Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Micro ATX Build? 500-600 budget

Last response: in Systems
Share
December 24, 2012 11:22:58 AM

Hello dwellers of the forum, I successfully built my first PC last year with the excellent help provided here.

Now I want to build another one preferably ~$600.
I am looking to use it for League of Legends and Team Fortress 2, possibly on the highest graphics possible.

I was also looking at some forums, I may have been misinformed about this, but apparently Micro ATX parts are generally cheaper?

I have laid eyes on a few parts that could be a part in the build.
CPU : I3-3220 IB
GPU : GeForce 650 Ti
HDD: 500gb

Please help with the rest of the parts, I can sacrifice high graphics to keep it within my price range ^^.
December 24, 2012 12:02:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $557.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 03:24 EST-0500)


-----
it is sub 600 build with microATX, even OS is included. you have to get cpu on microcenter, in other store, it should be 180 usd

if you want higher graphic, ditch the OS and get 7870 instead for 150 bucks
m
0
l
December 24, 2012 12:16:20 PM

crossriver said:
Hello dwellers of the forum, I successfully built my first PC last year with the excellent help provided here.

Now I want to build another one preferably ~$600.
I am looking to use it for League of Legends and Team Fortress 2, possibly on the highest graphics possible.

I was also looking at some forums, I may have been misinformed about this, but apparently Micro ATX parts are generally cheaper?

I have laid eyes on a few parts that could be a part in the build.
CPU : I3-3220 IB
GPU : GeForce 650 Ti
HDD: 500gb

Please help with the rest of the parts, I can sacrifice high graphics to keep it within my price range ^^.


I think it depends more on what parts you get rather than whether its an atx or micro-atx build..here is an AMD build for your budget

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.89 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $587.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 09:12 EST-0500)
m
0
l
Related resources
December 24, 2012 12:21:44 PM

AMD Radeon said:

it is sub 600 build with microATX, even OS is included. you have to get cpu on microcenter, in other store, it should be 180 usd

if you want higher graphic, ditch the OS and get 7870 instead for 150 bucks


Thats probably a great build, maybe in fact greater than I need. The reason I picked the i3-3220 is because of the price/performance guide tomshardware posted. And the GTX 650 for an Assassins Creed Promo. If I could use the other parts you presented me, but use the i3-3220, GTX 650 and a 500GB HDD, will it be able to run LoL and TF2 on high? I ask this because I would prefer to sacrifice some graphics for a little bit of cash. Thanks for your efforts, greatly appreciate it.
m
0
l
December 24, 2012 12:48:29 PM

crossriver said:
Thats probably a great build, maybe in fact greater than I need. The reason I picked the i3-3220 is because of the price/performance guide tomshardware posted. And the GTX 650 for an Assassins Creed Promo. If I could use the other parts you presented me, but use the i3-3220, GTX 650 and a 500GB HDD, will it be able to run LoL and TF2 on high? I ask this because I would prefer to sacrifice some graphics for a little bit of cash. Thanks for your efforts, greatly appreciate it.

then you can save even more :)  get the case, PSU, mobo and ram from my build above. and pair it with i3, gt 650 and 500HDD
it should be 400ish build
m
0
l
December 24, 2012 6:05:38 PM

I think the GTX 650 would probably be OK for high settings on those games, it's the bare minimum you would want I think. The HD 7770 is better for roughly the same price though.

The i3-3220 is great for games, I'd stick with it unless you plan on overclocking. If you think you will overclock, a Phenom II x4 965 at about 3.8Ghz+ would be a better performer for a bit less cash.

mATX cases and motherboards are usually very slightly cheaper, it isn't a massive difference though.

I'd use this as a baseline, you could use the extra cash for an OS, SSD, i5, better GPU or case/cooling etc.

i3-3220
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600Mhz Low Profile
ASRock B75M-DGS
Sapphire HD 7770 1GB
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM
SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W
Fractal Design Core 1000

Total - $505.93 on Newegg
m
0
l
December 24, 2012 11:37:44 PM

jmsellars1 said:
I think the GTX 650 would probably be OK for high settings on those games, it's the bare minimum you would want I think. The HD 7770 is better for roughly the same price though.

The i3-3220 is great for games, I'd stick with it unless you plan on overclocking. If you think you will overclock, a Phenom II x4 965 at about 3.8Ghz+ would be a better performer for a bit less cash.

mATX cases and motherboards are usually very slightly cheaper, it isn't a massive difference though.

I'd use this as a baseline, you could use the extra cash for an OS, SSD, i5, better GPU or case/cooling etc.

i3-3220
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600Mhz Low Profile
ASRock B75M-DGS
Sapphire HD 7770 1GB
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM
SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W
Fractal Design Core 1000

Total - $505.93 on Newegg


Minimum is fine, as long as it will run those on high ^^. I won't overclock. I want the GTX 650 for Assassins Creed III Promo lol.
Thanks for the input
m
0
l
December 24, 2012 11:52:53 PM

AMD Radeon said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $557.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 03:24 EST-0500)


-----
it is sub 600 build with microATX, even OS is included. you have to get cpu on microcenter, in other store, it should be 180 usd

if you want higher graphic, ditch the OS and get 7870 instead for 150 bucks


what do you mean ditch the OS...
m
0
l
December 25, 2012 12:12:47 AM

My estimated wattage is ~300, would it be okay to settle with something like a 350W? or a 430?

Will I get a USB port with a micro ATX? D:

EDIT: This is my build that I came up with after a few changes, this is jmsellar1's build. (I used it because it was cheapest)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tYHX

m
0
l
December 25, 2012 2:23:34 AM

crossriver said:
My estimated wattage is ~300, would it be okay to settle with something like a 350W? or a 430?

Will I get a USB port with a micro ATX? D:

EDIT: This is my build that I came up with after a few changes, this is jmsellar1's build. (I used it because it was cheapest)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tYHX


Bump. :bounce: 
m
0
l
December 25, 2012 7:44:38 AM

All looks good, if you're not getting an OS I would dump any remaining cash you can into the GPU though. That one should be OK for high settings now but won't be great for future games.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There's a better card with the promo and would still come in under budget.

EDIT: 430W is fine for an i3 and GTX 660/HD 7850 or less. It would probably cope with more but I wouldn't trust it to anything more than that. Also, yes that case has front panel USB ports.
m
0
l
!