Hi Iam building a new gaming rig budgets tight (2 kids and wife that lets say ,is not a saver) have 500.00 saved .been putting this build off for over a year .(dont spend much on myself) but DAMN I need a new rig ,cant play any new games I have re-played half-life 3x, half-life 2 2x,call of duty 2x, medal of honor 2x ........ok u get the picture my current pc was built 1/2003 AMD 2600+ ,1G mem corsair twin x pc 2700,asus A7n8x deluxe( 8x AGP slot ) x800xt aiw vid card 2 160gb WD hd 's in raid 0 win xp I sill cant believe what I spent putting it together anyway this is what Iam working on now trying desperately to keep cost down
Have : Antec 900 case , Antec earthwatts 650W PSU , 1TB Hitachi Deskstar 7200rpm 32m cache sata HD aft rebate paid $140.00 for all 3
OS: Windows 7 ULIMATE .......... Have
CPU: will be i7 920 or 930 for will p/u at micro center $200.00
MEMORY: need 6 GB 1600 mhz DDR3 like to stay under 169.99
MOBO: need x58 1366 min. 2x pci-e 16x slots 6 mem slots ( Iam partial to ASUS boards ) like to stay south of 199.00
VIDEO CARD: would love to go back to Nvidia card GTX 460,465 sub 200.00 if possible??
DVDRW : can find easily for 25.oo or 30.00
If I can get away for 900.00 or 950.00 TOTAL would be great................ Thanx!!!
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.
CPU: Go with the 930 since the 920 is a little old but both are very solid CPU.
RAM: Go with this G.Skill PI 1600 for only $160 and free shipping are very good.
Mobo: This Gigabyte X58A-UD3R is a solid options for only $209.99 with free shipping. The ASUS P6X58D-E is more expensive at $239.99
GPU:Get this MSI GTX 460 Cyclone is very solid and OC very well.
DVD-RW: Get this ASUS
Go With AMD And Use The Money Saved For Better Graphics Card (GTX470 Anyone?) And Other Parts That Are More Important To Gaming, When Gaming Your Not Gonna Notice The Diff Between A I7 And A Phenom II, Your Video-Card And Memory Amount Are More Important Factors.
Intel Is A Waste Of Good $$ That Could Be Spent Elsewhere, C'mon Im Running An Original Athlon X2 With 4GB Of RAM An A 9800GT And Theres Not A Game I Cant Play At Relatively High Settings And I Have Dual Monitors And A Kick Ass Sound System And I Built It All For Less Than $500.00.