$500 budget for a gaming pc....

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 6/15-6/20 BUDGET RANGE: $400-$600 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming/internet/office apps

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, geeks.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Would love to use i5 750

OVERCLOCKING:Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: could use advice on this

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Its been a long time since I have gotten my nose dirty in the component field and really dont have much of a clue as to what it takes to make a decent gaming pc anymore. Was hoping someone could give me an effective configuration for the budget i have posted.




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  1. What is the model/make of your current display and do u game on native resolution?
  2. assuming you have an operating system already:



    $30 in mail-in rebates and a $10 promo code on the RAM.
  3. Um. I dont know what your resolution is so I dont know which video card...

    Heres some good combos

    Mobo/CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.394162

    PSU/RAM: (650w for future upgrades) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.408245

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    If you dont have a Disk drive any $25 one will do.
  4. batuchka said:
    What is the model/make of your current display and do u game on native resolution?


    AOC
    model: TFT22W90PS+
  5. Woops. Didnt realize somebody had already posted one. Mine looks basically identical except for the PSU.
  6. capyfive said:
    AOC
    model: TFT22W90PS+


    IIRC those are 1680 x 1050 native resolution so a HD 5770 based gaming rig will see u through ^^
  7. Thanks for the help guys!
  8. You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
  9. Wait for the current system building marathon budget PC. I think it'll fit your budget. If so, you can copy it.
  10. avatar_raq said:
    Wait for the current system building marathon budget PC. I think it'll fit your budget. If so, you can copy it.


    The what?
  11. goalguy876 said:
    The what?


    I typed it in the search and it brought me to this link http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-cpu-gpu,2655.html Im so glad I looked at it. Talk about good timing. I think the $500 one comes out tomorrow.
  12. capyfive said:
    I typed it in the search and it brought me to this link http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-cpu-gpu,2655.html Im so glad I looked at it. Talk about good timing. I think the $500 one comes out tomorrow.



    Thank ya. Good luck with your build!
  13. Oh, by the way. Im going to buy one tomorrow (I went to the store today to pick out the parts) and I got a total of around $570. Compusa has some good deals. Corsair 4gb 1600mhz RAM ($100), thermaltake m9 case ($60), a USB 3.0 capable am3 board for $90 (gigabyte), athlon ii x3 440 ($75), a GTS 250 ($100), ULTRA 650w PSU ($60, dont know much about ultra but they have lifetime warrantys) and a seagate barracuda 500gb for $50. Think thats all of it.
  14. So do you like the 550 USD PC they built for the SBM?
  15. I think it looks pretty good. I have a few of those parts already so if I go by what their putting in it im at $460. If I added on a better GPU what would you suggest?
  16. Definitely ditch that CM Extreme Power PSU used in that article : a less than durable/quality PSU when it blows could take out more than itself @@
  17. +1 For the above, I believe the writer hinted about this one as an alternative:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033&cm_re=antec_earthwatts-_-17-371-033-_-Product

    And use 4 GB of ram if you can afford it.
  18. batuchka said:
    Definitely ditch that CM Extreme Power PSU used in that article : a less than durable/quality PSU when it blows could take out more than itself @@


    Batuchka definetly appreciate your quick advice whenever I post it is very helpful. Do you see anything else I could save on or possibly add a couple bucks to improve the build?
  19. avatar_raq said:
    +1 For the above, I believe the writer hinted about this one as an alternative:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033&cm_re=antec_earthwatts-_-17-371-033-_-Product

    And use 4 GB of ram if you can afford it.


    Thanks for the link and advice!!
  20. capyfive said:
    Batuchka definetly appreciate your quick advice whenever I post it is very helpful. Do you see anything else I could save on or possibly add a couple bucks to improve the build?



    80+ PSU driving a HD 5770 with an AthlonII X3 sounds good for the $$
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