I've literally built dozens of entry-level systems with that power supply. It is solid, has a PCIe 6-pin and runs quiet as heck. Was hoping to get it in the budget psu roundup, cause I truly do think its the best entry-level PSU available.
... Also, I already ran over the budget by putting the 4850, lol. But still for $650 after MIR, it's pretty darn good (And cool! AC PWM Sharing FTW)
Well, if you really are limited, I would actually buy a preconfigured system that you can work with.Something that has expansion slots and a mobo maker thats respected say like asus or gigabyte. dont go for the ones that are obsure sounding like ECS or what nots.
Here is one from Atic.ca if you live near Vancouver. Although, its like 90 odd dollars over. Im wsold on it if I really had to get a budget frag machine :xD
So yes, Intel is doable with $600, though you have to go cheap on the video card to start out. I'd rather have a motherboard without onboard graphics, but that's your choice. However, it'll be over $600 with taxes and shipping but you'll have a solid platform for future upgrades or overclocking.
Hey guys im sorry for posting so late.
Thanks to all of you for helping me out.
Another thing, Im gonna let go of the OS right now so I can save myself 100$ and all the builds posted are like 600$ shipped with taxes and everything included.
Im just gonna look it up again and post a build taking everything into account.
Ok so heres a build, I will still need suggestions I guess.
No need for OS, keyboard, monitor,speakers .
I have a 19inch acer monitor for this build. I forgot the mention at the beginning but its for casual gaming only, not a lot of demanding games will be played on it cuz I got my current rig for that :) but I will still love to have it perform. Maybe for LAN.
Still missing a PSU. Need help with that. Or shoudl I take the recommended Thermaltake?
Anyway, all this ended up at 552$ after shipping and tax. So 60$ more dollars to play with hehe.
I wanted to go with a 4850 Card but I save 85$ by choosing the 8800GT because I intantly save 40$ first (200$ vs 160$ for the 8800GT) and secondly, I save the shipping charge, wich is 45$ cuz the card gives free shipping.
Thanks all, oh and im located in Montreal, to the person who asked.
You could chop more off that price with an overclocked E1200. I know it is a quite a lowend CPU with squat for cache and that it will not win awards but should get you by with a budget like yours for a "casual" gaming machine. The money saved would do well towards that PSU.
DO NOT get a 256MB video card. Not worth the savings at all for the lack of futureproofing. Bare minimum should be a 512MB card when gaming is gonna happen.
My 320MB 8800GTS has done me fine for over a year now...
I think it more depends on your personal standards of what kind of settings you want to run games on.
Originally Posted by NoobLordSpud
jdrom17, I kinda overlooked that PSU , I think thats affordable...
Can you just make sure for me that its gonna work with my system. Ive been reading a lot about PSUs being incompatible with Mobos lately.
Thanks for replying guys.
I had the OCZ GameXStream 600W and it was a fine PSU. Powered the rig in my sig fine though I accidently short it out however it still ran fine but I just didn't fully trust it thus I got a new PSU a couple months after.
The StealthXStream is the same thing just that the fan doesn't have blue LEDs.