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$300-$550 gaming pc

Approximate Purchase Date: by the end of the month


Budget Range: $300-$550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming


Are you buying a monitor: no


Parts to Upgrade: everything


Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anyplace


Location: Columbia SC USA

Parts Preferences: none


Overclocking: maybe


SLI or Crossfire: no


Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: if you guys and/or gals are nice enough could you give me a build for the lower end of my budget and one for the higher end

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: i have always wanted to build a computer myself but i have never had the time or the money
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  1. They just did a rig today that's on the Tom's website that's a micro-ATX rig for $500. I'd look at that.
  2. Hi, this would be best for you.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.24 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $485.32
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 20:39 EST-0500)

    It's going to run all games at ULTRA-MAX.
  3. Or the $500 q4 rig. Here, ultra in skyrim and bf3 for 500. - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-do-it-yourself-computer,3364.html Just get a b75 mobo then upgrade to a 2gb 7850.
    EDIT - nvm, you need $100 for windows too. That's $600.
  4. My suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($125.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $567.54
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    A bit over the budget, but it's worth.
    You can trim down some, if you buy some parts in ncix us.
    The psu for the antec vp-450 : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62331
    The ram for the patriot viper : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758
    The cpu there : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75429&promoid=1312
    It's at the same price, but it makes more than 100$ in the cart, and you'll have free shipping.
  5. that is a really hard budget to match with a operating system included
  6. Best answer
    If i had that budget i might do something like this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.20 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $522.07
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 20:42 EST-0500)
  7. I just tried to make one for those prices, not looking too good. Especially when you have to use $120 of the budget on an Operating System.

    Maybe try something like an APU with a 6670. Since you are going to be using such a low resolution anyway.
  8. tenaciousk said:
    If i had that budget i might do something like this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.20 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $522.07
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 20:42 EST-0500)



    +1 best value imo
  9. djangoringo said:
    My suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($125.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $567.54
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    A bit over the budget, but it's worth.
    You can trim down some, if you buy some parts in ncix us.
    The psu for the antec vp-450 : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62331
    The ram for the patriot viper : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758
    The cpu there : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75429&promoid=1312
    It's at the same price, but it makes more than 100$ in the cart, and you'll have free shipping.


    I vote for this one, better CPU and GPU.
  10. Truth is all of these builds are viable. Its up to what your personally prefer. We have given you some of the best options in your price range wish you the best.
  11. Best answer selected by tacomeat2go.
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