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I am new to this site and to building a computer. I have read up on it and watched some videos. Hopefully I can pull it off. I have read through some of the other posts and I am extremely impressed with the knowledge here. I was needing a computer to play some games like Total War and Modern Warfare, plus being able to edit some HD home videos. Was wondering if I would be able to stay within the $500-600 range. I am starting from scratch and was hoping for someone to share their ideas.

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Hmmm, this sounds fun. Does your budget include or exclude a case? Also, does it include or exclude a PSU?
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Originally Posted by jivenjune View Post
Hmmm, this sounds fun. Does your budget include or exclude a case? Also, does it include or exclude a PSU?
He is starting from scratch, so my guess he would need everything

windows,psu,case etc??>??
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He is starting from scratch, so my guess he would need everything

windows,psu,case etc??>??
Hmmm, yeah. If he is, that's a pretty tight budget. Sadly, Windows would consume a pretty fair chunk of the hardware budget.
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Does scratch mean everything? Like keyboard, mouse, monitor.

Sometimes we at OCN leave operating systems out.

So aside from

cpu
ram
mobo
psu
gpu
hd

do you need an optical drive (cd/dvd player)
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The budget is only for the tower and all the software. OS, keyboard, monitor and antivirus will be purchased seperatly.
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K, this is leaving a few components out but is a fairly nice budget mid-range gaming rig.

CPU = Core i5 2500, 209.99 USD (Note: this is not the unlocked "k" series chip, so I have selected a board that reflects that. For a little more (40-50 dollars), you can get a "k" series chip and board by downgrading the 460 GTX for a 450).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115073

GPU = Asus Geforce GTX 460 768mb, 159.99 USD (You might be better off going with a Radeon card, but I don't know much about these and what would be considered the equivalent for the 460's price point. I say this mainly because the motherboard I selected only allows for Crossfire and not SLI).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121390

Motherboard = BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67, 104.99 USD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138296

PSU = OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W, 69.99 USD (It's cheap, but at least it's modular)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341022

Memory = G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600, 47.99 USD (This is 1.5v memory recommended for P67 / H67 motherboards)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231193

Total price = 592.95

Edit: Er damn, okay, I forgot about the case -_-; Well, you can probably deduct from something to accommodate that.
Edited by jivenjune - 3/15/11 at 9:16pm
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post #8 of 56
Wouldn't he better be off with an AMD build on this? A decent ASUS motherboard for 109$ and a Phenom II x4 955 for 139.99 and you already saved around a 100$.
Edited by nvspace126 - 3/15/11 at 9:21pm
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Wouldn't he better be off with an AMD build on this? A decent motherboard for 109$ and a X2 Phenom 955 for 139.99 and you already saved around a 100$.
Yeah, he might be, but the build I listed was pretty damn close to his budget excluding the case. It also left a lot of potential room for upgrading which is always a good thing.
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post #10 of 56
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What about some of these DIY combo packs on newegg? They seem like such a great deal, but then they put the disclaimer that says they cannot guarantee compatiblity. Then why would they recommend that combo pack?
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