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$500 Gaming Rig Need HELP

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November 27, 2007 7:56:14 PM

After checking the $500 gaming rig do-it-yourself guide on toms I wondered if there were any other parts that are available now that are cheaper and better than those listed in the article.

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November 27, 2007 8:05:05 PM

Check the below post...

It's a pretty decent machine, but you aren't going to get away with a $500 if you also need OS, additional software, and a monitor. Just FYI. The build below is probably a little cheaper than you'll find because the buyer got his CPU from a Fry's special (199.0 for CPU + motherboard... the CPU costs $279 on it's own usually). So maybe you can substitute the Q6600 with an E2160 and OC w/ a P35-DS3R. Pretty good board and CPU for cheap (only if you plan to OC though)

*edit* Yeah, the do it yourself guide is a little dated now. You'll want at least 2GB of RAM and an 8800GT / ATI 3870 for the video card.
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November 29, 2007 11:25:09 AM

I do plan to OC so a E2160 with what ram and gfx card would keep me close to the $500 ? Also a good PSU would be required to keep the OC stable so what would you suggest ?
November 29, 2007 1:33:23 PM

I need only the hardware to come around the $500 mark so if I bought the 8800gt 512 MB version would I be able to buy a E2160 a P35 mobo and the remaining parts required and still stay around the budget ?
November 29, 2007 5:43:53 PM

You can try the 3850HD for ~$179 if you're getting too close to your budget. It's a great card for it's price, but the 8800GT is still better.

Price check from newegg:

CPU - E2160 $82.99
MOBO - Gigabyte P34-DS3R $129.99
RAM - 2x1GB DDR2 800 $69.99
PSU - Corsair 450VX $79.99 ($69.99 after $10.00 MIR)
Case - Coolermaster Cent. 5 $49.99
GPU - 8800GT $279.00
3850HD $179.00

Total: ~$587 w/ 3850 HD
~$687 w/ 8800 GT

It's going to cost you an extra $170 if you need an OS. You may be able to get an OEM copy for ~$60-100.
November 29, 2007 9:10:44 PM

You can get the ABIT IP35-E for MUCH less.
November 30, 2007 5:11:45 PM

There is a topic about a $600 gaming rig which seems right around what I am expecting and also brings up valid points regarding my need to OC the system, no RAID arrays just one HDD and a single pci-e card with no future plans to sli and such.
December 1, 2007 2:13:24 PM

December 1, 2007 3:49:51 PM

If you plan on OC make sure to get a good cooler as the Intel HSF is BS
December 1, 2007 8:38:53 PM

Any suggestions ?