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Budget $500-$650 Gaming PC

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May 22, 2012 1:34:19 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 500-650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Mostly Diablo 3), Surfing Web, Watching Movies

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: Maybe? Not sure what this means

SLI or Crossfire: Same as above

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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May 22, 2012 6:32:13 AM

thanks for the reply!! very helpful!!!
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May 22, 2012 6:47:54 AM

If you live near a microcenter, you can build a pretty beastly system on $650.

$45 ($35 after mail in)
COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$170
i5 2500K
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$30 ($20 after rebate)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$55
ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$24
Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$200
SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$18
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$75
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30
Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $647 before rebates and shipping.

Good luck!
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May 22, 2012 7:14:20 AM

dudewitbow said:
one does not simply give an advice for an overclockable cpu on a mobo not designed for overclocking.


1. For $170, a 2500k is a steal whether you plan to overclock or not.

2. What are you talking about? That mobo has a 4-phase voltage regulator, with solid capacitors! That's the best you can get, even on a $300 motherboard. If that's not overclocking awesomeness, I don't know what is. It uses ASRock's UEFI BIOS, which lets you change the multiplier, ram timings, and all the overclocking settings you'd need, as well as AXTU tuning software, which even lets you drop voltage phases when the cpu is idle for higher efficiency. In addition to all that,
Quote:
Supports Intel K-Series unlocked CPU
right in the motherboard's description.

Which part of that is not designed for overclocking?

...I have a sneaking suspicion I'm being trolled.
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May 22, 2012 7:58:35 AM



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$119.99 $119.99


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Subtotal: $581.92
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May 22, 2012 9:49:45 AM

quilciri said:
If you live near a microcenter, you can build a pretty beastly system on $650.

$45 ($35 after mail in)
COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$170
i5 2500K
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$30 ($20 after rebate)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$55
ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$24
Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$200
SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$18
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$75
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30
Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $647 before rebates and shipping.

Good luck!



450W is pushing it a bit for the HD 6950 and i5-2500k, also the PSU doesn't have enough PCI-e connectors. For that setup I would go for one of the 520W Seasonics ideally. A cheaper option would be something like the Corsair CX-500 or XFX Core 550W.
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May 22, 2012 12:49:51 PM

jmsellars1 said:
450W is pushing it a bit for the HD 6950 and i5-2500k, also the PSU doesn't have enough PCI-e connectors. For that setup I would go for one of the 520W Seasonics ideally. A cheaper option would be something like the Corsair CX-500 or XFX Core 550W.


Great catch, thanks! This was modified from a $700 build I posted earlier with an hd 7850, which was easily covered by the PSU as far as wattage.

going a bit over budget, you could use

$60
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

which would bring the total to $662 before rebates & shipping.

or sticking strictly under budget:

Dropping the processor down to an i3 2100 and ditching the aftermarket cooler would give you room in the budget for a 7850. That combo would actually give you better game performance, with $50 left over you can bump the case up a couple notches and get 8 gb of RAM.

$90
i3 2100
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

$250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC Radeon HD 7850 2GB

$50
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$47
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the mobo, PSU, hdd, and optical from my earlier post, that comes to $630 before rebates and shipping.
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