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First time builder needing advice.

Budget: Trying to keep it under $600.

System usage: Gaming mostly.

Monitor: Will probably be getting one free from a relative.

Need OS: Yes

Preferred sites: tigerdirect and newegg.

Location: Kansas, USA

Part preferences: None

Overclock: Maybe

SLI/ Crossfire: Maybe(would need a different motherboard than the one i have picked now).

Monitor Res.: See above.

Don't care about noise, would like to at least run BF3 and PS2.

This Comp. I'm using now is getting old and barely runs TF2 really want to play up-to-date games but on a budget.

What I have so far:

Case-
Cooler Master RC-430-KWN1: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6430030&Sku=C283-3122

Power Supply-
Antec NEO ECO 620W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID

Motherbaord-
ASRock H61M-DGS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157315&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PI

Processor-
Intel Pentium G850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116397&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=auozp85cpvd3

RAM-
Crucial Ballistix 2 x 4GB 1333MHz:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1412140&Sku=C19-6143

Good price and it fits.

Hard Drive-
Need at least 500GB any suggestions?

Video Card-
Sapphire Radeon 7850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102999&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=4176827&SID=2ogdywgez0sq

OS: Win. 7 64 Bit

Monitor-
...

Keyboard/Mouse-
Already have a pair that I'm happy with both. (USB)

Any Suggestions and advice I will take it.

Thank you for your time.

-C00LDUDE
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  1. I would go with the Pentium G850 at that price honestly:

    The newer core architecture in 2 cores is able to beat the Phenom II X4 in performance.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116397

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157315

    It should also be cheaper than the 945 setup as well.

    The 6950 and the 7770 are like in 2 different leagues. As a general recommendation, I would recommend the 7850, as it beats the 6950, uses less power, and runs cooler. Its also newer.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102999

    You actually have a 6850 listed as I now have noticed. I would prefer the 7770 at that price, as the lower power draw and newer architecture is a plus in certain games. They go hand in hand in benchmarks though:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=539

    I just looked at your case though, and if you're running an Intel in there, it would be awkward. The G850 and the 945 should have similar performance, but the 945 runs hottter and uses more power. Your call. The Intel route is going to be cheaper at the moment.

    Oh, and here's a power supply.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031
  2. Hmm your right guess I'll switch to a different case. Plus the motherbaord you have there is cheaper but supports more and faster memory and with an extra $35 in my pocket I might go for the Sapphire Radeon 7850 thanks a ton.
    Changes have been applied.

    Current price 548.66 just need a good deal on an HD and I'm there.
  3. For the build I think you could do much better.

    Check out my $500-$650 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module146695821
    You'll get way more performance out of the i3 3220 than the 945. Especially in gaming.
    i3 2100 vs 955
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=289
    For some odd reason, the i3 3220 isn't benched but the i3 3220 is roughly 10% better than the i3 2100.

    Overall with my build you'll get a 7850, good enough for most games at 1080P with adjustments to settings. A better CPU and although it is a smaller PSU, for now it will be good enough and save you money. If you want to Crossfire later, I suggest doing a large scale upgrade with the CPU, MB and PSU.
  4. the 3100 sb chip been discontiuied by intell last week. the newer ib is 99.00 at micro center. also new egg has micro atx g45/g43. mp for 79.00 after rebate this week.
  5. Best answer
    here is an intel build with a 7770, with a quad core processor

    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: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.45 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.10 @ Amazon)
    Total: $599.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    alternatelt, an i3-3220 and a HD7850

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.45 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.10 @ Amazon)
    Total: $594.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  6. Best answer selected by C00LDUDE1127.
  7. OK first off the cheapest place to get Win. 7 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium-64-Bit-Edition-with-Service-Pack-GFC-02050/19581740

    And second I'm going to go with ScrewySqrl's first suggestion with a few modifications.

    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    -C00LDUDE
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