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$500 gaming rig suggestions ORDERING TONIGHT

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December 7, 2009 5:38:33 PM

I've been asked to build my girlfriends little bro a gaming pc for christmas. They told me the budget was about $500. Here is what I came up with. I don't think I'm missing anything. I just want suggestions if you have better parts for similar money:

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 7, 2009 5:56:22 PM

... and no OS?
December 7, 2009 5:59:11 PM

oops... forgot that. May have been a problem. :lol: 

I'll get that power supply and a hard drive thats not too expensive.

I'm getting windows 7 through the student discount(30 bucks)
December 7, 2009 6:04:06 PM
December 7, 2009 6:43:12 PM

They're all good choices. The graphics card is almost too high performance for this system; you could save a little here and go with a GeForce 9800 GT or even 9600 GT without giving up too much, I think, but overall this looks like a great build for the money.
December 7, 2009 7:03:02 PM

What about the 4830 I had initially. Would it be worth it to save the money on shipping and the card. Its about 30 cheaper if you factor in shipping. I was just looking for something with good performance.

December 7, 2009 7:17:39 PM

It's going to give you about the same performance as an 9800 GT, so that's another option.
December 7, 2009 8:35:16 PM



No fair! :kaola:  If I posted this budget gaming build I would get alot of flack for not including ddr3, even though those same critcs have said that the difference between ddr2 and ddr3 are minimal, and that ddr2 ram + mobos are cheaper than their ddr3 counterparts.
December 8, 2009 3:14:24 AM

Well I'm getting a good deal on a quad core with that motherboard. So I would rather have that than a less powerful cpu and ddr3.

December 8, 2009 3:17:23 AM

nonewsgoodnews said:
Well I'm getting a good deal on a quad core with that motherboard. So I would rather have that than a less powerful cpu and ddr3.


THANK YOU! Thats what I've been saying! Just don't tell Batchkua that..he he he! :p 
December 8, 2009 3:45:26 PM

I waited until this morning. I got some killler deals. Total was 501.24 after promo codes:

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811154098

CPU/Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.304701

Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136177

Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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