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450$-500$ Budget gaming pc please looking for advice.

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January 11, 2012 1:55:38 AM

Hello, I've been looking to build a computer for quite a while, however after some events I've had to lower my budget. A friend just build a new system, and hes offering me his old one for 450$, these are the specs
*Intel i5 750 2.6ghz
*ATI Radeon 4890 1GB
*4 GB Ram 1333mhz
*mAtx Motherboard
*Blu-ray / Dvd / Cd Rom Drive (yes you can watch Blu-Ray movies
*500watt Power Supply
*500gb Hard drive space 7200 rpm
*4 Usb ports 2.1
*Windows 7 Ultimate,

Hes also including a
Samsung 22 inch LCD monitor
*2ms response time
*1680 x 1050 res
However I don't need it, but I could sell for 50$ I believe.

He says he buld it 2 years ago and that it runs battlefield in high settings. Is this a good buy or should I just make a new computer for 450$?


Approximate Purchase Date: The next couple of weeks.

Budget Range: 450-500$ before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, I would like to play new games and decent settings, and to use it for the next 1-2 years without problems.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, CD drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or tigerdirect, I live in California so tax is a big deal.

Country: USA.

Parts Preferences: Not looking for anything in specific, just the best build possible for this budget.

Overclocking: Maybe in a few years, not necessary tough.

SLI or Crossfire: Don't this its possible at this budget.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, don't mind lowering the resolution for newer games.

Additional Comments: A relatively quiet PC would be ok.

Thank you.
January 11, 2012 5:31:42 AM

It might be better to get new parts for a whole new build.

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $460 before taxes and shipping (Should be a bit over $500 if you can manage it)
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January 11, 2012 7:55:50 AM

That 2nd hand build will be impossible to top for $500 - the 750 is still strong, and whack and aftermarket air cooler on it, you can clock it to 4Ghz and it will challenge an i5 2500.
The 4890 is faster than a 6770 - I think its around par with a 6790 - So pretty damn fast.

I say go for your freinds build.
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January 11, 2012 9:05:19 AM

Go for your friends build. Yes it's old, but still has some serious horsepower, better than anything new you can get for the same amount of money.

I'd suggest getting it, selling off the vid card and getting something like a HD6850.
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January 11, 2012 1:18:49 PM

Your friend build its ok. In those money you can get that monitor ('' However I don't need it, but I could sell for 50$ I believe.''). It have BluRay player , just only the BR player is around 50$.And you have a good PC for 400$.
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