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Gaming Build for 500-750

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July 18, 2012 8:00:42 PM

Im looking to either get a new build or somehow upgrade my current pc to be able to handle new games but i have a feeling ill have to do the first option.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: By the end of the month

Budget Range: 500-750 looking to stay on the lower side (without monitor)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet


Are you buying a monitor: Looking to get a 120hz monitor to go with it was looking at grabbing a benQ but they are awfully expensive maybe an alternative would be nice.


Parts to Upgrade: Everything? Maybe my case and PSU are reusable i have a 5 yr or so old antec case not sure what model but where the hard drive goes theres kind of a weird bend so maybe a new one wouldnt be a bad idea. The PSU is a 550w from what i can tell

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg i suppose but whatevers cheapest after shippin to US!

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Springfield, MA, USA

Parts Preferences: Ive heard great things about the intel cpus but you guys are the experts not me lol

Overclocking: Maybe if it would yield better performance

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe if it would yield better performance

Your Monitor Resolution: I was looking for a 23 inch so the natural resolution is 1900x1200 but counter strike is typically played at a smaller resolution like 1280x1024
Additional Comments: Upgrading for Counter Strike Global Operations

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I only get about 40 fps average in counter strike source so i know its time for an upgrade..

current setup:
AMD athlon 4000+ 2.4 ghz
80 gb HD
2 gb Ram
ASUS A8n32-sli mobo
Nvidia 7800 gtx
X-Fi soundcard (def reusing this)

Thanks in advance for any help or comments!

More about : gaming build 500 750

July 18, 2012 8:16:35 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($187.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $721.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-18 17:33 EDT-0400)
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July 19, 2012 1:08:28 AM

Honestly this is such a good deal I am thinking about buying it just to have some spair parts for when someone wants a build...

Kit: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 234.99
HD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 69.99
Video Card: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 134.99
Monitor: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 129.99
Keyboard and Mouse: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 16.99
Speakers: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 24.99
OS: Get the Release Preview of Windows 8. It is free right now untill the end of this year, and it offers about 10% better performance in games.

If you have a little more you want to spend, get another stick of that ADATA RAM and call it a day... if your really wanting to get crazy get a 7850... But honestly the build as is will do anything you want it to realistically.
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