BUILD $500 BUDGET (already have the GPU)

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1-7days

Budget Range: $500. Can pull to $550 if needed.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web/movies.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes(!)

Parts to Upgrade: new build

Do you need to buy OS: Nope

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: New York USA

Parts Preferences: more comfortable with intel, though would try a build with amd (FX-6300 or i5 sounds good :lol: )

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Planning to buy one with 1920 x 1080. Want it to be 23in +

Additional Comments: Currently playing WOW, planning to play Skyrim and other games.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 2.2years of g73jh-a. Tired of looking at small screen and I want desktop performance.

** I HAVE 560GTX / 660GTX. (got it from one of my friends, :D ) so I want a build that can match this GPU. Thank you guys!
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  1. Zalman Z11 Plus Mid Tower ATX Case Black 4X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 & Audio

    Intel i5-3570 non ref K version

    XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze

    Kingston HyperX Blu Black Series 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

    ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 SLI DVI HDMI DP USB3.0 Motherboard

    Samsung SH-224BB 24X SATA DVD Writer Black

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM

    I don't know whether you said include monitor in the build but this is without the monitor around $520 on us.ncix.ca

    Pretty good to be honest, and you can upgrade easily.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($62.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($140.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $539.32
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 17:34 EST-0500)
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.54 @ Amazon)
    Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G226HQLBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $540.27
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-18 20:37 EST-0500)

    The FX-6300 is more futureproof because of the 6 cores. It might have been a different story before but now more games are utilizing more than 2 cores.
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