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Need help finding parts for new PC build ($500 budget)

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    Need help finding parts for new PC build ($500 budget)


    I figured I might as well come to the experts here at EightForums for some expert guidance and support on finding parts for my new PC build. I'm working with a budget of $500. I've looked at Newegg and Amazon, trying to find the best deals, but I'm pretty lost as to what grounds to start on. I'd like to be able to run Windows 7 64-bit and play recent games like Diablo III and DotA 2 at max or recommended settings with no issues. I am excluding monitor, sound system, keyboard, and mouse from this build because I already have each of those items.

    So, can someone help me find parts at a good price? :-) So far I only know what case I want, which is this one here:
    COUGAR Orange Challenger Black Steel ATX Computer Case with 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans and 20cm LED Fan - Newegg.com

    I still need: Mother board, HDD, PSU, Graphics card, Processor, RAM... Am I missing anything else? I think that's it.
    Last edited by intelguy77; 18 Mar 2014 at 17:44.

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    That case would take a pretty big chunk from your budget as it's only $500 and the case is $74, mind if I change it?
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    Go ahead :-) What do you have in mind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by intelguy77 View Post
    Go ahead :-) What do you have in mind?
    I'll put the best thing I can together and post the list here when i'm finished.

    So Dota 2 and Diablo lll, any other games you might play in the future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StriickeN View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by intelguy77 View Post
    Go ahead :-) What do you have in mind?
    I'll put the best thing I can together and post the list here when i'm finished.

    So Dota 2 and Diablo lll, any other games you might play in the future?
    Okay, sounds good.

    Um, another game I like to play is Path of Exile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by intelguy77 View Post
    Am I missing anything else? I think that's it.
    Do you have a licence for Windows 7? I paid €360 (just over USD 500) for windows 7 Ultimate. That is your whole budget right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by intelguy77 View Post
    Am I missing anything else? I think that's it.
    Do you have a licence for Windows 7? I paid €360 (just over USD 500) for windows 7 Ultimate. That is your whole budget right there.
    Yep, I already got the operating system. :-) Forgot to add that to the exclusion list, sorry.
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    You haven't indicated your country. If you have $500 then buy last years model on ebay or craigslist or whatever you have in your country. Then upgrade your GPU. CPU doesn't matter much (find an i5 if you can). RAM is cheap. Spending 20% of your budget on a case is madness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by intelguy77 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by StriickeN View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by intelguy77 View Post
    Go ahead :-) What do you have in mind?
    I'll put the best thing I can together and post the list here when i'm finished.

    So Dota 2 and Diablo lll, any other games you might play in the future?
    Okay, sounds good.

    Um, another game I like to play is Path of Exile.
    Newegg.com - Once You Know, You Newegg

    I came up with that, using an APU is perfect for your budget as it has the GPU already inside it for a good price. That APU will run all three of those games on max perfectly with no lag, I assumed you had an OS already so I didn't add that and lastly I threw in an optical drive, if you don't need the optical drive you can take it out and get the case you wanted.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StriickeN View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by intelguy77 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by StriickeN View Post

    I'll put the best thing I can together and post the list here when i'm finished.

    So Dota 2 and Diablo lll, any other games you might play in the future?
    Okay, sounds good.

    Um, another game I like to play is Path of Exile.
    Newegg.com - Once You Know, You Newegg

    I came up with that, using an APU is perfect for your budget as it has the GPU already inside it for a good price. That APU will run all three of those games on max perfectly with no lag, I assumed you had an OS already so I didn't add that and lastly I threw in an optical drive, if you don't need the optical drive you can take it out and get the case you wanted.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask me.
    Wow, good build. Thank you so much. This is near perfect. But I wanted to suggest something. I was looking to use a modular PSU to try and eliminate excess chords and wires. Could I swap the PSU you suggested with this one?
    CORSAIR CXM series CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

    Also, I was looking at mother boards too while you were coming up with that build. Do you prefer the mother board you chose over this one?
    Newegg.com - ASUS A55BM-E FM2+ / FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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