• Building a gaming PC, budget ~600$
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As the title suggests, I am looking to build a gaming PC. This will be the first time I've built one, but I have read up on all the parts I need. My budget is around 600$, although I am unaware of the exact amount. I can reuse a case from a prior computer, but I do not know it's measurements, if that matters. As for general specs, I'm not looking for some amazing PC that can run Battlefield or MW3 or some other high-end game. The only metric I have (and also one of the major reasons why I decided to build my own PC) is that I want the computer to be able to run DOTA2 at a good FPS (50~) at at least medium settings. If any of you people would be willing to suggest to me some of the parts I should/could buy, or tell me any crucial things I should know/tips, I'd much appreciate it.
Small update here, I recently took apart my old computer (which was an excellent learning opportunity), and I was wondering if I could reuse [url=http://www.itwinkle.com/as13amcpucoh.html]this[/url] fan, as well as [url=http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=BLK-TS-H492-DO]this[/url] optical drive. As far as I know, all signs seem to point to yes, but of course there may be hidden pitfalls.
The dvd drive, yes, the heatsink, no. I'll get something made in a sec. Can you reuse mouse,keyboard, monitor, or windows? [editline]7th August 2012[/editline] [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185]Samsung Spintpoint F3 1TB[/url] ~90 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077]Core i3 2120[/url] ~125 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1035681]Asrock Z77 Pro3 + 2x4gg G.Skill Value RAM[/url] ~122 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987]Sapphire 6950[/url] ~200 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027]Corsair CX500[/url] ~60 Total: $591.20 with EMCNCGJ24 promo code. $35 in mir. Add about $50 if you need a case. This also sets you up for future cpu upgrade because of the z77 motherboard.
I can reuse the mouse and keyboard. Probably not the monitor, unsure of the windows. Thanks a bunch. I'll try to find out about the monitor and windows. Edit: Also, I assume the Sapphire is the cooling system+video card and the Intel Core is the processor? Or am I mistaken in my understandings? I should also note that I have a Compaq Presario case that I believe I can reuse.
Sapphire 6950 is video care. i3 is the cpu. And you probably can't reuse that case. See if you can reuse the monitor.
I cannot reuse the monitor. I'm guessing I probably can't reuse the case because it is too small, or isn't up-to-date enough when it comes to it's holes and connectors and whatnot?
Then we're going to have to make a few cuts in the previous build. What size monitor do you want?
Nothing too large. I'd guess something around a 19'' 1400x900 or less monitor, about. Hopefully only around 100$. Edit: Also, let me try to take a picture of the case. Probably is not definitely, after all. EDIT2: there [IMG]http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt267/Porkochop/120806-192252.jpg[/IMG] Still very dusty.
Seems like choosing good parts is quite hard if you have little experience. Either way, how good is [url=http://www.testfreaks.com/motherboards/asus-m5a97-pro/]this[/url] motherboard? It seems deceptively cheap, but apparently it's okay for gaming?
Sorry, I got side tracked last night and never responded. I don't think you can or want to use that case, so we'll get you a new one.
[QUOTE=QuikKill;37123760]Sorry, I got side tracked last night and never responded. I don't think you can or want to use that case, so we'll get you a new one.[/QUOTE] Absolutely no problem at all. I mean, you are pretty much the king of this part of the forum, it seems. More like Robin Hood, actually, but you [i]are[/i] responding to several threads at once. Edit: Also, how is this [url=http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5692033&Sku=A79-1965&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-avY1d.0A7m1ywDUOJwoVgA]processor[/url] for gaming?
Won't last long, I'm just on some down time in between my internship and college. [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185]Samsung Spinpoint F3[/url] ~90 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1025547]Corsair CX600 + Sapphire 6850[/url] ~205 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1031673]AMD A8 3870k + Asus A55 MicroAtx Motherboard[/url] ~150 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352009]Fractal Design Core 1000[/url] ~40 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173]Kingston HyperX 2x4gb[/url] ~46 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827100058]MSI DVD Drive[/url] ~24 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176200]HP 20in LED Monitor[/url] ~120 Total shipped: 678.18 with promo codes EMCNBNC25 EMCNBNG39 TSHDQBL22 with 35mir If that's too much, I can get a cheaper monitor or gpu. [editline]8th August 2012[/editline] Alternatively, if you have $30 extra, you can swap out the cpu/mobo combo with this better one: [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1029301[/url]
Well, how good is this [url=http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=779339&CatId=7248&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-aXs2L09qX1fJmcwL4h3BZw]motherboard[/url]? And I can still reuse my DVD drive, I believe, so that's some money saved. -snip- there's not two power supplies, i was looking at a different case. And the case appears to be Micro-ATX.
That's a good motherboard, but if you want to spend $100 dollars on a motherboard, you should get a z77 1155 socket. So you can upgrade to a better processor in the future. But I don't see that in the $600 budget.
Hmm. What if I replaced that case with this [url=http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5520044&CatId=32&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-ObuhiU0AVCL4v0RfoRGgUQ]case[/url]? It is cheaper, both Micro-ATX and ATX.
Cases are your choice, but that would work. I just picked the Fractal Design because they are a dream to work with. If you are looking for a decent case, with a bunch of fans, and leds, this one is your ticket: [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129182[/url] Free shipping and $10 rebate.
Ah. I'm a cheap bastard, so I'm just trying to cut down on everything I can :V. Couldn't I purchase two of [url=http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1412135&CatId=4534&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-ae9_RUv8f5uP23UHk01xtQ]these[/url] ram for 6$ cheaper? There might be no point, and it might be even more expensive since of shipping (I dunno the shipping cost), but it's a possibility. Edit: And then I'm wondering about whether this [url=http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1412135&CatId=4534&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-ae9_RUv8f5uP23UHk01xtQ]video card[/url] and this [url=http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5079834&Sku=C283-2060&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-w6GIlOwMGH3ur8osp.3DgQ]power supply[/url] are good enough. They are cheaper than the Sapphire+Corsair, but they might be worse when it comes to, y'know, everything aside from cost. Or I could mix and match and take the Corsair and the other video card instead of the sapphire.
Tell you what, give me a minute, and I'll shrink the price down. [editline]8th August 2012[/editline] And by 1 minute, I mean an hour or so: Newegg: [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129182]Antec One Case[/url] ~50 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176200]HP LED 20in Monitor[/url] ~120 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150598]XFX 7770[/url] ~125 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045]Antec 450W PSU[/url] ~35 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231421]G.Skill Value 4gb[/url] ~20 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157304]Asrock Z75 ATX Motherboard[/url] ~85 Total w/ shipping: 436.30 with promo TSHDQBL22 + 30mmir TigerDirect: [url=http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7281716&sku=TSD-500AAKX]WD Caviar Blue 500gb[/url] ~70 [url=http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7295297&sku=I69-0210]I3 2100[/url] ~115 Total w/shipping: 184.98 + 25mir Grand Total: 621.28 + 55mir. You can change the case or monitor to make it cheaper.
Ah, thanks a bunch. Shouldn't one buy two G.Skill ram cards though? Edit: Also, I'm still not sure what 'mir' means.
You can, it will give you dual channel, but you were so tight with your budget. mail in rebate
Thanks. I'm thinking of replacing the case with [url=http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=CA-912KKN1&c=CJ]this[/url] case and the monitor with [url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004G605VS/?tag=pcpapi-20]this[/url] monitor. No complications that you can see?
Nope, but perhaps go to a store to test out a monitor before blindly buying one online. If possible.
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