Pc for 400-500$

Hello dear people!

As my paychecks are rolling, I have planned to change my über-budget computer to somewhat better one.
I have planned to buy parts just before winter(October-November), so I can wrap in blankets in cold winter playing games with my friends.
But I just want to get things clear before actual buy.
Budget is ~200LVL which is approximetly 400-500$

Parts which I have:
Gpu - Have Geforce 7950Gt
Hdd - Have 220Gb, its obviously way too small, but I will live with that
Monitor(1280x1024) 19"
Usual peripherals as mouse, keyboard...

And I am Amd user, as Intel have made some massive brain cell disasters in previous systems I had.
I like to overclock things up in medium level.

Things I need:
Motherboard - Am3 or Am3+ support, 4 Ram slots, Pci-e x16, on-board vga is not neccesary however I will not be mad if there will be some.
I think that Sli/Crossfire is not needed, because possibility that I will have 2 gpu's is quite low :pfff:

Cpu - I would like to have quad-core, and some free place for overclocking.
I have been searching for some here and I come with this
It seems to fulfill my need, but I believe there are better Cpu's too.

Cpu cooling - No need in Hi-end cooling, but I would love to see that cpu temp. is not over 30C in idle, in hot summer days. In winter it doesn't matter as I will use my Cpu as room heater :D
Have looking some coolers and have come to this one.

Psu - 400-500 Watts, I believe that the system may eat that much and a little reserve(75W).
Black picture here, have no idea which are good Psu and which are not.

Ram - 4 Gb would be more than enough for me.

I would love to see your suggestions in newegg.com format, cause its easy to look for parts here in Latvia from there.
And prices pretty sure will be spiced up here.
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  1. Motherboard
    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 ($105)


    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor ($120)


    g.skill ripjaws 8gb ($50)

    Video Card

    AX6770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 6770 ($109)

    DVD Burner

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Burner ($21)


    Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case ($37)

    Power Supply

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W ($44)
  2. thats around $480 at newegg and you can get that cooler .
  3. Best Gaming Setup for that budget :

    Processor : Intel Core i3 2100 - Dual Core - 65W - 32nm LGA1155 Sandy Bridge - $124.99
    Motherboard : ASRock H61-M GE - $69.99
    Graphics Card : PowerColor HD 6850 - $139.99
    RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333Mhz Dual-Channel Memory - $43.99
    Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $19.99
    PSU : Corsair CX500 V2 500W - $39.99
    Case : Your Choice - ATX Mid Tower - $40

    Total : $467 after rebates

    Phenom Ii X4 Build :

    Processor : AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - $119.99
    Motherboard : ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 - $104.99
    Graphics Card : PowerColor HD 6850 - $139.99
    RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333Mhz Dual-Channel Memory - $43.99
    Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $19.99
    PSU : Corsair CX500 V2 500W - $39.99
    Case : Your Choice - ATX Mid Tower - $40

    Total : $510 after rebates
  4. You can get 4GBs of RAM with the Phenom build and get a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler with the saved money if you plan to overclock it.
  5. AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103911

    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131767

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $33
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231277

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148767

    Any DVD drive $20

    Antec Three Hundred + BP430 430W Power Supply $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129065

    XFX HD-685X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6850 1GB $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150516

    Total is $503 after rebates .

    The motherboard is the latest tech and should have a long future since it can run bulldozer cpu's

    The case and power supply are quality units with great cooling .
  6. Assuming you are from a different country, just to clarify. Newegg doesn't ship to any other countries besides CA and possible areas of China.
  7. superbiiz ships anywhere and there prices are close to newegg
  8. I would recommend waiting till at least end of September because you will see a lot of components change in price since new stuff are being released next month.
  9. Thants for builds and tips. :)
    As I can swipe out case(I don't use one) and optical drive(as I have one) I can save little money for something.
    But about G.skill rams, seems that they are selling in Lithuania and Estonia, but they forgot about Latvia... ...darnasses.
    Only downside, your suggested Radeons are bit high in price here (140-180$).
    And zero888, I am planned to buy system even farther in time,like November, maybe prices will fall, maybe some super-tech will come out :D
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