Recommendations regarding budget gaming build. <$400

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 4 weeks.

Budget Range: $400 max, would prefer $350

System Usage from Most to Least Important: budget gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD

Preferred Website for Parts: microcenter.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU & AMD GPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, will upgrade to 1920x1080 by the end of this year.

I happen to live ~10mins from a microcenter so I wish to buy from them.

CPU: Core i3 2100 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0359809 $90

RAM: 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361034 $19

Case: PowerSpec TX-606 mATX http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0342573 $25

GPU: Sapphire HD 6870 (I'm getting it off of craigslist) $110

Total: $244

I need some recommendations regarding the PSU and mobo. There are cheapish 600W psu's and mobo but I don't have any experience with them.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. get a 2x2 kit to run dual channel. it has much more performance than a single dimm

    personally i dont believe in buying second hand stuff but in your case it might work

    you can be fine with a psu that is 450-520w. id recommend a seasonic m12II 520w since it is pretty cheap off of newegg

    as for the case, get something that is better like a antec one

    heres a good motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131724&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Motherboards%20-%20Intel-_-ASUS-_-13131724&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=
  2. Do you think it would be better to get a new GTX 460 for the same price? According to benchmarks the hd 6870 is better I thought.

    Any thoughts on the NZXT Source 210?

    Also what do you think about the OCZ Technology ModXStream Pro 600W? I can get it for $50 (after rebate) at MC

    I looked at your suggestions but Antec cases are a little pricy for my liking that PSU is still $60

    So, updated build:

    CPU: Core i3 2100 http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0359809 $90

    RAM: Crucial 2x2GB DDR3-1600 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382074 $27

    Case: PowerSpec TX-606 mATX http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0342573 $25
    OR NZXT Source 210 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0378074 $28 (after rebate)

    GPU: Sapphire HD 6870 (I'm getting it off of craigslist) $110

    Mobo: ASUS P8H61-M http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365088 $70

    PSU: OCZ Technology ModXStream Pro 600W http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0301547 $50 (after rebate)

    Total: ~$375
  3. 6870 is better. really recommend this power supply since it is high quality and wont blow up in your face. the ocz one is low quality
  4. if you can afford it now, there is a 550 ti on newegg.com for 89.99 after rebates. or a brand new 6870 for 139.99 after rebates.
  5. Don't go for the 550 Ti, it's pretty damn weak.
  6. I have a 500W PSU with 1 6 pin connecter, what is the best card I can get that will work with that? I'd be able to put $$$ from the psu towards the gpu then.

    Too bad the hd 7850 is way out of my price range.
  7. What is it?
  8. 550ti, 7770 will work fine. amuffin played bf3 on ultra with the 550ti
  9. UVB076 said:
    What is it?


    It's a Thermaltake Purepower 500 NP.

    Also I have a HD 4850, I don't want to spend for something that will offer little more performance wise..
  10. 550ti should get you much better performance than the 4850. you can always wait out for the gtx660 though
  11. GTX660 = $300?
    Since GTX680 is $500 and GTX670 is $400
  12. I'm just going to go with the hd 6870. I'll pay a bit more upfront, but it'll last longer.

    I can also get another thermaltake for $50, or will that not be worth it?

    So, updated build:

    CPU: Core i3 2100 http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0359809 $90

    RAM: Crucial 2x2GB DDR3-1600 http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0382074 $27

    Case: NZXT Source 210 http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0378074 $28 (after rebate)

    GPU: Sapphire HD 6870 (I'm getting it off of craigslist) $110

    Mobo: ASUS P8H61-M http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0365088 $70

    PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Series 600 Watt http://bit.ly/Hde8KL $50 (after rebate)

    Total: $385
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