$500-$600 Gaming upgrade

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: 500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web browsing.
Are you buying a monitor: No, I have a 22 inch flat screen.


Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, GPU, HD, Case maybe? Already have PSU (700W OCZ700MXSP)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Hampton, Virginia, US

Parts Preferences: Been hearing a lot about how much Intel CPU's are better so..

Overclocking: Doubtful

SLI or Crossfire: Don't think so.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'd like to be able to play Counter-Strike: Global offensive quite well, as well as Guild Wars 2. Thanks!

This is one I had put together, but if someone can make better/improve it/make it intel (if it's really better in the long run) then by all means do it:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1027797
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  1. you can easily play counter strike with onboard graphics. its not demanding at all

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/e7K3

    its more expensive than 700 but it would run games at ultra and near max settings fine. counter strike can be run on onboard stuff and be more than playable
  2. if you want it to fit under 600, you could go and get a xfx 6870 for 144.99 after MIR at newegg
  3. TheBigTroll said:
    you can easily play counter strike with onboard graphics. its not demanding at all

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/e7K3

    its more expensive than 700 but it would run games at ultra and near max settings fine. counter strike can be run on onboard stuff and be more than playable

    He's talking about cs:go not 1.6 or source.
  4. either way, its not demanding like bf3.
  5. True. I can run it on medium settings at 1024x768 on a 6530d. If you wanted to run it on high on a decent resolution, you may want a discreet card.
  6. CS/GO will play fine on a dual core, but with your budget you should build for a quad core for the future.
    you said you may or may not need a case, so I left it out. I also didn't add and Optical as you didn't list it as needed.
    A GTX 560 should play CS/GO at 1680x1050 at very high/ultra settings

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    Item #: N82E16822136769
    $69.99

    EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130660
    Item #: N82E16814130660
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $189.99

    Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544
    Item #: N82E16820148544
    $44.99

    MB/CPU Combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1029300
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...
    Item #: N82E16819115074

    ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157236
    $243.98
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    $548.9 +$6.77 Shipping
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    $555.72 +$30 MIR

    you can go with a dual core and save some money, just swap the CPU/MB combo for this one (Saves $65)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1029301
  7. I was able to put together a decent machine that would be good for future expansion off Newegg.

    i3/z68 CPU/MoBo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1027427
    4GB PC1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
    Decent Case(just used it in a build last week) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147023
    GPU(also used in recent build for D3) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127664
    HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145304
    DVD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    I built a very similar system for a client to play Diablo III. I was surprised it handled 1080p maxed just fine. I would venture to say that this would be more than adequate for your needs, and allow upgrading in the future. You can go to a quad core, or Xfire the 7770.

    Price in the cart comes to about $510, plus $15 in rebates.

    Budget builds are always fun, aren't they??!? :D
  8. Thanks for the builds guys!

    Another random question: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131172


    ^ - I have that MOBO available to me..is it worth doing anything with? Using it?
  9. steventhehro said:
    Thanks for the builds guys!

    Another random question: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131172


    ^ - I have that MOBO available to me..is it worth doing anything with? Using it?



    Trying to come up with a smartass remark.. I got nuthin'... lol.

    The best you can do with that is a X2 6000, I believe. Not really worth it.
  10. Well wait what do you have now?
  11. steventhehro said:
    Thanks for the builds guys!

    Another random question: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131172


    ^ - I have that MOBO available to me..is it worth doing anything with? Using it?


    My old 64 X2 4000+ That I bent the pin's.
  12. Deemo13 said:
    Well wait what do you have now?


    I have these parts right now laying around:

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131172
    9800GTX+(in current rig): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130376
    6GB DDR2 RAM (3gb in current rig)
    700W PSU(in current rig): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018
    150GB Hard drive (in current rig)
  13. Oh, I was here thinking you actually had a computer already. I wouldn't use that motherboard. You can do alot with $600, as you have been shown already, so I won't go and find parts because most likely I am going to come up with the same parts as someone above.
  14. no. its better than what you can build for 500 though
  15. Would you guys support me buying this:

    Alienware Aurora
    500Gb HDD
    3gb DDR3 RAM
    HD 5700 video card
    i7 quad-core 3.2 960

    for $500
  16. TheBigTroll said:
    no. its better than what you can build for 500 though


    if it's better than what I can build for 500, why not? lol
  17. ailenware stuff isnt that close to being upgradeable. there is virtually no headroom left in the PSU
  18. usually
  19. Just seems like a heck of a deal for $500. I mean, the CPU alone is like 300+ on craigslist
  20. thats because its old and not many people have them anymore. nevertheless, they are still pretty fast for the most part
  21. I would rather build something than buy an Alienware.
  22. Deemo13 said:
    I would rather build something than buy an Alienware.


    Even when you're getting it for $500 and one part in it is $300? It just seems like a deal that makes it worth getting.
  23. Well, that part is $300, for it is not available anymore. Kinda like how older cars rise in price because they become more rare. If you bought a new Toyota Camry SE V6 off the lot, it would be able to smoke a 1965 289 K-Code Mustang, the fastest Mustang sold from the dealership.

    Yet a K-Code Mustang can go for about 50K.

    Point is that just because it is expensive does not mean it is fast. That's a 2-generation old i7. Don't get me wrong, its still quick, but its not worth $300.

    Also buying that Alienware is going to get you a 5700 series. If its either the 5770 or the 5750, for the price you want you can get a much better computer.
  24. Oh and I lied..its a 5800 series
  25. Well, if its a 5870 you might be in luck, but the 5870 is still a 2 generation old card. Its still quick by today's standards, but it might wear out faster. I'd rather have a fresh card, than one that was used already.
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