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January 7, 2012 11:25:16 PM

Hi all. I've been tasked with speccing a $500 gaming PC for my friend, here's what I've come up with so far:



I'd love to get some input on this, particularly on the mobo, as the newegg reviews make me less than sure of my choice there. Many thanks for any help.

Cheers!
a c 278 4 Gaming
January 7, 2012 11:37:48 PM

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I'd love to get some input on this, particularly on the mobo, as the newegg reviews make me less than sure of my choice there. Many thanks for any help.


Yeah if the reviews are a red flag you definitely should be as well. The 870 is getting really old and outdated for AMD chipsets, and anything below that won't be able to run new CPUs out of the box. If you're going with a basic AMD board the 970 is one of the better offerings they have.

Not a bad start but your picks could definitely use a bit more tweaking before buying.

Maybe try this:

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 - $49.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 - $59.99
Motherboard: Asrock 970 Extreme 3 - $89.99
CPU: 3.0GHz AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma - $124.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC 10666 1333MHz 1.5V - $39.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue - $99.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99

Total: $631.94

I don't have an aftermarket cooler (Hyper 212) but you can always get one later if you want to overclock.
January 7, 2012 11:41:14 PM

I really appreciate the reply, and had looked at one or two of the items you mention already but, sadly, ~$520 is the absolute maximum my friend can stretch to, which I realise is very tight.

With that in mind, are there any passable options out there?
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January 7, 2012 11:57:56 PM

The motherboard you have selected is the best price/performance motherboard you're going to get with that build and it is a very wise decision to stretch the budget I would reccommend getting a recertified HDD because that means it's factory tested before they send it out again
a c 278 4 Gaming
January 8, 2012 12:26:32 AM

Shmervin said:
I really appreciate the reply, and had looked at one or two of the items you mention already but, sadly, ~$520 is the absolute maximum my friend can stretch to, which I realise is very tight.

With that in mind, are there any passable options out there?


That case is horrible, I'd definitely switch it out with the Cooler Master - it will only add $10.

Swap the RAM for the G.Skill, that will also only add $10.

The thing is most games now will require a quad core - older dual and triple cores won't cut it these days. The i3-2120 is one of the best dual cores on the market but even it's well over $120. But with that you could go with an H67 and use integrated video until you're able to afford the GPU.

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The motherboard you have selected is the best price/performance motherboard you're going to get with that build and it is a very wise decision to stretch the budget I would reccommend getting a recertified HDD because that means it's factory tested before they send it out again


Absolutely not. The thing is you never know what recertified HDs' were returned for and you won't be able to get warranty service or replacements on them. As much as HD prices suck right now you don't want to trust your data to something that was returned for whatever reason.

Maybe try this build:

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 - $49.99
PSU: Corsair CX500 - $59.99
Motherboard: Asus P8H67-V LE - $104.99
CPU: 3.30 GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $129.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw PC10666 1333MHz 1.5V - $39.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM - $99.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $18.99

Total: $503.91

Use the onboard video until you can afford the GPU, then get the 6850.
January 8, 2012 3:28:09 PM

Thanks all, esp. g-unit1111. Great advice that has helped very much.
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