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$500-$600 Budget Computer Build for Gaming

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June 10, 2011 7:13:14 AM

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=N82E168...


Power Supply (Currently on sale):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you in advance :) 
a b 4 Gaming
June 10, 2011 7:22:50 AM

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
June 10, 2011 7:45:59 AM

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 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 10, 2011 7:59:34 AM

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 .

a b 4 Gaming
June 10, 2011 1:40:20 PM

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.
June 10, 2011 6:11:45 PM

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=N82E168...

not p67 downside, also missing a case =P
June 10, 2011 10:31:26 PM

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=N82E168...

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.
June 10, 2011 11:51:07 PM

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=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rams (stick with 1.5v, any higher can fry lga 1155 boards)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Same price on PSU but it Corsair =)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 11, 2011 3:40:33 AM

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=N82E168...

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.
June 11, 2011 11:43:51 PM

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=N82E168... (Free game too, why not?)

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: (Still debating whether I need a new one or not.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 12, 2011 12:02:53 AM

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=N82E168... (Free game too, why not?)

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: (Still debating whether I need a new one or not.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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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