Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Graphics Card: Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
It only took an extra $10 to step up from a Radeon HD 6850 to the HD 6870, providing more ALUs and texture units, as well as higher core and memory clocks. This card features reference-class clock rates and and output connectivity.
Read Customer Reviews of Sapphire's Radeon HD 6870 1 GB
Sapphire’s bundle includes a DVI-to-VGA adapter, two PCIe Molex power adapters (one of which we need to use in this build), and a DiRT 3 game coupon. Unfortunately, no Crossfire bridge connector is included; hopefully you get that in your motherboard kit.
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500 GB
Read Customer Reviews of Seagate's Barracuda ST500DM002 500 GB Hard Drive
Although our selected motherboard is limited to SATA 3Gb/s connectivity, the Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 gives us 500 GB of storage capacity, a 7200 RPM spindle speed, and 16 MB of cache at the low $40 starting point for internal storage drives.
While there are many unthinkable things in this build, the low price of $500 is also unthinkable. That's less than an ipad....
The last $500 build just was crap generally (micro-ATX and not many options on the mobo, IMHO).
This budget gaming rig is really close to what I'd build for a friend/family member that wanted to have a gaming rig. I'd change a few things, of coarse, but the overall direction (and selection of parts) is SPOT ON, IMHO!! Good job guys at TH!!!