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$500 Gaming Build

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March 31, 2012 1:25:48 PM

Hello everyone i would like to ask abiut your opinionns about parts for a $ 500 gaming pc i want to buy.

Will I3 2100 do the trick if paired with hd 6870? Is hd 6870 worth 15$ more over hd 6850 (the price difference in my country between them)?
Is H61 mobo enough? Also there are litle to no seasonic PSU's in my country, and no corsair at all so would chieftec, thermaltake and cooler master be good brands for a PSU?I have a prety old HDD 250 GB (5 years old) would that be enoug for now?
Please tell me your recomendations for this budget but, not a single penny over 500$ (ONLY if those litle extra cash spendings are REALY worth it).


Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers and OS.

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March 31, 2012 3:33:15 PM

sorry not in the US. Im from Serbia
I was also thinkingn about this option:
i get i5 2500k and a bit better mobo but i dont buy a GPU and after some time (8-12 months) i buy some strong GPU (HD 6950 2GB and alike) and in meanwhile il use the Intel HD 3000 Integrated gpu...what do you guys think of that?
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March 31, 2012 4:02:21 PM

If you dont care about not being able to do much gaming in that period, go ahead.
March 31, 2012 4:11:37 PM

i do care but, its for the greater good.
Also the prices are gona drop by then (i guess) so maybe in 8 months i can get more powerfull card than now for the same money (like gtx 570 for 200 $ xD)
March 31, 2012 4:45:25 PM

Well.. 8 months in the tech world is a pretty long time. By that time, the 570 might not even be available. Granted, the $200 cards at that time will be better than the 570...

I don't really see why you need an overclockable CPU and mobo. Are you going to overclock? You don't need to for gaming. Gaming doesn't use that much CPU... but it does use a LOT of GPU. The i3 is fine for your setup, and it won't bottleneck any time soon.

The 6870 is definitely better than the 6850... especially for $15. It's the favorite of budget gaming builds at the moment (along with the 560 ti). I don't think you'll be able to play many games with integrated graphics, though. What resolution and games are you going to be playing?
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