$500-$600 Budget Computer Build for Gaming

Hey everyone, my friends told me I should come here and make a post to get advice for building a new computer for gaming. As I said in the title, my price range is between $500 and $600. I am currently using (Off the top of my head because I am currently not at my desktop):

Graphics: Radeon 4850
Processor: AMD Athlon 3.0 Ghz Dual Core
RAM: 4gb

I have picked out some parts on Newegg and I was wondering if I could get some input or recommendations for pieces that could possibly work better.


Graphics:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506


Power Supply (Currently on sale):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016


RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426


Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157249


Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078


Thank you in advance :)
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  1. I think you have done really well with your budget .

    You are going to need a hard drive too . The Samsung F3 is a good fast drive .

    And you need a 64 bit operating system to use all that RAM
  2. I am running on a 64 bit OS so I think I will be OK there but can I not use my current hard drive on the new motherboard? I would have to double check to see what kind of connection it has. Also, would it be worth using an i5 instead of the i3? Thanks again :D
  3. You wont just be able to plug your hard drive in and boot from it .

    The motherboard drivers will be different . If it was XP you could do a repair install , but with later versions of windows you will have to do new installation and then run the disc that comes with the motherboard .
  4. I second Outlander_04's complement, great job with your budget.

    If you can afford the i5 -2400, then I would go for it. eventually they will start publishing games that will utilized 4 cores. i wouldn't sacrifice anything you have chosen thus far to do it though.

    Gaming wise Tom's sub $200 CPU round up only showed about and average of 5FPS between the two CPUs in their tests.
  5. You can save a little more like $40 if u get 4gb ram, tbh window7 controls the ram usage so it doesnt go above 4gb. Unless your doing video encoding, graphic design. etc on "low budget cpu" it not necessary .

    gtx 460 on sale cost $100, if you can get a 600w psu(around same price), you can sli, with different lga 1155 motherboard that cost the same =P. gtx 460 should do fine, on "low budget"

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131604

    not p67 downside, also missing a case =P
  6. rraannddoo said:
    You can save a little more like $40 if u get 4gb ram, tbh window7 controls the ram usage so it doesnt go above 4gb. Unless your doing video encoding, graphic design. etc on "low budget cpu" it not necessary .

    gtx 460 on sale cost $100, if you can get a 600w psu(around same price), you can sli, with different lga 1155 motherboard that cost the same =P. gtx 460 should do fine, on "low budget"

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131604

    not p67 downside, also missing a case =P


    OK, first off, the link you sent, rraannddoo, is for LGA 1156...that's for pre-Sandy Bridge processors. He needs a LGA 1155 mobo with the processor he's selected. Also, the only GTX 460 cards I found on newegg.com that was close to $100 was an open box MSI for $108. The rest were $150+...Lastly, the mobo you posted supported crossfire, not SLI, like you suggested he do.

    Sorry, just bothers me when people give false/bad advice. That's all. Like the build vinnydelfuego.
  7. ShoelessBob said:
    OK, first off, the link you sent, rraannddoo, is for LGA 1156...that's for pre-Sandy Bridge processors. He needs a LGA 1155 mobo with the processor he's selected. Also, the only GTX 460 cards I found on newegg.com that was close to $100 was an open box MSI for $108. The rest were $150+...Lastly, the mobo you posted supported crossfire, not SLI, like you suggested he do.

    Sorry, just bothers me when people give false/bad advice. That's all. Like the build vinnydelfuego.



    Lol...shesh more or less i was in a rush, going to work, but I do find a lot of gtx 460 for $100, its not impossible, usually the pricing is when its on sale. I dont need it myself but I saw it priced at $100 for like 4 times within the 2 months.

    It's just a minor mistake merely in a rush, but here
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138320
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130582

    Rams (stick with 1.5v, any higher can fry lga 1155 boards)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193

    Same price on PSU but it Corsair =)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139019
  8. Take a look at my thread, I'm building a similar computer and have some experience. I really feel I've picked some good future-proof components. Lots of research.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/313021-31-build-list-input-time-build

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/313021-31-build-list-input-time-build
  9. Sorry rraannddoo, hope I didn't come off as too much of a dick. I was just bugged that the info wasn't correct and vinnydelfuego is my buddy IRL. But I like your later suggestions.

    I love Corsair PSUs, have one in main machine. Wish more were modular, but it's not a deal breaker. This 650W is what I have: ($89 w/ $10 mail-in rebate right now)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    I still like the 8GB(2x4GB) ripjaw g.skill option, it's on sale for $65, I figure why not.

    Finally, I think any LGA 1155 ATX mobo should be good, like the ones that have been suggested here and on inficere's thread. For a budget machine, any of them will do.
  10. Thank you for all the recommendations everyone. Very helpful information. Sorry I've been AFK the past couple of days but I think I finally figured out what I'm going to go with:

    Graphics:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506 (Free game too, why not?)

    Power Supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275

    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157249

    Processor:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

    Case: (Still debating whether I need a new one or not.)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product
  11. vinnydelfuego said:
    Thank you for all the recommendations everyone. Very helpful information. Sorry I've been AFK the past couple of days but I think I finally figured out what I'm going to go with:

    Graphics:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506 (Free game too, why not?)

    Power Supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275

    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157249

    Processor:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

    Case: (Still debating whether I need a new one or not.)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product


    Everything looks good, IDK lantecy over mhz never really debated on that question.....1600mhz cost the same for 2x2gb rams but with LA 9
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