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Hey guys, does anyone have any suggestions on what parts i should go with for a cheap 500 dollar build? Doesn't have to be exactly 500, just around there. Thank You.
post #2 of 7
Hey hostage!

Welcome to the forums .

So for $500 you probably won't be able to go water cooling. You may want to wait for Sandy Bridge to come back on the market as those chips were somewhat cheap (or relatively the same) compared to old school chips still being sold.

I'll do some researching but for now here is what you should be looking for:

Case: Something medium sized should do the job for you.
Power Supply: For a $500 build, I'm sure 750 watts is overkill, but should support anything you plan on doing in the future.
CPU: Like I said, Sandy Bridge will probably be your best bet for performance but might cost you about $200+. If not, you can pick up Core 2 Quads for $150 on Newegg I believe.
Motherboard: Just keep in mind the old Intel is LGA1366 and Sandy Bridge is 1156.
GPU: You can get a GTX460 off of Newegg for $200 if you want that type of performance. You could also go for the much lower GT 240 for $80.
RAM: For a $500 build, you could get 8GB of 1600MHz Corsair for <$100. You can find cheap RAM ALL over Newegg if you look around there.
Storage: Depends if you want HDD or SSD. SSD is ultimately more expensive so I would think about HDD. Probably 250GB will do you fine.
Sound (if applicable): Sound card? Up to you. Usually around $50-100
Optical (if applicable): Wanna watch Blu-ray on your PC? You'll have to pay for it. If not, you can get a cheap $30 CD burner/player.

Hope this helps but I'll do some more looking for ya! Hopefully others can help.
post #3 of 7
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Thanks! I'm checking all of that stuff out on newegg right now.
post #4 of 7
Hey hostage any idea what this PC will be used for? Simple things like web browsing, word processing and some light gaming? If you want to do some heavy gaming and play all releases on fair details $500 might not cut it. Oh and @xyeLz nice build but not every has your budget, also for people on a tight budget I'd suggest AMD as their items have great value for low-mid range.
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Hey hostage any idea what this PC will be used for? Simple things like web browsing, word processing and some light gaming? If you want to do some heavy gaming and play all releases on fair details $500 might not cut it. Oh and @xyeLz nice build but not every has your budget, also for people on a tight budget I'd suggest AMD as their items have great value for low-mid range.
It will be used mostly for gaming. Doesn't have to be able to run everything on High, as long as i can run games around 60+ FPS constant on lower settings I will be fine with that. I will give AMD a try and see what I come up with.
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So you've decided on AMD? Do you have any specific build in order or do you still need help? I'm not familiar with an AMD build so I don't know how much help I can be
post #7 of 7
Check out the Athlon II X3 chips. If you pair one with a motherboard with core unlock capability, you can end up with a Phenom II X4 chip for around $80. I've done this before on a Gigabyte US2H, but that board only supports DDR2.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB WD5000BEKT Lite-On DC-8A4SH Slot-loading DVD Burner Corsair H60 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 OEM HP keyboard Seasonic X-750 Silverstone TJ08-E 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech LX3 Ratpadz GS Audioengine 5 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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