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Gaming System under $500

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August 5, 2010 3:53:25 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be building a budget gaming system for a friend. The only requirement is that the total cost MUST be under $500. I've spent a lot of time on newegg recently putting it together, and I'm pretty sure I've put together a great build for the money. The only thing I'm afraid of is the quality of the motherboard, just because it's so cheap, and frankly, the colors look cheap in my opinion, but don't judge a book by it's cover i guess, haha. There will be no overclocking this system whatsoever, so that's not a concern. Anyway, all opinions and/or suggestions regarding the build are greatly appreciated!

Motherboard + DVD combo- $58.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard- BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

DVD- Lite-On 24X iHAS124

CPU + RAM combo- $170.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU- AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGMBOX

RAM- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT

GPU- $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- GIGABYTE GV-R485OC-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

HDD- $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case + PSU combo- $84.94

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case- Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU- Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

TOTAL- $469.88

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August 5, 2010 9:19:15 AM

why not an Intel c2d e8400?
August 5, 2010 12:47:40 PM

Monitor resolution?

Here's a build with only 2G of RAM (you add one more stick later) but with a HD 5770.

AMD Athlon II X3 440 + ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Three Hundred + BP430 + LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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