$500 gaming build, BF3 and SWTOR at best settings within budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: By mid-February at the LATEST. (Using tax returns)

Budget Range: $550 MAX.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: BF3 and SWTOR, daily browsing.

Parts Not Required: KB/M, monitor, OS (Using Vista)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe (Depends how easy it is to overclock, noob builder here)

SLI or Crossfire: No, unless it falls into budget

Monitor Resolution: Will be using my Vizio 32" TV via HDMI
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  1. I'm sorry to say that with that type of money... I mean you'd be able to build a PC no problem. Will it be gaming oriented?... No not at all. I mean what could you get.

    A tri-core AMD Athlon x3 CPU- $80

    Cheapest AM3 MoBo you can get- $40

    Cheap case, yet decent quality- $50

    Cheap RAM- $20

    Low-capacity Hard Drive 160gb + Free DVD Burner- $70

    Low Wattage 450W PSU- $25

    So in all that's... $285. Not including the video card. That leaves about $265 for that video card. Use all of it on that. Grab a GTX 560 ti. That's the best option you have. It really is a great card and will have no problems at all running SWTOR and will be able to run BF3 on Medium-ish settings.
    This one is absolutely great. It's Factory OCed much greater than other company's OCed version of this card and it has a custom heat design. Zotac is also a very trustable company and it comes with a free copy of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood- $250
    It actually has a $20 off code already, making it $230 and another $30 mail-in rebate. That makes $200, leaving you a nice amount for shipping and left over money.

    Wow, I just surprised myself there. I just "built" a system with $500ish that would actually play BF3 and SWTOR... Anyways, hope this helps!


  2. Intel Core i5-2400 $190 newegg price
    ASUS P8H61-M LE Mobo $70 tigerdirect price
    Radeon HD 5670 DDR5 $85 newegg price
    CORSAIR 500W PSU $60 newegg price
    RAM 1333Mhz[4GB=4GB*1] $20 newegg price
    HDD7200RPM Western Digital[160GB] $70 newegg price[**Hard Drive Prices Won't Recede Until 2013.So later upgrade to 1TB]
    DVD WRITER SAMSUNG $15 newegg price

    Total $510

  3. +1
  4. Get an icore 3 2100 instead of the i5, and buy a better graphic card.
  5. The PSU that Neutral linked is absolute rubbish. It WILL blow up your PC in just a month. Consider for a Rosewill RG430 or CAPSTONE 80+ Gold.

    What settings will you want to play BF3 on?
  6. I think i3 + 6850/6870 might be a slightly more balanced system, but the 560 ti does sound tempting :D
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