budget build


May 25, 2012
So i'm building a gaming pc for a friend and he's on kind of a tight budget (~630 USD). So here goes basic info:

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: ~630 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Ocassional CAD/CAM modelling

Are you buying a monitor: NO

Parts to Buy: ALL minus peripherals

Do you need to buy OS: Nope

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: n/a

Parts Preferences: irrelephant
Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: for future upgrading, yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

i put toghether this so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s9Fd
however im unsure if all the components are incompatible. I'm fairly sure the motherboard with a 500W PSU will be able to handle a crossfire setting with dual Radeons 7850 in the future. Is there place for shaving off some expenses? I pulled this toghether with upgradability in mind. I'm sure he won't mind the extra 8 bucks.

Thanks in advance for any insights you mingt have :)


Oct 21, 2012
I will help you out. Tell me if you like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $628.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 22:07 EST-0500)

You would get a i3 instead of the g860 and a 7950!! lol. This is what i call budget gaming at its best. You can make modifications. But i just put in what i thought would be best. The earthwatts crap isn't worth it lol.


May 25, 2012
Thanks for the answer!
I was thinking of getting him this motherboard instead
MSI z77 g41 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130653
coz of the extra 2 ram slots so he can upgrade to 16RAM in the future also im kinda noob so don't know if the micro ATX will fit the case. will it?
I put in the earthwatts coz i can get a better deal than newegg here in town so not sureif going for it :C
o/w i agree with the build you just put there. Thanks!