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Budget productivity/gaming ($500)

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SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: School, gaming, music production/recording.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, videocard (have a 5670), optical drive, speakers, mouse, keyboard.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, tigerdirect, fry's electronics, whatever.

PARTS PREFERENCES:Small size case is a must, microATX. Definitely want a quad core or better. 500gb hard drive, don't really need anything bigger or smaller.

OVERCLOCKING: Possibly, don't want to spend a lot on aftermarket cooling and would only like to do small overclocking.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will be doing some light gaming (starcraft 2, dragon age). I'll be using a 5670 video card and likely won't ever buy a high end one so I would like to not have to spend a ton of money on a fancy high wattage power supply. Also it's likely I'll be using this pc for 4+ years. Hopefully somebody can get a good build within $500 since the OS and videocard are already taken care of.
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  5. Best answer
    $470AR including ship ^^
  6. ^ Why? It will handle everything he wants to do exceptionally well, and last him a long time without upgrades. Sure the OP could go with an Athlon II X4 and save some money, but if you have the budget, why not?
  7. The 955 is out of place for such a build.
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  9. batuchka said:



    excellent, I'll go with this one I think. Thanks everyone.
  10. Transmaniacon said:
    ^ Why? It will handle everything he wants to do exceptionally well, and last him a long time without upgrades. Sure the OP could go with an Athlon II X4 and save some money, but if you have the budget, why not?

    Maybe he could then buy other higher quality parts than a 30$ case.
  11. Best answer selected by disgorge89.
  12. ^ All that build really offers him is 500 extra GB, with a slower CPU.

    batuchka's build offers you the best performance for your budget.
  13. Userremoved said:
    Maybe he could then buy other higher quality parts than a 30$ case.


    For a budget build that is mainly going to be a general home use computer, a nicer case is not necessary.
  14. But why spend your budget on performance that no one sees when you can instead invest in a spiffier case that everyone looks at and can oooooo and awwwwww - as long as they don't see your performance. And don't forget all those snazzy lights you can add inside. Unfortunately the selected case does not have a clear window but it does have lots of holes from which light can project.

    Someone needs to record a good CD one can run in their computer - you know that provides some great sounds like a car revving its engine - but a computer version of such sounds. So you can "hear" your computer chugging away in the background - like powerful machinery. Then maybe one of those electronic room deoderizers that you plug into the wall nearby - but with some nice ozone odors and maybe a wiff of oil and smoke added occassionally to freak everyone else out. That would be a real machine.
  15. rockyjohn said:
    But why spend your budget on performance that no one sees when you can instead invest in a spiffier case that everyone looks at and can oooooo and awwwwww - as long as they don't see your performance.

    That is true.
    I FAIL!
  16. disgorge89 said:
    excellent, I'll go with this one I think. Thanks everyone.


    You are welcomed and happy building/shopping ^^
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