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Budget Gaming PC $500

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this month BUDGET RANGE: 500 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE: gaming,web surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Functional yet powerful
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    Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119047
    Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074
    SLI motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130235
    SLI Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150323
    SLI certified power supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017
    2GB DDR3 RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148225
    Triple Core Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103726

    The Total is $496, you can give or take on some items.. The RAM is fine for gaming, although you might want 1600/4GB. The case is simple but sturdy, The CPU gives you a third processor for any games that use dual or triple core CPUs. The AM3 socket should be pretty upgradeable over the next couple years. I would prefer an AMD/ATI build, but this one would last you a good amount of time.. plenty of breathing room for upgrades.
  2. I like the build. Personally I would go for 4GB as it is the current "sweet spot" and shows performance gains. However, the CPU and graphics card are more important. Mushkin and OCZ are good quality brands. OCZ is usually a little cheaper though but Mushkin tends to have good timings.

    I would also go with a radeon 4850 as opposed to the 9800gt. It outperforms it but it is more expensive.

    This motherboard supports crossfire (ATI's SLI) and costs less than the SLI one. Asus and Gigabyte are the better quality motherboard brands and also have some nice overclocking options.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131397

    My modifications (without the ram upgrade) total the cost at $10 more though.
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