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Theolonious August 28, 2011 01:01 PM

Does this look like a good build? Under $650
Power Supply: XFX Core Edition PRO 550Watt - $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-Be LGA 1155 - $160
Case: Cooler Master Elite ATX Black Steel Mid Tower - $40
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6850 1gb - $160
Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1ghz Sandy Bridge - $125
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8gb (2x4gb) 240pin DDR3 - $45
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm 6gb/s 3.5" - $40
Got a free disc drive from an old build

Please give me any input you can, things I spent too much or not enough on, I focused this build on upgradability, and went high on the RAM so I can get rid of the SWAP partition. Thank you!

_dangtx_ August 28, 2011 01:11 PM

well you are going to keep a bit of the swap either way

cheap out on the mobo features and get a 2500k

for 70 you can find better value psu wise,look up deals.

i wouldnt get a 6850..id rather go on onboard till i had money for a 6950,though new cards are around the corner..:)

912 for case or go caseless till you get more cash for it.

Bond007 August 28, 2011 01:35 PM

Z68 based boards are great, but for a budget build I would go for a cheaper MOB and put that saved money toward upgraded CPU (2400 if not OC and 2500k if OCing) and adding $10-$20 on the case will get you a much better flowing, looking, and built case. That said I have used CM Elite 330 for my parents build and my brothers secondary build and they were fine....very basic and fairly thin sided, but fine. Think I paid $30 for one and $35 for the other. Power supply is fine, but as mentioned above you could save a few dollars for an equivalent PSU on sale.

Theolonious August 29, 2011 12:09 PM

Thank you all for your quick responses. I switched to the 912 Haf case, but had to downgrade to the CoolMax Technology V-500 500W Power Supply . The problem is that I have to order the case, mobo, and power supply all off that god forsaken Onsale site. I have $270 in credit on the site I want to spend on this build, and shipping's about $10, leaving me at $260ish for the case, mobo, and power supply. I have $350 of my own money to spend as well, which is being spent on Newegg, because I'm on the east cost of America.

_dangtx_ August 29, 2011 12:17 PM

i say chose wisely the psu :)

you should find something decent at or around 50 buckers

hal314 August 29, 2011 12:42 PM

The worst thing to cheap out on is the Power Supply.

If any other component fails, it only really affects itself. If the power supply fails, it can take other components with it.

blaze_125 August 29, 2011 01:14 PM


Originally Posted by Theolonious (Post 544788)
Case: Cooler Master Elite ATX Black Steel Mid Tower - $40

You're making a budget build... if you already have a case... save the 40$ and spend it on something more usefull such as a better psu, or whatever else floats your boat.
If you don't already have a case... then nevermind.

Looks have no say on performances.
If airflow is a concern... modify your current case if you already have one.

Bond007 August 29, 2011 01:31 PM

I wouldn't buy the coolmax PSU. Don't skimp on psu. If you have to buy a PSU from that site then either the XFX you originally linked to or Antec 650w for $60

Theolonious August 29, 2011 01:45 PM

Is the APEX AL-D500EXP 500W any good?

_dangtx_ August 29, 2011 01:58 PM


get : antec,corsair,seasonic,enermax.xfx...

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