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First time build needs advice: $600 budget gaming build

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June 26, 2012 5:08:57 AM

Hi all,

First time builder would really appreciate advice, especially on compatibility.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next week.

Budget Range: $500-600 (currently at around $600, prefer not to go too much over)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming (Blizzard games like D3 and WoW), but will also use for home office

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, OS, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, will use microcenter if the difference is significant

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: prefer and Intel cpu with an Nvidia gpu. Would appreciate comments on mobo as well.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Neither

Additional Comments:

Currently the build looks like this:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k - 169.99 + tax

Mobo: Asrock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard - 69.99 + tax (when bundled with CPU) - I am only planning on running with one GPU

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8gb DDR3 1600 - $45 with newegg coupon

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 - $169.99 w/ $30 MIR =$139.99

HD: WD Caviar Blue 500gb - $69.99 at

PSU: Antec Neo Eco 520w - $50 - $15 mir = $35 at

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 430 - $49.99 - $10 mir = $39.99 at

Optical Drive: probably some cheap DVDRW - $20

Total: $644.95 + tax - 55 MIR = $589.95 + tax

What do you guys think? Where can I improve? Are there compatibility issues?

June 26, 2012 5:40:45 PM

Hi guys, I know bumping is discouraged, so I will only do this once. Would really appreciate some advice on if the above build will be compatible. Thanks in advance.

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June 26, 2012 9:13:00 PM

that's pretty good :)  you can also check on i5 3570k which is just few bucks more.for the GPU, don't you want to consider the ti version? i mean, how much is the difference there? overall, i say that at the end, this is a great build and enough for the future :) 
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June 27, 2012 12:43:32 AM

The 560 is priced at $159.99, after MIR, not $139.99. For that price I would spend the 5 extra bucks for the Sapphire 6870 which is a slightly better card. You get a free Dirt3 game with the 6870 so you could sell it for like $10 and make your money back if you didn't want it.
June 27, 2012 2:35:22 AM

I actually bought the 560 a little earlier when it was on sale and $139.99. If it ended up being terrible I'd have returned it and gotten another one. As it is, I think I'm going to stick with it. I'm also going to check out the i5 3570k which I think is only $20 more than the i5 2500k. Thanks everyone for your help - I'm very excited to get this build going!
June 27, 2012 2:39:11 AM

In that case I would definitely stick with the 560, the performance difference is pretty minute and for $20 less it's a no brainer.
June 27, 2012 3:06:19 AM

cbsevenfifty said:
In that case I would definitely stick with the 560, the performance difference is pretty minute and for $20 less it's a no brainer.

Awesome! That's definitely what I'll do then. Thanks!
June 27, 2012 3:06:29 AM

Best answer selected by akizuku.
June 27, 2012 10:33:05 AM

goodluck! :)