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[New Build] Advice for a 600ish $ Gaming Build

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June 27, 2012 4:40:01 PM

I'm sort of just now breaking into the whole "Build your own pc" thing, I'm reasonably intelligent when it comes to computers.. So i figure this is the next logical step in things.. Figured id throw my self on the professionals here on this site for some advice... Im currently running an HP machine with an athlon 7550 dual core, and an old geforce 9500 GT gfx card... so realistically.. Im willing to go for anything thats a reasonable upgrade from that...


Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, but willing to wait if it means saving a little cash.

Budget Range: 600-700$ [Including a purchase of Windows 7 64 ]

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming , Movies, Browsing the interwebz..

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference...

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:by brand or type No real preference but... I lean slightly more towards INTEL cpus, and nvidia graphics

Overclocking: Perhaps in the future, But not a MUST

SLI or Crossfire: No preference

Monitor Resolution: Currenly running a 22in LED, at 1600x900 (not running in hd)

Additional Comments: Im willing to skimp where possible... I don't need an amazing mind blowingly awesome case, Also willing to get OEM version of windows to pinch a few pennies... I also ask that its taken into account that this is in fact my FIRST BUILD... lol so please don't hate on me for my slight "noobish"ness... Thanks in advance for any help guys and gals!

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June 27, 2012 5:04:55 PM

Take a look at this build from newegg. Should be able to play most current games at high settings.

•Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
•BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
•Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1333ELK

CPU/RAM/MB Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

•Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
•CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

PSU/HDD Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX CORE Edition FX-777A-ZNF4 Radeon HD 7770

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Should run you about $600


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Quick edit about OEM:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system


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June 27, 2012 5:23:57 PM

One thing to take into account is that Newegg and some of the other online e-tailors have good sales at the fourth of July. So while there will be someitems that are listed now with good prices because of regular sales or rebates if something does not then it would be good to wait till next week and see what happens.

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
$199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
$46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$169.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total for this build comes in at $878.91 and while it's over your budget you may be able to pick up some sales at the July 4 sales or from other places that may have some of these items cheaper. The list does not contain any outrageous highend components and they are actually mid range but with some good quality. It's not easy to get a good decent performing computer that will last for a few years and be around $600 to $700. You'll have to make some serious cuts and sacrafice performance.
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June 27, 2012 5:33:02 PM

you need a quad core if you are going to play BF3 on the large 64 Mulitplayer maps. you should be able to play with everything on high as long as you keep antialiasing and anisotropic filtering low

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16827151244
$14.99

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16811146075
$39.99

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16822152181
$79.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16814130770
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$129.99

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16817139026
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$39.99

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16820231396
$23.99

CPU/MB Combo
Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000
Item #: N82E16819115076
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157236
$226.98

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16832116986
$99.99
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$655.91 + $6.77 Shipping - $30 MIR

upgrade suggestion.

the non OEM verison of Win 7 is about $50 more

the non "se" version of the GTX 560 is about $60. it more may be worth it, you could play on ultra settings.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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