I want a gaming computer, my budget is 500$.... plz help

is core I3 better or core 2 quad?
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  1. i3 is better
  2. of course i3 is better

    core 2 quad is socket 775

    here is the road map

    old
    775 core 2 duo,core 2 quad
    1136 i7 930
    1156 i5 550 (or soemthing)
    1155 i3 2100,i5 2500,i7 2600
    new

    your wasting money if you go for core 2 quad firstly there not true quadcore cpu's

    secondly they use ddr2 and old tech where as socket 1136,1156 and 1155 use newer tech and ddr3 memory

    bets to wait till ivy bridge is anounced within the next few months then prices will drop
  3. if I were you id get an AMD Phenom II quad core 840 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7225660&CatId=4431

    It is probably the best cpu for around $100
  4. PSU-Rosewill RG630-S12 630W $60
    Motherboard-GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H AM3 $80
    RAM-Patriot Gamer 2 Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $25
    CPU-AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket $100
    Case-Thermaltake V3 Black Edition $40
    Graphics-PNY XLR8 VCGGTX4601XPB-OC GeForce GTX 460 $150
    HD-Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s $40

    All that right there will be $494 on newegg excluding a $30 mail in rebate...so $464.
    Do you need to buy mouse/keyboard/monitor/speakers/dvd drive as well?
  5. the phenom II x4 840 has no L3 cache .. don't buy it
    buy phenom ii x3 720BE and unlock it and over clock it with $20 cooler combo :)
  6. talha_28 said:
    is core I3 better or core 2 quad?

    Core I3 are ussully 2 cores vs Core 2 Quads are 4 cores, now due that i3 are newer technology which makes them faster they probably are equaly capable performing CPU demanding tasks. If you already own a quad processor, youll gain little to nothing by swaping, but if you dont better get an i5 they come with 3 and 4 cores and are alot faster than a core 2 quad.
    Good Luck.
  7. Some of the Core 2 Quads are better, but also more expensive and will likely force you to a socket 775 board that will require DDR2 which is also more expensive. The i3 is a much better choice unless you already have a socket 775 system and are upgrading it.
  8. talha_28 said:
    is core I3 better or core 2 quad?

    Sorry I forgot to tell you about the PC for under 500: If you already a Core 2 quad pc, all you need to do its get a video card, something like a GTX460 will do, theyre about $150 and a 24" LCD hdmi monitor for another $150 thats $300 dollars to bring your pc up to gaming specs.
    Now if you want to go all out with an i7 hexacore processor, you're going to need well over a 1000 bucks. There is just no way to get a decent gaming PC for under $500 even if you build it yourself. I just showed you that the least expensive graphics card and monitor are around 300.
    The only other way is to buy a used on on craigs list or ebay, but you still will need the HD monitor.
    Anyways good luck and keep on searching.
  9. phenom ii x4 955 3.2GHz (overclockable)
    logisys red&black steel all black interior
    asus M5A99fx Pro R2.0 motherboard
    mixed memory 8gb 1033
    Hitachi 500GB Sata III 7200 rpm
    price $450.00
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