Need help building a good computer

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $400 - $650

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and surfing the web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference. I rely on you (the experts) to tell me what the best choice will be.

Overclocking: Don't know enough about this to give a good answer so I guess maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: Again, not really sure about this one. So maybe.

Monitor Resolution: Another aspect where I will rely on the experts to give their recommendations

Additional Comments: I want to use the system mainly for gaming. I don't really care about listening to music or watching movies on it. I really don't care about what it looks like either. If I could build a nice system inside of a tuna can I would do it. I just want something that can be upgraded in the future and will run most games without hiccups. Also, I don't really know much about SSD's, but my interest has been peaked by reading about them and if you guys think they are legit then please use it in the build. I may be way off base with wanting a solid gaming PC for a maximum budget of $650, but I figured I would at least try.
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  1. Do you need an os and monitor? If you need neither, you can build a really solid PC. If you need one of them, you can build a decent rig. But if you need both, there is gonna be a pretty big challenge.
  2. lt_dan_zsu said:
    Do you need an os and monitor? If you need neither, you can build a really solid PC. If you need one of them, you can build a decent rig. But if you need both, there is gonna be a pretty big challenge.


    I don't need a monitor. I do need the operating system though.
  3. My suggestion, with an i5 + 660 gtx :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $613.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Edit : this one doesn't have os.
    My suggestion with os :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $636.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  4. ^ Solid systems for your budget range.
  5. If you are okay with going $10-20 over budget, you could get a 2gb 7850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150642
  6. djangoringo said:
    My suggestion, with an i5 + 660 gtx :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $613.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Edit : this one doesn't have os.
    My suggestion with os :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $636.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    So what type of performance could I expect out of these two systems? Is there a considerable difference between the two? Would I be able to play on max settings or mediocre settings?
  7. Since you need the os, i'm going to speak for the 7850, it will play any game at high/mid settings, the 660 gtx is better, and there's also the 7870 if you can pay the extra : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404
  8. Django said it. The 7850 is a really good card though. I would advise that you get a 2gb model though. You will probably be able to get really high overclocks with a system like that.
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