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Need Help Building a new Budget Gaming PC

Well Basically, For gaming purposes i'm building a PC and the games i'm going to be playing aren't anything consuming like starcraft.

Games I'll be playing:
COD4
COD5
Team Fortress

And maybe some 2009-2010 games, I'm not playing anything like BF3.

My PC Can have anything really.

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Approximate Purchase Date: In a month


Budget Range: Something like $300-$500


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Just Everything in One


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor NOT Needed.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I really don't mind


Overclocking: Not Really


SLI or Crossfire: Not Really, Idk...


Monitor Resolution: I think I'm using a full hd monitor.


Additional Comments: For the PC Case, I really want a side window and something not so fancy, something normal, I've been thinking of a Cooler Master 430, But if you guys have something better please tell me! It should be mini-mid tower case.
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  1. Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115090 (with HD3000) or little cheaper - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078 (with HD2000)

    Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130576

    RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256065

    GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127590 (AMD) or - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121390 (nVidia)

    HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136794

    Case is a personal choice but here 'goes - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119203 (yeah I like your choice of cooler master 430 better, definitely)

    There's overall a blue theme with motherboard, ram, psu, and case there. u could spruce it up with different types of fans, led or not etc.

    I've never helped someone with a build on forums before so there's my first attempt. There's some rebates and/or a freebie or two in the mix. The cpu lets you hit the ground running but for more you could go up to the 2500k. I picked the core i3 b/c u said budget and you could get away with the stock heatsink / fan probably... which saves some more. Once you factor in what rebates are available, the prices for graphics cards are all pretty close so you can up or down the scale as you see fit. Enjoy HD content with a 1920x1080 monitor and play games at that res with lowered details or play at 1680x1050 and enjoy higher quality settings, whichever you prefer.

    I'm looking at my own build around a core i3 2105... i think i finally decided anyway... light gaming, media consumption, networked storage.
  2. clonaze, so far you're doing well with helping, but...The games he's playing, you probably don't need that good of a graphics card . I would suggest this setup:

    CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 $130
    MoBo: MSI 760GM-P33 AM3 $55
    PSU: Antec Basiq BP430 $40
    CASE: NZXT Gamma GAMA-001BK $37
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS $40
    RAM: Team Elite Model TED34096M10667DC $34
    Graphics: Radeon HD 5670 $80
    DVD-ROM: SONY Black 18X DDU1681S-0B $17
    Total: $433 +110 for OS
    Grand Total: $543
  3. I knew AMD would have a lower price with comparable results but I haven't built one in awhile, and I know that I personally, would kick my own a$$ when bulldozer hit.
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    Here's an alternate Sandy Bridge Based Solution :

    CPU & Motherboard: $165-i3-2100 & Biostar H61MH (Great processor & decent motherboard ,lacks USB 3.0 & SATA 6GB/s)

    RAM: $35- Gskill NS (2X2GB)

    Power Supply: $45- Corsair Builder Series CX430 (Decent 80 Plus certified power)

    Graphic Card: $160- HIS Radeon 6850

    HDD: $40- Seagate Barracuda 500GB

    Case: $35- Sentley Black(decent case, i suppose)

    Optical Drive: $19- LiteOn

    Total (Excluding Rebates) : 499 USD

    Rebates: 30 USD

    Hope that helps.
    Review of 6850
    i3 2100 review
  5. You guys have all been very helpful! I'm leaning towards the AMD and the GPU Drag0n said, but i'm checking out all of yours, anybody else feel free to recommend
  6. z_4's build would be stronger. the i3 is more powerful than the 955 in gaming, and he was able to sneak in a 6850. that is a pretty good gaming build for 500$.
  7. Best answer selected by Altay.
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