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August 21, 2012 6:24:21 AM

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=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 12:41:47 PM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 12:44:44 PM

if you want it to fit under 600, you could go and get a xfx 6870 for 144.99 after MIR at newegg
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August 21, 2012 2:11:47 PM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 2:15:26 PM

either way, its not demanding like bf3.
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August 21, 2012 2:17:38 PM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 2:49:56 PM

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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
Item #: N82E16820148544
$44.99

MB/CPU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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?Ite...
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August 21, 2012 3:57:25 PM

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?Ite...
4GB PC1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Decent Case(just used it in a build last week) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU(also used in recent build for D3) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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 
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August 21, 2012 9:25:58 PM

steventhehro said:
Thanks for the builds guys!

Another random question: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


^ - 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.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 9:29:53 PM

Well wait what do you have now?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 9:59:28 PM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 11:19:38 PM

no. its better than what you can build for 500 though
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August 21, 2012 11:20:52 PM

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
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August 21, 2012 11:23:36 PM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 11:30:10 PM

ailenware stuff isnt that close to being upgradeable. there is virtually no headroom left in the PSU
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 11:30:24 PM

usually
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August 21, 2012 11:33:30 PM

Just seems like a heck of a deal for $500. I mean, the CPU alone is like 300+ on craigslist
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 11:40:26 PM

thats because its old and not many people have them anymore. nevertheless, they are still pretty fast for the most part
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2012 11:46:31 PM

I would rather build something than buy an Alienware.
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August 22, 2012 12:23:20 AM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 22, 2012 12:32:11 AM

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.
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August 22, 2012 1:08:50 AM

Oh and I lied..its a 5800 series
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a b 4 Gaming
August 22, 2012 2:25:02 AM

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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