Gaming rig with OS <$500

Approximate Purchase Date: May 2012

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) $525 or under

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and general use

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, Tiger Direct or Amazon

Country: USA, Florida

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not sure what she has but her current monitor I believe was a cheap E-machine monitor so probably lower res, will advise.

Additional Comments: A friend has asked me to put together a parts list or to find a prebuilt system that will game for under $525. I know we can expect nothing great with this budget but I wanted to see just what we could do. Her current system is very very underpowered and has a hard time with you tube lol.

Games she plays (or would like to): WoW, World of Tanks, Diablo 3

Here is the best I could come up with.

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 $17.99

APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $21.99

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99

MSI 760GM-P21 (FX) AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $49.99

GIGABYTE GV-R677D5-1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $114.99

Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply $37.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT $24.99

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX $77.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM$99.99

Total: $525.91

Thank you!
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  1. at this kind of price range it wouldnt get you very far but i tried

    you can run most games at medium settings with this APU.

    or you can get a store bought computer. they can have higher quality parts for cheap
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