Need ideas for a entry level gaming build!

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: I will be purchasing the parts by Christmas

Budget Range: $450-$550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming & Surfing the web, Video editing and rendering

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: msy.com.au or pccasegear.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Australia

Parts Preferences: I would like this PC to last me a year or two

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 I'm fine with this outdated resolution ^^

Additional Comments: I would like this to run quietly. I would also like the PC to be able to run and record most games on mid/high settings on my resolution with no problems.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Outdated PC can't handle gaming anymore, its time for an upgrade!
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  1. woflz said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: I will be purchasing the parts by Christmas

    Budget Range: $450-$550

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming & Surfing the web, Video editing and rendering

    Are you buying a monitor: No


    Parts to Upgrade: N/A

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: msy.com.au or pccasegear.com

    Location: City, State/Region, Country - Australia

    Parts Preferences: I would like this PC to last me a year or two

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 I'm fine with this outdated resolution ^^

    Additional Comments: I would like this to run quietly. I would also like the PC to be able to run and record most games on mid/high settings on my resolution with no problems.

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Outdated PC can't handle gaming anymore, its time for an upgrade!


    You may have read this article already, but just in case you hadn't I wanted to link you a build that Tom's put together for a gaming PC at $500:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-do-it-yourself-computer,3364.html

    Here's another similar article from AnandTech:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6182/fall-budget-system-buyers-guide/3

    I'll leave the rest to the experts!
  2. dcointin said:
    You may have read this article already, but just in case you hadn't I wanted to link you a build that Tom's put together for a gaming PC at $500:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-do-it-yourself-computer,3364.html

    Here's another similar article from AnandTech:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6182/fall-budget-system-buyers-guide/3

    I'll leave the rest to the experts!


    The problem with that Anandtech build is that it uses a really low end video card and a PSU that leaves no room to upgrade. The Tom's build is better but they do cut a lot of corners on CPU and RAM, but then on a $500 budget you have to make sacrifices somewhere.
  3. g-unit1111 said:
    The problem with that Anandtech build is that it uses a really low end video card and a PSU that leaves no room to upgrade. The Tom's build is better but they do cut a lot of corners on CPU and RAM, but then on a $500 budget you have to make sacrifices somewhere.


    I definitely would agree with you there. Tom's ability to work a Radeon 7850 into its build is a huge advantage.
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