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So for easter I was given 500 bucks and told to replace my computer, my mother said its just depressing to watch me stare at this 15in CRT and do nothing lol.

So for 500 dollars a budget gamer, I still have my steam account, with things like COD2, CnC3, ME2TW, Crysis lol
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Here is my budget build that includes a monitor (which I assume you need.)

comes out to $560 w/shipping but theres $20 in rebates

Edited by overclockingXTC - 4/24/11 at 11:56am
1200P COD MACHINE
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Phenom II x4 720 @ 3.6 ASrock M3A770DE Triple Crossfired 4850's 2x4gb GSkill Sniper DDR3 1333mhz @ CL8 
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64gb M225 SSD + WD Caviar Black 640gb External Windows 7 Ultimate 64 28" Hanns G 1920x1200 
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64gb M225 SSD + WD Caviar Black 640gb External Windows 7 Ultimate 64 28" Hanns G 1920x1200 
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amd phenom II x4 955 BE
radeon 5670
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB
Kingston HyperX Blu 4 GB Kit (or 2gb kit, whatever os you want to use)
antec EA-380D 380 watt psu
ASUS M4A87TD EVO
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if you're close to a microcenter, pick up one of those cpu + Free mobo combo deals. Get the quad phenom 840 and the free Asus mobo, you'll be able to overclock it.
    
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So for easter I was given 500 bucks and told to replace my computer, my mother said its just depressing to watch me stare at this 15in CRT and do nothing lol.

So for 500 dollars a budget gamer, I still have my steam account, with things like COD2, CnC3, ME2TW, Crysis lol
Most important question: are you gonna include a monitor into the budget or will you continue using the 15" 1024x768 CRT monitor you have?
    
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no monitor included, the reason being in the attic here is my old 23in CRT that does 2048x1536 im just to lazy to go get it, along with an old Logitech LX-3 optical mouse, and a Microsoft Media board from 2003 that still work, so just a tower
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heres something i came up with...pretty balanced imo ...

it has 30$ in rebate and monitor is not included...but u got room to include it in....

and sorry for the low res pic....and total comes to 468 top- 30$ in rebate
so u still got 60$ spare from ur 500$....
Edited by ghost_z - 4/24/11 at 12:26pm
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no monitor included, the reason being in the attic here is my old 23in CRT that does 2048x1536 im just to lazy to go get it, along with an old Logitech LX-3 optical mouse, and a Microsoft Media board from 2003 that still work, so just a tower
Okay, then. This means you'll be able to get a much more potent rig. Bear in mind, though, with this budget you aren't gonna be able to play at max. settings due to the resolution being quite a bit higher than 1920x1200. CRTs take resolution changes better, though, so I recommend you lower them to 1600x1200. Take a look at this:

SAMSUNG SH-S223C DVD+RW Drive: $20

HEC Blitz Case: $40

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB: $40

ASUS M3A770DE Motherboard: $60

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB (Refurb): $130

Antec EarthWatts EA-380D PSU: $40

Team Xtreem Dark 4GB DDR3 1600MHz: $48

AMD Phenom II X4 925: $115

PCI-E-to-2x Molex adapter: $5

Subtotal: $498
Total: $509

This is as fast as you're gonna get for the price if you can use a refurb GPU. Don't settle for an Athlon. They over-clock lower and the 6MB L3 cache will give you a performance boost of 10% in games in comparison to no L3. The GTX 460 768MB is just fine for 1600x1200 and is only 3% slower than a Radeon HD 6850 at 1680x1050. They both OC about the same and you'll be able to get very close to a GTX 560 Ti at max. OC. If you go for a lower end CPU, you automatically lose 10% performance in games, so lowering to get a 6850 into the budget won't make much sense since they're so close in performance. The RAM will allow you to get good over-clocks, and the motherboard is one of the few budget boards I'd recommend for a decent OC. The case has tons of features for the price and the PSU will be able to handle the GPU and CPU both over-clocked.

PS: the adapter is because the GTX 460 doesn't come with one.
    
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Okay, then. This means you'll be able to get a much more potent rig. Bear in mind, though, with this budget you aren't gonna be able to play at max. settings due to the resolution being quite a bit higher than 1920x1200. CRTs take resolution changes better, though, so I recommend you lower them to 1600x1200. Take a look at this:

SAMSUNG SH-S223C DVD+RW Drive: $20

HEC Blitz Case: $40

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB: $40

ASUS M3A770DE Motherboard: $60

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB (Refurb): $130

Antec EarthWatts EA-380D PSU: $40

Team Xtreem Dark 4GB DDR3 1600MHz: $48

AMD Phenom II X4 925: $115

PCI-E-to-2x Molex adapter: $5

Subtotal: $498
Total: $509

This is as fast as you're gonna get for the price if you can use a refurb GPU. Don't settle for an Athlon. They over-clock lower and the 6MB L3 cache will give you a performance boost of 10% in games in comparison to no L3. The GTX 460 768MB is just fine for 1600x1200 and is only 3% slower than a Radeon HD 6850 at 1680x1050. They both OC about the same and you'll be able to get very close to a GTX 560 Ti at max. OC. If you go for a lower end CPU, you automatically lose 10% performance in games, so lowering to get a 6850 into the budget won't make much sense since they're so close in performance. The RAM will allow you to get good over-clocks, and the motherboard is one of the few budget boards I'd recommend for a decent OC. The case has tons of features for the price and the PSU will be able to handle the GPU and CPU both over-clocked.

PS: the adapter is because the GTX 460 doesn't come with one.
wrong mate....there r tons of reviews out there which suggest the lack of l3 does not affect gaming much....including crysis 2...so i would say athlon x4 is not a bad choice considering its price.....and there have been instances of l3 cache unlocking too...and yes i agree to ur gtx 460 opinion...and my bad in the last post...i thought op had to include a monitor too.....
Edited by ghost_z - 4/24/11 at 1:21pm
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wrong mate....there r tons of reviews out there which suggest the lack of l3 does not affect gaming much....including crysis 2...so i would say athlon x4 is not a bad choice considering its price.....and there have been instances of l3 cache unlocking too...and yes i agree to ur gtx 460 opinion...and my bad in the last post...i thought op had to include a monitor too.....
Err, wrong answer. Look here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ache,2416.html

Read the article and you'll see that there's overall a 10% increase IN GAMES if you have the 6MB L3 cache. In other applications, the difference can range from none to 5%. That, and the Phenom II scales much better in terms of performance once you pass 3GHz. Instances of L3 cache unlocking are less than 1% of all Athlon II X4s. The reason some unlocked is because they were rebranded Phenom II X4s, but now that's irrelevant. It was only batches in the first month of production of the Athlon II X4 in where they mixed Propus and Deneb dies. So, it's pretty much completely pointless to mention unlocking.
    
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Seagate Momentus 7200.4 320GB LG GSA-T50N, HP dvd1170r Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit HP W2207 22" (1680x1050) 
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