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$500 Gaming PC, is this a good build?

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May 3, 2013 1:30:00 PM

Hi! I´m new in computer building and also have tight budget. So my question is this a good build? I have only $500 but this is what I came up with:

Intel Core i3-3220 CPU

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard

EVGA GTX 650 Ti Graphics Card

4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz RAM

500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue

430W Corsair CX430 Power Supply:

NZXT Source 220 Case




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a c 302 4 Gaming
May 3, 2013 1:31:50 PM

I would try to get 8gb RAM, but yes this is a very solid build.

I game on an i3 and have no problems at all.
a b 4 Gaming
May 3, 2013 1:35:41 PM

Where are you purchasing the parts from?

The MSI GTX 650 Ti BOOST is currently on sale for $140 after a $25 rebate at Newegg if you use coupon code EMCXRXT42
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a b 4 Gaming
May 3, 2013 1:54:09 PM

8 gig of RAM is not needed for gaming , and wont increase performance .

But make sure you use a 2 x2 gig dual channel kit because that will be faster than a single 4 gig stick

Also consider a mb with an H77 chipset if one is available in your price range .
May 3, 2013 2:00:56 PM

tiny voices said:
I would try to get 8gb RAM, but yes this is a very solid build.

I game on an i3 and have no problems at all.


slomo4sho said:
Where are you purchasing the parts from?

The MSI GTX 650 Ti BOOST is currently on sale for $140 after a $25 rebate at Newegg if you use coupon code EMCXRXT42


Thanks! I have considered to buy 8gb ram but if I want to afford Windows 8 I cant buy it. I will upgrade it later when I get more money

I buy all the parts in a store in Sweden, I'm living there and buy the parts from other Countrys will be much more expensive.
a b 4 Gaming
May 3, 2013 3:27:39 PM

Games are 32 bit programs [with a very few exceptions] . They cannot ever use more than about 3.3 gig of RAM . Anyone can check a games RAM usage by running the game in a window and opening Task Manager to show exactly how much iust being used .
On tp of that Windows needs about 800 mb .

So long as you are just running the game then no more than 4 gig is required
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