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post #11 of 46
A system on the LGA1155 platform with i3 2100 will cost you between $165 minimum (for an H61 board with little to no expandability option) to $215 for an option with P67/Z68 board for expandability to overclockable chip. Note that on LGA1155 overclocking is only possible via K SKU and P67 or Z68 chipset. It's been a decent platform in the past few and is not a bad choice if you are to add a GPU on top.

For a lower price (with no GPU on top) than the i3 + GPU, you can go for the AMD APU (socket FM1) platform, which cost less and consumes even lower power consumption, while providing better gaming performance. That's also a good option.

Socket FM1 platform will give you upgrade option to future APUs. AM3+ to the FX series CPU. And LGA1155 to the "Ivy Bridge" 22nm CPU, albeit depending on the chipset on your board you may have limitations as to overclockability.
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/18/11 at 10:41pm
post #12 of 46
You sir are in the same position as I.
I wanted a $500 gaming/entertainment/work PC and I am in the process of getting it.

Some tips from what I have learned:
1. Be on the lookout for open box items. The can be very heavily discounted. I got a Wifi card for $10 bucks this way
2. EVGA offers B-Stock cards. They come with a 90 day warranty and no accessories. You can get a 550TI for $100 dollars.
3. Look in the classified section of OCN. I got a modular 750W PSU for $50 and a six core 1090T CPU for $130, with warranty.
4. Use mail in rebates.
5. If you will never use a feature (such as USB 3.0, Crossfire, etc.) don't pay extra for it.
6. Think about how often you use a disk drive. I don't need one because you can install an OS from a flash drive. If you will hardly ever use it (and you have another computer that has one), that $20 can be better spent towards your CPU, GPU, or Motherboard.

My recommended build:
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic Chassis
CPU: AMD Phenom II 955 Black Edition Quad Core processor
GPU: B-Stock EVGA 550TI
Motherboard: M5A78 AM3+ Motherboard
HDD: Samsung F3
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB Dual Channel Kit
PSU: Earthwatts 500W

Total: $455 from Newegg
    
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i3-2100 and 6790.
Also, use a 1600x900 screen in stead of a 1920x1080, if possible. (better framerates)
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I'm waiting for bull dozer and southrn isles before my next full build...a lot of cool games coming on the winter
post #15 of 46
Here's a rig I'm currently building for a friend, the tower cost $440. I suppose if you don't have a Microcenter nearby. I would add $70 for the motherboard. Then it's about $510.

CPU: Phenom™ II X4 965 Black Edition - $129.99
Mobo: A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX - FREE came with CPU from MC
CASE: NZXT Alpha - $30 after rebate
HDD: Samsung F3 1TB - $50
GPU: MSI GTX 460 1GB HAWK - $135 after rebate
PSU: Corsair CX500 V2 - $35
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $50
DVD: ASUS DVD Writer (I sold him this) - $10
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.719929
Add an $200 GPU like a 560 TI and you are set. Although I dont care too much for it lol.
   
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Originally Posted by Wildcard36qs View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.719929
Add an $200 GPU like a 560 TI and you are set. Although I dont care too much for it lol.
Don't get that, we know nothing about the PSU and you don't wan't it to blow up.
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post #18 of 46
Thread Starter 
I don't NEED a DVD drive

I'm not convinced that I want to overclock. I live in an un-air conditioned house in the south, and it's often 90 degrees F. I'd be worried about my CPU temps--should I be?
post #19 of 46
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also, lots of the bundles that I looked into (from tiger direct) had really bad stuff--components they said that were worth $80, and when I looked into buying it as a standalone it was <$30. turned me off to the bundle thing, but maybe newegg is better
post #20 of 46
microcenter cpu/mobo bundle amd 965 + asus mobo =$130
GTX 260 evga b stock = $80
4 gigs ddr3 ram = $30 or cheaper
PSU 550watt = $30
case $20 bucks


this is what my lan party looks like and it runs max on most games @ 1920x1080.
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