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First Build - Budget Gaming PC HELP!

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July 30, 2012 12:50:46 AM

Just in need of a new computer for gaming and such

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: next month

Budget Range: 500 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (diablo 3), Internet, Occasional Photo Editing

Parts not required: mouse, keyboard, hdd, monitor, OS

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any

Location: California

Parts Preferences:Would like a Nvidia graphics card

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire:no


So far the build I have is

CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 LGA 1155 3.1GHz Boxed Processor $88 (fry's)

Mobo: ASRock H61/US3S LGA 1155 Mobo $70 [...] 61M%2fU3S3

GPU: not sure which video card yet, preferably a nVidia

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $35 after rebate

Case: antec 300 ($50)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb (2x4gb) $25 after rebate

I'm trying to spend hopefully around$500, a little more if needed.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 2:33:04 AM

I'd only recommend a nvidia card if you plan on getting a gtx 6xx series card. You can get much better performance out of the SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 in comparison to a lower end nvidia card.
July 30, 2012 2:40:21 AM

What you have is 268$,

That leaves you with 232$ for a GPU...

If your going nvidia, you should get a GTX 560.
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July 30, 2012 2:41:31 AM

I agree with DeusAres. The Radeon 6950 is probably your best bet for that price range. I would spend a bit more though and get a Radeon 7850. Its an extra $50 compared to the 6950.
a b 4 Gaming
July 30, 2012 2:48:09 AM

Yup, if you have the extra $50 to throw in the build, get the 7850. It's a newer card, consumes less power, and performs on par with the 6970. You can also overclock the hell outta that card more so than the 6950.
July 31, 2012 12:50:34 AM

Best answer selected by jayraddd.