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$500 Dollar Budget Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully soon

Budget Range: $480-$520 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Videos

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, Optical Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter.com newegg.com tigerdirect.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Red LEDS (on case and PSU), everything else black and blue

Overclocking: Just +1 to the CPU multiplier

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need to stick as close as possible to the budget.

(***NOTE***)
These prices are based on the bimonthly microcenter ad I get in the mail and the prices are valid from 10/3 to 10/16 so that's why prices differ from website.

Phenom II x4 965 BE w/ 880G-E45 Socket AM3 880G ATX ($145)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0325874
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0358103

Spinpoint F3 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s ($45)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340804

Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 mHZ ($48)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180

550 Watt Fatal1ty Series Modular ATX Power Supply ($40)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0303417

Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5 ($170)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373466

CM Storm Scout ATX Gaming Computer Case ($65)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0308296

Total: $513
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  1. Best answer
    great build.there aren't any problems , that's probably why no one commented
  2. whats so special about fatal1ty.
  3. It's a quality PSU.
  4. Breaker, he suggested he wanted Red led fans on the case and psu. I suspect Red leds on a power supply other than fatality and Republic of Gamers branded hardware are hard to come by.
  5. I would look for an am3+ mobo. Ther rest looks good to me.
  6. It's probably out of my budget.
  7. maybe a 970 chipset? I know asrock did a revision of their 870 extreme for am3+ compatibility Here. This would offer the upgrade path and cf 8x8x.
  8. Lol. The MSI mobo is about $30 bucks cheaper.
  9. Yeah I know, but it seems like 30 bucks well spent. It was just a suggestion.
  10. And it has to be from microcenter or I don't get the $40 off bundle deal.
  11. Whats the difference?
  12. They have another PCI-16x 2.0 slot but also have AM3+ compatibility.
  13. i mean 880 and 890
  14. 890 is more of an overclocking chipset, 880 has integrated graphics.
  15. Best answer selected by samuelspark.
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