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Building PC For Gaming - $500-$600

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August 13, 2012 5:48:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Fall - Winter

Budget Range: $500-$600 After Shipping/Taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Editing Movies, Editing Music, Recording Music, Watching Videos, Editing Pictures, Surfing The Net, Writing

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: CPU, RAM, Case, CD/DVD Drive, GPU (asking for one for Christmas), HDD - Using a Asus HD 6670 & Cosair GS 700 in my new build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Frys, Best Buy, Amazon

Location: Roseville, California (I'm willing to go far as 30 miles raito)

Parts Preferences: Intel, Samsung, Seagate, Corsair, Asus, XFX

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like my case to be good size, not to big though, and a few fans would be nice as well.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: To play Battlefield 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Medal of Honor: Warfighter (when it comes out), The Witcher 2 Guild Wars 2 (like it's going to take a beast GPU lol), Assassin's Creed: I, II, Brotherhood, Revelations, & III, Medal of Honor, Dragon Age: Origins & II, Dead Space 1 & 2, Bullestorm, Starcraft II, Diablo III, DC Universe Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Rage, F.E.A.R. Complete Collection, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, EverQuest 2, Alan Wake, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, DOOM 3 BFG Edition, Elder Scrolls Online, & BioShock Series - I would like to run all of them from high - max settings. Also, please, don't say go for an SSD or fit an SSD into my budget. I also have a motherboard from a friend who gave me one for my birthday a couple of months ago. Thank you.

Here are the parts I'm looking at on Amazon.

Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T3GRLY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Corsair Vengance 1600 8GB RAM - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QBUL1C/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid-Tower Case - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GQMHBI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Asus CD/DVD Drive 24x - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Intel i5 3570K - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0E1K/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

XFX HD 7850 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007MJURAA/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Are these any good? I'm also going back and forth if I want to go for the 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB, or 3TB. Any thoughts? Thank you.
August 13, 2012 6:42:20 PM

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Are these any good? I'm also going back and forth if I want to go for the 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB, or 3TB. Any thoughts? Thank you.


You'll most likely never use 3TB - go for a 2TB green drive from Samsung, WD, or Seagate. It's the best cost per GB of any available option.

Better RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise good selections for the most part.
August 14, 2012 12:37:15 AM

Thanks G-Unit1111 for the motherboard suggestion but I already have one from a friend giving me one a couple of months ago. I heard that brand was suppose to be good but I've been using Corsair for so long, I'm afraid to switch brand. And I'll make sure to drop down to 2TB to save money. Thank you so much for your reply. =)
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August 14, 2012 1:07:18 AM

Adsuki said:
Thanks G-Unit1111 for the motherboard suggestion but I already have one from a friend giving me one a couple of months ago. I heard that brand was suppose to be good but I've been using Corsair for so long, I'm afraid to switch brand. And I'll make sure to drop down to 2TB to save money. Thank you so much for your reply. =)


I suggested that RAM because it's low profile and you won't run into any clearance issues when installing that cooler. If you want to stick with Corsair I'd suggest this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 14, 2012 3:29:40 AM

If I may ask, what is the difference between that and this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

Because the only reason I went with the blue ones was because the black ones were discontinued but it seems Amazon has it in, which is that one. Specs seems to be the same but I'm not really sure. Can you share any insight for me on that please? Thank you.
August 14, 2012 4:12:40 AM

Adsuki said:
If I may ask, what is the difference between that and this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

Because the only reason I went with the blue ones was because the black ones were discontinued but it seems Amazon has it in, which is that one. Specs seems to be the same but I'm not really sure. Can you share any insight for me on that please? Thank you.


The heat sinks are the main difference. The tall ones on the RAM you linked to will make installing coolers difficult. Otherwise it's pretty much the same RAM.
August 14, 2012 4:32:56 AM

g-unit1111 said:
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Are these any good? I'm also going back and forth if I want to go for the 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB, or 3TB. Any thoughts? Thank you.


You'll most likely never use 3TB - go for a 2TB green drive from Samsung, WD, or Seagate. It's the best cost per GB of any available option.

Better RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise good selections for the most part.

Oh it depends. I have a lot of older TV show seasons torrented. They eat up a lot of space, but you're right, After the first two terabytes on a single drive, the price goes up astronomically. Hard drives these days really don't use that much power (10 watts ish), its more economical just to add another hard drive when you run out of space.

Corsair Vengeance btw, even the tall heatsinks will not render you unable to install a 212 Evo, 212+ or HyperN520. Get whichever is cheaper.
August 14, 2012 5:14:42 AM

nekulturny said:
Oh it depends. I have a lot of older TV show seasons torrented. They eat up a lot of space, but you're right, After the first two terabytes on a single drive, the price goes up astronomically. Hard drives these days really don't use that much power (10 watts ish), its more economical just to add another hard drive when you run out of space.


Yeah exactly - that's my main argument - I always try to minimize the cost per GB on any given build, and any HD over 2TB - the speeds go down and the cost goes up, that's not a very good contrast. Yeah us people who hoard media (I'm one - I know :lol:  ), we will use that space but the average user or gamer most likely won't.
August 14, 2012 5:08:00 PM

I'll go with the low profile then, thanks. And I was at Frys yesterday, checking some of the cases out until I saw a Cooler Master Elite 430 and was wondering what you guys thought about it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O8J11E/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I like how the fan is in front and you can add more fans to it because I'm going to be putting it under my desk which has a closed area: both sides and top. Back and front are open, so I'm not sure. You think the fan in front will be more useful then the fan on top?
August 14, 2012 5:20:00 PM

The Elite 430 is a very nice case for the money. Its actually one I recommend a lot for budget builds.

The fan placement really isn't that important, unless you're running multiple high power video cards in an SLi/Crossfire configuration, I wouldn't be too conderned about it. The fan in the front is an intake fan. If you're really concerned you might consider getting a fan for the back panel and set it as an exhaust. But if you put the PSU into the case with the fan facing into the case, that will draw air from the case and push it out the back of the PSU. That should be sufficient for a single 7850.
August 14, 2012 5:23:33 PM

Okay, thanks. How many fans should I add if I decided to Crossfire the two 7850's next year?
August 14, 2012 5:25:44 PM

I'd probably add that back panel fan I mentioned. Even so you still shouldn't have a problem, a lot of the heat would be pushed out of the back of the video cards.
August 14, 2012 5:54:53 PM

Don't mean to thread jack but is this all I would need to build a brand new computer to play games such as dayz, skyrim, etc? Asking because no one has posted in my thread and this seems like a good build for the money.
August 15, 2012 4:40:52 AM

Thank you very much. Is there any suggestions that I should take into consideration with my build that I have here?
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