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500$ Gaming PC, Very First Build

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May 19, 2012 5:33:28 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple months.

Budget Range: 400-500$ Before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, voice chat, web surfing, and schoolwork.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, speakers, keyboard is optional. (Want a new one, but don't really need one.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA (I think this is supposed to mean what country I currently live in? If it means what country I'm buying the parts from, I have no idea.)

Parts Preferences: No specific preference.

Overclocking: Maybe. I could probably figure out how to do this, but it's not something I want to dive into quite yet.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: No specific preference.

Additional Comments: The main games I currently play are MineCraft, TF2, and Borderlands. My current comp can just barely run those smoothly. (15-30 FPS on the lowest settings! Funfun!) Ideally, I'd be able to run those at medium settings with 45 or more FPS, as well as run games like Prototype, GTA 4, Test Drive Unlimited 2, among many other games I bought on sale, yet can't run currently. Not sure if that's within the realm of possible with my budget, so, if not, disregard this.

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May 19, 2012 6:02:39 PM

Hmmm... $500 is very hard for a gaming PC. Save up until you have about $700 and you can get better parts.

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May 19, 2012 6:20:22 PM

I assume you don't need a monitor or OS for this build based on that here's a suggestion:

Case: $30 -Apex Tx-381

GPU: $170- Sapphire Radeon 6870

RAM: $23- GSKill 4GB NS

Motherboard: $50- Biostar H61

CPU & Optical Drive: $129- i3 2100 & Samsung

HDD & PSU: $103- CM GX450 & WD Cavier Blue 500GB

Total(Excluding Rebates): 505 USD

Rebates: $10
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May 19, 2012 6:22:01 PM

^Ahhh, this guy is beast.
May 22, 2012 2:10:18 PM

Best answer selected by Reade.