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June 17, 2011 1:13:47 AM

I checked the "budget" build stickies and those builds were about $1000!!

Anyways, I want to build a cheap build for about $450. I hear games can't utilize more than a dual core, is this true? I am cutting out on a lot of stuff, I don't need accessories such as monitor, mouse, etc. I also don't need an operating system or dvd drive. I live in the US and prefer to use newegg. The resolution I'll be playing is at 1280x768... that is what my resolution is at right now and it looks fine.

Thank you kindly!
June 17, 2011 2:49:45 AM

The most amazing Shinobi has something just for you ;) 

http://squidoo.com/electronicandmore

450 budget build in there, that will give you a starting point to work with.. then I would really just look on newegg for best rated / price dropped items

And yes it is true that most games still utilize only 2 cores, but not for long... :??: 
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June 17, 2011 3:40:30 AM

Toms builds a $500 , $1000 and $2000 gaming computer every couple of months in a system builder marathon.


The most recent $500 build used a quad core Phenom 925 , which you could replace with a Phenom 840 that performs a little better
and save even more money by dropping the gfx card to a radeon 5770 or a GTX 460 768mb which is easily strong enough for your resolution

Those changes would be in your budget and a lot stronger in gaming than the intel build that costs so much you cant fit a stronger gfx card in the budget .
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June 17, 2011 3:47:56 AM

the basic $450 build I would suggest used to be an Athlon II triple core, but with desktop Llano due out soon, you should wait.

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June 17, 2011 3:56:06 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
the basic $450 build I would suggest used to be an Athlon II triple core, but with desktop Llano due out soon, you should wait.


I'm impatient! I've always wanted a gaming computer and I've been saving for a while lmao
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June 17, 2011 5:35:44 AM

rig3rous said:
I'm impatient! I've always wanted a gaming computer and I've been saving for a while lmao

I totally understand. I'm in the same boat. The thing about waiting two more weeks and getting Llano is that you will be able to upgrade to the new Trinity apu easily (hopefully). Crossfire would be a cheap upgrade.

And you'll be cutting edge. :lol: 
(that's what I tell my kids)
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June 17, 2011 5:59:21 AM

Here's a nice $400 build with an X3 455 and a HD6670.
http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/500-gaming-pc-jun...

For an additional $55, upgrade the X3 455 to a X4 955BE ($80 vs $110) and upgrade the HD6670 to a HD5770 ($85 vs $110) which should be plenty for your resolution.
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June 17, 2011 3:47:59 PM

Zero_ said:
Here's a nice $400 build with an X3 455 and a HD6670.
http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/500-gaming-pc-jun...

For an additional $55, upgrade the X3 455 to a X4 955BE ($80 vs $110) and upgrade the HD6670 to a HD5770 ($85 vs $110) which should be plenty for your resolution.


This is pretty much what I'm planning to do
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June 20, 2011 3:24:30 AM

Best answer selected by rig3rous.
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June 20, 2011 8:52:54 AM

Glad I could help. Happy gaming :) 
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