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Need help with Budget PC $500-600

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks (ASAP hopefully)

Budget Range: $500-600 ($600 max before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor (kinda) , mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: unknown (I guess newegg)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: unknown

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: unknown

Additional Comments:

I have never built a computer before and have little to no knowledge of parts.

I have an old monitor of which I do not know the resolution but was hoping to use my 42" 1080p television as a screen until I got a monitor. (needs HDMI)

I have $600 to spend and no OS. If a $600 computer is going to be a big difference from a $500 computer, don't include an OS ( I can figure it out later).

I'm looking to play Diablo 3, Team Fortress 2, and other shooting games.

Thank you
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  1. My current computer is an HP G56 Notebook PC. (I'm sure it cant get much worse, just telling to hopefully get replies with better specs.)

    Intel Celeron CPU 900 @ 2.2Ghz 2194Mhz 1 Core
    RAM 3GB
  2. I went to another forum before this and it didn't help very much as it was mostly UK based and Pounds to USD is a bit hard to figure out, however I showed them this kit:

    ( http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2580503&Sku=B69-1414 )

    Although most did say it wasn't good all around. I would imagine it wouldn't be as good as what others could help me piece together, but I just wanted to point it out.
  3. Power supply is junk, not sure about MSI mobo either, rather go with Gigabyte, if you got money go with ASUS.
  4. I realized the PSU was crappy and was told the case was junk, so I figured it wasn't a good idea.

    Trying to get some advice on what to buy as I have no idea :/
  5. I would say, get the Asus p8z77-M & i5 2500k.

    For the PSU, always stick to Antec, Corsair or SeaSonic.
    The SeaSonic S12II 620W would be a good choice for your budget build.

    What about the GPU? You'll need a good GPU(Graphics Card) to play those games.
  6. bartholomew said:
    I would say, get the Asus p8z77-M & i5 2500k.

    For the PSU, always stick to Antec, Corsair or SeaSonic.
    The SeaSonic S12II 620W would be a good choice for your budget build.


    of how many arguments i have to fight to say that these arent the only good psu makers. for psus, you should not generalize by company, you compare quality to price ratio
  7. dudewitbow said:
    of how many arguments i have to fight to say that these arent the only good psu makers. for psus, you should not generalize by company, you compare quality to price ratio


    I Understand that there are many brands that will work just fine.
    But for someone who doesn't has that much knowledge about a PSU, isn't it better to just stick to the most recommended brands?
  8. bartholomew said:
    I Understand that there are many brands that will work just fine.
    But for someone who doesn't has that much knowledge about a PSU, isn't it better to just stick to the most recommended brands?

    not necessarily, the psu market is sorta in a jumble situation. all you need is to look at review sites, or simply use something like eggxperts list to generally have an idea of whats good and whats not. I personally made a small list of psus myself under my sig to alleviate some of the searching. as a person replying to a thread, it should be your job to help someone else out with as much info as you can, rather than limit the OP's choices.
  9. Well, jumping back to the topic.

    Here's a budget build which will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings :

    Intel Core i3-2120
    GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
    EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion
  10. Thanks for the list, not great with computer stuff but does it need a hard drive? and does the combo with the intel mean it comes with a dvd burner?
  11. Best answer
    NZXT Gamma 40$
    Seasonic M12II Bronze Modular 520w 60$
    G.Skill 2x2b 1333 ram 23$
    WD Caviar Blue 500gb + Asus 24x Drive 80$
    I3-2120 + Gigabyte GA-H61ma-D3v 183$
    Shipping 12.80$

    Total: 398.73

    Amazons Window 7 Home Premium 64 bit 96.48$
    Discount Mountain Softwares Windows 7 Home Premium 91.98 (they have 2254 seller ratings on google)

    total so far ~500$

    I think i can leave it up to you to decide what GPU you want, if you want to go over budget or under budget, since i gave you room. this is a pure budget build here. wether you spend past your 600 budget for a good gpu, or hold off and spend under for a weaker one is up to you
  12. The Asus tray also says windows 2000, windows nt, windows xp, and vista.

    Does it work with 2000+
  13. Will the Gigabyte GA-H61ma-D3v work with this case?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    Although $10 more, it has more fans (and im a sucker for leds)

    (Do fans matter a ton?)
  14. dudewitbow said:


    If I go with the Gigabyte GA-H61ma and have a EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti will I beable to use the mini hdmi on the GPU and hook it from the GPU to my tv?

    I dont see an hdmi port on the board, just wondering
  15. Here is my build from amazon.

    -CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 - $124.98
    -Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel B75 LGA 1155 mATX GA-B75-D3V - $74.99
    -Ram: Corsair Vengeance 4GB-$29.99
    -Case: NZXT Technologies Source 210 - $39.99
    -PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2 500-Watt 80 Plus - $68.99
    -HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $78.38
    -Optical drive: ASUS 24x DRW B1ST -24 - $21.48
    -GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $169.99

    Total: $594.49

    This is the best you can get for a $600 build.
  16. This is my own Build:

    -CPU: Intel Core i5 3450 - $189.99
    -Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel H77 LGA 1155 ATX GA-H77-DS3H - $99.99
    -Ram: corsair vengeance blue 8GB-$49.99
    -Case: Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming ATX - $56.99
    -PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX V2 600-Watt 80 Plus - $68.99
    -HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB- $99.99
    -Optical drive: ASUS 24x DRW B1ST -24 - $21.48
    -GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $169.99
    -Monitor: ASUS VH236H-P 23-Inch Full HD LED - $159.99

    Total: $917.39

    Without the monitor its $757.4.
  17. Best answer selected by madd dogg207.
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