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Building a New gaming rig... college budget! $400-600

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May 26, 2012 7:04:00 PM

Ok well i wanna build my 2nd gamign rig... since my original one for 5 years ago is almost kapoot.


I plan on recycling my 700W PSU and dvd-burner


Everything else will be new.


Want something to last me the next 3-4 years.
May 26, 2012 7:56:24 PM

lreyes66 said:
Ok well i wanna build my 2nd gamign rig... since my original one for 5 years ago is almost kapoot.


I plan on recycling my 700W PSU and dvd-burner


Everything else will be new.


Want something to last me the next 3-4 years.


Well without knowing your game preference, whether you plan to overclock or not, and what site you prefer for parts I can only give a general build suggestion. That disclaimer out of the way the following build should play most of the newest games decently well and fall right in the middle area of your budget requirementsat about $540.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great low budget gaming case, super cooling and looks nice and clean.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU is a bit outdated but it has good headroom and will run any game you ask it to, combo deal saves you a lot of money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cant go wrong with Corsair RAM, 8GB is more than enough and should last you for years without needing more unless your doing alot of video editing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital makes reliable HDD's, not sure your size requirements but 500GB is a decent starting point.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus makes some of the most solid performing graphics cards out there,this is their "TOP" version with the highest factory overclock and the highest binned components to provide the most headroom for future tweaking.
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May 26, 2012 9:19:04 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $567.93
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-26 17:18 EDT-0400)
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May 26, 2012 9:26:32 PM

Can you reuse your old case? If so, I like bigcyco1's build but you could drop the NZXT case and spend the extra $67.98 on upping the GPU to the 7850 or GTX 560 Ti. Also, you can probably sell your old parts on eBay if you split them up and make ~$100-200 depending on what you had. That could help you get the i5 2400.
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May 26, 2012 9:53:03 PM
June 2, 2012 7:19:34 PM



Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 3 months

Budget Range: $400-600(700-800 max maybe) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and college work. Something future proof for the next 3-4 years in gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, dvd burner/drive, 700w rosewill PSU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, amazon. Any cheap/free shipping

Country: USA, Texas

Parts Preferences: i dont care, amd or intel which ever better bang for buck

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 2 monitors 1920x1080 & 1440x900

Additional Comments: noise isnt a factor, unless its a turbine kind of noise
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June 2, 2012 8:07:18 PM

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Which PSU is your 700w model? Rosewill has some good units, but some bad ones as well.

Also, some things to change in my build. Drop down from the i5 3450/Asrock B75M to this combo. (-98)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
With that you can now buy the 7850
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...
After even a stock overclock the 7850 performs well at 1080P. After a user overclock to 1GHZ (easily done in drivers) You'll get the performance of a 580.
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June 4, 2012 1:20:04 AM

i picked up a gtx 285 off craigslist today and the seller gave me cosair 3x2gb ddr3 1066 memory for free soo i might just slowly upgrade. WOuld that be doable?


First a motherboard, then cpu, case, better card. ANd just replace the pieces i took from the old computer.
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June 4, 2012 1:46:28 AM

How much was the 285?

Also, was my build suggestion to much or something? Or not good enough?
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June 4, 2012 2:00:58 AM

its good but im thinking about working up there instead of buying all at once.. wanna use the resources i already got, if i cant i get something new.

i got it for $70
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June 4, 2012 2:12:01 AM

Oh OK @ $70 it's not a bad purchase specially with the ram. Do you have a way of testing if it works or not?

So with your 285, I'd suggest getting at the i5 3450 & Asrock B75 Pro3, for the PSU at least a good 500w PSU. Which model exactly is your Rosewill?
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June 4, 2012 2:52:24 AM

rosewill green model # rg700-s12
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June 4, 2012 6:47:53 AM

Yep, Solid PSU!

Well yeah, so since the PSU is out of the way, go for the i5 3450 and a B75 Pro3 or since you may want to overclock, you can go the i5 2500K & Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 save some money with Sandy Bridge. Or swap the i5 2500K with an i5 3570K.
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