First Gaming Rig - $500 Budget

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks


Budget Range: Around $500


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Starcraft 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty 4), Internet Browsing/Multitasking, College Work, also will be running rainmeter in the background


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com or whichever website gives me the best bang for my buck. I also have a Micro Center near my house.


Country of Origin: U.S.A.


Parts Preferences: I really like the Cooler Master HAF 922, but as for the other parts, I just want the most bang for my buck.


Overclocking: No (First build so don't want to get into overclocking yet.)


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I would like the PC to run relatively quietly.
How do you know which PC parts are compatible? I would like some tips on how to actually assemble the PC, so I don't fry my components. I am completely new to this. Thank you all very much!
 
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I'd always build based on quality components AND with a clear upgrade path. Its not worth buying a junk case , or PSU and its not good value to get an intel build with a crippled motherboard .

Prices vary so much day to day that I'd happily swap out parts from the following , if for instance a different brnd of graphics card was being discounted .

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103911

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM $40...

dextergene

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Motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-V EVO - $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131668

CPU: AMD Phenom X2 555 - $87.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846

GPU: MSI N460GTX Hawk - $169.99 ($129.99 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $27.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue - $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W - $69.99 ($59.99 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

Chassis: NZXT H2 - $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146072

Total: $580.93
After Rebate: $530.93

If possible get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - Fantastic Drive

To check compatability, the following may help:

RAM - Depends on Motherboard (DDR2? DDR3?)
GPU - Depends on Motherboard (PCI Slots - 16x?)
CPU - Depends on Motherboard (Supports Intel/AMD? Socket compares - AM2/AM3/AM3+)
 

008Rohit

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Processor : Intel Core i3 2100 - Dual Core - 65W - 32nm LGA1155 Sandy Bridge - $124.99
Motherboard : ASRock H61-M GE - $69.99
Graphics Card : PowerColor HD 6850 - $139.99
RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333Mhz Dual-Channel Memory - $43.99
Storage : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s - $59.99
Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $19.99
PSU : Corsair CX500 V2 500W - $39.99
Case : Your Choice - ATX Mid Tower - $40

Total : $527 after rebates.
 

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@ 9_breaker

Your Raidmax PSU can kill any PC Component in no time. Better get one from a reputed brand like Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, LEPA or Enermax.
I had a Frontech cheap $10 PSU which killed my MoBo in 15 days. I was lucky to get a replacement from Intel.
 
her's a better $500 build for you than any of the above builds

i3-2100: $125
AS Rock H61M/U3S3: $75
4GB DDR3-1333: $25
Seagate 500 GB drive: $40
PNY GTX 460: $150
Samsung DVD Burner: $17
Xigmatek 400W 80+ Bronze: $35
Rosewill R102 Case: $30
120mm fan: $6 (optional)
$497 or $503 with the extra fan
 
I'd always build based on quality components AND with a clear upgrade path. Its not worth buying a junk case , or PSU and its not good value to get an intel build with a crippled motherboard .

Prices vary so much day to day that I'd happily swap out parts from the following , if for instance a different brnd of graphics card was being discounted .

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103911

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

Any DVD drive $20

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 430W Power Supply $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065

XFX HD-685X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6850 1GB $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150516

Total is $503 after rebates .

The motherboard is the latest tech and should have a long future since it can run bulldozer cpu's
1080p is a demanding resolution for a graphics card so to stay in the budget its better to compromise a cpu core than it is to install a cheaper graphics card .
The case and power supply are quality units with great cooling .

If there was extra in the budget I'd be very tempted by the Phenom 955 , but this isnt going to be a huge deal . With bulldozer only a few weeks away its probably better to save on the processor now , and look to upgrade in a year or so when you have more money
 
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what exactly is crippled with the H61M/U3S3? It has SATA 3 and USB 3. It lacks RAID and Overclock. You aren't going to build a RAID array at this price point, and a 2100 or 2400 can't overclock ANYWAY. the Xigmatek 400W is a very solid PSU, and with 32 amps, It can handle teh 460/560 or hd6850/6870 with ease.

 


Thats my point exactly . There's no point buying a better processor , or updating . You cant even add more RAM without throwing out the stuff you have because there's only two slots
In a year or two you have to start again from scratch with cpu, mb and OS .

Far better IMO to build on a platform you can upgrade through the next 3, 4 or 5 years
 


It doesn't leave a huge amount of headroom , but it is certainly enough
Toms system builder marathon $500 build used an Antec 380 green on a very similar computer , so the 430 is going to be sweet
 

9_breaker

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thanks for the help but if that doesnt work wich case with abuilt in psu would be best for him.
 

9_breaker

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thanks for the help but if that doesnt work wich case with abuilt in psu would be best for him.
 

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