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February 4, 2013 1:25:27 PM

Ok guys so here is where i am at. I am going to be buying a computer this week. I want it to be able to do Moderate gaming. I am going to be having it hooked up to two monitors. Im running a 40ft vga to my tv, so that we can watch Hulu and Netflix on it. I wont me playing a game or anything on two screens.

I will be playing most my games at 720p Resolution. And i don't mine playing on medium to high settings. So here is the kicker.
I have a 500 dollar budget.

I do not need a Monitor, Mouse or Keyboard
And i bought a copy of windows 7 last year that i will use on this new computer. So i will not need that.

I have an idea of some of the things i can get. But my bias stops me from making some sacrifices i should make for the budget. If i spend more then this ill be sleeping on the couch for a while.

So i turn to you. If you had a 500 dollar budget what parts would you go with?

(yes i know there are other posts like this, but when i look at the parts list the deals and so on for that parts list is expired and the prices have changed. i am looking for a buy tomorrow kind of list)

Thank you for any help!



(for ppl who dont want to read the story)

-$500 dollar budget ( i live in USA )
-Don't need OS Monitor Keyboard or Mouse
-Would like to run most games comfortably.


This is kind of something i just made up, Would it do ok? Is this everything i would need? is the power supply enough?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Hitachi 320GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $499.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 10:56 EST-0500)

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February 4, 2013 2:39:12 PM

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/78...

"500W (or greater) power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended
600W power supply (or greater) with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connectors recommended for AMD CrossFire™ technology."

pick up a 500w power supply for safety
other than that looks good. if you can buy an aftermarket heatsink and overclock that quadcore go get more performance for your moneys
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February 4, 2013 2:45:15 PM

OP, I don't want to see you waste money. I'll make a better build for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $484.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-04 11:45 EST-0500)
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February 4, 2013 2:45:35 PM

+1 alvine

450 w is not enough for a computer like that, Take at least a 500 w
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February 4, 2013 4:29:10 PM

Thanks for the help guys!, I like the build Chris. in your guys opinions you think i will be able to get the performance I'm looking for out of this build? Also, are there any good after market CPU coolers under 20 dollars worth getting? Thx again.
When i say this build i mean the one chris made.
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