First Build - Budget Gaming PC HELP!

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$500, a little more if needed.
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  1. Best answer
    I'd only recommend a nvidia card if you plan on getting a gtx 6xx series card. You can get much better performance out of the SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 in comparison to a lower end nvidia card.
  2. What you have is 268$,

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

    If your going nvidia, you should get a GTX 560.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Best answer selected by jayraddd.
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