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a b 4 Gaming
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September 13, 2012 11:09:51 PM

ok so i want to build a gaming pc on a 500$ budget... im only looking to build a tower i dont need a monitor or keyboard and mouse.

Since ive started researching all the stuff for a build ive had my eye set on the i5 2500k but i cant decide on a motherboard or graphics card. i want my mobo to allow me to do upgrades but not break my budget. ad as for the graphics card i want to be able to play bf3. doenst need to be on highest setting but it should still look good with good amount of FPS...

im really looking for a mobo and graphic card but if someone is able to list out a whole build for around 500 thatd be awsome...again im not lookin for the best but decent, ill upgrade later when needed

thnks
a b 4 Gaming
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September 13, 2012 11:15:27 PM

Your not going to get a 2500K gaming machine for $500, the cpu is $220. Besides, they have been replaced with the newer Ivy Bridge cpu's, but you can still get them.

Start here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-overclock...

If you want build advice, fill out the new build form in the new build section of the forum.

Basically your looking at a i3 dual core or FX-4100 quad core build.

This is a special deal going on and would be a good place to start, but the sale won't last forever.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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a b 4 Gaming
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September 13, 2012 11:18:56 PM

need an operating system too ? what is the monitor size and resolution ?
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a b 4 Gaming
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September 13, 2012 11:25:54 PM

Yeah cpu and OS is $320, that leaves $180 for case, psu, motherboard, ram, optical drive and hard drive.
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a b 4 Gaming
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September 13, 2012 11:27:31 PM

will the i3 be powerful enough, i know ive seen people saying they use it but i just feel on the edge about it. or what if i bought the i3 now and upgraded to an i5 later, both of these proccesors work with the same motherboards right ??
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 11:28:50 PM

Z77 with a locked i5 is senseless. The GTX 650 is also pretty crap. I'd build around a Asus/Gigabyte B75 board and an i3 3220. i3 is powerful enough now (mostly) and you can upgrade later.
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a b U Graphics card
September 13, 2012 11:40:27 PM

The second offer taht I posted is the good one, the first is meh. i3 is a strong processor, you should not invest in a stronger one with such a budget, you should save your money for the GPU. See this,

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?p=33928643#p...

you actually want the 3rd system with some cuts off, like a cheaper GPU, smaller HDD and 4GB of memory. An example:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv4gx3m1a1...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/his-video-card-h775f1gd

It wont be a top gaming pc, but you will run everything on medium settings and it has room for upgrade in the future (i5 3570K, HD 7870 and so on)

EDIT: The second offer in my first post is actually a system of the same performance with 1TB HDD instead of 320GB, so if you like it you should probably hurry and buy it before it expires.
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a b 4 Gaming
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September 14, 2012 12:10:50 PM

Smeg45 said:
Z77 with a locked i5 is senseless.


Why is that?? Locked i5's still hit 4ghz with the press of a button.
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a b 4 Gaming
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September 14, 2012 1:54:33 PM

here, I spent $500........... can't do it with a decent Intel build. That's it. There is no money for a Video card and I can only cheapen it by YOU watching for when the opsys is $80 and going to a $40 cheaper processor.......... still not enough for a video card... will put together n AMD build next.............. still don't know what your monitor resolution is... ???

HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
opsys
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mobo+mem
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$497.95.................

be back with AMD build.

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a b 4 Gaming
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September 14, 2012 4:38:30 PM

for now ill be using my tv as a monitor until i buy a real one. and the resolution 1920x1080
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a b 4 Gaming
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September 14, 2012 6:47:51 PM

what about this? i know its a little over budget but o well...

http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...

give me feedback on this build, and i want to change to an i5 2500 later i dont plan on overclocking but for now ill take the i3 just so i can have a pc..any suggestions please let me know

also does it look like ill be ok for future upgrades ??
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2012 7:17:09 PM

We can't see the shopping cart.
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a b 4 Gaming
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September 14, 2012 8:04:31 PM

sorry about that link, heres the parts...
i3 2100
gigabyte ga-z68ap
gtx 550ti 1gb
4gb of corsair vengeance ddr3 ram
500gb wd caviar blue 7200rpm
600w psu from rosewill
and a coolermaster case
ill leave links to all these parts as well but does this sound like a solid build, does anyone have anything they would change...this is already over my 500 budget

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
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September 14, 2012 8:24:24 PM

the processor is slow, only dual core so you'll be booting yourself in the rear right off the bat. The video card is too slow and I wouldn't give Hitler that power supply.
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September 15, 2012 3:12:27 AM

swifty_morgan said:
the processor is slow, only dual core so you'll be booting yourself in the rear right off the bat. The video card is too slow and I wouldn't give Hitler that power supply.

While I agree the psu is a bad choice, you are wrong about the cpu and gpu. The i3 is still a great gaming processor, slightly lacking in the few games that can utilize 4 cores. Most games are 75% or more gpu dependent anyways. His gpu is not a bad choice, but he should get the hd 7750 with a 350w antec psu. The 7750 is a few percent slower/faster depending on which game, but is a newer architecture and uses only 55w. He should be able to play most games med/high settings w/ some aa, but med in bf3 w/ no aa. The hd 7750 is only $110 on newegg. He also could go with a hd 7770, but would need a better psu than the one for the hd 7750. Either way, those would be in his budget and are a great choice. Also instead of the i3 2100, get the i3 3220 for $10-20 more.
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