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Budget $500 Gaming Rig

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next couple of weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $500-$650 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, RAM, DVD Drive, Hard Drives.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg I guess

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A., Texas

PARTS PREFERENCES: It doesn't matter, I've always used Intel brands but whatever is best bang for my buck.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Nah, I think 1 decent video card will suffice.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (I think)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't need the top of the line, brand new stuff. I just need affordable parts. I primarily play MMORPGs and I'm okay with a good resolution and don't need the highest settings. I'm more concerned about loading times and FPS compared to resolution.
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  1. Whats your current RAM? If it's DDR2 then you're better off with new RAM.

    Whats current HD? If it's more than 2 years old, newer ones have advanced drastically in performance. Mainstream cheap drives no outperform the original velociraptors.


    Offhand, I'm thinking Athlon II x3 and 5770, though need answers to above questions to figure out how much we have to play with.
  2. I have 2GB 1666 MHz DDR2 ram, and I have 2 500GB HDs that are prob like 3 years old or so..

    So in that case I guess maybe a 300GB HD? or something. I've never needed more than 500.
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    The cheapest build I'd go for would be at the upper end of your budget.

    Optical
    Sony $22
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    HD
    Spinpoint F3 $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    MOBO
    GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 $85 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128419

    CPU
    Athlon II x3 925 $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103726

    PSU/Case
    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W and HAF 922 $145 w/ $35 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.362552

    RAM/GPU
    Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 and 5770 $260
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.361571

    Total: $647 before $45 MIR and shipping
  4. If you really want to drop the price you can grab this Case/PSU combo instead. It's $50 in savings but a not as good case. Either PSU will run the system, though the Fatality one does have more headroom and a lot more 12v rail amperage.

    Centurion 5 and OCZ Modxstream Pro 500w $94.98 w/ $ 35 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.362528
  5. What about this?

    Case
    APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154098

    MOBO
    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402R

    CPU
    AMD Athlon II X3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103726

    PSU
    Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200

    RAM/GPU
    HD5770 & RipJaw DDR3 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.361571

    HD
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=


    Total: $559.94 After Instant RB.

    I'm taking your advice on the hard drive, I guess I've been using these two for so long I don't know if I could be running/install much faster.
  6. Rosewill is not a good PSU company. Incidentally, it's also more expensive than the fatality thanks to combo deals and MIR.

    Open Box is not something I'd recommend.

    No idea about that case. It's neither a quality company nor a well known case.
  7. The Fatality combo is currently out of stock I believe, it wouldn't let me add it to my cart.
  8. That was fast. Well guess it was a really good deal.

    Anyway, just grab the Centurion 5 and OCZ 500W PSU combo instead then.
  9. Best answer selected by Difinitus.
  10. The new Rosewill Green PSUs have received favorable reviews; I think the last one I saw was at hardwaresecrets.com. They are a far sight better than the old Rosewill PSUs which destroyed their reputation.
  11. What about any additional cooling like a Heat Sink?
  12. In terms of the case i actually use it. It is definately not the most well built case but its decent. It serves my purpose even if it is a little flimsy. It is definately higher quality and most of the other cheaper cases. If you are afraid to use the vortex i would use this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068&cm_re=cooler_master-_-11-119-068-_-Product
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