics 7.7
primary HD 7.8

Was playing dota2 while installing diablo3 =) Big improvement compared to before when I couldn't even tab out without freezing.

Mobo has this program called asrock instant boot which makes comp boot in like 4 secs. Anyone have experience with it? I was wondering if it might be bad for the SSD since hibernating is supposedly bad. Right now the boot time is about 30 sec.
m
0
l
!