Build a $550 Gaming PC - June 2012

Intel Option:
Motherboard: BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $60

  • PCIE 3.0 (One 16x port)
  • USB 3.0 Header
  • 32GB memory
  • VGA, DVI, and HDMI

CPU:Intel i3-2100 $120

AMD Option
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3: $67
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 3.4GHz  socket AM3 - good overclocking: $120
GPU: HIS IceQ X H687QN1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $160 or $130 with rebate
Ram: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - PC3 12800 $50
PSU: LEPA B550-SA 550W 80+ bronze - $60
Case: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK: $35
HDD:Seagate Barracuda ST250DM000 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb - $70
CD/DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $17
Let me know what you think... And as always, discussion is good. It's totally cool if you disagree. Just put it in the comments and we shall talk.
posted 4 years 4 months ago

You can save some money by buying the 450W version of the PSU, it will be more than enough for this system, even for overclocking. I know this because I have measured the power consumption for my system and compared it to the recommended wattage most PSU calculator offer (the measured peak will be less than the absolute peak by the calculator), the system will draw around 375W max, even when overclocked.

For the money saved you can buy a bigger HDD.

posted 4 years 4 months ago

That's a pretty good idea. I tend to always go for overkill with the psu so I can add stuff later... but for this budget you might be right. So long as it is 80+ we are all good!

posted 3 years 9 months ago

can i put a 430w psu(CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply)

 and put i5 2500k processor? and xfx 6870 (their where no more iceq ones :/) is that gonna be enough power or do i need a 550w one 

posted 4 years 4 months ago

Oh yeah, definitely, I agree with the 80+ part!

posted 4 years 4 months ago

Seems like a pretty good build I have been working on a computer build for awhile that is pretty cost efficient my self I got it at $938 and its a amazing build

posted 4 years 4 months ago

I like this idea: having both an Intel and AMD option. This should be continued as much as possible in my opinion.

posted 4 years 4 months ago

hey logan, in reply to your video, i got a lenovo ideapad about 2 weeks ago for 500 dollars. ($499... normaly 599, with a 100 dollar off deal on newegg)


i was shocked, i got this for a work computer for when i went off to uni. it has a quad core APU A6 processor, 1.5 gz, and ramps up to 2.4 under load. (i overclocked the stock speed to 2.0 constant, and it ramps up to about 2.48) the apu has a 6520m, and the laptop has a 6650 dedicated card! 6gigs of ram, and a 500 gig harddrive.

i can play skyrim on ultra on this..... very very impressed. computers are getting faster and faster, and games are getting better. however the games are getting better slower than the computers, so cheaper computers are starting to be able to play the newer games. pc gaming shall come out on top (as always). lol

posted 4 years 4 months ago

yeah people think you need $2000 computer to max out games like skyrim when you could do it on a budget computer games don't take too much these days

posted 4 years 3 months ago

I have an ASUS k53ta with almost the same specs (processor is .1GHz slower ) and I can only run Skyim on medium . Only problem with these laptops is that the graphics performance is based on AMD drivers so some games are unplayable . The A series APUs seem to overclock well . I've seen 1 crazy fecker overclock it to 3.2GHz and he said it only went up to 70C . 

posted 4 years 4 months ago

Can someone link me to where the 6870 IceQ is selling for $160 with a $30 rebate? I'm looking to upgrade my 9800 gtx OC that I've had for years haha


posted 4 years 4 months ago

I always thought the HIS IceQ series were the best looking cards on the market. 

posted 4 years 4 months ago

I may be wrong BUT with 70$ for a 250gb for like 90-110 you can get a TB or more. would tat be something to invest in?

posted 4 years 4 months ago
posted 4 years 2 months ago

Im new to building Pcs and im going to use this build with the intel option. This might be a stupid queston but is there a need to purchase a type of cooling for this like a fan or water cooling?

posted 4 years 1 month ago

How the heck do you install Windows 7 from a USB drive? Can you get Windows 7 cheaper somehow or something?This is most likely gonna be my first PC build, so I'd also like to know if you can downgrade it a little just so the price lowers a bit, since I need to add extra stuff like a montior and OS. 

posted 3 years 11 months ago

Hey Logan, how would the intel build be with an i5 2500k?

posted 3 years 5 months ago

Can i put an amd phenom ii x6 1045t....?