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$500-$400 gaming pc [First build]

Last response: in Systems
September 7, 2011 10:05:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $500-$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Case, Power supply, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments:

What I've been looking at:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x 4 970

MoBo: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+


BioStar TA870U3+ AMD 870

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws series 8GB (2x4gb)

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm SATA 3.0gb/s

I already have:

PSU: Rosewill Xtreme series 750 w

Case: rosewill blackhawk

I'm on a bit of a budget but I'd rather wait longer and a better computer than get a not as good one.

More about : 500 400 gaming build

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September 7, 2011 10:21:27 PM

get a 955. In the bios, increasing the multiplier from 16x to 18.5x will get you a 970, on the stock cooler. for $20 less.

get the gigabyte board.

there are combo specials with Seagate drives and DVD players for $73.48, get that.

get an HD6850 for $160, with a free copy of Deus Ex.
September 8, 2011 1:24:58 AM

Cool thanks, this helps a lot.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
September 8, 2011 1:45:19 AM

that gigabyte ud3 is expensive

If you are only going to use a single graphics card .. and you dont have the budget to use two anyway ... then

is only $78 after rebate , and will perform just as well

Add 2 x2 gig of DDR3 1600 MHz 1.5 volt RAM

a 500 gig samsung F3 hard drive

dvd drive

and you should have enough left in your budget for a Radeon 6850 graphics card which will play every game in decent detail even on a 1080p monitor

If there are extra $ to spend then spend them on the graphics card

September 8, 2011 2:09:43 AM

Wait for the bulldozer to come out! It will drive the prices down.