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November 6, 2010 7:10:19 AM

At this time, I only have around $500 to spend. That may change depending on if some items I have on eBay sell. On the high end I may have around $700 to spend.

The PC I currently have is ridiculously old (8 years). I'm barely running games like Team Fortress 2 with a 2 GHz Pentium 4, 512 MB Ram, and Radeon 9600. I tried running Starcraft II and no joke, it took about 30 mins to load. The MOBO is so old that it doesn't even have any PCI-E slots. So, pretty much anything will be better than what I have now.

This will be my first build ever, and I'm very excited to finally be able to blame my sucking at TF2 at myself, instead of my PC.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, but it doesn't have to be on the highest settings.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: $500 - possibly $700

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, I wouldn't use it initially, but I would like to be able to upgrade later

Monitor Resolution: Dell 2405FPW (highest resolution is 1920 x 1200) & Dell 171EFPB (highest resolution is 1280 x 1024, also I think it's VGA only)

Additional Comments: I am willing to wait for any possible Black Friday sales. Most of the budget gaming PCs I've seen on these forums tend to be around $1000, but I'm willing to use older tech as long as I have the possibility of upgrading later. I would like to use this with both monitors. The games that I'm planning on playing include TF2, L4D2, and SC2.

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November 6, 2010 7:35:51 AM

Come back when you have all the $$$, we really need to know your budget exactly, there's quite a difference between a $500 and a $700 gaming PC. Also Newegg changes the combo deals at the beginning of each month. This is in the middle of your budget:

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 + AMD Athlon II X3 445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
OCZ Signature 4GB (2 x 2GB) + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$582.93

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November 6, 2010 11:18:12 AM
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oh, $500 is doable.


Athlon II X3 445 and AS Rock 770 motherboard: $123.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
about as inexpensive a start as you can get

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB Hard drive: $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
enough for games and movies

Asus GTX 460 768 MB: $149.99 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the 768 MB model is still great, and better than the 5770

(free copy of HAWX 2 as well)

Xigmatek 500W 80+ Bronze PSU: $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 400W version of this got good reviews in Tom's under $75 PSU article

G.Skill 4 GB DDR3-1333 kit: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Destroyer case and IDE 22x DVD Burner $63.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

total $497.93.
($20 less after MIR)
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November 6, 2010 1:02:35 PM

i'd second most of what is posted here. built my first system on asrock and had no problems, good budget idea. only read great things about the 460 too, and for the price...i'm tempted to put two of them in my system to replace my gtx 280. i've been buying intel chips, but absolutely, look for amd chips for budget. only heard good things about g-skill too. that's what i'll be using in my next build. the antec 900 is the case half the world owns it seems, and i think it's $99 right now if you find a few more bucks. i didn't even look at the destroyer case yet, but i'm just imaging the antec 900 would be better than anything from rosewill if you found a few extra bucks in the budget.
November 6, 2010 5:03:54 PM

Thank you. This is all very helpful. I have a much better idea of what I should be looking at. When I have all of my money for sure, I'll come back and get some last few suggestions.
November 28, 2010 5:00:09 PM

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