[New Build] Gaming PC, $600 budget

Hello, I am new to building computers and would like advice on a gaming pc. Any advice would be helpful thank you.

Approximate Purchase Date: (this week)

Budget Range: ($500-600) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming (mainly Diablo 3 at high resolution), surfing the internet, watching movies)

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ( will search around for better pricing but newegg is preferred

Country: (USA)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (AMD but if there is a better build with intel then thats fine as well)

Overclocking: Maybe (I will look more into it later)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (I will look more into it later)

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)

Additional Comments: (I would like to have a window(not necessary but preferred, I would like a quiet PC)
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  1. It has HDMI and thank you for the build suggestion. A few questions, sorry to sound extremely newbie. 1. About that article, what exactly am I looking at/for? 2. Would I be able to swap out the case you suggested for this one -
  2. Oh and the link to the HDD just sends me right to newegg.
  3. For you this HDD should be fine.

    The benchmarks are to reitirate how good the cpu is at Diablo III.
  4. thank you for your input but if the $500 build is gonna let me play D3 with max settings than I'm going to go with that. But I did read that thread you posted and have learned that I could use a mid tower case so thank you for that.
  5. I would also like to know which edition of windows 7 i should get? After I get all of this information I will post the final list of parts I will be getting for final input from others.
  6. Apevia and CM are two brands to avoid. Apevia is the epitome of shoddy materials and workmanship. They have earned a place on on my personal "Do Not Buy" list for their liar-labeled hazardous PSU-shaped objects, and a particular case I owned that was so bad I ended up scrapping it entirely. The design was good, but the execution was horrible, and construction quality / QA bit big bones; there was even a screw through the power switch wires, and the front panel was not properly grounded. If my fluffy cat brushed against it even slightly, the PC rebooted.
    CM has earned their place on my Do Not Buy list for dishonesty. Aside from being low-quality, quite a few of their PSUs have liar labels on them or claim to have protections that are missing. These are facts, not just my opinion; there are many competent technical reviews of them at HardwareSecrets.
    As to quality, a lot of people like their Haf cases, but my own experience with a lot of different models of their cases, on up to a CM-690, is that they typically have minor (and fixable) quality issues like untapped screw holes, panel misalignment, and/or useless tool free mounts. I switched to Rosewill for cheap-mid range cases, and have had NONE of those problems with any of them.
    As to Chulex's build, none of the parts were bad, but since there's more in your budget, personally I'd get a better PSU like an Antec or XFX that is 80+ bronze, and I'd get a stronger i3 CPU. Enermax is a good brand, and the NAXN doesn't suck, but there is better out there for not much more.
  7. OP if you just want to save:

    otherwise that link dude has is what you should go with...
  8. check my sig.
  9. dudewitbow said:

    I hope that my build helps you out whatsacompooter :D
  10. Yes it helped me a lot. Thank you for the combos which gave me a few upgrades. :D Now I would like to ask for a case suggestion. I know that a few people have already stated a few but it seems like the case is giving me a bit of trouble haha.
  11. So I was just looking around and seeing that jtt suggested rosewill I decided to take a look and found one that I liked. Here it is for some input.
  12. loops said:
    OP if you just want to save:

    otherwise that link dude has is what you should go with...

    What a HORRIBLE build...
    The mobo was obsolete a couple years ago and has a slow chipset. The CPU is beaten silly by an i3 and there's no aftermarket cooler to allow a reasonable overclock to catch up. The PSU is a sorry CM: that is electrically noisy under load (the kind of thing that makes PCs unstable or damages components over time). The GPU uses slow DDR3. This is a good example of why being too cheap just isn't a good idea.
  13. Best answer
    Ok, here is a build well within your stated budget:

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
    Model #:EA-430D Green
    Item #:N82E16817371034
    $59.99 -$15.00 Instant $44.99
    The Earthwatts line has been my "goto" PSU in basic builds for years. I have not yet seen one fail. Right now, the 430W version has a promo code on it too, so the price will be less.

    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
    Model #:BX80623I32100
    Item #:N82E16819115078
    $119.99 $119.99
    The i3-2120 has sometimes been cheaper; right now it isn't. While a Pentium could handle Diablo III, I think a more capable CPU is the better choice, especially since this PC will run other things too (if only an AV and firewall due to the required always-online connection).

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:ST500DM002
    Item #:N82E16822148767
    $84.99 -$5.00 Instant $79.99
    I've got a few of these, and they're all running fine. It only saves $5 to get 320GB, which doesn't seem worthwhile.

    XFX HD-677X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Model #:HD-677X-ZNLC
    Item #:N82E16814150540
    Mail in Rebate Card
    $119.99 -$10.00 Instant $109.99
    This build is way under budget. Feel free to increase this to a HD6850 if you like, but this card should do well enough.

    Rosewill R218-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Model #:R218-P-BK
    Item #:N82E16811147073
    $29.99 $29.99
    I've built in this case. It is very plain, but remarkably solid, and the fan moves enough air. If you want something a little nicer or fancier, there is money left to do it.

    ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Model #:H61M/U3S3
    Item #:N82E16813157236
    $74.99 -$8.00 Instant $66.99
    Not the cheapest, but has the current SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 interfaces. ASRock is one of my preferred brands, behind Asus.

    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
    Model #:F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
    Item #:N82E16820231394
    $22.99 $22.99
    Someone can argue this is being cheap, but 8GB is not necessary to play games, or run the latest bloated Office software. This RAM uses Micron chips. I've never had to return any G.Skill RAM, so it is what I buy most of the time now.

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
    Model #:iHAS224-06
    Item #:N82E16827106333
    $20.99 $20.99
    Meh. One optical drive is much like another. This one has Lightscribe.

    Subtotal: $495.92

    There's enough left in your budget to make a few incremental improvements of your choice, such as the case you linked. There is nothing on this list I would not buy myself, and some I have.
  14. Now I'm going to have to change my shopping cart. ;) But I will be making some changes to save me money so thank you very much for that. I will also make some upgrades since I have the room in my budget. I appreciate it jtt and everyone else who has given me input. This is going to be a very exciting first build.
  15. Best answer selected by WhatsaCOMPOOTER.
  16. Thanks. Enjoy your build; yeah it IS exciting.
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