Budget gaming rig ~$400-450

real1g

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Thanks Guys! Any upgrades I could use the extra ~$75 on?

1) What will you be doing with this PC?
Lower-end gaming (CS 1.6, CS:GO, SC2)


2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
$400-450, tax and shipping included

3) Which country do you live in?
USA

4) What exact parts do you need for that budget?
Just the computer parts.. got a monitor, keyboard, etc.

5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing?
Mouse, keyboard, monitor, 128GB SSD,

6) Will you be overclocking?
No, don't know how to.

7) What is the max resolution of your monitor? What size is it?
1920x1200, 24"

8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
Next week or so.

9) What features do you need in a motherboard?
USB 3.0

10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license?
Yes.



CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Xion XON-180 ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $367.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
 

OrangeWolf

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Might bump up that 7770 to a 7850 with your extra cash, I think they can be had for that price. I'd also grab 8GB of RAM, personally. Not sure if you can do both for in your price range, but one or the other is probably worthwhile.

I don't know anything about that case, so I can't comment there, but it's not one that I recognize.
 

real1g

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Might bump up that 7770 to a 7850 with your extra cash, I think they can be had for that price. I'd also grab 8GB of RAM, personally. Not sure if you can do both for in your price range, but one or the other is probably worthwhile.

I don't know anything about that case, so I can't comment there, but it's not one that I recognize.

Diff case, 8GB RAM, still $35 to upgrade. Can you recommend a gfx card for ~$125-150



CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $415.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
 

OrangeWolf

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I'm not familiar with most cards in that price range. The 2GB 650 can be had for around $130, but I've generally heard that the 7770 is the faster card (though it only has 1GB VRAM). So that may or may not be worth the upgrade. You're probably looking at $175+ for a 7850.

I think the 7770 will meet your needs though. The AMD 6850 may or may not be worth considering -- I have one and it plays SC2 quite nicely, and I think it's about the same price, so you might compare those somewhere and see what will fit you better. The 2GB 650, the 1GB 7770, or the 1GB 6850. The 7850 would be a nice upgrade but I don't think it'll fit your budget.

...Also wait for someone else to respond. I'm not quite a n00b anymore but I don't consider myself an expert either, so you should wait for confirmation on the stuff I say. :p
 

real1g

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I'm not familiar with most cards in that price range. The 2GB 650 can be had for around $130, but I've generally heard that the 7770 is the faster card (though it only has 1GB VRAM). So that may or may not be worth the upgrade. You're probably looking at $175+ for a 7850.

I think the 7770 will meet your needs though. The AMD 6850 may or may not be worth considering -- I have one and it plays SC2 quite nicely, and I think it's about the same price, so you might compare those somewhere and see what will fit you better. The 2GB 650, the 1GB 7770, or the 1GB 6850. The 7850 would be a nice upgrade but I don't think it'll fit your budget.

...Also wait for someone else to respond. I'm not quite a n00b anymore but I don't consider myself an expert either, so you should wait for confirmation on the stuff I say. :p

roger, thanks for your help.
 

LigTasm

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If you can stretch a little more, the 650ti Boost and HD 7790 are both around $169 and a big improvement over the 7770.
 

Tradio

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could u stretch out for a 7850 gpu? that would be a great card for ur build
 
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