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500 USD Gaming Rig [Suggestions Needed]

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April 21, 2010 3:25:51 PM

Hello forum,

I am planning on getting a new computer and need your advice in picking out the hardware, I documented myself but I believe that this community is the best on the internet to ask about such things.

Note: I plan on overclocking this computer.

I already have the CPU (I think it's wise to keep it as it can be OC'ed quite well) - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz 1066MHz 4MB Socket 775 Dual-Core CPU, 2x monitors (I plan on using 1280x1024), keyboard, mouse, dvdrw. I plan on getting a "Tuniq Tower 120" cooler for the CPU.

I need suggestions for:

Motherboard, Graphics Card (preferably one which can be OC'ed well), RAM, HDD, Power Supply and Case.

Note: My goal is to buy a cheap computer and overclock it so that it can smoothly run new games.

Thank you very much forum.

Best regards,
Alex
April 21, 2010 5:42:57 PM

To be honest, you're not going to be getting much gaming out of $500. A good GPU, HDD, 2 GB of RAM, a quality PSU and case alone are going to cost around $450. That doesn't leave much for a board.

Also, the Core2 CPUs are basically dead. I'd highly recommend saving up another $75-100 and getting a good, upgradeable build that will be much better for gaming.
April 22, 2010 10:33:43 AM

Could you then please propose a build which is up to 800 USD? :) 

Thank you :) 
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April 22, 2010 11:10:22 AM

An $800 dollar budget is much better.

Try this computer:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz - $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 - $79.99 w/$10 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB 2x2GB DDR3 1600MHz CL8 - $109.99 w/$20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 - $307.55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT M59 - $55.99 w/$15 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream 500W - $39.99 w/$25 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $843.49

It's $50 over your budget, but if you want less, then just drop that HD 5850 to an HD 5830, but I really recommend the HD 5850.
April 22, 2010 12:20:15 PM

Not only does that build have a lot of waste (and some questionable parts like OCZ RAM), but it's also not very future proof. You can do it cheaper and better than that. Here's what I'd build:

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU/PSU: HD 5850 and Antec Earthwatts 650W $355
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $72

Total: $772
April 22, 2010 5:35:25 PM

$500 build -

5770 - $160
x3 435 - $75
Mobo - $100
PSU - $50
Ram (2 gigs) - $60
Case - $50
Optical - $25
Hd (500gb) - $55

Total - $575

I run tons of apps, multiple games, other systray crap all at once and only then am I really breaking the 2 gig mark. Plus you can always upgrade later.

There is tons of good mobos, psus, cases, that you will be able to find for or around the listed price. Each will be a little different in terms of what it offers.

Hd's usually people recommend seagate, samsung, WD 7200 drives. I personally am fond of the samsung spinpoint f3's ($55).

Search around newegg for some combo/rebate pricing, amazon and maybe a couple other vendors such as tigerdirect and you can probably knock another $20-$50 off this price (more hassle, but you can definitely save).


FUTURE PROOFING:


If you want a more future proof system you will need the following
-Board that supports crossfirex
-bigger PSU

$50-$100 more


More future proof:
-Better GPU
-$10 more for the 440 x3 instead of the 435

$100-180 in addition to the previously listed $50-$100
April 22, 2010 5:40:25 PM

Yes, it's nice to just assign numbers to parts. However, without actually finding the parts, it's meaningless.

You are NOT getting a quality PSU for $50. Not even if it's only 500W. There is a nice 430W and case combo from Antec that's $115 though.
April 22, 2010 5:52:03 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Yes, it's nice to just assign numbers to parts. However, without actually finding the parts, it's meaningless.

You are NOT getting a quality PSU for $50. Not even if it's only 500W. There is a nice 430W and case combo from Antec that's $115 though.


I'd be willing to bet I could find one.

Just so there is no confusion, could you specify what you would consider a "quality PSU?"


I'll agree there is a difference between a very high quality PSU and one thats "good enough."

But for a $500 budget PC, I think the "good enough" ones are what we're looking for.
April 22, 2010 7:52:43 PM

A "good enough" PSU is never a good idea. I will say that I stand corrected on the $50 PSU though. It's been a while since I've looked at PSUs in that wattage range outside of combos. The Corsair is a good one, as is the Antec Earthwatts.
April 22, 2010 7:58:57 PM

I mean, technically I still haven't been able to find one. You said 500 watts for $50 and those are both less watts. You could go with that cheapo case combo, but then you'd have a crappy case.

If you're patient enough to look around/wait for a deal I'm confident you can find one.
April 22, 2010 8:07:56 PM

Whoops. I didn't notice that the weren't 500W units. I was focusing more on the quality aspect.

I'll take a quick look in that range...
April 23, 2010 1:50:17 AM

Antec BP550 Plus 550W & Antec Three Hundred Case $99 - $10 rebate

or

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W & COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 Case $95 - $35 rebate

These are probably the best case and power supply combo's on at Newegg at the moment that don't break the bank or sacrifice quality or performance.

In this case I'd recommend the OCZ and cooler master combo.

For 500 bucks

AMD Athlon II X3 440 & XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB Combo $230

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 770 Motherboard $60

A-DATA Gaming Series 2GB DDR3 1600 RAM $59

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W & COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 Case $95 - $35 rebate

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB $55

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive $22

Totals to $520 dollars BEFORE rebate.

If that buts you over-budget by too much then you can swap in this combo

AMD Athlon II X3 440 & XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB Combo $193

Which should put you around $480.
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