Aiming for a $400-550 Budget Build


Sep 17, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $400-550

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Primarily for everyday usage, some casual gaming (ME3, Diablo 3, etc.) in the future

Parts Not Required
: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case(?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but anything is fine.

Country of Origin:

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU but I'm flexible on that and everything else.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments:

Haven't built a computer in about 4 years so it's amazing to see how much the tech world has changed (not to mention how cheap RAM is now!) I haven't updated in so long because I've been fine on my current setup-- but with a few new games that I want coming out (and a small bonus from work) I want to have a system powerful enough to run them at decent settings.

Here's the parts of my current rig that I'm not sure I can get away with not purchasing new things for. Any advice about it and I'm all ears:
Western Digital Caviar Blue 400 GB HD
Powerspec TX366 Micro-ATX Case

And here's a proposed build I have. I appreciate all suggestions and education on why I might be FOS:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 - Buying from a friend, should be ~$160.

MoBo: ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $55

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X Series 8GB - $52

GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6750 - $106

PSU: Really not sure here and would appreciate any advice. Was looking at a Corsair CX600 but wasn't sure if it was necessary.

HDD: If I have to get a new one, was looking at the Samsung Spinpoint 1TB: - $60

Others: I do hear I need to also get a fan because the one out of the box for the i5 2400 is not quite as good. I also only have a Khypermedia 48x24 CD-RW-- would an upgrade be necessary if I'm not doing any video editing/DVD watching?

Any other components/parts/things I'm missing, please let me know. The price of everything above is currently running at about $430. I can go slightly over my budget and I'm very open to advice on what should be upgradeded/downgraded to better suit my needs.

Thanks for all the help!


Sep 17, 2011
I suppose I don't. The only differences that I personally know of between the two are that Z68s have a few more bells and whistles and are more geared for SSD.

I'll likely take your advice and just get a P67. Do I need any other cooling devices for the rig? Does everything else look okay to you?

Dearly appreciate you taking the time to help me with this.