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$300-500 gaming pc build

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August 23, 2010 7:15:29 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: soon

BUDGET RANGE:500 or less after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming,internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:keyboard, mouse, and speakers (not sure whether or not i should get a new monitor, what would you guys recommend?)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: what would you guys recommend?
OVERCLOCKING: maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: currently 1280x1024 (not sure if i should get a new monitor though)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet is good. :]

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August 23, 2010 8:27:19 PM

I used the $550 build they did on tom's as a starting guide, and came up with the following:



I couldn't fit a 5770 or a 5750 into the build, not if you want the OS included in the price. 4870 should be able to play most games on high. Also replaced the cooler master psu with one of the more reliable ocz ones.

Use the coupon code EMCYWZX24 for $10 off the psu (expires 8/25/10) to make the total ~551 before rebates, $486 after.

In order to get more performance out of the rig, you can try unlocking the fourth core on the cpu with the mobo, then get a cpu cooler like the Hyper 212+ from amazon and overclock it.
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August 24, 2010 3:16:48 AM

Thank you, I guess I will go with this build when i buy in the next week or so.
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August 24, 2010 4:05:56 AM

Yo, I actually forget to put in a Harddrive, lol. Add a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb to the above list.
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