$500-$400 gaming pc [First build]


Sep 7, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $500-$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Case, Power supply, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments:

What I've been looking at:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x 4 970 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103894

MoBo: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510


BioStar TA870U3+ AMD 870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138303

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws series 8GB (2x4gb) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231402

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm SATA 3.0gb/s

I already have:

PSU: Rosewill Xtreme series 750 w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182067

Case: rosewill blackhawk http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107

I'm on a bit of a budget but I'd rather wait longer and a better computer than get a not as good one.
get a 955. In the bios, increasing the multiplier from 16x to 18.5x will get you a 970, on the stock cooler. for $20 less.

get the gigabyte board.

there are combo specials with Seagate drives and DVD players for $73.48, get that.

get an HD6850 for $160, with a free copy of Deus Ex.
that gigabyte ud3 is expensive

If you are only going to use a single graphics card .. and you dont have the budget to use two anyway ... then

is only $78 after rebate , and will perform just as well

Add 2 x2 gig of DDR3 1600 MHz 1.5 volt RAM

a 500 gig samsung F3 hard drive

dvd drive

and you should have enough left in your budget for a Radeon 6850 graphics card which will play every game in decent detail even on a 1080p monitor

If there are extra $ to spend then spend them on the graphics card