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Need advice on $500 gaming rig

Last response: in Systems
July 19, 2012 12:00:32 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:in 2 months

Budget Range: $500 Before

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebay

Country: Malaysia

Parts Preferences: intel or any thing else good for gaming

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: i want the best performance i can get with this build i would like to play games like bf3 on high-ultra with aa

More about : advice 500 gaming rig

a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2012 12:22:02 PM

I'l be honest. You will struggle to build a PC outright at that budget. And what you can come up with may not be enough to get what you want, even at 720p.

CPU: Phenom II x4 965. $110

Motherboard: AsRock 970 Pro3, AM3+. $75

RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600Mhz CL9. $46

PSU: Coolermaster Master GX series 650W, 80+ certified. $65

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB. $70

Case: Zalman Z9. $55

Which leaves a fairly dismal amount of $79 for the GPU. No doubt you could scrounge around for cheaper parts and make another $20 or so, but this already the lowest you can go without compromising too much.

The only graphics card close to the remaining budget I could find was the HD6750, which was the lowest tier card, last gen. Its still out of your price range by $11. HIS HD6750. $90

I wouldn't expect much performance out of the GPU.

Total: $511

The build has the advantage of being easily upgraded, the biggest performance boost would be from a better graphics card, and then upgrading to a Bulldozer CPU. Then you would have a respectable gaming rig.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2012 12:27:40 PM

ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard- $74.99

Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz - $87.99

Antec VP-450 450W - $37.99

Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600Desktop Memory - $29.99

Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $39.99

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850- $149.99

HDD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $69.99

ODD: Samsung DVD Burner - $16.99 TOTAL $507.92

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July 19, 2012 12:40:36 PM

Looks like bigcyco1 nailed it
July 19, 2012 1:01:54 PM

Best answer selected by tigeryeow.