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A friend wants to build a computer that can play games decently with a budget of $500. There's no preference for AMD/Intel etc.

I don't know much about components at that price range. Any suggestions?
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I just built my brother a computer around that budget. We settled on:

A phenom II x4 840 with mobo from Microcenter for $87 before tax.
21.5" monitor
4GB of RAM (Although 8 would be easy with prices as cheap as they are.)
Radeon 5570 (Good enough for him as TF2 is all he plays. It runs that no problem.)
WD Hard drive - 320 or 500GB I think
OCZ Power supply
ASUS DVD drive
Case from Microcenter for $70-80

It really does offer good performance for $500. I would look for something similar. Especially if you are near a microcenter,
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Hdd prices are killing budget builds right now. Do you have a microcenter nearby?

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You could buy your HDD used.  Prices of used HDDs at my local FreeGeek haven't changed, and I can still get used 1TB drives for under $40.

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You could buy your HDD used.  Prices of used HDDs at my local FreeGeek haven't changed, and I can still get used 1TB drives for under $40.


7200rpm drives?

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Might be.  I'm not sure if they actually have any in stock though.

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NZXT Source 210 S210-002 White w/Black Front Trim “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Item #: N82E16811146076Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$39.99

XFX HD-679X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card Item #: N82E16814150534Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$139.99

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply Item #: N82E16817139028Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$69.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Item #: N82E16820233186Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$39.99

• AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX Item #: N82E16819103727 Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

• ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard Item #: N82E16813131651 Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$214.98

$504.94+tax

Good luck on finding a cheap HDD right now that will kill a $500 budget pc
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Originally Posted by fucinboss View Post

NZXT Source 210 S210-002 White w/Black Front Trim “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Item #: N82E16811146076Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$39.99
XFX HD-679X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card Item #: N82E16814150534Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$139.99
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply Item #: N82E16817139028Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$69.99
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Item #: N82E16820233186Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$39.99
• AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX Item #: N82E16819103727 Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
• ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard Item #: N82E16813131651 Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$214.98
$504.94+tax
Good luck on finding a cheap HDD right now that will kill a $500 budget pc


meh.

4+1 phase mobo - heatsinked tho.

meh.

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post #9 of 10

The 87TD/USB3 has no heatsinks on the VRMs.... but boards such as the ASRock 870 iCafe R2.0 do while offering similar features (or better) at the same price or lower.

The 965 has no worth over a 955.  An FX-4100 is also a suitable choice at this budget, or a Phenom II x4 960T (if you're interested in unlocking cores).

You could power the setup with a much cheaper CX 500 V2 and be able to get a 6850 with the money you saved.

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