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 Post subject: $600 budget gaming pc *Edit 2/19/2013 to include monitor
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:41 am 
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I came here about 6 years ago for my last build, and it served me extremely well until I had to sell it 6 months ago to help cover expenses to move to a different state.

I plan to play Skyrim, L4D 1&2, as well as web browsing, and watching Netflix and DVD movies.

*2-19-2013 I would like to include a monitor, at least 20", as well as OS into the $600 budget

Thanks in advance for any help!


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 Post subject: Re: $600 budget gaming pc
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:25 pm 
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When you say budget, I have to ask, how long would it take you to save up another 200 bucks


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 Post subject: Re: $600 budget gaming pc
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:31 pm 
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DeusAbsconditus wrote:
When you say budget, I have to ask, how long would it take you to save up another 200 bucks


Quite a while I'm afraid, my budget will be extremely tight for a while, the only reason I can afford this is with my tax refund.


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 Post subject: Re: $600 budget gaming pc
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:46 pm 
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something I would shoot for in the sub-$600 range

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CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31/W8 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Base Total: $594.97
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Total: $544.97

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pretty good gaming-per-dollar, built many similar rigs just have to turn down to medium or low in the really new / demanding games. For free / steam-sale / old school games it will rock.

cheers


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 Post subject: Re: $600 budget gaming pc
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:18 pm 
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If you're REALLY on a budget, try this...

i3 3225, $110
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3 = $45 with MicroCenter bundle discount
Samsung 8GB 1600, $29
Radeon HD 7770, $95
Barracuda 1.5TB, $65
Corsair CX430, $20
Samsung SH-222, $14
Rosewill FBM-02, $20

$398 dGPU
$298 iGPU


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 Post subject: Re: $600 budget gaming pc
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:21 pm 
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Sweet thanks guys, some good stuff to go on, and I will be sure to let you guys know how it works out.

Cheers


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 Post subject: Re: $600 budget gaming pc
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:23 am 
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Here's what I came up with based on rico's advice- http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DhDu

I found some less expensive ram, changed the case, and went w/ windows 7 as its a little cheaper.

What are the advantages of windows 8 over 7?


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 Post subject: Re: $600 budget gaming pc
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:08 am 
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hurv wrote:
What are the advantages of windows 8 over 7?

If you want to keep up to date with Windows or like the other features, nothing that's really amazing. One thing I do like but is mitigated anyway because you could just put your computer to sleep is the fast startup.


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 Post subject: Re: $600 budget gaming pc
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:41 am 
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hurv wrote:
What are the advantages of windows 8 over 7?


Nothing more than visuals to role play with Fisher-Price like tiles that your monitor is smartphone. Windohs h8te is a shit OS.


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 Post subject: Re: $600 budget gaming pc *Edit 2/19/2013 to include monitor
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:59 am 
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Here is what I came up with for sub-$600 including OS and monitor- http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Eyg1

Since I do not plan to upgrade for at least a few years, for this budget the Athlon 2X4 3.0GHZ made sense on paper vs Intel chips at this price range, Toms hardware ranked this the best cpu for the money, as well as the 7750. Also, as the 7750 is not directly powered by the PSU, I thought I could shave a few bucks off the PSU budget.

Please let me know what you think, I should be ordering this week :D


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