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$500 Gaming Build

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August 24, 2011 4:18:19 AM

Looking to upgrade my system with $500 to spend. I plan on playing Skyrim and BF3 and my monitor resolution is 1680x1050. The parts I need are:

Video Card

I already have 4GB of this:

So I would like to use that on this new build. I can buy another 4GB if I have to.

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August 24, 2011 4:47:48 AM

----CPU----- $124.99
Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155

----MOTHERBOARD---- $59.99
ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel

----VIDEO CARD----$89.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE 1GB

----PSU----$59.99 -- $39.99 after rebate
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Power Supply

$334.96 before shipping and before rebates. This setup should play 1680x1050 easily.

August 24, 2011 12:41:51 PM

The person above posted a really nice build. ;)  i3 2100 is indeed a great gaming CPU, but as you plan playing BF3 when it comes out I'm unsure that the i3 can play it without any hiccups as its expected that BF3 will be able to utilise 4 cores and 6-8 threads.

So, an alternative AMD Build :

Processor : AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE - $120
MoBo : A good ASUS or ASROCK AM3+ MoBo - $80
Graphics Card : Sapphire Raedon HD 6850 - $150
PSU : Corsair CX500 - $50
RAM : 1x4GB Corsair or Gskill DDR3 1333 - $35

Total : $430 before rebates.
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August 24, 2011 12:53:45 PM

with $500 to spend, you can do noticably better:

AS Rock H61M/U3S3: $75
(This has USB 3 and SATA 3)

i5-2400: $190
A great quad core, much better than the 955

Graphics card: HD6870: $175

PSU: Xigmatek PC402 400W 80+ Bronze PSU: $34
It'll handle the system just fine.

total: $495
August 24, 2011 3:21:48 PM

Thanks guys. Any reason not to go with NVIDIA over ATI at this price range?

I've never heard of Xigmatek. I'd be wary of trusting it to power all my components.
August 24, 2011 4:42:24 PM

Xigmatek is a very solid brand. its 400W is really the same as their 650W, right up to the fact it handled 675W with no complaints in a Tom's Hardware review in Oct, 2010.

the Xigmatek 400w is on a par with the Corsair CX430 and Antec EarthWatts 380, and XFX 430W PSU in capability. Its a good PSU.