Budget Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Month or so

Budget Range: $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly gaming and just day-to-day stuff

Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: not being picky, best bang for the buck

Overclocking: probably not

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080(tv i have)

Additional Comments: This build doesn't have to be up-gradable i only want it to last a year or so. Also, i would like bf3 high settings, gw2 high stetting, and diablo maxed (at least 45fps but i understand this is a tight budget 8).
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  1. A build i came up with. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9xkh
  2. Can anyone speak to the quality of http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009315 for fps's.
  3. Looks good, but raidmax as a brand is not highly regarded.

    A good 400w unit should be ok; look at the corsair builder series which are a good value.
    The 430w unit is $34 after rebate:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    A PSU is not the place to go cheap.
    Stick with known quality brands such as seasonic, Corsair, PC P&C, XFX, or Antec.
  4. geofelt said:
    Looks good, but raidmax as a brand is not highly regarded.

    A good 400w unit should be ok; look at the corsair builder series which are a good value.
    The 430w unit is $34 after rebate:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    A PSU is not the place to go cheap.
    Stick with known quality brands such as seasonic, Corsair, PC P&C, XFX, or Antec.



    That was really the only thing i was unsure about. However, how much better would a 6870, 7770 be?
  5. I thought you said you didn't need a keyboard? Anyway, here is a much better build (no keyboard).

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($166.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $705.83
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-05 20:16 EDT-0400)

    The best GPU's at the price are the GTX 560 and the HD 6870, both which have nearly equal performance. It's up to you to pick what you want.
  6. I thought you said you didn't need a keyboard? Anyway, here is a much better build (no keyboard).

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($166.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $705.83
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-05 20:16 EDT-0400)

    The best GPU's at the price are the GTX 560 and the HD 6870, both which have nearly equal performance. It's up to you to pick what you want.[/quote

    As for the keyboard i was seeing what i could get for the money, and this build does seem much better. Do you think it would play bf3 at 45fps on high settings?
  7. According to Anandtech it plays BF3 on Ultra with 46.8 fps average:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/398
  8. phillylol said:


    Your third link does not work for me.

    Of the two, I like the asus better. The exhaust outlet on the msi looks worthless to me. Heat will stay in the case.

    I think I would get the evga unit for the same price. It is already factory overclocked, and has a nice cooler.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130685

    Vendors are wise to overclocking and bin their chips. Better chips go in factory overclocked cards, along with a higher price. You might get lucky on a reference card, but there is no guarantee.
  9. Yeah, it's definitely worth it you can go with the Asus or with the EVGA that geofelt suggested. EVGA is better known/has a better reputation with warranties/rebates.

    Also the EVGA is higher clocked so it should be faster. :)

    Don't go any higher than 169.99 on price though, or else you are approaching GTX 560 ti price range.
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