$500 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Within ~2 days.


Budget Range: $500 with shipping, strict budget.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: (BF:BC2, GTA IV, Source, Crysis 2 (Dx10), Shift 2, Fallout NV,)Gaming, surfing the web.


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: AMD Quad Core, 500GB Hard Drive minimum.


Overclocking: No, but might after a few months.


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1280x720, 1368x768, 1440x900, and a little of 1920x1080 (For 1080, I don't need to max out the games, just smooth FPS with ~high settings).

So far, I'm confident on getting these items.
MD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148418

I was thinking about these items too.
Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 7200 RPM - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283

HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $160($1 Shipping, with Dirt 3 and Shogun 2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161348

Additional Comments: I have my 8400GS hooked up to 26" monitor using DVI to HDMI cable.
I'm currently running on this.
P4 2.66GHz
1.5GB RAM
8400GS 512VRAM
The only games I can run on this are CSS at 1336x768 with FPS CFG, and TF2 at 800x600 with FPS CFG, and AVG FPS on TF2 is 18FPS.
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  1. No for HDD you should place your money ($60) on Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM.

    CPU: Phenom II x4 955 $120

    MOBO: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767

    RAM: Crucial Ballistix $25

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $60 [switch to this really]

    GPU: HD 6850 $160 [according to you]

    Case: Rosewill Challenger $50 [has lots of fans preinstalled]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153&Tpk=Rosewill%20Challenger

    PSU: Corsair CX500W V2 $40 after $20 MIR [V2 quality dropped, fine for 1 GPU]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    OPTICAL: Any $20 cd/dvd burner will work just fine.

    This is actually over the $500 budget you suggested. You may have to buy an AM3 mobo instead for $70-80 and save $20 there. Other changes is to get a cheaper case. Here are some suggestions:

    Biostar $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138283
    MSI $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130594

    NZXT Beta Series $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146055

    This will save you $50 haha.
  2. He said no CF/SLI so get that 500w. That is a little bit over $500 though. I would try to go for an i3-2100 for $120 and a cheap h61 board for like $60. If you ever want to change to a bulldozer CPU, none of the am3+ mobos (good ones) are under $100 so just an idea...

    Maybe get like a 940 or something so you can save a few $
  3. Yea, I found on other builds everyone is using the Spinpoint F3, but your build comes out to around $595. I found the 6850 to be too expensive and I think the 6770 will do. Here's the build I plan to buy, please tell if anything is wrong, or not compatible, and if it should work for my needs.
    BIOSTAR A770E3 - $55
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM - $60
    LITE-ON DVD Burner - $24
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb - $120
    Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB - $25
    Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified - $50
    COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP - $46
    PowerColor AX6770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - $120

    Comes out to exactly $499.98. The only thing that worries me is the 6770, and I was wondering about the i3-2100.
  4. There really is not much you can do. If you want anything good you gotta be willing to spend more. I personally would try to find a better mobo just so it doesn't crap out on you. The 6770 should do fine if you don't plan on maxing at 1900x1200. Maybe add a little bit more $ for a better mobo?
  5. What can a better mobo do for me?
  6. Biostar is on the low end of motherboards. Also it is am3 which means you can't upgrade to bulldozer in the future if you wanted to. Probably doesn't have a friendly BIOS or anything either.

    Do you live near a microcenter?
  7. Just looked it up to confirm, no Microcenter near.
  8. Might I suggest the Corsair 430W? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=corsair%20430w

    It's a little cheaper than the Rosewill and is more reliable. It should be enough to run your computer just fine. If you want more assurance, I am currently using a Phenom II x4 955 BE with a Sapphire 6770 with the Corsair 430W (Also, Newegg's PSU calculator says that 432W is needed for a PII X4 w/ the 6770 but that is an overestimate).

    If you intend to stay on lower resolutions, the 6770 should do you just fine. I'm running on a 1280x1024 monitor and I max out Crysis 2 and The Witcher 2 with playable FPS (Don't know how to check exact FPS without external programs.).
  9. I think I'm staying with the Rosewill 530W because I might upgrade later, and still use this PSU, even though technology is getting more power efficient.
  10. Well I found these other items making a difference of $16 I can use somewhere else.
    Is a difference in this Seagate Barracuda 1TB and the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3?
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner - $19
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233
  11. Well since my last post, I've been having a hard time choosing to go with the i3-2100 or Phenom II X4 955. I'm leaning towards the i3-2100 now though. Here's the build that I've got in mind right now. (The price for the Barracuda is now $60, but the Spinpoint dropped to $50.)
    ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 - $60
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM - $50
    SAMSUNG DVD Burner - $19
    Intel i3-2100 - $125
    Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB - $25
    Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified - $50
    NZXT GAMMA Classic Series - $41

    With the i3-2100 and the 1155 motherboard, I get $130 left for the video card, so I think I'll stay with the 6770. But if I go with the Phenom II X4, I get $140 to spend on video card, and I can get a used 6850 on Amazon for $141. I'll be ok with the 6770 if it can play with either of these CPUs with meduim settings,high textures at 1080p. I'll be playing at 1368x768 about 95% of the time and I think the 6850 is a little overkill, and doesn't have warranty too.
  12. What about the 6790? It's $135 (That 550 Ti is $137.56 w/ shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150534
    Looking at this right now
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_6790/6.html
  13. Defiantly looks good, the 6790 is actually better than the 550 Ti.
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