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July 15, 2012 4:09:49 AM

Hi, I've been researching for my first budget gaming rig and this is what I'm probably going to go with:

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan =$54.99

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply = $61.99

CD/DVD drive: 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 = $19.99

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive =$79.99

GPU: MSI R7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card =$124.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL =$27.99

Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS =$53.99

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120 =$124.99


I'm pretty certain about everything except the motherboard and the ram. I'm wondering if it's worth it to upgrade to the h77 and to 8gb of ram. If I were to change these parts, it would exceed my budget, something I'm willing to do if it's really worth it...If there's something else that I could optimize please let me know
July 15, 2012 4:15:53 AM

Since $$ is tight, if you could eek up any more $$ better performance would be to move a rung or two higher than that HD 7770 else with a non K chip, a more current chipset and more RAM isn't gonna net u better gaming performance
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July 15, 2012 4:22:05 AM

Well to get you twice the RAM (2 x4gb), it will only cost you about $20. So that's a cheap increase, but it might not really make that much of a difference considering your other gear.

It definitely wouldn't hurt to upgrade the mobo though, just to get the absolute most out of that i3. Did you have another one in mind? How much more are you willing to spend?
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July 15, 2012 4:30:50 AM

if you have a local micro center they do have better prices on cpu and combo mb deals..look at there online flyer.
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July 15, 2012 4:31:50 AM

Maybe around $50 more. Do you think I should downgrade some parts(like the case) to spend more on others?

edit: @smorizo I don't think there's a microcenter here in Quebec =/
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July 15, 2012 2:45:34 PM

smorizio said:
if you have a local micro center they do have better prices on cpu and combo mb deals..look at there online flyer.


What do you mean microcenter? I too am making a gaming rig (first one) and I would definitely shop locally if it will save me money. I'm also paranoid about things getting damaged while shipping.


And seanvs, I wouldn't go too much less on the case. That rosewill Challenger is already a budget case and if you go too much less, you'll end up sacrificing your airflow and cooling abilities. Also, that's about the cheapest one on newegg right now (it has good reviews, whatever neweggs reviews mean to you).


As for mobos, for $50 more, all you are going to be paying for is another PCIe slot. If you think you are going to need another in the future, spend your extra money on the mobo, otherwise spend it on upgrading that GPU.
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