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$480 Gaming Build

I want to build a system for no more than $480 after rebates and shipping, with at least the performance of a Phenom 925 and ATI 5570. Don't think I even need 4 cores, as iRacing (my game of choice), I believe only utilizes 3 cores. I need all parts:

Case
Motherboard
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
GPU
CPU
PSU
RAM
OS


I need to order today.

Thanks for any and all help!
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  1. aznshinobi of this forum has a guide that i used for budget builds.

    This may help you :] http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

    GL MATE
  2. Check out the active thread below for more food for thought. Scale down the CPU to an Athlon X3 and maybe the GPU to a HD 5770 to save a little money, but you won't be able to deviate much from the two proposed builds listed much without sacrificing parts quality...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/306627-31-newegg-combo-worth
  3. OS alone is $100, 925 alone is $125.

    Even low end components, i'm not sure it's doable.

    I'd recommend just going with an Athlon ii x3 instead.

    Optical
    $18
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Case $30 Rosewill
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147112

    HD
    7200.12 500gb $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    Mobo
    Ga MATX $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128342

    RAm
    G Skill DDR3 1333 cas 9 $40 4gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394

    GPU/CPU
    athlon ii x3 and 5570 $136 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.594139

    OS/PSU
    win 7 64 bit and antec earthwatts 380w $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.591057

    Comes out to $473 after shipping and rebates
  4. Best answer
    I think its very possible:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 Lite-On DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176 ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150482 XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 code XFX3113 for $13 off
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394 G.Skill 4GB Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 Windows 7 code EMCKGJK45 for $10 off
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.617843 CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 & NZXT case

    $515 before rebates $450 after rebates plus a $10 promotional card :)

    Better CPU and GPU than OP had wanted originally
  5. That looks like an awesome build! But you left out the hard drive.

    Where do you find these coupon codes??

    imaurer269 said:
    I think its very possible:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 Lite-On DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176 ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150482 XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 code XFX3113 for $13 off
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394 G.Skill 4GB Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 Windows 7 code EMCKGJK45 for $10 off
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.617843 CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 & NZXT case

    $515 before rebates $450 after rebates plus a $10 promotional card :)

    Better CPU and GPU than OP had wanted originally
  6. imaurer269 said:
    I think its very possible:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 Lite-On DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176 ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150482 XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 code XFX3113 for $13 off
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394 G.Skill 4GB Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 Windows 7 code EMCKGJK45 for $10 off
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.617843 CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 & NZXT case

    $515 before rebates $450 after rebates plus a $10 promotional card :)

    Better CPU and GPU than OP had wanted originally



    I'd swap the 955 for an athlon II X3 450 ($79.99) and use the saved $60 to up the GPu to a MSI Twin Frozr GTX 460 for $149.99. It beats the 4850 or 5770
  7. The problem with a 460gtx is the 430w psu and 2x pci connectors. I think he would be better off with a 5770.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.617101&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL031011&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL031011-_-EMC-031011-Index-_-Combo-_-Combo617101-LS1A might be worth looking into as well.
  8. imaurer269 said:
    I think its very possible:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 Lite-On DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176 ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150482 XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 code XFX3113 for $13 off
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394 G.Skill 4GB Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 Windows 7 code EMCKGJK45 for $10 off
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.617843 CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 & NZXT case

    $515 before rebates $450 after rebates plus a $10 promotional card :)

    Better CPU and GPU than OP had wanted originally



    Well $40 for HD, so I guess it's right on budget if you include the promo card.
    Neweggs sends you promo codes if you sign up for their e-mail mailing list.
  9. D_trem said:
    The problem with a 460gtx is the 430w psu and 2x pci connectors. I think he would be better off with a 5770.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.617101&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL031011&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL031011-_-EMC-031011-Index-_-Combo-_-Combo617101-LS1A might be worth looking into as well.


    the 430W has 28A on teh 12v rail, the 460 (and 560 if you want to upgrade) needs only 24a to work. It'll run just fine.. NVidia says 500W because of crappiness like a diablotek "500W" PSU that might barely manage 350 in reality. the 460 will come with conversion cables that turns 2 4-pin molex cables into a 6-pin PCIe cable, so you use the 1 6-pin and 2 molex, and you're fine.
  10. Crap I did forget the HDD sorry threw that together while I was working. The WD Blue 500GB or Seagate 500GB at $40 would be fine. The X3 450 would be suffice and def can go with a 5770 or a 460 if you wanted a better GPU. The 4850 is a older card but pretty decent deal for under 50 bucks considering its only a tier or two under the 460 & 5770. If you sign up for the email list then just pop the codes in the promo codes box and bam instant savings. You def have a few options to go with within your budget.
  11. Ended up not getting the system yesterday and of course some deals changed! Ahhh! The 4850 was just $60 after MIR, and it went up to $90 :(
  12. i would hit at least a 768M GTX 460, budget willing ^^

    Toms Dec 2010 $500 USD SBM
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-overclock-athlon-ii-x3,2811.html
  13. Budget should be very willing with this:

    EVGA 768-P3-1362-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB : $139.99 w/ $30 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130564
    a GTX 460-768 for $110 after rebate!
  14. imaurer269 said:


    If I moved from the 5770 to the 6850, would I need to up the psu, or do they require about the same thing?
  15. Best answer selected by kurtcrosbie.
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