Under $500 Gaming PC

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=N82E16819103688

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=N82E16814131331

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

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=N82E16820231277

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=N82E16817139008

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=N82E16811147135

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=N82E16827136177

= $514.10 + shipping
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  1. ^ Some changes...

    Mobo -
    ASUS 770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131603

    RAM - Same

    PSU - Same

    Graphisc card -
    HD 5770
    $162.99
    ($152.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card )
    Free Shipping*
    $10 off w/ promo code EMCYZNW74, ends 2/3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317

    CASE - Antec 300
    http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=207906549&listingid=34456273

    DVD - Same

    Total - ~$512
  2. This CPU will be a very good option for gaming...
    X3 425
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103726
  3. gkay09 said:


    I agree, the ASUS is a better mobo and will be $12.56 cheaper AR because the Gigabyte has shipping
  4. Also upgrade that CPU to the Rana 435 X3 2.9GHz for $75

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724
  5. Ok sounds good to me, thanks for the help
  6. Better PSU for same price after shipping.

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 500w $64.99 w/ $25 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016&cm_re=ocz_power_supply-_-17-341-016-_-Product
  7. +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...
  8. gkay09 said:


    You can get this same case at microcenter for $62.09 shipped or $44.99 in-store if you live near one.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0283272
  9. 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=N82E16819103688

    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=N82E16814131331

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    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=N82E16820231277

    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=N82E16817139008

    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=N82E16811147135

    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=N82E16827136177

    = $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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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)
  12. 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.
  13. I have a crap emachines t2958 can I use stuff from that to make it cheaper? sorry I'm a noob.-)
  14. 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.
  15. Well outside HD's I guess.
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