Building a new Low-end/Mediocre PC (budget PC with gaming in mind)

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Hi everyone,

It has been a while since I have built a new PC. Things have changed during this time so I need a bit of help from you all. I use the conventional template:

Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: Not determined, less is better. I hope the title (low-end/mediocre) guide you through this.
System Usage: (general computing (surfing the internet, watching movies, office), gaming)
Are you buying a monitor: No.
Parts to Upgrade: Nothing, I guess I can’t use old PATA DVD RW anymore.
Do you need to buy OS: No.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I visit newegg for prices.
Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel CPUs over AMD. Good quality parts and low prices. Reputable brands.
Overclocking: Maybe (I always overclock but this build is for my cousin who may not have proper technical knowledge)
SLI or Crossfire: NO.

Currently I have the following in mind:

CPU: For gaming i3-2100 is preferred over Celeron G530/Pentium G630. Although I am always a fan of Celeron.
MoBo: Currently there are many chipsets available for sandy bridge. I think H61 would be a reasonable option. But it doesn’t support CPU overclocking and core i3 doesn’t support Turbo Boost Technology?! But I don’t like to pay more for overclocking.
Memory: 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 (I think it’s a better option than 2 x 2GB)
Hard Drive: Considering price/GB, It seems 1TB hard drive is the most optimal capacity today.
Video Card: Radeon HD 7770 is more than enough. I like the latest generation of video cards. So no HD 6xxx. As I don't know about the budget yet, I may choose cheaper ones. So any suggestion for this second option (cheaper and really good performance/price ratio) is also welcome.
Case and PSU: Please suggest.
Optical Drive: DVD ReWriter.

Please tell me about changes, suggestions, ..
Thank you
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  1. Best answer
    Try this:

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151244

    NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181

    GIGABYTE GV-R777OC-1GD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
    Item #: N82E16814125415

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139026

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
    Item #: N82E16820231426

    Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
    Item #: N82E16819115077

    ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157236

    Total: $523.25

    $40 in rebates to bring it further down.

    FYI: Add in bout $70 more and get an i5 with that same motherboard.

    i5 2400 combo:
  2. My suggestion:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61ICAFE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $624.34
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Now, this 6870 is WAY better than the 7770. You could go 6850 in a pinch. Keep in mind that 6xxx to 7xxx isn't all that different ( I mean, the 6850 isn't the same as the 7850, but the 6870 > 7770). Just look at benchmarks. If you want 7770, take it, though. I'd go with an ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 mobo if possible to have Z68.l
  3. Best answer selected by Arsha.
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