Gaming build 500-800USD

Hi im looking to build a new gaming pc but have no clue where to even start. The pc ive got now is older then ff11 haha so that should tell you how much i know about recent builds. Im looking for something cheap but still able to run half decent for the next few years. dont want to spend a ton eaither.



PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard mouse speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg dont really know anyothers

PARTS PREFERENCES: leaning towards amd but not sure



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: like i said im not too up to date on new things i know theres new processors comming out soon so the older ones will be going down in price. just want something thats gonna run the new games good haha thank you for your help
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  1. I would get something like with your budget and intended use:

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $54.95

    AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $60.00

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $124.98 - $30.00 MIR's (motherboard + PSU combo)

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail $59.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $49.99

    XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $109.99

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM $31.99

    ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail $169.99 - $20.00 MIR

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM (Includes free Windows 7 updrade coupon) $109.99

    Total - $771.87 - $50.00 MIR's
  2. I second that build.
  3. if i wanted to get a 4870 would that mess any of this up or should i jsut stick with the 4850
  4. thehellwas that said:
    if i wanted to get a 4870 would that mess any of this up or should i jsut stick with the 4850 $144.99 Free Shipping*
    XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    Double Lifetime Manufacture Warranty
  5. Its going to be hard to fit an AM3 CPU into an AM2+ Socket, I think you might have meant this board, or something really close:
  6. I was originally trying to fit an AM3 board and DDR3 RAM, but it was stretching the budget a bit. Yes, that's the board I meant to put. It doesn't have a combo with the PSU, though. :(
  7. Ha, I just did two of that nearly exact same build with a few modifications:

    Case: Cooler master Centurion 5 (different on second build)
    CPU: Athlon II X2 250
    Gigabyte 770 AM3 (forgot exact name)
    PSU: exact same
    Ram: 2x2GB OCZ DDR3 1600
    HD: WD 500GB Black
    Graphics: Sapphire 4650 (this was more for light gaming/CAD/work)
    DVD: Same w/o lightscribe
    Monitor: Same
    OS: XP Pro SP3 from College

    So, pleny of major differences, but alot the same too. I'd try going for the DDR3 if you can swing it, but if not, no huge loss. Also, all the parts that I got have been great and I would highly recommend. I think you are definitely on the right track with that build, just a few tweaks, perhaps.
  8. Actually, the original motherboard (GA-MA770-UD3) DOES support the Athlon II X2 240. The rev 1.0 board requires the F6 BIOS released on 07-31-09 and the rev 2.0 board requires the FD BIOS released on 08-12-09.
  9. i went with everything that shortstuff said i only changed the mobo to

    and got the 4870 graphics card.

    i was also thinking of spending a bit more and getting the phenom x2 550 BE callisto instead. also wat is the difference of the ddr3 and ddr2
  10. With the board you have chosen, you can't use DDR3. But as for the difference, as usual, really good DDR2 will beat the bad DDR3, but decent to good DDR3 is great IF you actually need the extra bandwidth. So for now in most situations, the difference isn't large.
  11. oh ok got ya
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