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Initial post: Mar 19, 2013 6:48:11 AM PDT
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Posted on Mar 19, 2013 6:48:55 AM PDT
Cyberphobia says:
Send the money, I'll put it together for you.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 6:56:10 AM PDT
MinXo says:
Minus the case and DVD drive this build would be close to $500.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pc-gaming-overclock-build-a-pc,3443.html

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 7:19:39 AM PDT
Finger says:
Are you including an OS in your budget? If not, you'll be closer to the $400 mark.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2013 8:23:20 AM PDT
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got mayo?™ says:
Do you have a microcenter withing driving range?

http://www.microcenter.com/

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/34da33e6#/34da33e6/34

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 10:40:01 AM PDT
Geomancer says:
$500 is easy, if you don't need Windows and a Monitor (both about $100 each). A DVD drive is a small savings, those are dirt cheap, but every dollar counts. Same with cases, unless you're the type that goes for looks rather then just a box to hold all the parts together.

Just grab an i5, snag a motherboard that can hold it, put 8 GB of RAM on it, grab a cheap HD, and throw the rest of your money into the video card. If you need a new power supply for some reason, that will eat another chunk out of your video card budget. You don't need some monster of a power supply unless you are running multiple video cards. Most processors are under 100W these days, and video cards in the 200-300W range. Hard drives, fans, and optical drives are chump change. Usually a 500-600W PS is more than enough for most people.

Remember, most games are developed for 6 year old hardware (consoles) so it isn't hard to match or exceed that. Only a few games push the lines of what a PC can do, they would rather develop for the largest user base, those running laptops and the crap parts found within (laptop processors and video cards are inferior in every way to their desktop counterparts).

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 10:48:27 AM PDT
John McClane says:
Can't it's a myth.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 10:55:20 AM PDT
MinXo says:
Another great site to easily put some parts together and find the best prices is http://pcpartpicker.com/ The community is also very helpful.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 6:07:29 AM PDT
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Posted on Mar 20, 2013 6:12:31 AM PDT
I built mine this fall and put an asrock extreme in it...after that I will never buy a motherboard that is not an asrock. Extreme and Pro models are great

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:18:02 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:22:02 AM PDT
M. Stifler says:
I just bought that one for my build a few weeks ago. It's everything I need and more. Nice BOOT Menu too. Very easy to use.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:38:27 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:43:30 AM PDT
Finger says:
I take it you've decided upon an Intel build, have you chosen a specific processor yet? Are you looking for a motherboard to support overclocking, are there any other specific features you want, etc?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:50:31 AM PDT
Yes. The extreme4 is very nice...the pro4 is a cheap man's version that has a little bit fewer bells and whistles but still a quality board.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:54:26 AM PDT
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I personally went with a 570 because it was on sale for 199 at the time. Between those two, you aren't getting a huge deal of difference so it would depend on the price. If I could get the 670 for less than 50 bucks more than the 660Ti I'd consider it...otherwise I think I'd go with the 660Ti

Both of those videocards are going to be tough staying within 500 bucks though. You are looking at a minimum of 250 for the GPU...then you have another 100 or so in the Mobo. That leaves 150 for the processor, power supply, HD, Ram, and case?

If you have a microcenter around you may want to check them out though

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:54:55 AM PDT
M. Stifler says:
I went with a Sapphire Radeon HD7950, which I believe is equivilent to the 660ti, or about that.

Honestly, if Newegg still has the deal where you get Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite with select GPUs, go with AMD over Nvidia for a budget PC. You're getting free games!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 6:58:18 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:00:02 AM PDT
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You can mix AMD GPUs with Intel CPUs and still have an extremely powerful system.

My next build will be an Intel CPU with an AMD GPU more than likely.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 7:01:50 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:03:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2013 7:03:45 AM PDT
Geez, don't take high-end parts for a budget build if you have a $500 budget.

Your CPU/Mobo shouldn't be more than $150-200 combined, and that's still pretty pricey.

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:05:04 AM PDT
M. Stifler says:
I went with the i53570K CPU and it is impressive. The AMD FX8350 is supposedly just about as good, and is $30 cheaper. I want to not go over $800, but ended up spending over $1000, but I definitely don't regret it. Skyrim with mods is amazing, and the free copy of Crysis 3 I got looks amazing too.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 7:05:33 AM PDT
You're trying to buy parts made for a $1000+ PC budget.

What are all of your parts?

Is your HDD SATA ready? What PSU do you have right now?
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