Budget Gaming Build (C2D; $503.77)

Ok, I have only really been involved with this small portion of the community for two days and I've met nice people and almost double in knowledge gained. I see a lot of the same posts coming in about budget builds for gaming, so I kind of made the best/cheapest one I could create using nothing but MIR's.

This is what I came up with, feel free to interject your own with your own findings!

Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz - 45nm, cheapest C2D, highly overclockable (No MIR)

Mobo - ASUS P5Q 775 P45 ATX - Good price/feature ratio, Only 1 PCI/e x16/2.0 (but it's a budget build - $20 MIR)

OCZ "Fatal1ty edition" 4GB DDR2 800 SDRAM ($35.00 MIR!)

EVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI/e x16/2.0 ($30.00 MIR)

OCZ "StealthStream" 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($20.00 MIR)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB 7200 RPM HD (No MIR)

Antec 300 ATX Mid Tower (No MIR)

Total - $672.89

With Shipping - $641.25*

Total with MIR's - $536.25*

So for $536.25 you get a machine that can play anything you throw at it on high settings and will last you well into late next year before OEM mainstream really starts to make you look like everyone else (IE, your hardware gets old). Not bad, I think...

*Pending on your location/shipping package you chose.

Edits in BOLD

I doubt this system would last into late next year. The 8800gt is already showing its age, and by xmas methinks there will be plenty of games it will have to step down to medium on.

I was thinking that too after a while, so I'll mod the current list to fit in an HD 4850, which will have a much more longevity.

Removed the EVGA 8800GT, and add the ASUS HD4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI/e x16/2.0

Projected totals now are at - $556.86

Edit 2

Removed HD 4850, e7200, Asus P5Q and Fatality RAM


EVGA 384-P3-N966-TR GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 *Two for SLI* ($50.00 MIR each)

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (Better at 1.8v for only $5 more, $20 MIR)

ASRock Penryn1600SLI-110dB LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard (For SLI)

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

Projected Totals with SLI setup: $503.77!
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  1. I doubt this system would last into late next year. The 8800gt is already showing its age, and by xmas methinks there will be plenty of games it will have to step down to medium on.
  2. CPU - E5200 wolfdale $85
    RAM - Mushkin DDR2 800 1.8v Better RAM for $5 more
    as long as we're having fun, this SLI motherboard for $100
    Get 2 9600 GSO at $50 each after rebate and SLI them (have to be sent to 2 different addresses)
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