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October 9, 2012 12:02:31 AM

Please read full description below before making any recommendations. If I choose your build, I will buy through your links, give you rep/select you as best answer. Thank you.

Purchase date: ASAP (willing to wait a few weeks for a good deal though).
Budget Range: Budget is flexible $300-$500. (as close to $300 as possible but $500 is absolute MAX).
Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Browsing with multiple tabs, mp3s, multiple applications (office, etc.), lots of multi-tasking in general.
Are you buying a monitor: No.
Do you need to buy OS: No, already have Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PCpartpicker is fine. Will buy from any reputable retailer with the best price.
Parts Preferences: i3-2100.
Overclocking: No
Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900.

Additional Comments: I don't care about world beating graphics -- just looking for something that can play most current games at 60 FPS at modest resolutions on medium to low settings. More importantly, I'm looking for a budget pc that provides best bang for the buck around the parts I've already purchased/selected (listed below). My budget is $300 but will go up to $500 if necessary.

Additional details:
* I need a motherboard with USB 3.0 & can fully take advantage of SSD technology.
* I own an external hard drive (1TB) to help with storage.

Here's what I have (I haven't purchased the SSD yet, so I'm open to recommendations). The i3-2100 was given to me as a gift from a best friend, so I need to build around this CPU. My $300 budget does not include what's already purchased below.

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $80 (Purchased)

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Not purchased)

NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35 (Purchased)

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90 (Purchased)

SUMMARY:
+ Need gaming pc that can run modern games on mediumish settings at 60 FPS, at 1600 x 900.
+ Need best *bang for buck* pc components around i3-2100
+ Need build that can take advantage of SSD & USB 3.0 technology
+ Also do a lot of multi-tasking (work, music, office software, etc.) all at once.
+ I already own ancillary accessories: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, etc.

Thanks for reading, your participation is highly appreciated!
October 9, 2012 2:43:27 AM

Funny, I'm building almost the same system. Instead of the seasoned I'm doing the ocz module 650w with free DVD burner for $49.99 after rebate. Thinking about going with an Asrock H77 motherboard for $65. Gives you most of the g77 benefits of sSD and USB 3 but no over clocking.

I'll be getting the same case and CPU.

Pantleg said:
Please read full description below before making any recommendations. If I choose your build, I will buy through your links, give you rep/select you as best answer. Thank you.

Purchase date: ASAP (willing to wait a few weeks for a good deal though).
Budget Range: Budget is flexible $300-$500. (as close to $300 as possible but $500 is absolute MAX).
Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Browsing with multiple tabs, mp3s, multiple applications (office, etc.), lots of multi-tasking in general.
Are you buying a monitor: No.
Do you need to buy OS: No, already have Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PCpartpicker is fine. Will buy from any reputable retailer with the best price.
Parts Preferences: i3-2100.
Overclocking: No
Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 maybe higher (might be looking at a good monitor to support this build in the future).

Additional Comments: I don't care about world beating graphics -- just looking for something that can play most current games at 60 FPS at modest resolutions on medium to low settings. More importantly, I'm looking for a budget pc that provides best bang for the buck around the parts I've already purchased/selected (listed below). My budget is $300 but will go up to $500 if necessary.

Additional details:
* I need a motherboard with USB 3.0 & can fully take advantage of SSD technology.
* I own an external hard drive (1TB) to help with storage.

Here's what I have (I haven't purchased the SSD yet, so I'm open to recommendations). The i3-2100 was given to me as a gift from a best friend, so I need to build around this CPU. My $300 budget does not include what's already purchased below.

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $80 (Purchased)

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Not purchased)

NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35 (Purchased)

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90 (Purchased)

SUMMARY:
+ Need gaming pc that can run modern games on mediumish settings at 60 FPS, at modest resolution.
+ Need best *bang for buck* pc components around i3-2100
+ Need build that can take advantage of SSD & USB 3.0 technology
+ Also do a lot of multi-tasking (work, music, office software, etc.) all at once.
+ I already own ancillary accessories: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, etc.

Thanks for reading, your participation is highly appreciated!

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October 9, 2012 3:46:00 AM

The little dual core i3-21xx with HT is an amazing gaming processor for its cost. It will keep up with any graphics card you decide to buy. I have built several budget gamers around those CPUs. At 1280x1084 it won't even break a sweat.
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October 9, 2012 4:05:37 AM

Thanks. I've updated my original post. I'll probably be targeting 1600 x 900 resolution at least. Do you have a good motherboard recommendation by any chance?
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October 9, 2012 4:13:38 AM

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based on what you already ordered
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jN2V
here ya go


Do you think I can skip an HDD and get an SSD instead and just use a large external hard drive for storage?
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October 9, 2012 4:27:59 AM

Any chance I can get by without the optical drive if I'm not doing any burning or anything like that?
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October 9, 2012 4:51:59 AM

Here you go,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $388.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Please click the 'Price breakdown by merchant' link if you want to buy from only one store.

This is probably as good as it gets without stretching your budget too much.

The Plextor SSD was recently reviewed by Tom's and it has great quality, even being more consistent than the Vertex 4.

The 7850 can probably run some games on Ultra, most on High. I gave you 1gb of VRAM since you're on 1 monitor @ 1600x900 so you probably won't even utilize all that. If you think you'll feel more comfortable with 2gb, then I won't stop you. It's only a few dollars more.

I would still suggest getting an optical drive for convenience. And you already have the Win 7 Ultimate disc right?
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October 9, 2012 4:56:02 AM

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definately just make sure you know how to get windows on a flash drive, it is only 15 bucks for a burner tho lol


lol i know i should stop being a cheap ass.

Anyway, check this out for my final build:

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115078 $80 (Purchased)

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151088 $90 (Purchased)

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820147163 $90 (Not purchased)

HIS H785F1G2M Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $165 (Not Purchased)

ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $65 (Not Purchased)

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35 (Not Purchased)

NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146077 $35 (Purchased)

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $17 (Not Purchased)

Total: $577
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October 9, 2012 5:00:36 AM

Ok a few questions.

#1 Is this actually for playing video games? Not at super ultra settings but are you expecting to hit decent frame rates?

#2 Are you planning on purchasing a dGPU anytime in the near future? This is important as the HD2/3/4K iGPU's are horrible for actual gaming.
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October 9, 2012 5:00:39 AM

excella1221 said:
Here you go,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $388.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Please click the 'Price breakdown by merchant' link if you want to buy from only one store.

This is probably as good as it gets without stretching your budget too much.

The Plextor SSD was recently reviewed by Tom's and it has great quality, even being more consistent than the Vertex 4.

The 7850 can probably run some games on Ultra, most on High. I gave you 1gb of VRAM since you're on 1 monitor @ 1600x900 so you probably won't even utilize all that. If you think you'll feel more comfortable with 2gb, then I won't stop you. It's only a few dollars more.

I would still suggest getting an optical drive for convenience. And you already have the Win 7 Ultimate disc right?


We were posting at the same time, thanks for your last minute input. Is there any difference between the vid card you posted and the one I listed? Mine is $165 now without rebate, but if the one you linked to is 'better' I will deal with the rebate.

I have a windows 7 64bit license key but no disc. But I agree that the optical drive will come in handy at some point (even if it's just to install initial drivers).
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October 9, 2012 5:03:08 AM

palladin9479 said:
Ok a few questions.

#1 Is this actually for playing video games? Not at super ultra settings but are you expecting to hit decent frame rates?

#2 Are you planning on purchasing a dGPU anytime in the near future? This is important as the HD2/3/4K iGPU's are horrible for actual gaming.


#1. I would like to get solid 60 FPS at 1600 x 900 resolutions on mediumish settings ideally.

#2. dGPU is dedicated gpu right? If so, yes, I plan to get the HD 7850 1gb.
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October 9, 2012 5:07:43 AM

excella1221 said:
Here you go,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $388.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Please click the 'Price breakdown by merchant' link if you want to buy from only one store.

This is probably as good as it gets without stretching your budget too much.

The Plextor SSD was recently reviewed by Tom's and it has great quality, even being more consistent than the Vertex 4.

The 7850 can probably run some games on Ultra, most on High. I gave you 1gb of VRAM since you're on 1 monitor @ 1600x900 so you probably won't even utilize all that. If you think you'll feel more comfortable with 2gb, then I won't stop you. It's only a few dollars more.

I would still suggest getting an optical drive for convenience. And you already have the Win 7 Ultimate disc right?


Also, the motherboard you suggested is a little bit more than this one: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) are there any key differences?
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October 9, 2012 5:35:49 AM

Pantleg said:
#1. I would like to get solid 60 FPS at 1600 x 900 resolutions on mediumish settings ideally.

#2. dGPU is dedicated gpu right? If so, yes, I plan to get the HD 7850 1gb.



Ok that rules out APU's as your getting a pretty good dGPU. The i3-2100 is kinda low for that card, I'm assuming it's from an existing build or a gift from someone? Try to find something you can put DDR3-1600 memory into.

In either case try not to get a board from ASRock, their amazing quality for their price. Stay away from dirt cheap bargain boards and PSU's as you'll most likely end up spending more in the future to replace them. Like they say, buy cheap buy twice.

-=Edit=-

Meant to say "try to get a board from ASRock and not one a cheap non-branded board". ASRock and an amazing brand, really good value for your money.
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October 9, 2012 5:42:16 AM

palladin9479 said:
Ok that rules out APU's as your getting a pretty good dGPU. The i3-2100 is kinda low for that card, I'm assuming it's from an existing build or a gift from someone? Try to find something you can put DDR3-1600 memory into.

In either case try not to get a board from ASRock, their amazing quality for their price. Stay away from dirt cheap bargain boards and PSU's as you'll most likely end up spending more in the future to replace them. Like they say, buy cheap buy twice.


Thanks for your input.

I bought this PSU:
(SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's supposed to be really awesome.

The i3-2100 is from a friend so I'm building around it.

I'm undecided between two graphics cards, and two motherboards. Can you help me decide which ones to get?



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October 9, 2012 5:46:09 AM

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the pro4 has a little bit more upgrade room however the h77m should suit you fine (dont think you will ever need more than 16gigs of ram but if thats not the case spend the extra cash on the pro4)

the video cards are the same, they are both reference (stock without any modifications) cards from reputable companies so just pick whichever one is cheapest.


Thanks JR!
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October 9, 2012 6:00:02 AM

Here's what I have...looking for any FINAL peer review/feedback before I make the purchase:

* Is everything compatible?
* Any better/cheaper parts I can possibly sub in?
* Does anybody see any components that I should maybe hold off on for a black friday deal (something that might be DRASTICALLY cheaper during BF)?

Here's the components:

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 $80 (Purchased)

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply $90 (Purchased)

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $90 (Not purchased)

HIS H785F1G2M Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $165 (Not Purchased)

ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $65 (Not Purchased)

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB $35 (Not Purchased)

NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim $35 (Purchased)

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $17 (Not Purchased)

Total: $578
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October 9, 2012 6:09:46 AM

I think I need some kind of adapter/kit to mount the SSD on this case -- any recommendations?
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October 9, 2012 6:19:44 AM

Pantleg said:
Thanks for your input.

I bought this PSU:
(SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's supposed to be really awesome.

The i3-2100 is from a friend so I'm building around it.

I'm undecided between two graphics cards, and two motherboards. Can you help me decide which ones to get?

yes that is an extraordinary PSU but you just blew 30% to 20% of your budget when a corsair CX 430 for $25 after rebate would have worked.

and for a $500 budget forget an SSD for less money you can get a larger platter and SSDs still need a hard drive to move user files and the swap file to save space along with wear and tear on the drive. remember SSDs life expectancy is measured in writes to the disk, the less writes, the longer the life.

the money you are spending on an overkill PSU and SSD, which neither will increase gaming performance, can be spent on a graphics card that will increase performance.

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October 9, 2012 6:20:19 AM

I don't like the idea of a device not bolted down so I'd definitely go looking for a mounting kit. Honestly their so cheap you should be able to purchase one at a local store and not bother with the S&H cost. Wait for your case to come in and get a good look at it, many newer cases are coming with a 2.5" mount or converter rails.
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October 9, 2012 6:37:18 AM

Anonymous said:
yes that is an extraordinary PSU but you just blew 30% to 20% of your budget when a corsair CX 430 for $25 after rebate would have worked.

and for a $500 budget forget an SSD for less money you can get a larger platter and SSDs still need a hard drive to move user files and the swap file to save space along with wear and tear on the drive. remember SSDs life expectancy is measured in writes to the disk, the less writes, the longer the life.

the money you are spending on an overkill PSU and SSD, which neither will increase gaming performance, can be spent on a graphics card that will increase performance.


Ok, wow, you really put me in my place then. Thanks for the wake up call.

Can you recommend me a more efficient build then?

I'm keeping the case (NZXT), and processor (i3-2100), but I'm willing to hold off on the SSD & the fancy PSU.

Let me know what you would suggest. The more bang for buck I get the better. Ideally I'd like to stay within $400-$500 (closer to $400 the better). I already have a large 1.5TB external hard drive. I was hoping to use it with this new build since it's just collecting dust.

I really want SSD for boot up speed, and general application use, but I'm willing to hold off and get it later. Whatever build you recommend please make sure it can fully take advantage of SSD speed in the future.

Thanks.
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October 9, 2012 6:49:50 AM

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I thought you had already purchased the PSU? If not he is right it is extreme overkill for what youve got, you could easily get buy with an Earthwatts 380 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 24.99!

as far as SSD goes i would stick with it if you already have an external (HDD is the #1 bottleneck on a moderm system), however if not i would get a cheap WD or Seagate with whatever storage capicity you need.

Spend savings on nicer video card and pocket the rest.


I did buy it earlier today (it was normally $130, got it for $90) but I was able to cancel the order via Newegg.com's back end system.

Basically I have the case, and the processor.

Will these PSUs that you recommend, be able to run a Radeon HD 7850 1GB with no issue?
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October 9, 2012 7:00:49 AM

Pantleg said:
Ok, wow, you really put me in my place then. Thanks for the wake up call.

Can you recommend me a more efficient build then?

I'm keeping the case (NZXT), and processor (i3-2100), but I'm willing to hold off on the SSD & the fancy PSU.

Let me know what you would suggest. The more bang for buck I get the better. Ideally I'd like to stay within $400-$500 (closer to $400 the better). I already have a large 1.5TB external hard drive. I was hoping to use it with this new build since it's just collecting dust.

I really want SSD for boot up speed, and general application use, but I'm willing to hold off and get it later. Whatever build you recommend please make sure it can fully take advantage of SSD speed in the future.

Thanks.

i didn't mean to sound rude, generally an SSD is nice but you will not see in difference while gaming with a platter other than loading a level. for a $800+ budget it work but lower . .so it takes 30 seconds more to boot into windows. :p 

this is over budget with an over kill graphics but allows a lot of room to upgrade with a Z75 motherboard and PSU for a K version cpu:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($238.49 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total (before mail-in rebates): $516.44
Mail-in Rebates: $-30.00
Total: $486.44

lower GPU and PSU with the same mobo

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total (before mail-in rebates): $422.94
Mail-in Rebates: $-40.00
Total: $382.94

so cheap its sick:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total (before mail-in rebates): $397.94
Mail-in Rebates: $-40.00
Total: $357.94
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October 9, 2012 7:10:02 AM

Best answer selected by Pantleg.
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October 9, 2012 7:13:09 AM

My only question is the "so cheap it's sick" part...will that motherboard allow 6.0 transfer speed for future SSD upgrades or is it 3.0 only?

Also, do you think 4GB is enough ram if I was to save $20 or do I need 8GB?
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October 9, 2012 7:45:26 AM

Pantleg said:
My only question is the "so cheap it's sick" part...will that motherboard allow 6.0 transfer speed for future SSD upgrades or is it 3.0 only?

Also, do you think 4GB is enough ram if I was to save $20 or do I need 8GB?

a B75 motherboard has one sata III port for 6Gbs speed and three sata II ports for 3bgs speed. so yes there is one port for an SSD.
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/B75MA-E33.html#/?div=Deta...

i have seen people debate that there are some multi player games online like BF3 that will use up to 5gbs of ram but i haven't seen/done that myself. i think a i3 would be more limiting in that aspect.
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October 10, 2012 5:03:04 AM

Pantleg said:
My only question is the "so cheap it's sick" part...will that motherboard allow 6.0 transfer speed for future SSD upgrades or is it 3.0 only?

Also, do you think 4GB is enough ram if I was to save $20 or do I need 8GB?


RAM is cheap, go with 8GB of DDR3-1600 and call it a day.

That recommended MB and PSU are both from reputable companies with a history of non-failing devices, they should serve this build well. Loon is correct that SSD's won't increase your gaming potential and you need a secondary HDD anyway. If your going to get an SSD then I recommend the Samsung 830's, I've bought two of their 256GB models and their rock solid. Their generally recognized as the most dependable SSD's on the consumer market right now.
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October 16, 2012 8:59:36 AM

Just to give an official update (finished building my system/configuring it) now at 3 am. Everything came out perfectly.

i3 2100 $80
ASRock Mobo H77m (usb 3.0 & Sata 6gbps) $70
8GB G.Skill Ram $35
Kingston HyperX SSD 120GB $60
500 GB WD Caviar Blue $55
HD 7850 1gb $140
Acer 20" LED $75 (1600x900)
Corsair 430W V2 $25
802.11 B/G/N Lan Card $10
NZXT 210 Elite Case $35
Desk/Chair on craigslist $35

Total $625.00

Started with only mouse and KB.

Getting ultra/maxed settings on NBA 2K13, Diablo 3, & Starcraft II.

System is flying...SSD technology is amazing. USB 3.0 is real nice too.

Loving this system, thanks for all of your help.

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