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First time gaming budget build! $450-550

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Ok im gonna cut to the chase. This is my first pc build and being broke, need to make it on a budget. Below are the parts list that I was thinking would accommodate my needs.
Also I will need a monitor and would love if it would be hd w/ speakers and under 200 dollars. Thanks guys!





For the Monitors

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

^^ No LED backlight =(


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236174

Thanks in Advance for the input, Im new here and this seems like a great community already!
post #2 of 10
Based on the premise and assumption that you want opinions and suggestions on your build
and that you will be using this rig strictly for gaming or at least have gaming as a primary goal;
I recommend going with a sandy bridge pentium cpu which would free up extra money to
enable you to purchase a more powerful gpu which will shine much more in games.
I suggest with your new gpu budget of ~ $150 to get an amd 6850 or 7770.
probably the 6850 but ill let you decide on that one. Bench
Build looks to be good otherwise, you will get much better gaming performance with a more
powerful gpu and the only item i saw which you could decrease in price was the cpu.
perhaps even your case if you don't mind a cheaper case. thumb.gif
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hmmm, it seems you are correct. AnandTech said that the intel cpus out-preform the amd cpus in gaming. Would an i3 2120 be ok? Im a little worried that the pentium will be a bottleneck in my system if I get a better gpu with the saved money.

Maybe my wallet would be able to squeeze out a few bucks and I could get a 6870, that would be nice for gaming.
post #4 of 10
You could def do a build for that budget you would just need to adjust a few things. Your case although an awesome one is still fairly high considering what you can get for cheaper price. I always push Rosewill and they have a pretty decent case called the Future for 44.99. You save a few dollars right there.

That motherboard is the same one I use, pretty good and very stable. Will allow you to overclock in the future as well as upgrade to piledriver if you feel the need. You can pick up a Phenom II 965 off newegg for 109.99 and have a quad core ready to rock and overclock.

Intel is pricier but performs on par for the price IMO. I love amd for budget builds as they do what you need for cheap.

The GPU is pretty solid, will allow you to play GW2, D3 etc etc but for a few dollars more you could get a 6850 and be a little better off due to the fact that the Motherboard is Crossfire capable so some slight future proofing and 256bit vs 192bit interface.

You can't however forget Windows 7 64 Bit and that will cost you a hundred more ontop. Hope this helped
post #5 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Jester View Post

Hmmm, it seems you are correct. AnandTech said that the intel cpus out-preform the amd cpus in gaming. Would an i3 2120 be ok? Im a little worried that the pentium will be a bottleneck in my system if I get a better gpu with the saved money.
Maybe my wallet would be able to squeeze out a few bucks and I could get a 6870, that would be nice for gaming.
i3 2120 would be better because of the higher frequency. The HT doesn't do anything for gaming.
Get whatever cpu you want, it doesn't matter all that much is what I'm trying to get at.
The gpu is far more important for gaming just as long as the cpu threshold is sufficed.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Ok, thanks for the advice, it did help +1 rep =).
I will be overclocking and will get a water cooling system as soon as I will get enough money after I build my computer. As for windows, My friend happens to have the enterprise version of it so I should be well off.

Thanks Scrappy, But i would rather go for an amd for the time being because of budget but in the future might switch to intel when I have a few more Washingtons.
I guess the cpu doesn't really matter that much after all smile.gif
Edited by The Jester - 7/29/12 at 5:08pm
post #7 of 10

Adjust your focus for a far more powerful GPU.

Even then there are lower-costing GPUs such as the HD 7750 that outperform the 550 Ti; the value of the 550 Ti is not very optimal.

 

For the case/PSU: Antec ONE and Antec NEO ECO 450C.  At $75 shipped ($60 savings before rebates, $25 after rebates) you get a good case and a PSU that is as good as the CX-500V2.  The extra money can be allocated towards GPU.  Word of advice: that same hard drive also costs less at NCIX.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
xd, Ive taken your post into consideration and was wondering if a 7770 would suffice. I know thats a newer generation video card and should out-preform the 550 ti. However I lean toward the nvidia cards more so would the 560 ti be the way to go? Thanks for the advice!
post #9 of 10
If you aren't gaming at 1080p the GTX 550ti is "OK" but the HD 7770 is better at less than the 1080p if it is at 1080p or over get a GTX 560.
Also a better deal for your cpu and mobo is this http://ncix.com/products/?sku=68820&promoid=1254 IT can be unlocked to 6 core processor and comes with a better mobo for overclocking and a Hyper 101A free basically the reason it is better for overclocking is it has a 4+2 power delivery.
post #10 of 10

^ The above bundle is very nice.  Got it for my friend.  960T is very cool under load under the Hyper 101A and there is room to unlock to 6 cores.

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