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Hey I'm helping a friend build a sub $500 gaming pc. I was thinking a higher end graphics card like a gtx 460, paired with an i3. As far as I'm aware 3.8-4 ghz on these things is pretty standard on air for oc'ing. I just want to make sure this is true or if theres a more economical choice someone would suggest. Mainly will be for l4d2 and civ 5 to begin with...
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thats a hard price point to meet do you need a monitor and such or just a tower??? if just a tower link the parts you have chosen
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Well to get that high your gonna need a semi decent motherboard. If you want to do a budget gaming rig I would recommend going with AMD and maybe a 5770 or a lower 6xxx card. l4d2 is not resource intensive. Do you need everything. Hdd, psu, case etc? Do you need a monitor?

I've seen the i3's and i5's pretty high up there but don't remember certain numbers
    
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Yeah, sorry for lack of info initially. I'm not being totally unrealistic, a monitor will be provided. I hadn't build a list of components yet as I was torn with whether to go X3 or i3. I've heard a lot of good things about oc'ing the i3s though so I thought I'd go with that. I realize I'd have to search a little to find a mobo for a good price that would support that clock and aftermarket cooling (thinking the hyper 212). Then for graphics I was thinking like a gtx 460 or something similarly kind of high, but that can be had for around $150. I was also wondering if it would be safe to think that a decent 450Wish psu could handle that card (2x pcie connectors) and just one drive. Storage capacity doesn't really matter for the drive, neither does case. I was thinking for ram that there have been decent prices on the XMS3 DDR3 lately, I thought it could achieve decent clocks with higher latencies. Given that information do you think I could build a pc (not solely for l4d2 but so that other games/future games could be played on it) for about $500 with those components or could you suggest any alternative setups?

Thanks for the consideration guys.
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My i3 540 at stock with SLI GTX 260 cards on a Micro SLI P55 board is more than playable at maxed settings 1080P. Games range from TF2 to Metro 2033.
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My i3 540 at stock with SLI GTX 260 cards on a Micro SLI P55 board is more than playable at maxed settings 1080P. Games range from TF2 to Metro 2033.
What kind of psu is required to run those sli cards?
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Guess I should also mention it will be played on a 19" monitor(1440x900), prob wont go over 22" for a while.
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Guess I should have done a little more research...
I guess this or this looks a little more like a good build for a $500 budget. It seems like the i3 project will go to $600 if I want a board that can OC and DDR3 to match. Correct me if I'm wrong or missing something. Also, are the AMD gpus really that much lower in power consumption than the nvidias?
Edited by bobboberson - 12/20/10 at 10:05pm
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Here's what I came up with:
Athlon X3 + Biostar Mobo
4GB DDR3
MSI GTX 460 1GB
Rosewill Case + PSU
500GB HDD

Total: $517 Shipped, but there's $25 in rebates. If it's too high, just swap out the gpu the 768mb version.
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Here's what I came up with:
Athlon X3 + Biostar Mobo
4GB DDR3
MSI GTX 460 1GB
Rosewill Case + PSU
500GB HDD


Total: $517 Shipped, but there's $25 in rebates. If it's too high, just swap out the gpu the 768mb version.

Thanks a lot man. I ended up going with this but a 768 version of the card (still 336 cores), one of the lite-on dvd burners for $20, and a 500 gb caviar blue that was $50 (just to order all from newegg). Great board selection too, hoping that X3 will unlock the 4th core. Total ended up being $510 shipped plus $25 in MIR. Thanks again for the help.
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