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I haven't really kept up with the news after finishing my build in January, my friend just asked me to build him a PC for $700. I'm thinking about spending $500-550 on the desktop and about $150-200 on the monitor/keyboard/mouse. I'm having issues with building at this budget, I just feel so limited for CPU and GPU choices. It seems like I have to cut back on so many things, such as a less reputable PSU and motherboard.

For the processors I was thinking maybe either the i3-2100 or the X4 955. Quad core is unnecessary because this is mainly a gaming PC. GPU maybe a 5770 or a GTX 460?

The only requirement he gave me was that he wanted the CM Storm Scout case. He doesn't play super intensive games and doesn't mind a lower setting. He's currently using a 2 year old non-gaming laptop so he's not as enthusiast as most of us. He just wants to be able to play current games at a lower setting. I think we should spend the most money on the GPU since this will be a gaming PC.
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For $500 you can easily make a good gaming PC. See this for example:

Lite-ON DVD+RW Burner: $21

HEC Blitz: $40

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB: $40

AsRock M3A770DE: $60

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 768MB: $150

Antec EarthWatts EA-380D: $40

Team Xtreem Dark 4GB DDR3 1600MHz: $48

AMD Athlon II X3 450: $80

Subtotal: $479
Total: $496

This is not really skimping on anything for a gaming PC. You get a very fast, very over-clockable GPU, a very reliable PSU, a motherboard that can handle OCs well, non-generic Performance RAM, a case with tons of features, and good storage capacity.

But is it just me or does Newegg's shipping seem much higher overnight?
    
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Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel View Post
For $500 you can easily make a good gaming PC. See this for example:

Lite-ON DVD+RW Burner: $21

HEC Blitz: $40

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB: $40

AsRock M3A770DE: $60

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 768MB: $150

Antec EarthWatts EA-380D: $40

Team Xtreem Dark 4GB DDR3 1600MHz: $48

AMD Athlon II X3 450: $80

Subtotal: $479
Total: $496

This is not really skimping on anything for a gaming PC. You get a very fast, very over-clockable GPU, a very reliable PSU, a motherboard that can handle OCs well, non-generic Performance RAM, a case with tons of features, and good storage capacity.

But is it just me or does Newegg's shipping seem much higher overnight?
Thanks man! A couple of questions on this, is 380 watts enough? I will probably switch out the hard drive for a WD Black or a Samsung F3, also the RAM to maybe some G.SKILL ripjaws / Corsair XMS3 for the same price. He specifically requested the Storm Scout case, so that's one thing I can't skimp on. For the GTX 460, I've seen some that are $99 for the 1GB version, what's the difference between the 768MB and 1GB versions?
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Thanks man! A couple of questions on this, is 380 watts enough? I will probably switch out the hard drive for a WD Black or a Samsung F3, also the RAM to maybe some G.SKILL ripjaws / Corsair XMS3 for the same price. He specifically requested the Storm Scout case, so that's one thing I can't skimp on. For the GTX 460, I've seen some that are $99 for the 1GB version, what's the difference between the 768MB and 1GB versions?
380W is much more than enough. The system will draw around 250W with everything OCed AT THE WALL. Taking an efficiency of 84%, that's only around 210W the PSU has to produce. It won't break a sweat. The Team RAM I recommend because I have very good experience with in AMD CPUs. It works better than the Ripjaws for AMD; those work better on Intel. As for the case, well, let's see:

If you buy the motherboard at , you save $5 on shipping. You don't really save anywhere else. Tell him he's gonna have to seriously sacrifice performance if he wants the Storm Scout. He's gonna lose more than 20% performance in games.

It can still be done, though.

: $83

Radeon HD 5770: $110

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB: $50

Total is now $495
    
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380W is much more than enough. The system will draw around 250W with everything OCed AT THE WALL. Taking an efficiency of 84%, that's only around 210W the PSU has to produce. It won't break a sweat. The Team RAM I recommend because I have very good experience with in AMD CPUs. It works better than the Ripjaws for AMD; those work better on Intel. As for the case, well, let's see:

If you buy the motherboard at Amazon, you save $5 on shipping. You don't really save anywhere else. Tell him he's gonna have to seriously sacrifice performance if he wants the Storm Scout. He's gonna lose more than 20% performance in games.

It can still be done, though.

Cooler Master Storm Scout: $83

Radeon HD 5770: $110

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB: $50

Total is now $495
I understand, I will buy all the parts bit by bit when there are deals from Newegg. It really depends what deals are going on at the time to buy this.
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if you where canadian i would says but on bestdirect they have some awsome price with free shipping but anyways i agree with lol_woot_axel good luck with you futur gaming pc
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His build is nice, but I would personally go with a better power supply. That Antec only pulls 336w from the 32A / 12v rail. I think you're cutting it a little close there. Perhaps consider: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207012 instead. Everything else looks good.
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His build is nice, but I would personally go with a better power supply. That Antec only pulls 336w from the 32A / 12v rail. I think you're cutting it a little close there. Perhaps consider: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207012 instead. Everything else looks good.
It can handle more than the rated power on the 12+ volt rails. Tom's Hardware did tests on it pulling 380W and even higher and it had no problems handling it. It's a non-issue. That, and like I said, the PSU will only need to output ~210W, which is a long way off from 336W.
    
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