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Efficient, Cheap Gaming Build $500 - 600

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September 17, 2012 1:21:07 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 48 Hours

Budget Range: 500 - 600 ( preferably lower, after shipping and promos, before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet Browsing, Video Editing, Microsoft Office Tasks

Are you buying a monitor: Not at this time unless there is a good deal.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Location: Daytona Beach, Florida

Parts Preferences: Whatever fits my bill

Overclocking: Possibly

SLI or Crossfire: Not necessary

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (may run at a lower resolution while gaming, if necessary)

Additional Comments: 1) Power Efficiency (Prefer it to run on a 80 + Certified PSU at under 500 W) - I want the Computer to be "Green" in a manner of speaking. Especially if I get an apartment in a year or two and I have to pay utilities, I don't want this to consume much power.

2) Average College Kid Budget. I'm slightly flexible, MAYBE up to 600$, but I like the price range right here. If you switch somethings around though and lower RAM (I may not need 8 GB for example) in favor of other things, I am open for that

3) I want the case to have a profile. It's hard to find one at my price range. I like the TH's Recommended Buy Rosewill because of the three fans and the Rosewill Future because of four fans, but I'd personally rather have a profile and two fans.

4) At any one time I can make my computer usage involve no more than 40 GB on my main drive. As a matter of fact that is what I am using right now and I am not even trying to conserve space. This makes it easier to get a lower capacity SSD. I do have an extra 2.5 HDD available.

Here is my build:
Subtotal: 512.92
Shipping: 6.77
Promos: 21.00
Grand Total: 498.69

Case (I saw this and kinda was just awed by how nice it looks. I'm open for something less showy but it should be distinctive):
Raidmax Blade 54.99

Motherboard (Hovering between the MSI and Gigabyte. Gigabyte seems preferable:
GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard 59.99
MSI A55M-P33 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS (49.99)

GPU (This price point seemed perfect as well as power consumption. A slightly cheapear Nvidia card consumes at least double the power for the same performance):
HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card 129.99

Power Supply (80+ Gold is my top reason for this, I'm open to any efficient PSUs):
Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-450 450W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified 59.99

Keyboard:
LITE-ON 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard 7.99 + 6.98 Shipping

RAM:
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory 54.99 - 11.00 Promo Code

APU/CPU (On sale and promo code, decent performance ratings):
AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) 89.99 - 10.00 Promo Code

SSD (Some reviewers noted terrible write speeds but they are now shipped with updated firmware to fix the problem):
Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 2.5" 64GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-alone drive) 54.99
September 17, 2012 2:47:12 AM

You should get a i3 3220($120 newegg) and asrock h77m($70 newegg). That would be much better than the cpu and mobo you picked. Also the ocz vertex 4($60 newegg) is a good ssd for about the same price after the rebate.
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September 17, 2012 7:04:16 AM

This is a much better build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($116.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $521.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-17 03:03 EDT-0400)

You can swap the HDD for the SSD if you want to. The main thing is getting an i3 with an H77 motherboard.
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September 17, 2012 11:31:20 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.39 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($35.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($186.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec SONATA III 500 ATX Mid Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $590.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-17 07:30 EDT-0400)

while not under 500W, it is an 80+ Bronze PSU, and the case if much plainer than the raidmax one, but the Sonata case and 500W CPU for $10 is just too good a deal to pass up.
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September 17, 2012 11:50:20 AM

^
Best build by far.
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September 17, 2012 5:48:21 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.39 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($35.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($186.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec SONATA III 500 ATX Mid Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($9.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $590.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-17 07:30 EDT-0400)

while not under 500W, it is an 80+ Bronze PSU, and the case if much plainer than the raidmax one, but the Sonata case and 500W CPU for $10 is just too good a deal to pass up.


Must of been the shortest sale ever! Now this build would cost about $750.
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