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Help me build an affordable gaming PC under $600

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May 7, 2010 7:59:30 PM

Hey folks. I've seen websites do $500 builds before so I know it's possible!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ~next 2 months BUDGET RANGE: 600 after Rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming (Crysis), Video editing, Graphics editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Airbags :D  .

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (Good rep, 12-month pay plan >$500. Know better? Tell me.)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA!

PARTS PREFERENCES: None. OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024+

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want to last 2-3 years before needing serious upgrades.

For reference here's my current build:
Acer L100
AMD Athlon 64 X2 400+ Dual Core 2.10 Ghz
1 GB Ram
32-bit Vista
GeForce 6150 LE (Integrated video)
mATX form factor
135W PSU
Nothing else important really.
May 7, 2010 8:07:01 PM

You can't game Crysis on a $500 PC at high settings. Video editing likewise won't be too good.

Come back the week of your purchase and we can point you to specific combo's to save money. But in general

athlon ii x3 CPU
A gigabyte UD2 AM3 MOBO
Centurion 5 for Case
Ripjaws DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 for RAM
spinpoint F3 or 7200.12 500gb HD
cheap $20 optical
OCZ PSU 550 watt
5770.
May 7, 2010 8:30:13 PM

$500 isn't that possible without a major cut. $600, yes.

Here's my build (which is mostly similar):

CPU: X3 440 and Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $100
Mobo/GPU: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 and HD 5770 $225 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
Case/HDD: HEC 6C60BS and Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $77
Optical/PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W and cheap SATA DVD burner $44 after rebate

Total: $566.

I make no claims about that case. I've never even looked at it before today...

The major cut I'm referring to is dropping to 2 GB of RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 2x1 GB DDR3 1333 CAS Latency 9. It would drop the price to $503.
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May 7, 2010 11:16:09 PM

Thanks for the suggestions guys.

I'm perfectly happy with a dual-core right now. Is there a tangible benefit for going tri or quad, or is it just future-proofing?



May 8, 2010 3:37:58 AM

$457 AR
May 8, 2010 4:46:11 AM

Err peeps have done GTX (10.5") in it (but not adviseable) HD 5770 at just 9-9.25" is actually a smallish card ^^
May 8, 2010 4:59:45 AM

forzainter said:


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want to last 2-3 years before needing serious upgrades





This is simply not possible on a 500 dollar budget. The PC's you were looking at for 500 dollars are made with cheapo parts that wont even last 2-3 years. If you spent 800-900 bucks I could guarantee 2-3 years.
May 10, 2010 3:37:09 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. I had to move and just set my old PC up. If all goes well I'll have the green light to buy the PC next week. Will keep you posted.
May 10, 2010 8:09:52 AM

You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
May 10, 2010 8:32:26 AM

how about a phenom II X2
May 10, 2010 1:13:48 PM

You don't want a dual core in this age. It's a bad idea. Also, the X2 5xx are expensive and not any bettter than the cheaper X3s.
May 10, 2010 2:24:36 PM

antisyzygy said:
This is simply not possible on a 500 dollar budget. The PC's you were looking at for 500 dollars are made with cheapo parts that wont even last 2-3 years. If you spent 800-900 bucks I could guarantee 2-3 years.


I saw this post, and I thought you were right. Until I looked at my own crappy Acer. I bought it in 2007! (Specs in OP)
May 10, 2010 4:53:10 PM

I wouldn't touch that PSU. It's definitely a POS. OCZ is about as cheap as I would go for a PSU.
May 10, 2010 4:54:08 PM

forzainter said:
HEC ATX Mid Tower, 585W Power Supply


The power supply that comes with the HEC case is kind of crap, and the power supply is not a good thing to skimp on. Stick with better brands like Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, OCZ, etc.
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