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$500-550 Gaming PC

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October 14, 2012 2:09:27 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of June 2013

Budget Range: 500 no rebates, 550 if rebates are possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming, internet surfing, video production.

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: No off-brands unless they've been highly reviewed.

Overclocking: Maybe depending on hardware durability

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in future upgrading

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Cost efficiency is a main concern for me, I wish to make a build that can last long so that I won't have to upgrade often, I've been saving for the last 3 years to make just this much so upgrading isn't much of an option. This is also my first time building from scratch.

More about : 500 550 gaming

a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2012 2:40:44 AM

This build will game many games on high to max settings at that resolution. It allows for a future SLI, but when you do so, you will also need to upgrade the PSU. Everything else will be fine though.
If you have any questions, just ask.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kfMN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kfMN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kfMN/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $516.47

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Note: Cost is $566 before rebates.
a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2012 6:41:48 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $508.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


its $548.90 before rebates
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2012 4:02:38 PM

The build above will not allow you to overclock, has a lesser quality motherboard, an inferior graphics card, and does not include an aftermarket cpu cooler, which are really nice to have. The 3220 is better and single threaded applications and most games, I will admit that. However, the 965 can be overclocked to nearly match it in such applications, and it will destroy it in multi-threaded applications. Additionally, the 7850 is a much, much better graphics card.
October 15, 2012 1:35:45 AM

zared619 said:
The build above will not allow you to overclock, has a lesser quality motherboard, an inferior graphics card, and does not include an aftermarket cpu cooler, which are really nice to have. The 3220 is better and single threaded applications and most games, I will admit that. However, the 965 can be overclocked to nearly match it in such applications, and it will destroy it in multi-threaded applications. Additionally, the 7850 is a much, much better graphics card.



dude the 965 is ancient
October 15, 2012 1:36:33 AM

I would wait until JUNE OF 2013 since EVERYTHING will have different prices and there will be much newer stuff
a b 4 Gaming
October 15, 2012 1:46:49 AM

guerrero said:
I would wait until JUNE OF 2013 since EVERYTHING will have different prices and there will be much newer stuff

OF COURSE WAITING NEARLY A YEAR WOULD YIELD BETTER PERFORMANCE!!!!
If everyone decided to wait until there are newer components, no one would ever buy anything.
If you buy PC components, expect them to be out dated with in a couple months, if they aren't already.
a b 4 Gaming
October 15, 2012 6:36:12 PM

zared619 said:
OF COURSE WAITING NEARLY A YEAR WOULD YIELD BETTER PERFORMANCE!!!!
If everyone decided to wait until there are newer components, no one would ever buy anything.
If you buy PC components, expect them to be out dated with in a couple months, if they aren't already.



nah, sooner than that: If it's available for sale, it's already obsolete.
a b 4 Gaming
October 15, 2012 6:39:12 PM

True to that
a b 4 Gaming
October 15, 2012 11:49:06 PM

Guys, I think you misunderstood the guerrero person.
Check the topic starter's date of purchase. :p 
a b 4 Gaming
October 15, 2012 11:56:50 PM

Wow, I did not notice that. Thanks Excella. Your careful eyes prevail again. ;) 
In reference to the OP, no one on earth can give you a recommendation for a 500-550 build when you are buying components that far off. No one knows what prices will be and what products will be out. We are pretty much good for whats in right now and a couple months off, but other than that, technology is hard to predict accurately.
October 15, 2012 11:58:29 PM

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a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2012 12:02:55 AM

guerrero said:
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My bad guerrero. I was a little harsh on you there.
October 16, 2012 12:30:17 AM

Dude no one can give you a build for literally almost a calander year from now. The hardware will be completely different.
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