$600~ budget gaming computer w/o case

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: ~$600 / After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Motherboard, Graphics Card, RAM, Power Supply

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com / I have a microcenter near me, so also microcenter.com

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Parts Preferences: Intel for CPU, nvidia for gfx

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I currently have a 250 GTX that I plan on keeping and using for SLI. I also plan on keeping my case as well as hard drives. I also don't mind buying parts from microcenter and newegg separately if the deal is good enough. If you guys can find a hard drive that can fit in my budget that would be great. I currently have a 75gb raptor and a 250gb wd caviar. I don't use all the space.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Having trouble running new games :/

List of Parts(Open to change):
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

PSU: COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAD3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171053

RAM: Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382101


Thanks for your help!
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  1. You'll want to stay away from the CM PSU, they are not known for very good PSU's. I included a Corsair below. Also, I would go with IB i5-3570K. I saved you $107.14 :)

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($106.90 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $492.86


    Quick edit...750W PSU is way too much for what you have, hence the 500W that I suggested. That will be more then enough.

    Hunt
  2. is the price difference between the i5-3570k vs. 2500k worth it?

    thanks for the quick reply :)
  3. lolcheelol said:
    is the price difference between the i5-3570k vs. 2500k worth it?

    thanks for the quick reply :)



    There is a great back and forth right here ---> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/334547-28-2500k-3570k

    But the biggest arguement there is that there was a $55 difference betweeen them making the 2500 and better choice for the money. Now there is only a $30 difference...soooo I guess it is up to you at this point. They are both great processors, like I said I would personally choose the 3570. GL

    Hunt
  4. I'm confused about your SLI statement. Are you going to get another GTX 250, or are you going to get a totally new card? If you're getting a new card (which you probably should), I would definitely not get a 550 Ti. In terms of game performance, your video card is generally way more important than your CPU. For 1680x1050, you are fortunate in that you can safely get a last-generation card with 1GB of VRAM and have no trouble. I'd recommend a 560 or 560 Ti (better) as long as your preference is nvidia. You could also get an HD 6870.

    If your'e on a tight budget, the deal at microcenter for a 2500k is definitely the better choice than spending another $30 on the 3570k. They are almost identical processors, especially overclocked. The slightly lower power usage and PCIe 3 are more or less irrelevant, and the small per-clock edge is also unimportant for gaming (and other stuff, really). If they were closer in price, then of course the 3570k would be the right choice, but I wouldn't do that here.

    In fact, since you have the 2500k but no aftermarket cooler in the current build, you could consider getting an Ivy Bridge i5-3450 instead. It's another ten bucks cheaper at microcenter, and for gaming its top clock speed of 3.5GHz is totally fine. (You can do gimped overclocking to get it up a little higher, too.) Remember, if you want to OC the 2500k or 3570k, you will need a cooler, which adds at a bare minimum $25. Better to take this net $35 and put it toward at least a 560, preferably a 560 Ti.
  5. motorneuron said:
    I'm confused about your SLI statement. Are you going to get another GTX 250, or are you going to get a totally new card? If you're getting a new card (which you probably should), I would definitely not get a 550 Ti. In terms of game performance, your video card is generally way more important than your CPU. For 1680x1050, you are fortunate in that you can safely get a last-generation card with 1GB of VRAM and have no trouble. I'd recommend a 560 or 560 Ti (better) as long as your preference is nvidia. You could also get an HD 6870.

    If your'e on a tight budget, the deal at microcenter for a 2500k is definitely the better choice than spending another $30 on the 3570k. They are almost identical processors, especially overclocked. The slightly lower power usage and PCIe 3 are more or less irrelevant, and the small per-clock edge is also unimportant for gaming (and other stuff, really). If they were closer in price, then of course the 3570k would be the right choice, but I wouldn't do that here.

    In fact, since you have the 2500k but no aftermarket cooler in the current build, you could consider getting an Ivy Bridge i5-3450 instead. It's another ten bucks cheaper at microcenter, and for gaming its top clock speed of 3.5GHz is totally fine. (You can do gimped overclocking to get it up a little higher, too.) Remember, if you want to OC the 2500k or 3570k, you will need a cooler, which adds at a bare minimum $25. Better to take this net $35 and put it toward at least a 560, preferably a 560 Ti.


    that was my mistake about the SLI statement. completely forget about it lol.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52500
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 ($159.99)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0356463 ($227.99)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $492.86

    i'm assuming the 560 ti is a lot better then just the 560? this brings the total up to 583.95 using huntriks build swapping out the video card and cpu.
  6. Motor makes a good point about the CPU cooler, definately something you want to consider if you're going to be messing with the clock speed.
  7. i don't think i will be messing with the clock speeds, it was something my friend mentioned. edited on the main post now.
  8. If you're definitely not going to OC, you can also get a cheaper, non-Z-series motherboard. But the lineup for the 70s series motherboards is a bit wider-ranging than the 60s, so you're not necessarily making a mistake. Just make sure you actually need all the features you're getting.

    As for the 560 Ti, yes, it's significantly faster. Here's a good set of benchmarks: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547?vs=543 About 8-15%, worth your while over the 560.
  9. I like your choice of micro center, it provides the cheapest CPU's in internet market, but if you havent noticed they dont do shiping you need to pick it up.
  10. lolcheelol said:
    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com / I have a microcenter near me, so also microcenter.com



    He covered this in the OP
  11. cheers =D
  12. Actually MC does $50 off a z77 mobo if you buy an i5 2500k or 3570k
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