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Looking For A Gaming Desktop For Under $500, Will this work?

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May 10, 2011 11:43:22 AM

Hello everyone, I have a question. I have done a lot of browsing in these forums and have seen topics with similar titles as this one. However, I actually have a list of products for you to look at. My biggest concern is building a decent gaming PC for around $500. Will these parts work together? I am basing these choice from mainly ratings, not from knowledge. Please feel free to give me suggestions for substitutions if you think something should be changed.

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of this week.


Budget Range: (Up to $500) Before/After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies


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


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com but open to suggestions


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: N/A


Additional Comments: I need to be able to run Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (easy), Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and be suspected to run Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad when it comes out.

Here is what I have so far:

LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 880GM-LE AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thank you for reading!
May 10, 2011 11:52:18 AM

Looks like a good balanced budget PC
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May 10, 2011 2:49:25 PM

Is the Athalon II x3 still capable of running modern games? If not, will this work or is it better?

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the full GTX 460, would this be sufficient?

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768MD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-121-...

If I used these options, would I still have a PSU that would support this? I heard this GPU uses a lot of energy, but I wasn't sure how much in comparison to the first one I listed.
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May 10, 2011 2:54:01 PM

The Athlon will run games better than that dual core. The l3 cache is not as significant as a core is.
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May 10, 2011 7:49:52 PM

+1 the Athlon x3 is better, that 460 is OK but the 1gb version or the 6850 are alot better and don't cost much more.
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May 10, 2011 8:07:26 PM

Newegg Cart (i know the formatting sucks, but, then again, im doing this for free):
quantity of item 1
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options27-135-204|hide options27-135-204)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info27-135-204.0.18)

1 year: $5.99
2 year: $9.99
$19.99
select item 2 quantity of item 2
Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148701
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options22-148-701|hide options22-148-701)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info22-148-701.0.120)

1 year: $5.99
2 year: $9.99
$39.99
select item 3 quantity of item 3
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371016
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options17-371-016|hide options17-371-016)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info17-371-016.0.120)

1 year: $9.99
2 year: $14.99
-$20.00 Instant
$79.99
$59.99
select item 4 quantity of item 4
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231277
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
$49.99
$39.99
select item 5 quantity of item 5
MSI H61M-E33 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130588
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options13-130-588|hide options13-130-588)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info13-130-588.0.120)

1 year: $9.99
2 year: $14.99
-$5.00 Instant
$69.99
$64.99
select item 6 quantity of item 6
Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
Item #: N82E16819115078
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options19-115-078|hide options19-115-078)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info19-115-078.0.120)

1 year: $14.99
2 year: $24.99
$124.99
Subtotal: $349.94
Shipping: $3.87

EMCKEKD73 Discount From Promo Code -$15.00
Grand Total: $338.81

+$149 GPU:HD5850
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

+$35 CASE: NZXT GAMMA
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...


TOTAL= $522.81 (the i3 is better than any amd processor at gaming. and the hd5850 > gtx 460)
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May 10, 2011 11:15:16 PM

So if I went with that i3-2100 and a Sapphire 5850 I would be good to go?
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May 11, 2011 12:02:51 AM

hands said:
So if I went with that i3-2100 and a Sapphire 5850 I would be good to go?


You'd be set for a while. The 5850 is a great deal and the i3 can handle most games at normal to high detail, depending on their requirements.
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May 11, 2011 12:23:09 AM

Sounds good. Thank you all for helping me out!
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May 11, 2011 12:41:42 AM

I just did a build for around 500 dollars, except the only thing I had that you didn't was a case. I got my parts in last night and slapped it all together. I was able to run wow at 60fps on ultra everywhere i went and sc2 was maxed out without any problems at all. I'm using the i3 and the sapph 5850 and they were really great choices. I'll put up the link to the thread i had to give you a couple more ideas on parts and I hope everything goes good with your build. :) 

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/310452-31-budget-gami...
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May 11, 2011 1:28:23 AM

mike sparkfist said:
I just did a build for around 500 dollars, except the only thing I had that you didn't was a case. I got my parts in last night and slapped it all together. I was able to run wow at 60fps on ultra everywhere i went and sc2 was maxed out without any problems at all. I'm using the i3 and the sapph 5850 and they were really great choices. I'll put up the link to the thread i had to give you a couple more ideas on parts and I hope everything goes good with your build. :) 

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/310452-31-budget-gami...


Yeah, like I said, the i3 kicks ass as a budget processor. It'll handle almost anything you throw at it, and your bottleneck usually ends up being the GPU. I'm running a 6850 with my i3 right now, and it's been amazing, though I really haven't gotten any extremely recent games to test it with, It handles them like a champ.
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May 11, 2011 3:13:12 PM

I would most definitely suggest the build Genghis gave you. the 5850 and the 2100 really offer amazing performance for the price. It's making me want to build a little cutie like that. :bounce: 
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May 11, 2011 11:53:26 PM

Best answer selected by Hands.
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March 2, 2012 3:38:52 AM

Well, you're memory is decent, you're HDD is decent, you're DVD writer is ok. Everything else needs to go. I know you're on a budget but try to stick with the good stuff even if lower priced versions; (Intel CPU, Radeon GPU, Corsair PS, ASUS Mobo, Cooler Master case).
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