[Need Advice] Gaming System ~$500

I plan to buy a new system for my friend as a gift

Approximate Purchase Date: May 2011

Budget Range: $450 - 500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard - Mouse - OS - Monitor - Case - DVD drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I prefer AMD

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: xxxxxx

Additional Comments: not really

Thank you
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  1. I do not need DVD writer, case as I listed it above. Can you re do the advice list ?
  2. I would do this.

    Keep the power supply and hard drive Proximom suggested but I would add in these...

    Phenom II 955

    Gtx 460 1gb

    Asrock (cheap) motherboard

    DDR3 1600 2x4gb

    Total $536 and $55 of mail in rebates. If you want it a little cheaper you can go with a gtx 460 768mb and save $40
  3. The 6790 is coming out either tomorrow or the thursday and that should be a pretty good budget gpu that you might want to check out.
  4. All good ideas. I want to mention though that I find newer optical drives to be quite a bit faster than drives from two years back.
  5. Is there any better build ? I just want to make sure before I spend money on it ^^.
  6. APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case $34.99

    HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive$54.99

    Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $69.99

    HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card$ 219.99

    PNY XLR8 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD3-1600-X8
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate $56.99

    AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 (CMPSU-600CX) 600W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply $20.00 mail-in rebate $133.98

    total $495.93 after rebates
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    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache $140

    RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $45

    Motherboard:BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $55

    GPU:XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 $125

    PSU:XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX $70

    HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $60

    Total: $495 before mail in rebates
    What do you think of this build? Your friend wont be able to game the crap out of it but he/she should be able to stick most games on high-medium, and some on max! I do recomend throwing in a new (sata) optical drives, and with how cheap they are I would just go, and get one now!
  8. You could try my siggy build for 450$ build. Then change the 5670 for a 450 GTS.


    i5 2400 $180:

    Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1333 4GB (2x2GB) + MSI H61M-E23 $105:

    CX500 + Seagate 7200.12 500GB $80 AR:

    ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP 768mb 110$ AR:

    Total: $485 AR

    Top Sub-200$ CPU:,2859.html

    970 vs i5 2500K
    Only difference between i5 2500K and 2400 is the stock clock (and unlocked but doesn't really matter for benching purposes) to substitute for this variable, the 970 was put in place for the 970 since it's also a higher stock clock version of the 955.

    460 768mb vs 5770
    Don't forget the Asus 460 768mb TOP is stock OC'd so you'll get a bit more perf too.
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