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July 16, 2012 10:10:18 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week

Budget Range: $550.00 max - after tax/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming,Editing,Web browsing/videos

Are you buying a monitor: no

Parts to Upgrade: none

Do you need to buy OS: yes, windows 7 64 bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Canada: Ontario

Parts Preferences: AMD GPU

Parts not needed: Mouse,keyboard,Speakers,Monitor

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Mainly for LIGHT gaming.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current system is weak for tasks done and Need a complete new system

More about : 550 budget light gaming build

July 16, 2012 10:35:07 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.93 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($47.62 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $414.19

(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I have allowed $75 for PC assembly/testing and ground shipping. 13% HST not included. If you have any spare budget, upgrade the Celeron G to a Pentium G and maybe another 4GB in memory...there are only 2 memory slots on this mobo. Not a lot of excess capacity in a 400 watt PS. This is an alternate PS, 550 watt OCZ ZS550W for the same $38.88 price. Both are Seasonic.

At 1280x1024, using HD 6670 DDR3, Diablo 3 averages almost 60 fps in highest details, AA enabled.

July 16, 2012 10:47:33 PM

for this lower price, you might be better served with getting a pre-built. hate to say it, but a dell or hp fits well into this price-range.

Windows itself eats up 20% of your budget.
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July 16, 2012 11:00:43 PM

raytseng said:
for this lower price, you might be better served with getting a pre-built. hate to say it, but a dell or hp fits well into this price-range.

Windows itself eats up 20% of your budget.

Would have to be a refurbished PC like the following:


Would need to replace the graphics card and the 250 watt power supply. $40 for the OCZ 550 watt (see above). $50 after MIR for the Gigabyte HD 6670 (see above) may even be able to upgrade to a faster video card...HD 7750 ($80 after MIR at Memory Express).

HD 6670 may work with the existing 250 watt's iffy at best due to the lower quality of the PS (99% of these refurbs have poor PS). One of my refurb HP's has a 300 watt Bestec PS...suspect brand for sure.

July 16, 2012 11:20:48 PM

doesn't need to be refurb. I was thinking more along the lines of buyig something like this and then slapping in the video card.

google search indicates people have been successful running discrete video card with their dells without needing to switch powersupplies-especially if you pick a more efficient video card like the 7750 mentioned above. ymmv.

I didn't really research too much, but that may be the best way on this budget, even though personally I would find this computer sucky (for my picky high-end tastes).

That being said, using the extra money for a nice new bigger monitor will probably bring you more joy to the OP, over spending that money on the actual computer "bits".
July 16, 2012 11:39:34 PM

One option is to buy those CPU/mobo/etc bundles at I have seen a few AMD based "kits" for $299 or so....and add whatever is needed for a complete budget system....this is especially a good deal when on sale and if one is handy.