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$500 pc that can run BF3 and Minecraft lol

$500, i already have a monitor atleast want to run battlefield 3 alright and minecraft maxed out posibly
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  1. guerrero said:
    $500, i already have a monitor atleast want to run battlefield 3 alright and minecraft maxed out posibly

    or cheaper then $500!!!!!
  2. any preference? how about your country? if you want to sli or not? can you please be specific so i can start swinging left and right although for now i'll go look at newegg and see what i can come up with,
  3. Tavo_Nova said:
    any preference? how about your country? if you want to sli or not? can you please be specific so i can start swinging left and right although for now i'll go look at newegg and see what i can come up with,

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA *___* lol
  4. ok i'll swipe out some stuff at newegg, we should be able to build something decent at 500$ but don't get your hopes up for 1920x1080 with ultra high resolution ^_^

    going to edit this, give me some moment
  5. got both for intel and amd? got a budget build for both,
  6. Check my sig.

    I tried BF3 SP on a HD5770 and managed to stay above 30 fps with a High/Ultra mix at 1080p and Ultra with no AA at 1600x900. So yea, it can run BF3 alright if you dial a few settings down.
  7. my phonon x4 955BE with a radeon hd 6950 runs BF3 very nicely at 1080p. playable rates at ultra, though i usually dumb a few minor settings down to get very good rates.
  8. Best answer
    109.99$
    amd fx4100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

    59.99$
    ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157292

    84.99$
    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    129.99$>119.99$ after rebate
    SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102938

    25.99$
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425

    82.99$>62.99$ after 20$ mail in rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.829072

    493.93$ before rebate>463.93$ after rebate

    or you can get a seperate Chassis and PSU with this below

    47.99$>37.99$ after rebate
    Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133094

    59.99$>49.99$ after rebate
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    total of new setup

    Before Rebate: 518.93$
    After Rebate: 488.93$

    this should be able to play BF3 in as nice playable FPS but if you are to streth the resolution to 1920x1080p (30-40 fps) then i suggest setting things to low/medium, but im sure it is playable at 1440x900 or something close to that resolution at high/medium (playable fps of 30-45)

    about those fps numbers i put above they are not 100% sure need to double check it,
  9. Tavo, looks like a pretty good build for under $500. 6790's are only a few $$ more and have 256 bit bus and higher clocks. OP will probably need an OS. They never seem to understand this.
  10. Tavo_Nova said:
    109.99$
    amd fx4100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

    59.99$
    ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157292

    84.99$
    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    129.99$>119.99$ after rebate
    SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102938

    25.99$
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425

    82.99$>62.99$ after 20$ mail in rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.829072

    493.93$ before rebate>463.93$ after rebate

    or you can get a seperate Chassis and PSU with this below

    47.99$>37.99$ after rebate
    Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133094

    59.99$>49.99$ after rebate
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    total of new setup

    Before Rebate: 518.93$
    After Rebate: 488.93$

    this should be able to play BF3 in as nice playable FPS but if you are to streth the resolution to 1920x1080p (30-40 fps) then i suggest setting things to low/medium, but im sure it is playable at 1440x900 or something close to that resolution at high/medium (playable fps of 30-45)

    about those fps numbers i put above they are not 100% sure need to double check it,

    How about you change a few things...

    i3 2100
    ASRock H61M
    WD Blue
    7750
    Corsair 4GB
    NZXT 210
    Rosewill 430w
  11. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.826531 - $129.98
    Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623G850
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157241 - $54.99
    ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396 - $22.99
    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061 - $49.99
    NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244 - $16.99
    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767 - $84.99
    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161384 - $139.99 - $10MIR
    HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    Total: $499.92 - $10MIR
  12. Let me know what you choose cause I have a friend looking for a cheap pc that can run bf3
  13. e56imfg said:



    i3 is good but theres really nothing to upgrade after that, its better to keep the amd build and then go buy some decent i5 system after a while when he gets cash,

    IMO it's better to get a cheap budget 4 core gaming pc then just buy a whole new pc when he gets like 800$ and buy off some i5 best band for buck system when that time comes or maybe i7 don't know what happens in the next 3-5 years.

    i do like the 7750 its awesome, have couple of them for test, it could also lessen the price a bit and add more, for rosewill sorry i never use any other brand for psu besides seasonic, corsair, xfx, silverstone

    not sure about that, but yes the wd blue is good too, and nzxt case are awesome, but well TS has to choose, if i were to be asked, i love nzxt,thermaltake,cooler master,silverstone chassis,
  14. Tavo_Nova said:
    i3 is good but theres really nothing to upgrade after that, its better to keep the amd build and then go buy some decent i5 system after a while when he gets cash,

    IMO it's better to get a cheap budget 4 core gaming pc then just buy a whole new pc when he gets like 800$ and buy off some i5 best band for buck system when that time comes or maybe i7 don't know what happens in the next 3-5 years.

    i do like the 7750 its awesome, have couple of them for test, it could also lessen the price a bit and add more, for rosewill sorry i never use any other brand for psu besides seasonic, corsair, xfx, silverstone

    not sure about that, but yes the wd blue is good too, and nzxt case are awesome, but well TS has to choose, if i were to be asked, i love nzxt,thermaltake,cooler master,silverstone chassis,

    There's nothing to upgrade after AMD dude. 1155 can hold Ivy Bridge in the future while the AM3+ stuff is long gone. What's he going to do with AMD in the next 3-5 years, get a new PC?

    Rosewill is a very nice PSU brand. Many of it's PSUs are mentioned in this recommended PSU list.

    Cases are mostly personal preference.
  15. yeah but with an i3 build upgrading it is useless, just my honest opinion, its better to buy a whole new pc if you will be buying an ivy or i5 2500k or so, since its not nice to keep stuff lying around and not being used, of course he can sell them but it won't be in a nice price either way, of course about case yes its personal preference true,

    well for rosewill never really know i've heard and seen it and have some friends use it but i always stick to seasonic and the upper brands, but i'll try to look more into rosewill and buy some of their products for test they might be amazing compared to what the majority of people say
  16. Tavo_Nova said:
    yeah but with an i3 build upgrading it is useless, just my honest opinion, its better to buy a whole new pc if you will be buying an ivy or i5 2500k or so, since its not nice to keep stuff lying around and not being used, of course he can sell them but it won't be in a nice price either way, of course about case yes its personal preference true,

    well for rosewill never really know i've heard and seen it and have some friends use it but i always stick to seasonic and the upper brands, but i'll try to look more into rosewill and buy some of their products for test they might be amazing compared to what the majority of people say

    The i3 defeats every AMD CPU in almost every benchmark. There's a lot of benchies on the web here's a few:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120.html
  17. e56imfg said:
    There's nothing to upgrade after AMD dude. 1155 can hold Ivy Bridge in the future while the AM3+ stuff is long gone. What's he going to do with AMD in the next 3-5 years, get a new PC?

    1155 will hold a maximum of 1 new generation (IB) and from what we've seen from AMD in the past, AM3+ it will probably support atleast 3 future generations of CPU's.

    I may be wrong, but I haven't seen any solid proof saying AM3+ will be killed off, which will be very un-AMD like.
  18. As a general rule of thumb, rosewill is bottom of the barrel, they have some good models but they are far and few.

    And I second the I3 build.
  19. Zero_ said:
    1155 will hold a maximum of 1 new generation (IB) and from what we've seen from AMD in the past, AM3+ it will probably support atleast 3 future generations of CPU's.

    I may be wrong, but I haven't seen any solid proof saying AM3+ will be killed off, which will be very un-AMD like.

    A few months back, AMD had stated they would quit the Intel vs AMD battle and focus on APUs.
    Their new upcoming CPU-APU code-named Piledriver will have a socket of it's own- FM2. There is a big discussion thread about this in the CPU section, I recommend you have a look.

    AMD isn't coming back to the AM3+ socket anymore, they are done with the high-end CPU market.
  20. well for sure we know that amd won't be killed off right now but they did say they would be putting some budget cpu or something the like, ts can choose between an i3 build and an amd fx-4100 build, but i do suggest that if you want to get those sweet lovely ivy bridge/sandy go get a whole new pc when building one, so you and your friend can play lan or something, its what i did before until it became a habit of building pc
  21. e56imfg said:
    A few months back, AMD had stated they would quit the Intel vs AMD battle and focus on APUs.
    Their new upcoming CPU-APU code-named Piledriver will have a socket of it's own- FM2. There is a big discussion thread about this in the CPU section, I recommend you have a look.

    AMD isn't coming back to the AM3+ socket anymore, they are done with the high-end CPU market.



    I thought there wording was "will not compete" I take that as they are going to pump out cpus just at there own pace and performance levels?

    But I'm not sure :3
  22. So you get an Intel 2nd gen core processor and buy a cheap $69 MB which has NO upgrade path. Can't o/c, no room to SLI, 2 RAM slots. At least it has 2 USB 3.0 ports. The MB on the 4100 can at least do X-fire... BTW, the 4100 o/c's and has 4 cores and is cheaper than an I3-2100.
    In this case the game goes to AMD.
  23. mouse24 said:
    I thought there wording was "will not compete" I take that as they are going to pump out cpus just at there own pace and performance levels?

    But I'm not sure :3

    If you're not sure, go to the discussion thread about Piledriver. They are sure going to compete with Intel in the mobile market, just not the high-end CPU market.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/316983-28-piledriver-rumours-expert-conjecture

    In summary, Piledriver is an "enhanced Bulldozer" with a robust IGP for extreme budget users. It will have a 10 to 30% increase CPU wise and have a huge gain in IGP terms. But as all the enthusiasts know, the IGP is completely useless with a discrete GPU.
  24. OP, are there any questions on this list you haven't answered already?: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    If you want a good PC for $500, you need to bite on deals as they come up. The Corsair CX430 V2 can handle up to a 6870 on graphics. It's on Newegg right now for $16. BUY IT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=corsair%20cx430

    Now we need awesome deals/combos on:
    CPU:
    Mobo:
    Graphics:
    RAM:
    HDD:
    Case:
    OS: Are you a college student?

    Are there any items you can reuse from a previous build or you're willing to get used--especially a Hard Drive?

    You already missed the $23 Corsair 1600CL9 RAM earlier today. But I'll skim through the current Newegg email promotion. Make sure to get on Newegg.com and NCIX's email lists. You should buy parts from AWESOME deals only over the course of the next couple weeks.

    Honestly, I'd go for integrated graphics and play Minecraft and TF2 for the next month. Then when the 7800 series and Kepler drop, buy a 6870 for $100 (after rebate?). If you can't wait, then just buy the best 6870 you see on sale.

    Do you have a Micro Center nearby? If you can get an i3-2100 w/ H61 mobo for $99 that's the way to go. They have that on sale sometimes.
  25. DelroyMonjo said:
    So you get an Intel 2nd gen core processor and buy a cheap $69 MB which has NO upgrade path. Can't o/c, no room to SLI, 2 RAM slots. At least it has 2 USB 3.0 ports. The MB on the 4100 can at least do X-fire... BTW, the 4100 o/c's and has 4 cores and is cheaper than an I3-2100.
    In this case the game goes to AMD.

    Even when the 4100 is OCed, the i3 still out performs it. The AM3+ has no upgrade options and the 1155 does- Ivy Bridge.
  26. dalauder said:
    OP, are there any questions on this list you haven't answered already?: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    If you want a good PC for $500, you need to bite on deals as they come up. The Corsair CX430 V2 can handle up to a 6870 on graphics. It's on Newegg right now for $16. BUY IT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=corsair%20cx430

    Now we need awesome deals/combos on:
    CPU:
    Mobo:
    Graphics:
    RAM:
    HDD:
    Case:
    OS: Are you a college student?

    Are there any items you can reuse from a previous build or you're willing to get used--especially a Hard Drive?

    You already missed the $23 Corsair 1600CL9 RAM earlier today. But I'll skim through the current Newegg email promotion. Make sure to get on Newegg.com and NCIX's email lists. You should buy parts from AWESOME deals only over the course of the next couple weeks.

    Honestly, I'd go for integrated graphics and play Minecraft and TF2 for the next month. Then when the 7800 series and Kepler drop, buy a 6870 for $100 (after rebate?). If you can't wait, then just buy the best 6870 you see on sale.

    Do you have a Micro Center nearby? If you can get an i3-2100 w/ H61 mobo for $99 that's the way to go. They have that on sale sometimes.

    I use to have a CX430, but I failed to read the reviews saying that it makes a very loud, whining noise. If you can handle that, then go for it.
  27. On a side note...HDDs are so expensive now, I have to mention the alternative of something like a $130 Crucial M4 128GB instead of an $85 HDD. Look on slickdeals.net daily for an HDD deal.
  28. e56imfg said:
    I use to have a CX430, but I failed to read the reviews saying that it makes a very loud, whining noise. If you can handle that, then go for it.
    I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to do that. If it does, you should RMA it. Mine is quiet.

    As far as cases, someone mentioned the Thermaltake V3 earlier. The V3 and V4 are the best consistently cheap cases out there. Occasionally, other great cases (with USB 3.0) pop up in that price range. The Thermaltake V9 was recently around $45 or so.
  29. The fractal design core is a nice case for only 40 bucks: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352009

    Are there better cases for that price? probably but I'm lazy

    on second thought, it might not be a good choice :/ its only mATX
  30. I'd still take the V3 or V4 for cheaper over the Fractal.
  31. I got a Rosewill GEAR X3 for $40 a few weeks ago, no shipping. The 3 fans are almost worth the price, they're really quiet. And the LED front fan surprised me whin I found out it had a really nice Milky Way arms effect. But it's a good idea to check out the Daily deals and the E-letter ads. All kinds of cheap deals.
  32. dalauder said:
    I'd still take the V3 or V4 for cheaper over the Fractal.


    Ah me to man, the haf 912 is also great but more pricey... Personally I don't really like the look of the fractal much at all.
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