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November 4, 2012 10:52:32 AM

I am building a gaming PC, but i have a small budget, around 500$.
Tell me what you think about the parts i choose.

Motherboard: ASUS P8B75-M LX
Processor: Intel i3 3220 3.3Ghz
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 7770 1GB DDR5
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 450w
Memory: Crosair D3 VS1333 4GB x1
Hard Disk: Seagate 320GB SATA3 7200 Rpm
Casing: Cooler Master Elite 431

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November 4, 2012 2:19:52 PM

I would suggest something like this.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($112.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $486.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

You didn't have optical drive, and didn't know if that was intentional, so have included one.
I have increased RAM, using faster. So cheap it's not worth not having 8GB, and single stick wasn't ideal.
Whilst B75 boards are OK, they're more aimed at business use, although not huge difference.
Given you much better power supply, and better case.
The MSI is probably best value HD7770.
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November 4, 2012 2:26:10 PM

malbluff's build should be good. if you can spare 20 more bucks, you can pick up a evga gtx 560 which will perform a lot better
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November 4, 2012 3:10:37 PM

The build is reasonable.
But, I think you can do better.

For gaming, the graphics card is all important.
My rule of thumb is to budget twice the cpu cost for the graphics card.
Here, you have a very nice $130 cpu and an ok $105 graphics card.

Look at this tom's $500 budget gaming build:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-overclock...

They used a G860 and a GTX560.
Prices and parts will have changed, but the budgets should still be good.
I might suggest a ivy bridge G2120 @$95 and a $160 7850 for example.

A single stick of ram will work OK.
But, a 2 x 2gb kit would give you dual channel operation.
Considering the low cost of ram today, I would try to get a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb DDR3 1333 ram.

The Corsair builder series 500w psu is only $40 afer rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can, consider using a 120gb SSD instead of a small hard drive.
That will be large enough to hold the os and half a dozen games.
It will get you started and make everything you do feel so much quicker.
If you need more space for large files, you can add a hard drive later.
Intel and Samsung are having sales to deplete the inventory of 330 and 830 ssd's in anticipation of the new 20nm based 335 and 840 series. You should be able to find one for <$100. sales abound this time of year.

You get the idea.
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November 4, 2012 4:33:35 PM

TheBigTroll said:
malbluff's build should be good. if you can spare 20 more bucks, you can pick up a evga gtx 560 which will perform a lot better

Is the GTX560 still ahead of HD7770. I seem to remember this same discussion, on another thread, and someone had benchmarks, based on the latest catalyst update, showing HD7770 ahead of GTX560. Wish I could remember where it was from.
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