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Hey guys, I'm new here, been lurking for a bit. I am going to see if this deal on Craigslist works out on Sunday and if not, I am going to be selling my iPhone for $500. So with that $500, instead of trading for a computer I decided I wanted to build my own.
I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I'm only 14 and it's hard to come by money to build one. So this is my chance. I would have $500, that's it. That's without OS, monitor, keyboard, or mouse. I can use other ones.

Im looking for a decent gaming build for like GTA 4, Mafia II, BF3, some older and some of the newer ones out or coming out. I'm pretty good with computers and have had a couple gaming computers before from trades of craigslist. I know how to build them, and just seeking help to find the best i can get for $500.
I don't mind second hand parts at all, but I don't know if my dad would let me order them from the marketplace on here. So if you know any other places, that would be great. I would be ordering from NewEgg.

So if anyone could help me out, that would be amazing! Also, if possible I would like to Hackintosh this build, thats not needed but would be a plus.

Thanks alot!
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My recommendation would be to look at a Phenom II quad core probably 955 or a little lower. They are just over $100. Then look into a 5770/6770 (same card) for graphics which are also around $100. Then most people on OCN will either recommend a Samsung Spinpoint f3 or WD hard drive. I personally like WD caviar blacks, but 1 TB spinpoint f3s are roughly $60 which would get you a lot of storage for not too much money. Cases are entirely personal choice for the most part and I dont know much about the cheaper motherboards.

Good luck
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I would suggest after quickly scanning newegg that you:

Purchase this combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.660881

Add a HDD for ~45 and use ~$145 for a decent GPU

I'm sure this could be better with more time spent but this is an early suggestion.

Complete build without using the combo:
There is a $10 coupon code for the HDD so price would be ~$515. I'm sure you could steal 15 dollars from somewhere.
Edited by Jeffro422 - 6/18/11 at 10:54am
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the phenom ii x4s arent really the best choice.
linus made a video about a budget rig and its pretty nice.
it consists of a core i3 2100, 4gb ram, and a gtx 460. The i3 is actually faster than the x4 in gaming.

This is all you really need for gaming and in the future you can upgrade to a faster SB processor.

The best you can really upgrade to with a am3 platform would be the x6s and really the 2500k would demolish it, not to mention the 2600k.


Edited by tyuo9980 - 6/18/11 at 11:15am
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post #6 of 11

Combos like the ones suggested above are pretty bad. There's always a better individual parts deal for price. Every time.

For $500 (which can get you pretty far actually), I recommend:
Phenom II x4 955/free 4GB flash drive - $114 shipped
ASRock 870 Extreme3 - $90 shipped [Newegg should hand over the AM3+ revision]
2x2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7 w/LEDs - $35 shipped
ASUS GTX 460 1GB DirectCU - $141 shipped after rebate (select the no-wait rebate option and you get the rebate back in just 9 days for extra $1 deducted from rebate; normally it takes weeks)
Rosewill Green 530W PSU - $50 shipped

- $35 shipped
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD - $50 shipped after promo code [see link]
Newegg $10 off new customer promo code - $10 off
Total: $505 shipped after $30 rebate, but you do get that rebate back in only around 9 days
Edited by xd_1771 - 6/18/11 at 11:29am
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You need an OEM copy of Windows, see if your school can get you a copy for $30. If they can't (which is probably the case) you are going to need to spend $100 on a copy of Windows. So your budget is actually 400 for the parts, so you will need to buy a lot of it used.

Get your copy of Windows first, then see what you have left. If it's $400, then an Athlon II X2 + 6790 would likely be the best choice. If it's $470, an i3 2100 and GTX 460 768mb would be the best choice. It really comes down to how much your OS is going to cost, because you have to have a copy of Windows to play the majority of games, simple as that.

Edit: didn't see you had an OS, so do you have a HDD too? Xd's build is the best so far, a 955+460 1GB is better than entry-level, its more a mid-level gaming rig. He's just missing a DVD-drive.
Edited by KittensMewMew - 6/18/11 at 11:37am
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Originally Posted by KittensMewMew View Post
You need an OEM copy of Windows, see if your school can get you a copy for $30. If they can't (which is probably the case) you are going to need to spend $100 on a copy of Windows. So your budget is actually 400 for the parts, so you will need to buy a lot of it used.

Get your copy of Windows first, then see what you have left. If it's $400, then an Athlon II X2 + 6790 would likely be the best choice. If it's $470, an i3 2100 and GTX 460 768mb would be the best choice. It really comes down to how much your OS is going to cost, because you have to have a copy of Windows to play the majority of games, simple as that.
He said the price was without the OS. Maybe he has a copy already.
    
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post #9 of 11
$500 for a midrange gaming rig.... well, only possible on this platform I'd think
Heck I woulda suggested a GTX 560 Ti (there's a good deal avaiable at the moment for one), it was perfect until I found out it went $40 over budget
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Is there anywhere I can get like refurbished, open-box, or used parts anywhere online?
I would get them from here in the marketplace, but my parents probably wouldn't let me. I might just end up trading it, I do have an copy of legit Windows though.
There's a guy on Craiglist that wants to trade, he's giving me full specs with pics and stuff tomorrow and I'll let you guys know. It also comes with a monitor and some accessories.
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