$500 gaming rig, AMD or Intel.

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow, today, now

Budget Range: $500 after rebates, don't worry about shipping / tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg only

Overclocking: GPU: of course CPU: if it can be

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

A friend of mine was toying around with the idea of buying the components for a $500 gaming rig (AMD or Intel). This is what I came up with following his guidelines.

AMD Build

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: XClio 320 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $463.23

Intel Build

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: XClio 320 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $471.22
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  1. dscudella said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow, today, now

    Budget Range: $500 after rebates, don't worry about shipping / tax

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only

    Are you buying a monitor: No

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg only

    Overclocking: GPU: of course CPU: if it can be

    Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    A friend of mine was toying around with the idea of buying the components for a $500 gaming rig (AMD or Intel). This is what I came up with following his guidelines.

    AMD Build

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.30 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: XClio 320 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)

    Total: $463.23

    Intel Build

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.30 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: XClio 320 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)

    Total: $471.22


    I'd go with the amd build. Just overclock the cpu and it'll be good.
  2. With a couple of hundred MHz OC the phenom is a better gamer

    and its already better at pretty much everything else
  3. Outlander_04 said:
    With a couple of hundred MHz OC the phenom is a better gamer

    and its already better at pretty much everything else


    See, that's what I was thinking. With "MOAR CORES" being relevant now, the Phenom is super relevant again in the low to mid range category.
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