First build <500 budget gaming/3d modeling

well this shall be my first pc ive built, and since im a total noob at CPUs, mobos and other stuff, i would like to have some advice....

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Christmas BUDGET RANGE: 500 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Blender/ 3d max... I would like to play most good games, but id be satisfied to play crysis on mid graphics with 40 fps...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (monitor, maybe a graphics card, i might try to upgrade this...)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com basically any sites that have good prices... COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferences

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: No idea which size i have/want

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: essentially i want to be able to play most games on mid settings, im thinking a AMD Phenom II 720 for the cpu and thats about all i kno lol....
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  1. $489 after rebates :P


    http://www.ninjalane.com/reviews/video/palit_gts250/page11.aspx
    Crysis worthy 1680 x 1050 and lower resolutions! More frames at medium this is 'gamer' benches
  2. Thanks a ton!!! anyone else wanna suggest some? i also think i might get a 500 gb hd.... 1 question, where did you get the prices in the pic from?
  3. Newegg.com
    for a 500gb HDD get the seagate 7200.12 500gb for $54
  4. NewEgg USA
    Hmm i think you could even "spoil" yourself with a smallish top up for this Asus 785G AM3/DDR3 mATX and still come under $500 AR hehe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131406
  5. i found a western digital HD 500 gb on newegg.com for the same price...
    and hmm right now im at 545$, im not sure if this is before rebate or after.... any help?
    also is this build better than these prebuilt 1s:
    1. Processor & Memory:

    * AMD Athon™ II X2 Processor 240 (2.80GHz)
    * 2MB Cache
    * 1000MHz Front Side Bus
    * NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce430 Chipset
    * 4GB DDR2 SDRAM memory (2 x 2GB)

    Drives:

    * 500GB (7,200RPM) SATA Hard Drive
    * 22x max DVD±RW optical drive
    * Front panel 19-in-1 multimedia card reader

    Graphics & Video:

    * Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Graphics

    Communications:

    * 10/100 Ethernet LAN

    Audio:

    * 8-channel capable audio with Jack Sensing

    Keyboard & Mouse:

    * ZT Desktop Keyboard
    * ZT Optical Mouse

    Expandability (total bays):

    * 2 x 5.25" external (1 occupied)
    * 2 x 3.5" external (1 occupied)
    * 4 x 3.5" internal (1 occupied)
    * 1 x PCIe x16
    * 1 x PCIe x1
    * 2 x PCI

    Ports and Slots:

    * VGA port (15-pin)
    * 6 x USB 2.0
    * 2 x PS/2
    * 6 in 1 Audio Jack
    * RJ-45 (LAN)

    Operating System & Software:

    * Microsoft® Windows 7 Premium - 64 bit
    * Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 (90-day trial)


    2. Processor & Memory:

    *

    Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor E5300 (2.6GHz)
    * 2MB L2 cache
    * 800MHz Front Side Bus
    * Intel G31 / ICH7 chipset
    * 4GB DDR2 SDRAM memory (2 x 2GB, shared)

    Drives:

    * 500GB (7,200RPM) SATA Hard Drive
    *

    22x max DVD±RW dual layer optical drive
    * Front panel 19-in-1 multimedia digital card reader

    Graphics & Video:

    * Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100

    Communications:

    * 10/100 Ethernet LAN

    Audio:

    * Integrated 6-channel capable audio

    Keyboard & Mouse:

    * ZT Desktop Keyboard
    * ZT Optical Mouse

    Expandability (total):

    * Two 5.25" external (1 occupied)
    * One 3.5" external (1 occupied)
    * Five 3.5" internal (1 occupied)
    * 1 x PCIe x16
    * 1 x PCIe x1
    * 1 x PCI

    Ports and Slots:


    * 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 4 rear)
    * 1 x RJ-45 (LAN)
    * 2 x PS/2
    * 1 x COM port
    * 1 x VGA (15-pin)
    * 6-Channel Audio I/O jacks

    Operating System:

    * Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

    Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007 includes:

    * Microsoft Word
    * Microsoft Excel
    * Microsoft PowerPoint
    * Microsoft OneNote


    3. #
    Processor
    Intel® Pentium®
    #
    Processor Speed
    2.6GHz
    #
    Screen Size (Measured Diagonally)
    NA
    #
    Screen Size (Measured Diagonally)
    NA
    #
    System Bus
    800MHz
    #
    Cache Memory
    2MB on die Level 2
    #
    System Memory (RAM)
    4GB
    #
    Type of Memory (RAM)
    DDR2
    #
    Hard Drive Type
    SATA
    #
    Hard Drive Size
    750GB
    #
    Graphics
    NVIDIA GeForce 7050
    #
    Video Memory
    256MB (shared)
    #
    Audio
    High-definition (7.1 channel)
    #
    Speakers
    None
    #
    Network Card
    Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
    #
    Wireless Networking
    None
    #
    Recordable DVD Drive
    Yes, double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
    #
    Recordable DVD Drive Speeds
    8x DVD+R DL; 8x DVD-R DL; 16x8x16 DVD+RW; 16x6x16 DVD-RW; 5x DVD-RAM; 48x32x40 CD-RW
    #
    Direct-Disc Labeling
    No
    #
    Digital Media Reader or Slots
    Yes, digital media card reader
    #
    Available Expansion Bays
    1 (3.5"), 1 (5.25")
    #
    Available Expansion Slots
    2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16
    #
    USB 2.0 Ports
    6 (2 front, 4 rear)
    #
    IEEE 1394 Ports
    0
    #
    S-Video Outputs
    None
    #
    Serial Ports
    None
    #
    Parallel Ports
    None
    #
    Game Ports
    None
    #
    Keyboard Description
    eMachines PS/2
    #
    Other Control Devices (mouse, etc.)
    eMachines PS/2 mouse
    #
    Operating System Platform
    Windows
    #
    Operating System
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    #
    Software Included
    Adobe Reader; Microsoft Works; Cyberlink PowerDVD and more


    4. #
    Processor
    AMD Phenom™ X4
    #
    Processor Speed
    1.8GHz
    #
    System Bus
    800MHz
    #
    Cache Memory
    2MB on die Level 3
    #
    System Memory (RAM)
    4GB
    #
    System Memory (RAM) Expandable To
    8GB
    #
    Type of Memory (RAM)
    DDR2
    #
    Hard Drive Type
    Serial ATA II (7200 rpm)
    #
    Hard Drive Size
    640GB
    #
    Graphics
    ATI RADEON HD 3200
    #
    Video Memory
    Up to 256MB (shared)
    #
    Personal Video Recorder (PVR)
    No
    #
    TV Tuner
    No
    #
    MPEG
    Yes
    #
    Audio
    High-definition (8-channel support)
    #
    Speakers
    Amplified stereo
    #
    Built-in Webcam
    No
    #
    Modem
    56 Kbps* ITU V.92 *Capable of receiving 56 Kbps downloads. However, current regulations limit download speed to 53 Kbps.
    #
    Network Card
    Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
    #
    Wireless Networking
    None
    #
    Recordable DVD Drive
    Yes, double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
    #
    Recordable DVD Drive Speeds
    8x DVD+R DL; 8x DVD-R DL; 18x8x16 DVD+RW; 18x6x16 DVD-RW; 12x DVD-RAM; 48x32x48 CD-RW
    #
    Direct-Disc Labeling
    Yes
    #
    Digital Media Reader or Slots
    Yes, digital media card reader
    #
    Total Expansion Slots
    2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16
    #
    Available Expansion Slots
    1 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16
    #
    USB 2.0 Ports
    6 (2 front, 4 rear)
    #
    IEEE 1394 Ports
    2 (1 front, 1 rear)
    #
    S-Video Outputs
    None
    #
    Additional Audio/Video Connectors
    HDMI
    #
    Serial Ports
    None
    #
    Parallel Ports
    None
    #
    Game Ports
    None
    #
    Keyboard Description
    Multimedia
    #
    Other Control Devices (mouse, etc.)
    USB optical 2-button wheel mouse
    #
    Operating System Platform
    Windows
    #
    Operating System
    Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with SP1
    #
    Software Included
    Microsoft Money Essentials, Works 9.0, Cyberlink Power2Go and more
  6. Nah HDDs dun come with rebates on Egg for the most part ^^
  7. how easy will it be to build this computer?
  8. sorry for the double post, but is there any chance that i can get a cheaper graphics card, yet weill still play most games at mid settings?
  9. triple post lol.... im assuming this does not include the price for windows 7 correct? and if so any1 know where i can get it cheap?
  10. There are a full internet of windows 7 or any other windows u wan't :) just thats illegal, but at least in Lithuania where i live legall windows cost's like average monthly payment so.. :D, or use Linux
  11. eh, id prefer to buy it legally, and on a different note, what do u think about the prebuilt systems i posted.... cause im mainly looking at the fact that it includes winodws 7 + a keyboard an mouse... also does any1 think there will be better sales around christmas?
  12. No, OEMs like that often cut corners. This way you know your getting quality parts and in the event of something being DOA you pay the return shipping for one part rather then a whole PC!
  13. For ANY gaming rig you may want tone down on anything except the GPU dept. for best results In fact i would decide on what games i intend to play, resolution / settings i am willing to compromise to and design backwards after selection of GPU hehe
  14. hmmm im thinking im going to buy this computer and then upgrade the graphics card as i c fit... what do you guys think?
  15. Well if u do get a lower end GPU it would work with some lowering of settings/resolution. That pre-built at Costco though has inferior hardware written all over it i.e:

    1. nForce 430 chipset = bad clocker
    2. Essentially an AM2 chipset so PCIex16 gen 1.0 not 2.0 slot
    3. X2 240/Integrated video will get murdered by my x4 620/GTS 250 config - try GTA4 if u dun take my word for it hehe
    4. I am thinking they used a god forsaken 'free with case' kindda PSU

    Cheers
  16. Try this
    Cpu: and fx 6300
    Motherboard: asus m5a97 Eco r2.0
    Gpu:amd 7790
    Storage: western digital western digital caviar blue 1tb
    Psu: corsair builders series cx 600w
    Case: aero cool x warrior
    It's 100 over but you could switch out some things
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