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    Default Recommendations: Budget Build

    Non-Gamer Budget Build *updated 2/18/13*

    Case Corsair Carbide Series 200R

    PSU Corsair Builder Series CX430M

    Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H

    CPU Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000

    Ram G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB

    Optical Drive ASUS Black DVD Burner


    Total is about $475 on 02/18/13 from Newegg, but this does not include the Operating System. This puts us into a dual core processor, 4gb of DDR3 memory, and USB3.0.

    The only things missing are the OS, mouse, keyboard, and monitor.

    Budget Build for the Casual Gamer *updated 2/18/13*

    Case Corsair Carbide Series 200R

    PSU Corsair Builder Series CX430M

    Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77

    CPU Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

    Ram G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    GPU MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB

    Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB

    Optical Drive ASUS Black DVD Burner


    Total is about $630 on 02/18/13 from Newegg. Remember this does NOT include the Operating System.

    The only other things missing are the mouse, keyboard, and monitor.
    Plenty of room for upgrades. All prices came from Newegg on 02/18/13.


    A STEP ABOVE *updated 2/18/13*

    Case intentionally left off. Expect to spend between $70 and $150 for a basic case. To see a list of my personal favorite cases, go here.

    PSU CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W

    Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

    CPU Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz

    Ram G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    GPU ZOTAC ZT-60902-10M GeForce GTX 660 AMP! Edition 2GB

    Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB

    Optical Drive ASUS Black DVD Burner


    Total $825 which does not include the Operating System. This system was formerly called the BUDGET BUILD PLUS+, but it's definitely a big "step above" a budget build.

    In order to complete these builds, you'll also need a case, OS, mouse, keyboard, and monitor.
    Last edited by RickyTick; 02-18-2013 at 03:11 PM. Reason: updated 02/18/13

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