Hello, I am looking to build a good computer around 500 dollars. I would like to be able to play Enemy Territory Quake Wars with decent frame rates, I would also like to be able to use blender(3d program).
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 month
BUDGET RANGE: around $500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, 3D modelling(blender)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS(using ubuntu)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect.com newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S
PARTS PREFERENCES: not really picky but like AMD
OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe
This is as good as you're going to be getting. It doesn't have a powerful CPU or GPU, as to get better graphics, you'll need to cut down the CPU. Even then, you can't afford a decent discrete GPU, so you have to use the integrated graphics. The i3 is your best bet for a middle ground option.
SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
^I don't know how good ATI's ubuntu support is but if Nvidia's is better look for a GTS-250 instead(costs a bit more, though).
Total: $504 ($469 after 2 MIRs)
Once you get the rebates, you can add 3 120mm Yate Loon fans to your case for about $16-$17 shipped from Jab-Tech: http://www.jab-tech.com/YATE-LOON-120mm-Case-Fan-D12SL-...
^These are OEM models so they don't come with screws. You'll need to buy some if you don't have any extras lying around.