New budget gaming desktop ($600)

Hey I'm looking to build a cheapo gaming desktop to replace my laptop for gaming. Right now I'm running on an Lenovo Y570(i7 SB, 555M, 8GB) for gaming but I have too many heat lag spikes. I haven't owned a desktop in forever so I need some advice on parts. I'm looking to build for about $600. Here's what I have so far:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.989044
Processor: Intel i3-2120
Mobo: EVGA Z68
$206 Combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=361116&SID=FWb0d8lb
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 500W
$30 (w/ coupon)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127616
GPU: MSI Geforce 560 GTX Ti
$200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-N82E16811147060-_-na-_-na&AID=11114036&PID=361116&SID=FWb0d97r
Case: Rosewill U3 Challenger
$40 (w/ coupon)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424
Memory: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB
$40

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
HDD: Western Digital 500GB 7200 RPM
$70

Comes out at approx. $620 w/ tax

I'm not playing too many graphics-intense games. Just probably looking to max out GW2 on 1080 on full release. I may upgrade in the distant future if need be.

Lemme know your thoughts on the build! I'm hoping to get better performance than my laptop. Already have a copy of windows.
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  1. Its not bad, I can probably trim up the video card budget some and get you a better one.

    This one is factory overclocked higher, costs less upfront and better deal with the mail in rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500196
  2. How about this for $209 (with rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150617

    It gives you a nice powerful card that is great for 1080p gaming, and if you can strech to a i5 2400 you'll have something that might be able to play the top games for a little while longer.
  3. Not a bad find either. ideally I'd get an i5 too, but thats a pretty decent combo deal.
  4. jk47_99 said:
    How about this for $209 (with rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150617

    It gives you a nice powerful card that is great for 1080p gaming, and if you can strech to a i5 2400 you'll have something that might be able to play the top games for a little while longer.


    If I do upgrade to an i5-2400 I'd probably drop to a MicroATX and a 560 GTX non-ti to meet budget. Would that be worth it?
  5. a1theredbull said:
    If I do upgrade to an i5-2400 I'd probably drop to a MicroATX and a 560 GTX non-ti to meet budget. Would that be worth it?

    Stay with the TI model, for gaming the video card is generally the most critical component. Upgrading on the CPU cannot and will not make a weaker video card perform better.
  6. nekulturny said:
    Stay with the TI model, for gaming the video card is generally the most critical component. Upgrading on the CPU cannot and will not make a weaker video card perform better.


    But will the i3-2120 bottleneck on the system? I'm not sure how games like GW2 are on GPU/CPU demands.
  7. a1theredbull said:
    But will the i3-2120 bottleneck on the system? I'm not sure how games like GW2 are on GPU/CPU demands.

    In games like GW2, and most MMO's most likely no. Games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and Crysis, these games can all take advantage of more than 2 cores, slightly starting out and gradually increasing the more you turn up the eye candy and resolution. If you're that worried, it may be worth saving up a little longer so you can get an i5, but no as a rule its not going to be worth sacrificing on the video card for the privilege of having an i5.
  8. Agree with the above, if you want to stick with your budget then put more money into the GPU. In terms of value for money you will get a more noticeable increase in performance out of the better GPU.

    Just remember that upgrading the GPU is a lot easier than upgrading the CPU. You could get an i5 and change the GPU to this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515
    ($134.99 with a mail in rebate)
  9. Is there a micro center near you? They seem to have a crazy deal on the i5 3450

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53450 $149.99

    You can pair that with anything from a H61 to a H77 and you'll have the backbone of a modern system.
  10. The crazy deal comes from the fact that they're selling them at a loss hoping it will get you to shop in their store. They're killing their company trying to keep their Brick&Mortar stores afloat selling products that don't require "show rooms". May as well take advantage of the deals while you can if you're close enough to one.
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