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$500 gaming pc advice

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July 2, 2012 11:59:32 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime

Budget Range: Less than $500 before rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Casual gaming (TF2, Minecraft, HL2, Portal 2, GMod, CS:S, etc.)
Surfing the web
Light video editing/rendering

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe a little

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, but not likely.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: none

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July 3, 2012 12:30:24 AM

This build is rather short sighted; in that it will provide good performance as is, but it doesn't have much room for upgrades:

Antec Gaming Series One:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i3-2120:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD 500GB Sata III HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung DVD Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Value 2 X 4GB Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock H61 (This is where the cutbacks began):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Basiq:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire 7750:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total after coupons: $507.41

If you can wait on a rebate, I highly recommend going with the CX430 over the Antec Basiq.
The CX430 is more expensive, but the rebate drops it to about the same price.
I highly recommend waiting on a few more deals though as you can save a lot of money
over this current parts list.
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