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Need a decent gaming rig for 500$

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July 12, 2012 8:16:36 PM

i already have a chassis, and a 1 TB hard drive. So I need a CPU, a gpu, a PSU, a mobo and ram.

Was thinking of:


CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2320 3.0GHz 6MB Cache
GPU: ATI HD 6850 2gb
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P61A-D3 socket 1155
ram: 2xKingston ValueRAM 4GB DDR3 1333M
PSU: undecided, suggestions needed.

gaming at 1440X900 BUT i will upgrade to 1920X1080 SOON not sure when exactly.
OS not needed

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July 12, 2012 10:42:29 PM

bump AGAIN come am i asking for too much?
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July 13, 2012 12:14:28 AM

Well I would not recommend a Intel set up under $1000, so I will give you some AMD stuff...

First the Motherboard:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Its a MSI with at AM3+ socket, so you will be able to get a lot of performance out of it...
$94.99 ($15 mail in rebate)

Next a good CPU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Quad Core 3.6Ghz, this will handel any game you throw at it... if you really want a performance boost with this processor, use Windows 8.
#109.99

Some RAM:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
This is some fairly high end RAM. Its made by Patriot so its good stuff.
$58.99

Video Card:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
This is a little over kill, if there ever was such a thing.
$249.99

Power Supply:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Honestly take your pick, Ultra, Thermaltake, Cooler Master, all make good cheep PSUs.
$49.99

Total comming to $563.95. If its too rich for you blood get a 6850 video card, or a different brand 7850 (I made it a MSI to match the motherboard, but you can pick whoever you want) Sapphire is typically a very good lower priced brand. This well fits your price point, even to the point you can get your new monitor right now :) . Or better yet add a Solid State Drive from Patriot or OCZ, they are fast, cheep, and more reliable that people lead on to believe.

Im willing to bet that this set up will run anything you throw at it, full steam ahead.
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July 13, 2012 12:20:06 AM

if your close to a micro center there cpu and mb combos are hard to beat.
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July 13, 2012 12:55:51 AM

smorizio said:
if your close to a micro center there cpu and mb combos are hard to beat.

You need to use complete sentences. I dont have a clue what you are trying to say.
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July 13, 2012 1:32:20 AM

JefferyD90 said:
Well I would not recommend a Intel set up under $1000, so I will give you some AMD stuff...

First the Motherboard:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Its a MSI with at AM3+ socket, so you will be able to get a lot of performance out of it...
$94.99 ($15 mail in rebate)

Next a good CPU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Quad Core 3.6Ghz, this will handel any game you throw at it... if you really want a performance boost with this processor, use Windows 8.
#109.99

Some RAM:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
This is some fairly high end RAM. Its made by Patriot so its good stuff.
$58.99

Video Card:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
This is a little over kill, if there ever was such a thing.
$249.99

Power Supply:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Honestly take your pick, Ultra, Thermaltake, Cooler Master, all make good cheep PSUs.
$49.99

Total comming to $563.95. If its too rich for you blood get a 6850 video card, or a different brand 7850 (I made it a MSI to match the motherboard, but you can pick whoever you want) Sapphire is typically a very good lower priced brand. This well fits your price point, even to the point you can get your new monitor right now :) . Or better yet add a Solid State Drive from Patriot or OCZ, they are fast, cheep, and more reliable that people lead on to believe.

Im willing to bet that this set up will run anything you throw at it, full steam ahead.


So your suppose to spend over $1000 for intel? I didn't know. I guess I'm not going for the Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge then. :non: 
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July 13, 2012 1:33:46 AM

MicroCenter is an electronics store and they sell the cheapest CPU's lol
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July 13, 2012 2:18:09 AM


AMD Phenom ii x4 965
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 970 extreme3 motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

$496.95 - $45 in rebates.

have a rig very similar to this and it handles alot of games very well. You got a bunch of builds to choose from it looks like though haha just wanted to offer my input on this.
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July 13, 2012 2:52:06 AM

guerrero said:
So your suppose to spend over $1000 for intel? I didn't know. I guess I'm not going for the Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge then. :non: 

Im just saying that you dont get a "benifit" untill you start getting into the high end i5's and i7's. Also to get the best out of Intel's chips you got to pay attention to the Northbridge chip, get quad channel RAM, and doing all the extra stuff. It just seems to get expensive. I dont think that any game requires a $1200 system. I'm fairly confident that if you gave me $750 I can get you a computer put together on the AMD side (with monitor, mouse, keyboard, and all of the extras) that will play ANY game you throw at it full settings, and has a lot of upgradeability.

Plus another big factor for me is simplicity. If you get a AMD system, you just need to go to 1 company for support for you whole system. Where as buying a Intel set up, your going to half to look at a different company for your video card and all that. Also, AMD makes their video cards to work with their CPU's so you will se a little better performance out of them.

I just wanted to save dude on a CPU (which most games dont require a over-the-top CPU), and spend it on a much better video card (which games are starting to tax more and more) that uses less power, so a smaller (and just by nature, less expensive) PSU... So its a win, win, win, situation.
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