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  1. Keep in mind that this is a sub $500 build, and that is including the OS. Do you have any suggestions that would keep it below $500 but still increase performance?
  2. I am not sure, most seem way out of any budget I will ever have, but perhaps a cheaper one that out preforms a sata one? I didn't even know these existed until a month or so ago.
  3. Could you do a review on a PCI-e SSD? I have heard they are fast, but that's about all I've heard about them.
  4. Would setting it up on a ramdisk help? I know it is good for gaming, but I am not sure if it would be worth it or even work for this.
  5. Pretty sure this is all you need Intel Celeron G540, Rosewill FB-04 - System Build - PCPartPicker in fact, it goes a bit over what you estimated, but it was the lowest I could go.
  6. Hmm... I think I might switch to that. It has more USB3.0 and where the gigabyte's display port was. My monitor doesn't use displayport, and I'm getting a GPU anyways.
  7. Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (GA-Z87X-D3H) - PCPartPicker It might be more than what you need, but I think it should work great.
  8. I plan on using it for gaming, not sure how it will preform though, but it should be pretty decent at least.
  9. I put together a parts list for a cheap gaming computer. Do these parts work well? Intel Core i3-3220, Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) - Cheaper Build - ace_case's Saved Part List - PCPartPicker PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz) Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($57.23 @ Outlet PC) Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.83 @ NCIX US) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter) Case: Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.88 @ Amazon) Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Mwave) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.99 @ Amazon) Total: $457.89 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 08:02 EDT-0400)
  10. I am not sure, I haven't used any i5s yet. The one I'm planning on using is the i5-4670K 3.4GHz, but that one is $230 (USD)
  11. Ok, good. Thanks! Just wanted to make sure it wouldn't mess anything up. :D
  12. I recommend not going low on the PSU. The PSU can almost always be reused if you upgrade your system (if you get enough wattage) and a bad PSU could die prematurely. The stock CPU cooler should be fine unless you have a case with very bad airflow, or if you plan on overclocking the CPU. That said, if you ever want to try to overclock the processor, make sure you have adequate cooling. Also note that you need a "k" model processor to overclock (such as 1234k)
  13. My friend got a GTX 660 recently and had me come over to install it for him. After installing it, the computer kept beeping repeatedly on power on. After massive amounts of searching, I found something that recommended turning on Legacy Mode in the UEFI setup (he has Windows 8.) I did that and everything seems to be working, but I was wondering what Legacy Mode actually does, and if it could be detrimental later, or if it was even needed.
  14. You should probably get a different case. Your motherboard supports USB3.0 but your case does not. I personally like Aerocool Xpredator X1 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower Case (XPREDATOR-X1 BLACK E) - PCPartPicker
  15. Just gonna pop in about the budget, if it really doesn't matter, I hear 4-way SLI with GTX Titans really help the graphics ;) I personally prefer nvidia, but I am not really actively comparing benchmarks or anything like that. I plan on putting a GTX 660 from EVGA in my build, but that card is probably too low for what you expect. I recommend getting a SSD. It will decrease boot times by a lot, and should (in theory) make saving in games quite a bit faster.