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Gaming PC for $500 2012

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July 1, 2012 6:37:24 PM

So I don't have a lot of money. $550 is about the maximum amount I wan't to spend. I've always wanted to build a PC and especially one that can play games. Now I know that I'm not gonna be able to get one that plays max setting perfectly. I'm fine with medium setting at around the 35 fps mark. Here's what I have:

CPU AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBXadeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX $109.99

GPU "SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( 11201-00-20G)" $139.99

Case Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $32.99

Ram CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 $51.99

Mobo ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $59.99

Power Supply CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $46.99

HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99

CD Drive SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM $17

Let me know what you think, with any suggestions. BTW, I didn't include windows 7 or a monitor as I already have both of those. Thanks in advance!

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July 1, 2012 7:00:49 PM

looks good, antec 300 for $33 is a bargain
you may be able to save $10 or so by going with the corsair XMS series rather then the vengeance
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July 1, 2012 7:19:59 PM

ct1615 said:
looks good, antec 300 for $33 is a bargain
you may be able to save $10 or so by going with the corsair XMS series rather then the vengeance


Is their a difference in speed?
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July 1, 2012 7:54:00 PM

Theres only $2 difference in price... Your choice but I would keep what you have.

You can save $20 by switching to the newer chipset (880 as opposed to your 760) Biostar motherbd. Its $10 cheaper and theres a $10 rebate. Its also higher rated on newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 1, 2012 7:54:39 PM

ct1615 said:
no, same sticks but different spreaders. they do seem to be similar in price on newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-233-144^20-233-144-TS%2C20-233-202^20-233-202-TS

I think I'll stick with the vengeance because there isn't much of a price difference and the vengeance is better with cooling.
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July 1, 2012 8:03:47 PM

popatim said:
Theres only $2 difference in price... Your choice but I would keep what you have.

You can save $20 by switching to the newer chipset (880 as opposed to your 760) Biostar motherbd. Its $10 cheaper and theres a $10 rebate. Its also higher rated on newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks man, the motherboard is something that I don't know a lot about. But I'm glad you told me that because it has a better chipset and it will save me money!
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