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PC Build $600 Budget

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October 29, 2012 10:25:53 PM

Hello, my friend is building a new pc for gaming. He only needs the internal organs (CPU,Ram,Motherboard,Graphics card) My question to you is, what would be the best setup for a 600 budget?

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated THANK YOU.

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October 29, 2012 10:57:13 PM

If he overclocks:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lQJ5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lQJ5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lQJ5/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $602.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If he doesn't overclock

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lQKp
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lQKp/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lQKp/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $613.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 29, 2012 10:59:58 PM

thomaskwt said:
Hello, my friend is building a new pc for gaming. He only needs the internal organs (CPU,Ram,Motherboard,Graphics card) My question to you is, what would be the best setup for a 600 budget?

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated THANK YOU.



To make informed reccomendations we need to now
1/ the case
2/ the power supply
3/ the resolution of your monitor
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October 30, 2012 12:48:10 AM

Outlander_04 said:
To make informed reccomendations we need to now
1/ the case
2/ the power supply
3/ the resolution of your monitor



1. He has a really traditional case nothing fancy.
2. I'm almost positive that he's gonna need to buy another power supply, his is probably not powerful enough.
3. 1080p
October 30, 2012 5:29:24 AM

Ah, so he needs a PSU. No Operating system? No Hard Drive? And if he has a 'traditional case,' are we talking the old beige style ones, or a case with no real fans inside? That could be important. Also, what game(s) is your friend intending to play?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lSN6

Considering there's no telling what case he has (until you can get us the info), I wouldn't recommend any overclocking. If there's some fans to help with airflow, that'd be helpful. As it is, I'm going to assume that the case is a stuffy old one that will only fit a micro ATX mobo, and so the build was made around that. The only reason I added the cpu cooler as a result is just in case the case really doesn't have any fans, to try and keep it cool with that big ol' MSI Hawk 7870 in there as well. Also, without knowing the insides of the case at all, there's no telling for certain that this card will even fit- at just under 11 inches in length, it may be too big to fit. If that happens, maybe downgrading to a 7850 would be good idea (as some of them are under 9 inches in length). It'd also save you some cash, too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... are both under 9 inches, and would work pretty well at 1080p (just not likely at Ultra settings on every game).

You might save more money if you live near a Microcenter, where you can save $50 by going in and getting a CPU and Mobo combo there. If not, you can still save more money if you get an i5-3450 instead of the i5-3470, ignore the CPU Cooler, and downgrade the mobo to a b75. However, at that motherboard, you do get what you pay for.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lSQ4 - And at that kind of change to the build, we take away any issues with the case by... well, getting your friend a new case! And you're still under budget after rebates (and only $30 over before rebates are taken into account). Of course, he'll need to re-use the old optical drive for the new PC. And hard drive. And whatever OS he decides to install... But we did manage to keep the i5-3470 in there.
October 30, 2012 11:18:46 AM

I hope this suit you:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $592.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

(The 4-star motherboard reviews are made by idiots.)
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