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Best Bang for buck for $500

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April 10, 2010 8:16:15 AM

I need a GAMING PC for $550
Please suggest me the best bang for buck for everything(every single component)

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a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2010 9:26:15 AM

Monitor included?
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April 10, 2010 9:44:54 AM

yup
no amd please and mobo only from intel or asus
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April 10, 2010 2:17:28 PM

You're not getting Intel (modern tech, at a decent speed) on that budget.
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April 12, 2010 1:01:55 AM

Yea forget Intel, its not the brand/make that matters its the "Best Bang for buck" thats important.

I recommend

AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

A-DATA Gaming Series 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

Hanns·G HH201HPB Black 20" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

Should total around $550 for all that, and thats probably the best you can do for 550. There are a few things you could trim back on, but you'd be suffering alot in terms of quality or performance loss.

And I don't budget for keyboard or mouse since thats always down to user preference.

Also, you "could" do a i3 Intel build but you'd be stuck with a really budget one probably running a 4670 and a super-budget micro-ATX mobo. In the grand scheme of "bang-for-buck" frame-rates, the processor is nowhere near as important as the GPU.
/rant
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April 12, 2010 1:39:47 AM

Woudlk chage the HDD to spinpoint f3 500gb.
And I would like to see a better PSU
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April 12, 2010 7:49:25 AM

Changed the HDD to a F3 spinpoint, since it is better.
And as for the power-supply: I've never had any problems with the Coolermaster brand ones.

If you want to get a better PSU such as the Corsair 400W then then you are certainly free to do so, I just tried to keep the overall cost down since he did say he had a budget of 550.

Also I wasn't taking into consideration re-bates into my budgeting since you receive those weeks after you've bought everything.

Ultimately it depends if its a hard-budget of 550 and we have to take into consideration keyboard and mouse + shipping for everything. In that case there would be a couple of other things we'd have to change as well...

Edit: Actually one thing that strikes me as odd is that I haven't seen any Vantec PSUs for sale at Newegg or Tigerdirect, yet they seem very popular over her in New Zealand and Australia for the budget minded.
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April 12, 2010 6:53:23 PM

Would definitely buck up for the PSu there.

Skimping on PSUs is a bad idea
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a b 4 Gaming
April 12, 2010 7:06:58 PM

Yup, that Cooler Master PSU is a VERY bad idea. It doesn't have active PFC, doesn't have a lot of output on the 12v rail, and is only rated at about 70% efficiency.

That PSU would make a pretty indoor fireworks show if you're into that sort of thing. :lol: 
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