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Any advice for this budget gaming pc $500

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April 27, 2012 3:52:34 PM

link was wrong-oops
a list of the parts is in a reply below
input is welcome thanks!
a b 4 Gaming
April 27, 2012 5:14:32 PM

you might want to give a link that shows your hardware not a log-in screen to your account
April 27, 2012 6:03:25 PM


here's a list of the components:

HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case
ASRock 770iCafe AM3+ AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GV-N430-2GI GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply
AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition Callisto 3.3GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model

any suggestions or known errors with any of the hardware?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 27, 2012 9:05:54 PM

Looks good, as long as your mobo fits in that case and has all the connections the rest of your hardware requires this is decent build.
April 28, 2012 1:29:20 AM

Hi :) 

With that graphics card you are going to be gaming at medium at best....

All the best Brett :) 
April 28, 2012 1:41:57 AM

Hi, Brett what graphics card do you recommend that will fit somewhere into his $500 budget? I mean we want him gaming at Very High at worst right? To do that lets see which card he should put in. I'm curious as well since I want to game at Super Ultra and turn on mini animations at the horizon using config file hacks.
April 28, 2012 6:19:45 AM

ditch that 430 and buy a 2nd hand 280gtx/460 from ebay
April 28, 2012 6:30:27 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

With that graphics card you are going to be gaming at medium at best....

All the best Brett :) 

medium sounds good for a $500 budget build , brett
April 28, 2012 2:15:57 PM

Thanks for the feed back the mobo will fit the case. What graphics card do you recommend? I was looking at radeon as they seem to have a better cost to price ratio. But they use a pci2.1 slot. Is there a difference between pcie2.0 and pcie2.1?
April 28, 2012 3:56:12 PM

Radeons are cheaper but they aren't nearly as fast as Nvidia cards.
I'd recommend a GTX 460 at lowest. Or perhaps if you can afford it go for a GTX 550. EVGA sells superclocked, 2gb 550s at my best buy for $200, and there's a markup at retail so check around Newegg, Tigerdirect, ebay etc to try and find one. You might even be able to get a used 550ti for around the same price.
April 28, 2012 5:13:08 PM

i wouldnt suggest used unless its from an ebay powerseller that allows returns. alot of crooked people on there
April 28, 2012 6:32:23 PM

Thanks for the eBay advice. I'm going to stick with newegg and order everything at once so I can return something if it's doa. I'll look at the gtx cards but I'm almost at my limit budget wise. Any other video cards that are around $80 that will suffice?
April 28, 2012 8:43:20 PM

do you have that card? A lot of the reviews on it say it runs hot and over heats.
April 28, 2012 9:40:44 PM

it all goes down to case ventilation im sure, but no i dont, just picked out a cheap one that looked like it had good reviews. id personally get the evga one, same price but no OC. but you could do that yourself if you wanted
April 28, 2012 9:52:35 PM

how about an amd 5670? runs way cool.
a b 4 Gaming
April 30, 2012 2:14:01 PM

tjosborne said:
id say raise your budget by $50 and get this
it would be worth the extra money

it's a DHE with single axial fan and the card is OCed as opposed to stock. I'm not surprised if this thing overheats a lot. Case ventilation affects DHE only in terms of what your ambient temp is, beyond that it's all up to that fan that's sitting on the card.