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$400-$500 Gaming Computer

Hi guys, I would like some advice on building a 400-500 dollar Gaming Computer. I would prefer having the computer around 400 dollars but I am willing to go up to 500. I am from Canada, so please take that into account when looking at online stores.

This is what I got so far:

AMD Bulldozer FX-4100 Quad Core Processor 3.6GHZ Socket AM3+ 95W Retail Box link ~ $115.64

Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-500CXV2 500W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *3 Year Wrty* link ~ $49.69

Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case Black 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS W/ Fan Controller & Temp Display link ~ $49.14

Gigabyte 78LMT-S2P AMD760G mATX AM3 AM3+ 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 1PCI DDR3 SATA2 DVI GBLAN Motherboard link ~ $61.15

LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM link ~ $19.69

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Memory link ~ $39.85

XFX Radeon HD 6850 Fansink 775MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI Display Port HDMI PCI-E Video Card link ~ $119.99

I can't find a reasonably priced hard drive. I know this is due to the Thailand floodings, but does anyone know when the prices are expected to go down again? I would greatly appreciate it if someone can point me to a good deal that would fit in my budget. It would be awesome if someone can find me a 500GB hard drive. I am also open to an SSD or a hybrid.

This computer will primarily serve as a programming computer with dual monitors. However, I would also like to be able to play modern games at the same time. I am poor and this is going to be coming out of my scholarship so I don't want to make any mistakes on this. The reason I am going for a $400 - $500 budget is because I want something that I can hand down to my siblings two to three years from now and still be relevant. So, in other words, a little bit of future proofing. I understand that $400 - $500 is a really low budget for the things that I expect to get but it really is just what I can afford. I still have to buy 2 monitors, so my budget for the PC is locked at $500 max. I repeat, I am from Canada, so please take that into account when looking at online stores.

I am open to a build that is entirely different. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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  1. Bump!
  2. A suggested change : move to a mb with a 970 series chip set . There is an Asrock at $85 .
    Its the latest generation of hardware and supports all the features of the FX 4100
  3. Hello, my friend. Hard Drive prcies aren't going down until Q4 of next year. December to be exact.
  4. Outlander_04 said:
    A suggested change : move to a mb with a 970 series chip set . There is an Asrock at $85 .
    Its the latest generation of hardware and supports all the features of the FX 4100

    Can you provide a link please? I can't seem to find one at that price. Thanks!
  5. cutebeans said:
    Hello, my friend. Hard Drive prcies aren't going down until Q4 of next year. December to be exact.


    Wow, that's too bad then. I guess I'll get a SSD instead and beg for old hard drives.
  6. The one cutebeans has listed is capable of running two graphics cards and has internal headers for front USB3 ports Its also $110

    This one is $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

    You can save $15 on RAM . Gaming builds only need 2 x2 gig . More than that wont improve performance in any noticeable way
  7. while not cheap, there is a newegg 500 GB HDD with a free DVD player:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

    It is $99.99, but you do save $20 off for the dvd drive.
  8. Outlander_04 said:
    The one cutebeans has listed is capable of running two graphics cards and has internal headers for front USB3 ports Its also $110

    This one is $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

    You can save $15 on RAM . Gaming builds only need 2 x2 gig . More than that wont improve performance in any noticeable way


    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280&Tpk=ASRock%20970%20EXTREME3%20AM3%2b%20AMD%20970%20SATA%206Gb%2fs%20USB%203.

    You Americans have it good, lol. I am only 10 hours away from the US-Canada border and the price difference is HUGE! I like that mobo, although it still is $140 CAD.

    I agree with the RAM, I will change it to 4GB and save $15.
  9. ScrewySqrl said:
    while not cheap, there is a newegg 500 GB HDD with a free DVD player:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

    It is $99.99, but you do save $20 off for the dvd drive.


    They don't have that on newegg.ca. Thanks for your time though.
  10. Do you guys think I should buy the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 8MB Cache 125W instead? Both processors are at the same price. Is the FX-4100 still better?

    http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360AC6599
  11. No. The Phenom II x 4 is better.
  12. cutebeans said:
    No. The Phenom II x 4 is better.


    I heard that the problem right now is the software, not the FX chips. Is this true? Because from what I understand, it seems that with the new architecture, I will be getting better performance down the road when the software catches up with the new technology. I want this build to be relevant two years from now (think Clarkdale i3-based PCs). I can wait for the software updates if this is true. I am leaning towards future-proofing more than current performance.
  13. http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1766/

    The Phenom 980 in this test is an identical part to the 955 but clocked a little higher .

    On balance , and especially considering the FX will OC to 4.6 Ghz with the stock cooler, I would probably go with it rather than the Phenom .
  14. Outlander_04 said:
    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1766/

    The Phenom 980 in this test is an identical part to the 955 but clocked a little higher .

    On balance , and especially considering the FX will OC to 4.6 Ghz with the stock cooler, I would probably go with it rather than the Phenom .


    Thanks! If I would go the Intel route, what processor and mother board would you suggest?
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    If you go with intel then I think there are advantages in going with a quad core .
    The dual core intels make good benchmarks in gaming but in the real world they get beaten by the phenom . Being able to execute 4 real threads at one time is a huge advantage .
    If you are not overclocking then

    i5 2400
    mb with a Z68 chip set [ or if you MUST go budget then H61 or H67]
    2 x2 gig of RAM
  16. Outlander_04 said:
    If you go with intel then I think there are advantages in going with a quad core .
    The dual core intels make good benchmarks in gaming but in the real world they get beaten by the phenom . Being able to execute 4 real threads at one time is a huge advantage .
    If you are not overclocking then

    i5 2400
    mb with a Z68 chip set [ or if you MUST go budget then H61 or H67]
    2 x2 gig of RAM


    Which one should I get?
    Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-500CXV2 500W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *3 Year Wrty*

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=60329&vpn=CMPSU-500CXV2&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1190

    or

    http://source.ncix.com/lpt/12_days_of_black_friday/index.html

    It doesn't show up yet, but this one is on sale for $30 CAD.

    OCZ StealthXStream 2 600W ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC 80PLUS ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black

    http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=53966&promoid=1146


    It seems like the OCZ is an old model from last year while the Corsair is from this year.
  17. Bump! I'm almost done guys! I just need an opinion on the PSU.
  18. I usually prefer corsair over OCZ but if reviews are good for both, then go for the better deal :)
  19. yep. the psu you listed are pretty good brands.
  20. Best answer selected by VeryOldHero.
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