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I need a good $500 gaming computer build

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August 24, 2010 7:11:47 PM

So i need a good build for a gaming computer. Uhh i have monitor,OS and the periphrals i just need the parts. So can you guys tell me some good ones. it doesnt have to be exactly $500 a little over woudnt hurt. but dont go too far. SO what is a good gaming build for about 500?
August 24, 2010 7:27:08 PM

what resolution is your monitor?
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August 24, 2010 7:30:40 PM

1080p
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August 24, 2010 9:20:11 PM

BUMP?
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August 24, 2010 10:30:18 PM
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August 25, 2010 2:29:04 AM

These are always tough.

ASRock 770 EXTREME3 $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz $57.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP 500W PSU $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 $77.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X $21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerColor AX5750 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5750 1GB $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$507.93 + shipping of course

I think this is a good gaming build you can upgrade. ASRock is pretty good with overclocking options and about releasing BIOS updates to support new CPUs even on their older boards. I say when this isn't enough for you, get a better PSU (for stable power and to prepare for further upgrades), a good CPU cooler, and overclock it. That would hold you off till you saved to upgrade the CPU and the GPU. By then we should have bulldozer and as long as it's AM3 ASRock should release a BIOS update for this board to support it.

As for the case the Smilodon has been with us for a while, and while pretty good for the price it's begining to show its age. Still, the PSU it comes with is just enough for this system, and I advise you upgrade it if you get a more powerful GPU. In the bargin sector you may want to also look at reviews for Xigmatek ASGARD II, the cheaper Thermaltake cases, and the Coolermaster elite series. Of course, in order to get a decent dedicated PSU you would have to get a cheaper (and probably slower) hard drive, or step down from the 5750 which I wouldn't do if you want to game on a 1080p monitor.

This system should be enough for less demanding games at 1080p, and just enough to play more demanding ones on lower settings.
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