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May 28, 2012 10:18:47 PM

What i want is just a cheap Gaming build, i built my PC with your help here and now im building a friend one but she only wants to spend 500$. Its just to play wow and record videos of gameplay.

(she has a mouse she has a monitor keyboard speakers). She wants all black case nothing to flashy, but one with a window and painted black on the inside if possible. INTEL PLEASE. Decent enough MOBO to where she can upgrade to a better graphics cars in the future. if at all possible also quad core processor. 8 gb ram. she wants to play on ultra if she can. with no lag. Thanks.

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May 28, 2012 10:57:05 PM

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($122.66 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $533.58

Just about as cheap as it can get.
May 29, 2012 4:42:54 AM

Is she playing on full HD resolutions ?
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May 29, 2012 4:12:24 PM

she wont get a intel quad core system for $500, Dual core, yes.
she only needs 4GB (2x2GB) of ram to play games.
please tell us she doesn't need a OS incl in the $500 budget.

Are you near a MicroCenter? and which one?

Best I could do for a i5 Quad CPU. you can save few $ with a lesser GPU, but you won't be play games very well dipping under the $100 mark. the HD 7770, for $120 after MIR is a real steal.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (11201-00-20G)
Item #: N82E16814102967
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Item #: N82E16820231394

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157236

PSU/CASE (with window) COMBO - this is the only CM PSU that is any good in my opinion
COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817171060

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119227
$84.98 +$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

HDD/CPU COMBO (i5/2300 Quad Core)
Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel
Item #: N82E16819115076

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148767

$569.92 Shipping is $13 MIR = $25

if she still thinks she needs 8GB of ram this combo with the MB will do that (ads $11)