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Under $500 Gaming PC

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February 1, 2010 8:16:49 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this week

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video/music, school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse/keyboard, Monitor, OS, Speakers, I have a Barracuda 7200.8 250 GB HD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024



AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWERCOLOR AX5750 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5750 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with pre-installed 2x 120mm Fan, Support up to 1x 140mm top fan, 2x 140mm side fan, 1x 140mm front fan, 1x 120mm rear fan - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

= $514.10 + shipping

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February 1, 2010 5:32:56 PM

Ok sounds good to me, thanks for the help
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February 2, 2010 2:27:47 AM

+1 for the X3 435 over the 425 I had linked...for $4 more, it is a better buy...
And also +1 for the OCZ if you factor in the Mail-In-Rebates...
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February 2, 2010 11:56:15 AM

Boxinguru1989 said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this week

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video/music, school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse/keyboard, Monitor, OS, Speakers, I have a Barracuda 7200.8 250 GB HD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024



AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWERCOLOR AX5750 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5750 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with pre-installed 2x 120mm Fan, Support up to 1x 140mm top fan, 2x 140mm side fan, 1x 140mm front fan, 1x 120mm rear fan - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

= $514.10 + shipping


hi, using the mobo and the cpu from this list above can I build a $400 computer? I don't need a os. but I would really like to use this mobo or something similar. thanx in advance.
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February 2, 2010 11:59:29 AM

For a gaming rig that can play games at smooth frame rates at high settings, not possible for $400, better off getting a console which is actually ~$600 worth of components for $300.


I did a bare minimum build yesterday and it was ~$465 with the lowest hardware I'd use.
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February 2, 2010 12:09:55 PM

thanx for reply.

I don't need a kick a$$ graphics card, just something to get me by till I have the funds. If I can get somthing decent together, I'm trying to buy in few days. I just need a good mobo with lots of life like the one above and a decent cpu everything will be upgraded later. thanx for any input.

(oops, sorry i didnt read the last part)
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February 2, 2010 12:22:24 PM

Good basic Mobo $65
4 gb Basic RAM $85
Basic CPU $57
Basic Case $40
Basic PSU $40
Basic Optical Drive $23
Shipping ~$30

That's Bare minimum, using cheapest parts, and it's at $340 AFTER MIR before the GPU.

Considering the quality of parts you're using, you'll get better performance from a console. Bare minimum card to play games at a decent frame rate is a 4850, $99.

Anything lower and its worse than a console.

It's a waste of money to buy parts now and then replace them in a few weeks or months. Just save your money until you have ~$600 and then you can get a decent rig.
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February 2, 2010 12:40:42 PM

I have a crap emachines t2958 can I use stuff from that to make it cheaper? sorry I'm a noob.-)
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February 2, 2010 12:43:06 PM

You'd have to list the components, but probably not. PC tech moves fast. Anything older than 2 years isn't compatible with current hardware.
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February 2, 2010 12:43:35 PM

Well outside HD's I guess.
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