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About $450 budget gaming build

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!
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  1. 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... :??:
  2. 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 .
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. is the Toms $500 build

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-pc-phenom-ii-radeon-hd-6850,2903.html

    As I said before . Changing the cpu to a phenom 840 saves you a few dollars and its a faster processor

    Then , because of your monitors resolution you can also use a cheaper gfx card .
  6. 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)
  7. Best answer
    Here's a nice $400 build with an X3 455 and a HD6670.
    http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/500-gaming-pc-june-2011.html

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

    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
  9. Best answer selected by rig3rous.
  10. Glad I could help. Happy gaming :)
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