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New $550 Budget Gaming build

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September 16, 2012 2:34:25 AM

So its time to put my P4 630HT to rest.
my budget is around the $550 mark

Main gaming interest is Diablo3 at the moment. But let me know if this build is ok for other games out there at the moment. This is my First Build so be nice to me ..LOL.
HDD using my old one.

Antec 1100 Case $125 (Already Purchased)

Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 6750 OC 710MHZ 1GB GDDR5 2XDVI-I HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card $80

ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard $142

Thermaltake TR2 600W Cable Management ATX12V V2.3 24PIN Power Supply With 120MM Fan $49

Intel Core i3 3220 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Ivy Bridge 3MB $125

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory $25
September 16, 2012 2:49:51 AM

Looks good, but the PSU is crap. Get an Antec EA380D.
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September 16, 2012 2:55:02 AM

IMO too much of the budget is going into the mobo, it could greatly decrease to increase the psu quality or gpu strength. get a 80-100$ ivy gen mobo, and pair it up with a 7770 or something when it drops in price(which should happen soon, it should hover around 110$) and change the psu.
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September 16, 2012 3:18:37 AM

So a MOBO like this : MSI H77MA-G43 ATX LGA1155 H77 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI HDMI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard $92ish
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September 16, 2012 3:34:14 AM

you choice, essentially, purchasing mobos works by what you need in general its something like:

60-80(barebone mobos for best cost to performance ratio for extreme low end builds), 80-100 (non overclocking mobos with basic functions and a few sata 6gb ports and stuff, great for single card builds), 100-120(basic overclocking boards, generally 16x/4x lanes for crossfirex only. usually a 6 power phase overclocking function). 130-170~(where mobos start to have 8x/8x lanes for Crossfirex/SLI, and an 8 power phase overclocking power system.) any more than that is usually more addons(more usb, built in wifi, more pci-e lanes, thunderbolt port)
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September 16, 2012 7:33:49 PM

OK so with the advice I revised the the MOBO to a Gigabyte H77M-D3H mATX LGA1155 H77 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard $90

Antec 1100 Case $125 (Already Purchased)

Intel Core i3 3220 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Ivy Bridge 3MB $125

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory $25

So it looks like I have around $180ish for a GPU and a PSU combined, any suggestions?

Thanks
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September 16, 2012 8:25:11 PM

HD 7770 + whatever the rest of the budget is on the psu is my opinion. if you go minimalist on psu as well, you can maybe squeeze in a 8gb ram set


minimalist would be:

Antec VP-450w, Corsair CX 430, Rosewill Green 430, Antec Earthwatts 380D(no power cord) or psus along that line. the Neo Eco 520w can be found along those lines on promo atm.

You should have enough or near enough for a HD 7770, You'd definitely have enough if you waited for the price drops though whenever those arrive, which i don't have a date for.
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