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$500 Budget Gaming Build /w Monitor

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November 11, 2012 7:36:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Black Friday 11/22 and 11/23

Budget Range: $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and video streaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes Would like a 1920 x 1080 monitor or maybe a 1600 x 900 monitor if my build cant play 1080p gaming

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: USA/Chicago i am near a microcenter

Parts Preferences:Any

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution:1920 x 1080 or 1600 x 900

Questions: Is there a big difference between 1600 x 900 from 1920 x 1080. How long will i be able to game with this build before i need a upgrade?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Tired of using a pentium 4 with integrated graphics and 1gb ram

My build so far:


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nl1j




CPU
Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor $69.99 FREE $69.99 Newegg
Buy
Motherboard ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $39.99 FREE $39.99 Amazon
Buy
Memory
Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 -$10.00 $24.99 NCIX US
Buy

$10.00 mail-in rebate

Storage
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.99 FREE $52.99 NCIX US
Buy
Video Card
XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card $174.99 -$20.00 $3.99 $158.98 Newegg
Buy

$20.00 mail-in rebate

Case
Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case $28.43 $28.43 NCIX US
Buy
Power Supply
Antec EarthWatts 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply $39.65 FREE $39.65 Compuvest
Buy
Optical Drive
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.99 FREE $16.99 Newegg
Buy
Monitor
Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor $99.99 FREE $99.99 Amazon
Buy
Base Total: $558.01
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $3.99
Total: $532.00

November 11, 2012 8:39:52 PM

That System Builder Guide doesn't include a monitor. They never do.

Your build is solid, there isn't really anything I'd change.
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November 11, 2012 8:43:04 PM

I don't know about a 40 dollar mobo. I would recommend updating to a better motherboard and at least an i3 if you can sacrifice the extra money.
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November 11, 2012 8:44:20 PM

BRONZ3 said:
I don't know about a 40 dollar mobo. I would recommend updating to a better motherboard and at least an i3 if you can sacrifice the extra money.


His motherboard is fine, it's cheaper because it's an entry level motherboard from last year, and since he's using a Sandy Bridge CPU, they will pair nicely. At this price point, USB 3.0 shouldn't be a priority, and anyways, there is not much use for it unless OP wants an external hard drive.
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