$5/600 gaming rig

I'v just been asked to build a new computer for a friend. Im trying to make the best gaming rig i can for under $600 ($500 if possible). I do plan overclocking a little, but i havent researched cooler yet. This will be my first 'complete' rig, so any suggestions will be helpful.

heres what i have so far:

Case: Cooler Master Elite - $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119115

CPU: Intel E2180 - $82.99
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052

Motherboard: ECS 945pl-a - $43.97 - (minus $20 rebate)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2507540&CatId=1533

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD3850 - $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102715

Ram: Corsiar Xms2 2x1gig - $74.99 (minus $40 rebate)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2206874&Sku=C13-2022

Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda 250gig - $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148262

Power Supply: Ultra X-Connect 500watt - $39.97
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2240326&CatId=1079

Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech EX110 wireless - $24.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1543169&CatId=1482

Optical Drive: Sony Nec Dvd/Cd Burner - $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118004

thanks for any help/suggestions
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  1. If you're going to OC you need to consider using a P35 board. Yes, they will cost more than the ECS, but you will get what you pay for.
    Here's 4 P35 boards that are $100 or less.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010200280%20107172277%201071728997&bop=And&CompareItemList=N82E16813127031%2CN82E16813128059%2CN82E16813131189%2CN82E16813130098

    I'm also leary of that power supply, check these;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012

    http://www.buy.com/prod/Corsair-VX-550W-Power-Supply/q/loc/101/205852646.html
  2. You can get the OCZ Stealth 500watt for $50

    Also, going with AMD would lower your price a decent bit while keeping performance acceptable.

    I like the ASUS M2A-VM motherboard. They overclock well and have a decent feature set. Also, I have built 4 PCs with the 4000+ brisbane in the past month or so, all of which have overclocked to 2.8+ on stock cooling with vcore on auto!

    So:

    4000+: $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103774
    M2A-VM: $65
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131172&Tpk=M2A-VM
    HD3870: $180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814140087
    OCZ 500: $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012
    250GB HDD: $64
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136113
    2x1GB G.Skill: $45 (will run 4-4-4-12 timings at 2.0)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

    With the case, mouse, optical drive you already picked. Also, I suggest trying to get most parts from the same place as it makes warranty and rma claims much easier. Even if it costs a little more, try to stick with one place. (Newegg rox)

    Total: ~$554 and it will run games better than the original set-up.
  3. I'd stick with intel. the GA P35 DS3L is an awsome board especially if you plan to overlock. I have a 3850 512mb and it runs everything I've thrown at it so far. Prices are supposed to drop even further by march on the 3850/70 so if you can wait another few weeks.

    Solid build so far. Hope your build goes well!
  4. Just wanted to note that the 3870 is now right around 200 bucks as TSI Monster noted. Definitely worth the upgrade for 20 bucks. Just thought I'd point that out again.
  5. For a gaming build, going with the e2X00 over the AMD 4X00+ is going to do nothing but raise the price.
  6. i like the build; i'm running something similar and am doubting wheter i need to OC, so you should be pretty good if you slap in an HD3870

    gosh, i love AMD
  7. comparing amd 4000+ to intel e2180 (w/ gigabyte p35 mobo) it looks like amd is the better deal saving ~$70 in combination with the motherboard TSIMonster suggested.... i was kinda hoping to buy my first intel cpu :( oh well, maybe when i decided to upgrade, but by then phenom gen2s should be out.

    im still undecided as to go with the 3850 or the 3870, but hes still undecided as to when he filing his taxes so i guess i can wait to see what the price cuts will be and decided from there.

    iv also heard mixed reviews on the g.skill ram vs corsair xms2 for overclock potential, so ill do some comparison research with that.

    ill also be doing some research to see how far i can safely push the 4000+ on cheap air. maybe 2.6

    again, thanks for the help
  8. If you are going to overclock, a 21x0 will trounce an equivalent amd.

    Check out the these benchmarks: http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/09/12/pentium_dual_core/
  9. definitely get that 3870...20 bucks more for a 3870 should be a no-brainer...it will be a lot more future proof (even though the 3850 is still pretty damn good!)
  10. I would also say to look at the amd x2 5000+ BE but i just realized that might put you over ur budget...
  11. Get the 2160 its cheap and effective. I overclocked from 1.8 to 3ghz easily with a rosewill HSF.
  12. i just found an e2180 for 49.99 (with $20 rebate) at tiger
    combined with the gigabyte ga-p35-ds3l (89.99)
    totals: 139.98 (+ shipping)

    4000+ (59.99) + asus m2a-vm (64.99) = 124.98 (plus shipping)

    $15 difference

    the e2180 seems to be equivalent if not better then the 4000+ in most tests. it also seems to dominate when it comes to overclocking (reaching benchmarks surpassing a stock e6750)

    is there any evidence that supports amd?

    as for video, i am going with the 3870, unless the price gap between the 3850 changes to at least $40

    im still undecided for ram, however im leaning torwards corsiar xms2 simply for the lower price
  13. that would be a wise choice
  14. afrobacon said:
    i just found an e2180 for 49.99 (with $20 rebate) at tiger
    combined with the gigabyte ga-p35-ds3l (89.99)
    totals: 139.98 (+ shipping)

    4000+ (59.99) + asus m2a-vm (64.99) = 124.98 (plus shipping)

    $15 difference

    the e2180 seems to be equivalent if not better then the 4000+ in most tests. it also seems to dominate when it comes to overclocking (reaching benchmarks surpassing a stock e6750)

    is there any evidence that supports amd?

    as for video, i am going with the 3870, unless the price gap between the 3850 changes to at least $40

    im still undecided for ram, however im leaning torwards corsiar xms2 simply for the lower price


    Thats a good deal on the intel stuff, I would go with that. The ram I listed is much cheaper and will clock the same as the XMS2. The AMD stuff is only better when it is cheaper. For a budget gamer, the GPU always will be the most limiting factor, not the CPU. The E21X0 is worth $15 more, though for sure!
  15. 2 Gig of Crucial Ballistix are $40 right now after rebate;

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146565
  16. Use craigslist for the Graphics card and maybe the cpu, got a 7950 GX2 for $120. I saw several 7900/7800's for $80-$120, and the occasional 7950 and 8800 gts/gt/gtx for pretty cheap like $200-$250 (not the GTX)
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