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Do you have recommendations for a budget gaming PC? I am looking to spend around $500. Or is there a site that already does this? I think I have seen such things in magazines.
11-01-10, 09:45 PM
are you willing to build your own computer? you can build a much better $500 dollar one than a ready built one.
11-01-10, 09:47 PM
MaximumPC recent did an article of a PC similar to what you are looking for.
Given your budget I'd have to go with something like:
1. At least an x3 CPU. No sense getting an x2 givn the benefits in new games, and the fact that an x3 can be had for cheap. $70 for an Athlon II x3 425 with heatsink, can't beat it for the price, seriously.
2. AM2+ motherboard. Same functionality as an AM3 motherboard, uses cheaper DDR2 memory (neither of these sockets will fully support AM3+ CPUs, so whatever is more cost-effective right now will be your best bet...) ... you can get one for around $60.. Gigabythe makes a great 760G.
3. 4gb DDR2. OCZ Reaper, $67, great choice, stays cool.
4. GPU: This is an odd choice but I think it would pay off. Wait for Galaxy's Hall of Fame GTS 450 to come out. Granted, you an get a GTX 460 for $159, but if we're really pinching pennies here, then $20 savings is $20 savings... and I think that this 1ghz core GPU (possibly goes higher, WOW) with memory that probably goes to pretty high speeds will make for quite a kickass graphics card that likely performs between an HD 5770, 5830 and GTX 460. Also worth waiting for is the GTS 455 which might have a great mix of the 450 and 460s qualities. So if you can do $160, a GTX 460. $170, a GTX 465 (PNY XLR8 Refurb @ newegg). $148, a GTS 450 FTW (920mhz core)... and for a few more bones, wait for the GTS 450 Hall of Fame (1ghz core, might be worth the wait)...
5. Case: XClio, seriously. They have a lot of cases in the $40-$80 range that have GREAT cooling. The Godspeed 1 has 2x80mm fans and 2x 180mm, for $60. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103024
6. PSU: XClio again. 500W GoodPower. $50. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817189005&cm_re=xclio_power_supply-_-17-189-005-_-Product
7. OS: Win7 Home Premium, $70-$75.
8. Mouse: Sidewinder x3, $20 @ http://www.egagroupusa.com/products/Microsoft-SideWinder-X3-Laser-Gaming-Mouse-UUC%252d00001.html
9. Keyboard: Any decent keyboard for $20-$40.
10. Hard drive: WD 640 single platter 640GB for around $60.
11. Optical Drive: DVD Burner, around $50.
12. Display: ~ 20"- 22" for around $160
13. Speakers: 2.1 setup with sub, $30-$50
... I don't know what components you already have, but this bill of materials can make for a system that handles new games @ 1920x1080 @ highest settings, and maybe a little AA/AF to go along with it... But maybe if you want the system to seem snappier @ the native resolution of the LCD in games, maybe, just maybe get a 1680x1050 LCD and enjoy the benefits of not quite stressing out the GPU quite as much.
If you already have an LCD, keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS and optical drive, that brings cost down to $515.
FWIW If you get that PSU with a Gigabyte 760G board, you'll #1 be able to unlock cores on quite a few x2s or x3s and #2 you'll be able to reliably do a good amount of overclocking on both the CPU and GPU. I used a 760G motherboard plus that PSU and was able to run an overclocked x3 unlocked to x4, plus an overclocked GTX 465, which is quite power-hungry.
Hope this helps. :)
I will be building it. Thanks for the suggestions Ragejg!!! I was pretty much talking $500 just for the stuff in the case. Not counting OS, mouse, monitor etc.
Thanks for the advice folks. I went a bit over budget but here is what I got:
Antec Six Hundred Black Computer Case
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
EVGA 768-P3-1362-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Should do me nicely for a good 2 years.
11-12-10, 09:20 AM
That's damn sexy. Enjoy!
11-14-10, 02:57 PM
Should do me nicely for a good 2 years.
If you don't want to upgrade your graphics card in that time then the PSU will be fine but you'll have to replace it to upgrade.
If needed I will. Honestly at this point I spend most of my time playing WoW. Although I picked up COD:BO and I must say I am getting a bit addicted. I skipped over MW and MW2 so this is pretty fresh and fun for me.
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