$500 budget for gaming built!

which processor should i go?
AMD or Intel?.

i like to focus more on GPU.

please suggest some game built within $5oo range.
thanks.
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  1. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 more weeks

    BUDGET RANGE: $450 - $650

    COUNTRY: Malaysia

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: i dont know

    PARTS PREFERENCES: anything

    OVERCLOCKING: No

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe(future)

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: now 1440x900

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC and mid-end perfomance/quality in gaming
  2. avengedsoul said:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 more weeks

    BUDGET RANGE: $450 - $650

    COUNTRY: Malaysia

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: i dont know

    PARTS PREFERENCES: anything

    OVERCLOCKING: No

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe(future)

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: now 1440x900

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC and mid-end perfomance/quality in gaming


    Unless you provide us a Malaysian website you intend to buy from, we have no idea how much costs of components will be or which websites to build from because of shipping limitations.

    Figure out who you will buy from please.
  3. nevermind. you just suggest me the build. i will check the price of that component here.

    thanks
  4. AthlonII X3 4XX
    2-4 gb ddr3
    HD 5770
    80+ certified 500W PSU with active PFC
    770/785 or low cost 790GX for mobo
    DVDRW SATA ODD
    SATA HDD as per budget
    Cooler Master Elite 310 for case maybe?
  5. Nice, although with a Coolermaster case, anticipate minor quality problems like untapped screw holes, loose tool-free mounts, and/or alignment problems. Most will be fixable (or use screws if the mounts suck), but I've found that cheap Rosewill cases have none of these issues. The rest looks good though.
  6. can u guys explain about the different between intel and amd processor. i never use amd before!. and which amd processor is same like i5??

    anyway thanks for the suggest!
  7. about AMD processor and ATI gpu, i can get 30% off from my friend since she is staff in AMD factory.
  8. all price are from my country price and convert to USD.

    AMD PHENOM II X4 945 Quad Core 3.0Ghz / 2MB + 6MB cache AM3 = USD160
    or
    AMD PHENOM II X4 925 Quad Core 2.9Ghz / 2MB + 6MB cache AM3 = USD150

    ASUS EAH5770 ATI RADEON HD 5770 128bit 1GB DDR5 - CuCore 610 = USD190

    KINGSTON 2GB DDR3 (1333MHz) = USD57

    GIGABYTE MA790XT-USB3 AMD 790FX+SB750/DDR3/CrsFire/SATAIII/USB3.0 - AM3
    = USD150

    500GB Western Digital 16M = USD46

    COOLER MASTER Extreme Power Plus 500watts = USD47

    COOLER MASTER USP 100 Mid Tower Gamer Case = USD49

    ALL USD699

    - 30% PROCESSOR USD48
    - 30% GPU USD57

    all become USD594 = RM1900..

    actually my budget is RM1500..
  9. Good deal!
    Right now, AMD doesn't really have anything quite as good as i5, especially when overclocked. Fortunately, repeated tests have shown that the GPU is far more important to a gaming rig. With your budget, AMD is the only way to go, otherwise you'd have no money left after CPU & mobo to get a half-decent GPU.
  10. I was referring to the 30% off AMD pricing, not your last post.
    You definitely do NOT want that fecal Coolermaster PSU. As Batuchka said, you want to find one that has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification.
    It's not so much about being "green," it's about getting a PSU that was actually proven to be capable of outputting its full labeled rating; even though ambient temperature is unrealistically cool, the PSU is run for at least half an hour, so it is definitely able to get warm. A cheap Chokemax PSU would blow chunks under even an easy test like that.
  11. At your resolution, you can safely drop down to a HD5750 or even a HD5670 if it helps you make your budget. You can always upgrade later. An Athlon II X3 like Batuchka listed will be a lot cheaper than a Phenom II, and for games won't make a howling difference. You're paying a lot for a high-end mobo too.
  12. i got my old built.

    Intel Pentium 4 (2.8Ghz) 2 Core with Hyper Thread

    MSI N9500GT MDIG-OC/D2 128-BIT 1GB DDR2

    ASUS P5QPL-AM MOBO

    KINGSTON 3GB (2+1) DDR2 800Mhz

    80GB SATA HDD

    COOLER MASTER Extreme Power Plus 460watts

    POWER LOGIC FUTURA 220

    just upgrade the mobo,gpu,psu,2gb ram about 4 month ago.

    so, this is my mistake. i should make new built instead of upgrading this CPU. sigh~
  13. If you upgrade the GPU and PSU, you may find there's still life in that one.
    Other things to do would be to replace your 1GB RAM stick with a 2GB stick exactly like the one you have, so you can run in dual-channel mode. A single 2GB stick shouldn't be too bad yet.
    You wouldn't be able to use the RAM in a new build, but you'd be able to move the GPU and PSU later, so that money wouldn't be wasted. Although you could also get a better CPU for your socket, that would be money down the crapper, so I wouldn't do it. Socket 775 is at end-of-life.
  14. "Socket 775 is at end-of-life." yea, that is why i sacrifice myself to built new cpu. LOL

    but my old gpu is not good at all. rite?
  15. No, it really isn't.
  16. HD5770 or GTS260?

    can i go with this mobo GIGABYTE MA880GM-UD2H AMD 880G+SB750/ DDR3/USB 3.0/mATX - AM3 or
    GIGABYTE MA770T-UD3P AMD+ RD770+SB710/DDR3/SATA3/USB3/ATX - AM3
  17. last call~

    AMD ATHLON II X3 440 2.9Ghz
    SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON HD 5850
    KINGSTON 2GB DDR3
    GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3
    WD 500GB SATA
    CM USP 100 CASE
    USP??
  18. If you can afford it, the last one would be very good, with the HD5850, although that may be a little overkill for your current resolution. Find a PSU that has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification. Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, and Enermax are among the better brands. The older Coolermaster PSUs (with the voltage switch) definitely are not. Five hundred watts would be a good size.

    Edit: Between your last two GPU choices (GTS260 or HD5770) I would choose the HD5770. You might get that nice discount, you'll have DX11, and you'll use less power.
  19. GTS260 is 256-bit and HD5770 is 128-bit..i dont understanddd
  20. Im confused. Is it a 250 GTS or a 260 GTX?

    Theres no such thing as a 260 GTS
  21. Also 250 GTS= 256 Bit but only 128 stream processors.

    Where-as the 5770 is 128 bit with 800 stream processors.

    Huge differenence. Bits and stream processors are interconnected
  22. my bad. yes GeForce GTS260 448bit 896MB DDR3

    so, which 1 is good?. GTS260 or HD5770 128bit 1GB DDR5?
  23. You're saying GTS260 again. But since you have more specs, I assume its the 260 GTX?

    Reference the Gfx Card Heirarchy chart here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-geforce-gtx-480,2598-6.html

    That will help you understand kind of a loosely based tier of awesomeness.

    Once again 448 bit @ 216 Stream Processors

    Vs. 128 Bit @ 800 Stream Processors

    The 5770 still wins out. It also has directX 11.

    The answer to your question si the 5770
  24. okay. so, the "bit" doesnt matter at all?
  25. It does, but you also have to factor in Memory, as well as Stream Processors.

    They all factor into performance.

    In this case, the 5770 is better.
  26. Yes. The 5850 is better than the 5770 which is better than the GTX 260.
  27. thanks!.
    then i'll go with HD5850 with 256bit and 1440 Stream Processing Units. nice or not?
  28. 1440 x 900
    HD 5770
    Antec Earthwatts or ECO 500/520/620 ...Seasonic M12ii/S12ii series...or Enermax Liberty ECO series PSU <--invest in good PSU
    game on!
  29. lol, yep.
  30. HD 5770?

    in case i change my monitor in future with 1920 x 1080 can support enough?
  31. I think it should be sufficient for 99% of the games out there.
  32. nice!. about the psu, how about psu ZALMAN ZM600-ST ?
    http://www.zalman.com/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=372
  33. Well, it has full range active PFC and is 80+ certified, so it is very unlikely to suck. If you cannot get a reasonably priced Antec, Corsair, or Seasonic, it should do nicely.
  34. ok thanks. now my i sooo over budget. but still can consider

    that shop ppl suggest me this build. good or not?

    AMD PHENOM X4 955
    GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3
    G.SKILL RIPJAWS 2GBx2 ---- this ram really necessary or wat?
    XFX HD5770
    500TB BARRACUDA SATA3
    SATA SUPERMULTI DVD-RW
    THERMALTAKE V3 BLACK EDITION ---- cheapest and nice airflow but small space
    ZALMAN ZM600-ST

    this build ok?
  35. That looks pretty nice. You don't list the price, but assuming it's fair, that's a decent build.
    Only thing to check is the hard drive; make sure it is NOT a 7200.11 model as those had problems. A 7200.12 would be fine if they just have Seagate, or get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 if they have it.
  36. the price is almost USD560

    hard drive is Seagate 500G SATA3 (7200rpm/16M)

    and about mobo, i found this ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology support for this mobo GA-880GMA-UD2H
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3424&ProductName=GA-880GMA-UD2H
    the price is about the same with GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3

    which 1 is better?.

    and for tt v3 case is ok? because it have kinda small space with 190x430x473
  37. The GA-880 will be newer tech; especially if the price is similar, that's the one I'd get, although Hybrid Graphics is irrelevant with a HD5770 in your build.
    If the Seagate hard drive is a version 7200.11, pass on it. If it is a 7200.12, it's a good drive. Both are 500GB SATA 3Gb/s.
    The XFX HD5770 is not a big card; I just got mine yesterday.

    Bedtime for me!
  38. i see..thank for the info :)
  39. this ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO mobo good or not?
    it have 2xPCIE 2.0 because maybe in future im going cfx hd5770 the price also cheaper than the gigabyte mobo with doesnt include the 2 pcie slot, but this asus mobo dont have usb 3.0..

    can u guys suggest me gigabyte mobo with 2 pcie slot and low price?
  40. If you are thinking those 2 x PCIex16 lanes are good for CF i would ditch the idea as that mobo is 16/4x - at your budget point go for a non CF/SLI mobo and get the most frames outta that GPU for best results/gaming experience for the $$
  41. okay. im going for MA770T-USB3
  42. now i got problem with this asus m4a87t/usb3!.
    either 770t-usb3 or this asus mobo?
    which 1 better for overclocking?
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