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May 20, 2012 9:34:09 PM

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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May 20, 2012 10:06:12 PM

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


May 21, 2012 1:55:34 AM

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/ite... )

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.
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May 21, 2012 2:15:34 AM

Power supply is junk, not sure about MSI mobo either, rather go with Gigabyte, if you got money go with ASUS.
May 21, 2012 3:00:42 AM

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 :/ 
May 21, 2012 7:02:43 AM

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.
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May 21, 2012 7:15:03 AM

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
May 21, 2012 7:36:17 AM

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?

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May 21, 2012 7:38:44 AM

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.
May 21, 2012 8:02:40 PM

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?

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May 21, 2012 8:28:33 PM
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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
May 21, 2012 9:22:56 PM

The Asus tray also says windows 2000, windows nt, windows xp, and vista.

Does it work with 2000+
May 21, 2012 9:44:06 PM

dudewitbow said:

I3-2120 + Gigabyte GA-H61ma-D3v 183$


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
May 21, 2012 9:45:16 PM

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.
May 21, 2012 9:47:23 PM

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.
May 22, 2012 12:51:27 AM

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