$600 Gaming PC for a first timer Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: July 1, 2012 8:05 AM in Systems Share ThePhoenix65 June 28, 2012 5:10:32 PM Approximate Purchase Date: In a couple months. Budget Range: I like to keep it under $600 or $500 if possible. System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly just for games Parts Not Required: Keyboard and mouse. Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference Country: United States Parts Preferences: Just what ever gives me the best bang for my buck. Overclocking: Probably not SLI or Crossfire: Nope Monitor Resolution: I would prefer 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, but again, the best bang for my buck is what I'm shooting for. I'm thinking about geting an i3 processer instead of the i5 to keep the cost down, would this decrease performance too much? More about : 600 gaming timer g-unit1111 June 28, 2012 5:30:47 PM The i5 is a quad core CPU where the i3 is a dual core - but you're better off putting that money in the GPU, that's the most important part of a gaming system. A little over budget but here you go: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg) Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg) Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon) Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($164.98 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg) Total: $627.90 (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.) m 0 l cin19 June 28, 2012 5:49:13 PM Do you need the OS ? Here is my recommend: $598 w/ OS, $498 w/o OS Core i3-2120/H61/8GB/1.5TB HDMI SuperCombo $378 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I... SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 w/ free game $120 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and review http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade... Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... If you like to feel safety get the PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified for other $30. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... m 0 l Related resources First timer looking to build Gaming PC, budget of 600 - Forum New gaming PC build (first timer) - $600 - Forum Advice on an $600 Non-Gaming PC. (First Timer) - Forum Christmas Budget Gaming Build (First Timer) < $600 - Forum 600-700USD Gaming Rig - First Timer. - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer ThePhoenix65 June 29, 2012 9:58:53 AM I will probably need to be able to use WIFI on the computer, what should I look for. Also, if my budget does increase what should I look to upgrade first? m 0 l g-unit1111 June 29, 2012 5:24:59 PM ThePhoenix65 said:I will probably need to be able to use WIFI on the computer, what should I look for. Also, if my budget does increase what should I look to upgrade first? Probably add a second 6870 (or switch to the 7870) and then upgrade your CPU to a quad core. m 0 l azeem40 June 29, 2012 6:51:58 PM What to look for when choosing a WiFi card: speed compatible with your router (like Wireless b/g/n) m 0 l ThePhoenix65 June 30, 2012 2:16:19 AM If I were to add a second 6870, would that require crossfire? If so, how would I do that? And would that second card make it more powerful than just upgrading to the 7870? m 0 l ThePhoenix65 July 1, 2012 8:05:47 AM How about this: Part List CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $116.99 @ SuperBiiz Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $99.99 @ Newegg Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg Hard Drive : Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.99 @ Newegg Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card $119.99 @ Newegg Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg Power Supply: Cooler Master 460W ATX12V Power Supply $42.98 @ Newegg Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.99 @ Newegg Total (before mail-in rebates): $572.91 Total (With Rebates) : $547.91 m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! 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