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Budget Gaming PC Build help

Hi guys,

need some advice on my first pc build. im looking to build a cheap gaming pc for around $550 AUD, nothing too fancy just something that can run new games at medium to high settings with playable fps.

I've come up with two builds so far

Build 1

CPU: Intel core i3 2120 - $119
Motherboard : MSI H61M-P20(G3) H61 1155 2xDDR3 DVI mATX  - $42
RAM: G.Skill-NT 8GB Kit (4Gx2) DDR3 1333 ram - $35
GPU: Gigabyte GV-N650OC-1GI 1GB GTX650 - $130 or Gigabyte GV-R777OC-1GD 1GB HD7770 - $119
HDD: Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 500GB ST500DM002 SATA3 7200RPM - $60
Case:  Antec 200V2 Two-Hundred-V2 Gaming Tower Case without PSU - $49
PSU:Coolermaster Extreme2 Power Plus 625Watt. PSU - $79
Optical Drive: Samsung SATA 22x Black DVD RW - $19
Network Card: TP-LINK TL-WN781N PCI-E 150M Wireless-N 150M Network Card - $13

Total $545/$534

Build 2

CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9Ghz - $79
Motherboard : MSI H61M-P20(G3) H61 1155 2xDDR3 DVI mATX  - $42
RAM: G.Skill-NT 8GB Kit (4Gx2) DDR3 1333 ram - $35
GPU: Powercolor 1GB 7850 PCI-E VGA Card - $179
HDD: Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 500GB ST500DM002 SATA3 7200RPM - $60
Case:  Antec 200V2 Two-Hundred-V2 Gaming Tower Case without PSU - $49
PSU:Coolermaster Extreme2 Power Plus 625Watt. PSU - $79
Optical Drive: Samsung SATA 22x Black DVD RW - $19
Network Card: TP-LINK TL-WN781N PCI-E 150M Wireless-N 150M Network Card - $13

Total $550

Which Build would you consider better for my needs and any advice or suggestions would be appreciated
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    second one is a lot better but then id change the power supply out as it isnt that good. look for a antec, xfx, seasonic, or corsair unit
  2. yeah i had the same concern with the psu. i found a Corsair CX600 V2 ATX Psu for $75 just isnt in stock but will have a llok out for something better, might come in stock when i get around to buying it
  3. Ok cool thanks for the suggestion i can get that from the same place as the rest of my parts. 520w will be able to handle either builds?, i get a little overwhelmed when it comes to power consumption and wattage.
  4. I would go with the 2nd build as well, but the power supply is not a very good unit.

    Good power supplies come from good manufacturers. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and PC Power & Cooling are very good units.
  5. adamc012 said:
    Ok cool thanks for the suggestion i can get that from the same place as the rest of my parts. 520w will be able to handle either builds?, i get a little overwhelmed when it comes to power consumption and wattage.


    yep. the 520 is capable
  6. Best answer selected by adamc012.
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