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Build me a budget gaming rig [$500]

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So just wanted to see what you guys can come up with for $500, every time I try and put one together I end up with a $800+ price tag I have no preference on AMD or Intel but I prefer Nvidia over AMD for the GPU if budget allows. So whats the best I can get for my $500?
(oh and I like big HDDs )

Just the PC
Edited by Win == True - 2/20/11 at 12:50pm
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Do you need everything, including OS, monitor, keyboard etc? Or just the pc?
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just the PC I have everything else
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http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=15330525
I just built that for a friend who does NOT overclock, so some parts may be adjusted.

Comes out around 400, and you can pick up a decent 5770 or 450 or better in the marketplace.
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-dvd burner
-case
-HDD
-mobo
-GPU
-PSU
-RAM
-CPU
-CPU cooler
-OS

its $20 over with shipping but its the best I could do for all new (and OB) parts and including Windows 7 64bit. Should do pretty well at low-resolutions if you overclock the CPU to around 3.6Ghz or more (motherboard/heatsink should allow for good OCing)
     
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Heres my go at it.. I think i did ok

No DVD drive but its not completely necassary you can just make isos and put them on a pendrive or find and old one im sure you have one laying about .

EDIT: if you dont mind open box go with the motherboard AgentHydra posted as its a brilliant motherboard i still have my one as a spare .

Edited by jammo2k5 - 2/20/11 at 1:25pm
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post #8 of 8
If you want the absolute fastest gaming/all-around PC for $500, look no further:

Asus DVD+RW Drive: $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Case: $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129066

Antec Earthwatts EA-380D Power Supply: $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371033

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Hard Drive: $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

AsRock M3A770DE AM3 motherboard: $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157176

MSI GTX 460 768MB TwinFrozr II SOC: $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127519

G.Skill NS 4GB DDR3 1333MHz: $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231396

AMD Phenom II X3 435: $72
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103920


For $500 you get a great-performing GPU, a Triple-Core CPU that's highly OCable, and a case with tons of fans.

Subtotal: $485
Total: $499
Edited by LOL_Wut_Axel - 2/22/11 at 7:37am
    
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