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December 28, 2012 8:16:53 PM

Hello to all!

I'm working on my first gaming rig; it'll be a budget rig priced at or (preferably) under $550 without peripherals. Here's the build template I'm working with: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uvVZ . The only thing set in stone is the 7850 and I'm 90% sure I want the i3 (no AMD because I dont want to overclock and may Hackintosh in the future), but everything else is from a recommended build I found on reddit.

What I basically want are components that are cheat but that aren't absolute garbage. What that means is the case should cost about $50 at max, the mobo ~$60, and the RAM to be fairly cheap as well (is ~$35 a good price point?).

All suggestions are welcome and appreciated! :) 

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December 28, 2012 10:06:34 PM

avenseth12 said:
Here you go:

Case
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $162

Any huge advantages of the mobo you gave over the one I provided? I see there are a couple extra slots but I don't think I'll be using them.

The RAM looks good; thanks for the tip.

I think the case I have in the build list will suffice my needs, but thanks for the link to the other one anyways. :) 
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December 28, 2012 11:49:51 PM

If you plan to run 2 GPU's then get a full ATX board, if not save the money and go smaller
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December 29, 2012 12:19:37 AM

avenseth12 said:
If you plan to run 2 GPU's then get a full ATX board, if not save the money and go smaller


No crossfire/SLI for me! What would you recommend as a cheap board for a single one?
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December 29, 2012 1:43:42 AM

The Asrock board I linked above
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December 29, 2012 4:36:49 PM

avenseth12 said:
The Asrock board I linked above


Are there comparable ones about $10 cheaper, or are there features on the one you provided that make it well worth the price?

What about this one?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It's only $50 after MIR and the only difference I see is the number of USB ports (which I wont be using a ton of).
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December 29, 2012 5:10:58 PM

The board is only $69 - that is real cheap for a decent mobo
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December 29, 2012 6:19:53 PM

That board will also work
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December 29, 2012 7:13:21 PM

avenseth12 said:
That board will also work


Great, thanks! :)  One last question: the Ivy Bridge i3 from my build works with 1.35V RAM, right?
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December 29, 2012 8:04:59 PM

I gave you a link to better RAM then you had selected. I have not seen that RAM before use a reputable brand
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