$500-$600 Build

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as i can

Budget Range: $500-$600 but the lower the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade:I'm gonna re use a hard drive i already have

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any site (the cheapest reliable site) I also live near a microcenter so i can get in on those deals

Location: City, State/Region, Country - NJ

Parts Preferences:no preference

Overclocking: if its in the budget

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 but i might get a 1080p monitor when i get more money

Additional Comments: i would like to fit a 7850 in the build if possible or the nvidia equivalent and remember i live near a microcenter.
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  1. Easy peasy:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.94 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $535.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    That leaves you $65, so you could bump the CPU up to the 3570k for $20 more and figure a $20 3rd party CPU cooler if you want to have the option to overclock later (which I really don't think will be necessary). You could also squeeze a 120GB SSD in for that much if you keep an eye out for good deals. You could pick a different case or PSU if you prefer too. Or, you could just pocket the cash. :)
  2. Here's a few builds.

    If you're not going to overclock, and want to keep the budget low:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m5Fp
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m5Fp/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m5Fp/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory CAS 8 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $509.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    If you're not overclocking and can spend $600

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m5H8
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m5H8/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m5H8/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory CAS 8 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $609.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    If you want to overclock:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m5Ix
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m5Ix/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m5Ix/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 ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory CAS 8 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($231.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $618.15
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    The best case in this price range is probably the Antec One.
    There's CAS 8 RAM for only 1 dollar more, which is a better deal.
    The 7850 is underpowered for this pricepoint.
  3. That Sapphire 7870 for $185 in your first build is a good deal, wonder how I missed that.
  4. Thanks for your input guys those builds are great and that 7870 deal is pretty amazing.
  5. 7870 for $185 !!!!!!!!!!?????????
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