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Building a $500 gaming rig!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $400 if possible, can probably stretch to $500 if I have to.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, movies, school work. I'd like to be able to play skyrim, and BF3 and Bioshock at least decently.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, HDD, sound system, RAM.

Preferred Websites for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, whatever's cheap and reliable. I believe I live near a microcenter.

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Preferably an Nvidia graphics card.

Overclocking: Most likely.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: As quiet as possible.

So far, I have this list of components - however, I'm fairly new to this building scene, and I don't know whether or not the parts are compatible or not.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007TMXFE0/ref=nosim/7240466-rg2304-00-20?s=merchant&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
EVGA GeForce GTX560 SE 1024MB GDDR5 SLI Ready Graphics Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157313
ASRock B75M LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0359809
Intel Core i3-2100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061&Tpk=NZXT%20GAmma
NZXT GAMMA Mid Tower Case


Can you tell me if the parts are compatible, and, if so, how I can cut any corners for pricing? Would 430w be enough? Should I go for a 500w? Thanks!
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  1. if you have a microcenter nearby, go ahead and get the CPU *and* motherboard there. You should be able to get an I5-2400 and an H61 motherboard very cheap.

    The 430W is probly not enough juice for the GTX 560 SE, so I'd suggest the 500W model, or a HD 6850 GPU, which will run in the 430W
  2. ScrewySqrl said:
    if you have a microcenter nearby, go ahead and get the CPU *and* motherboard there. You should be able to get an I5-2400 and an H61 motherboard very cheap.

    The 430W is probly not enough juice for the GTX 560 SE, so I'd suggest the 500W model, or a HD 6850 GPU, which will run in the 430W


    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388579

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0377387

    so would those be good?

    or this?

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354590
  3. huzisong said:


    MAYBE.

    the H61 will run the 3450 if it's had a bios upgrade, but I don't know if that one has had the upgrade yet. Go for a B75M with the i5-3450, just to be sure.


    edit:

    the H61 will work fine with the 2400
  4. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/b4zi

    You could go cheaper with the mobo, but I have that mobo and it is really good.
  5. ScrewySqrl said:
    MAYBE.

    the H61 will run the 3450 if it's had a bios upgrade, but I don't know if that one has had the upgrade yet. Go for a B75M with the i5-3450, just to be sure.


    edit:

    the H61 will work fine with the 2400



    So would you have any recommendations for a B75M motherboard?
    Thanks in advance!
  6. Best answer
    I,ll post you what I consider the cheapest 1080p build that I consider linking 660$

    CPU: i5-2500 / 210$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

    GPU: HD6850 / 135$ (+ free dirt3 game) (slow card)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    or
    HD6870 / 160$ (+ free dirst3 game) Worth the extra moneyr ealy
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389

    DvD burner: Asus / 16$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    Case: Rosewill chalenger / 50$ (realy awsome for the price)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
    HHD: Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500Gb / 75$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148221
    PSU: Rosewill 530w / 55$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199
    Ram: G.Skill 1333Hz 8g (2x4g) / 40$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422
    Mobo: Asrock z77 / 75$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

    Extra and minus

    +10$ For i5-2500k (only worth it if you ever plan to upgrade the GPU someday): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    HHD + 10-30$ for higher storage capacity. You could save a few dollar going for another brand (just be sure its a 7200RPM speed). Its up to you if you want to risk failure on a cheaper brand to save 5$ or so.

    PSU: Don't go for a cheaper brand it would just fry some of your componement

    -17$ if you go for 4g only (2x2). Be aware that you will need to tweak down some windows vista/7 feathurs also going 64bit would be useless. Don,t expect to do any multi tasking with only 4g. Ram are designed to work in dual chanel so goign for 1barret of 4g is a way slower then going with 2 barret of 2g. You could Also save 1 or 2$ money going for a cheaper brand.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

    -25$ going for a biostar mobo. I've never tried such a cheap motherboard so I can't say if you can rely on it or not.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332


    If your going for an i3 or the 2400 do not aim for 1080p on modern game.
  7. venur said:
    I,ll post you what I consider the cheapest 1080p build that I consider linking 660$

    CPU: i5-2500 / 210$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

    GPU: HD6850 / 135$ (+ free dirt3 game) (slow card)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    or
    HD6870 / 160$ (+ free dirst3 game) Worth the extra moneyr ealy
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389

    DvD burner: Asus / 16$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    Case: Rosewill chalenger / 50$ (realy awsome for the price)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
    HHD: Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500Gb / 75$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148221
    PSU: Rosewill 530w / 55$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199
    Ram: G.Skill 1333Hz 8g (2x4g) / 40$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422
    Mobo: Asrock z77 / 75$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

    Extra and minus

    +10$ For i5-2500k (only worth it if you ever plan to upgrade the GPU someday): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    HHD + 10-30$ for higher storage capacity. You could save a few dollar going for another brand (just be sure its a 7200RPM speed). Its up to you if you want to risk failure on a cheaper brand to save 5$ or so.

    PSU: Don't go for a cheaper brand it would just fry some of your componement

    -17$ if you go for 4g only (2x2). Be aware that you will need to tweak down some windows vista/7 feathurs also going 64bit would be useless. Don,t expect to do any multi tasking with only 4g. Ram are designed to work in dual chanel so goign for 1barret of 4g is a way slower then going with 2 barret of 2g. You could Also save 1 or 2$ money going for a cheaper brand.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

    -25$ going for a biostar mobo. I've never tried such a cheap motherboard so I can't say if you can rely on it or not.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332


    If your going for an i3 or the 2400 do not aim for 1080p on modern game.



    Alright, thanks.
    However, could I use the nvidia geforce GTX 560:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125383
    rather than the Radeon HD 6870?
  8. huzisong said:
    Alright, thanks.
    However, could I use the nvidia geforce GTX 560:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125383
    rather than the Radeon HD 6870?


    Way slower go for the 560ti if you want an Nvidia GPU. Both card (560ti and hd6870) have similar performance. Personnaly I'd say pick the cheapest one of both and the AMD ones give you a free Dirt3 coupon wich is a great game if you like rally.
  9. venur said:
    Way slower go for the 560ti if you want an Nvidia GPU. Both card (560ti and hd6870) have similar performance. Personnaly I'd say pick the cheapest one of both and the AMD ones give you a free Dirt3 coupon wich is a great game if you like rally.



    okay. last question.
    I've finalized my build, which is now radically different from my original, since microcenter is cheaper.

    here goes:

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
    intel i5 2500K

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375838
    Biostar H61MLB LGA 1155 H61

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360526
    Kingston HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1333

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0385359
    Radeon HD 7770 Graphics Card

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365238
    Thermaltake 600w power supply

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0283272
    Antec case

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0392825
    LG 24x DVD burner

    Just two questions now: all the parts are compatible? Correct?
    Also, should I get a seperate PSU, or is the one that comes with the Case sufficient?
  10. Be aware that a 6870 or 560 will outperform a 7770.

    Thermaltake PSUs have iffy performance. Most here would recommend Antec, Seasonic, XFX or Corsair. Your specs will not require more than a 500W PSU. The case you listed does not have a PSU.

    When buying from Microcenter, do not forget to take into account the sales tax. Unlike many online stores, they charge sales tax because their physically present in your state and you buy from them when you pick it up.
  11. huzisong said:
    okay. last question.
    I've finalized my build, which is now radically different from my original, since microcenter is cheaper.

    here goes:

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0385359
    Radeon HD 7770 Graphics Card

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365238
    Thermaltake 600w power supply

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0283272
    Antec case


    The 7770 is far weaker then even a 6850.

    The PSU brand is gardbage avoid it and you dont nned 600w for a 7770w even 500w would overkill it

    That case only come with two fan probably good enough personaly I have a crush for that one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    But the Antec is a good case just my personal preference.
  12. if you're going with the H61, you can save a bit with a 2500 instead of 2500K
  13. Best answer selected by huzisong.
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