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Looking for guidelines on building a budget($400-$600) gaming rig

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January 18, 2012 4:19:37 AM

I would like to build myself a good gaming PC, on a budget. I've already decided that AMD would be the best choice for me, because of their lower price points.

I really am just looking for guidelines on what I may need in terms of a motherboard, graphics card and sound card. This is my first PC building project so really any tips you guys have would be much appreciated!
January 18, 2012 5:32:21 AM

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...

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
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 $44.99
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...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $476 before shipping and taxes (if applicable); also need a copy of windows (or you can use Ubuntu), monitor, mouse+keyboard

Edit: Onboard sound from the motherboard should do just fine so you won't need to get a sound card;

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

This guide is also really helpful.
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January 18, 2012 5:53:48 AM

Wow, kudos to you sir! This will definitely help me decide on some things and see what my standards should be around realistically for the price range and what I want out of it. Also thanks for posting that guide, very helpful. This should definitely get me well on my way, thanks again!
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January 18, 2012 5:54:13 AM

If you have $600 to spend then you should look at the System Builder marathon $600 build from last month .
There are compromises but performance will be better than any other build at that price
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January 18, 2012 5:56:19 AM

Ill definitely give that a look see, thanks for the advice
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