Help me build a budget gaming computer!

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Next week or two

Budget (Range): $475-$525 Shipped and including rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and LAN Party Host.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon, although if something else is much cheaper, Ill go for that.

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: No (No overclockable Intel in price range)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Haven't found mobo that supports 2 PCIe at 16x in price range)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Games that I'm planning on running: Dirt3, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, newest COD/Battlefield games. I would like to run the lastest games at high-max graphics setting.

I don't need a HDD, DVD drive or wireless card.

Here is what I have come up with:
With Newegg combo deals, I can get the price down to about $500. Also, the GPU comes with Dirt3, which I was going to buy anyway, and so it would be cheaper to buy the Radeon HD 6870 with Dirt3 for free than the Radeon HD 6850 and then also buy Dirt3.

What do you guys think about those components? Any changes you would make?
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  1. Also, what would be the best motherboard to use if I went with an AMD FX-6300?

    If I overclocked it, would it give noticeable performance than the i3-3225? Will I void any warranties on anything on the computer if I overclock it?
  2. You don't need an cpu cooler for i3's. They already run cool enough with stock cooler and since its a locked multiplier, you can't overclock.
  3. this build will play newer games better. jrgong has a good build too, although I feel like soon games will be using 2gb of vram or close to it.
  4. Ok, Thanks for your suggestions!

    How does this look? With two combo deals on NewEgg, I can get it for $454.
  5. Jack5885 said:
    Ok, Thanks for your suggestions!

    How does this look? With two combo deals on NewEgg, I can get it for $454.

    i would get the antec one so you can use the 3.0 usb ports, the rest is fine
  6. If I needed easy access USB 3.0, I would defiantly consider the Antec but I don't have any USB 3.0 devices. I do, however, have an eSATA external Harddrive. Plus it would cost quite a bit more for the Antec.

    What FPS would this run Battlefield 3 at Max settings?

    Would an equivalent Nvidia run better at the same price?
  7. Don't get the cooler master PSU. You want to stick with a antec, seasonic, corsair, or XFX. They are the top quality brands.
  8. Alright, I'll look into those PSUs.
  9. How about this?

    Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor
    ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
    Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case
    Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply

    Total price is at $490.
  10. The PSU is super cheap and not of poor quality, so it only better that its overkill and I like the case.

    What kind of performance increase would I see ingame with a Intel Core i5-3330 instead of an i3-3220?
  11. I'm going to bump my budget to $600 and get this:

    Intel Core i5-3570K [bundled with motherboard for savings]
    ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 [bundled with CPU for savings]
    Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2x4GB) [comes free with motherboard]
    HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
    Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3
    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply

    I know the PSU is a bit overkill, but it was only $5 more than the 500w one, and had better reviews. It will be able to handle any upgrades I throw at it like OC and Crossfire.
    All for just under $600. It should be quite a bit faster than the i3 I was thinking about, and I can overclock it later on.
  12. Alright, I bumped up the PSU to the same OCZ but the 700w variant. Only cost another 5 bucks.

    I'm going to run the i5 non overclocked to start off, and then I will probably buy a good cooler and overclock it in a few months.
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