Any advice for this budget gaming pc $500

jarobbins3

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sorry,

here's a list of the components:

HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case
ASRock 770iCafe AM3+ AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GV-N430-2GI GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply
AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition Callisto 3.3GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model

any suggestions or known errors with any of the hardware?
 

Maxor1

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Hi, Brett what graphics card do you recommend that will fit somewhere into his $500 budget? I mean we want him gaming at Very High at worst right? To do that lets see which card he should put in. I'm curious as well since I want to game at Super Ultra and turn on mini animations at the horizon using config file hacks.
 

jarobbins3

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Thanks for the feed back the mobo will fit the case. What graphics card do you recommend? I was looking at radeon as they seem to have a better cost to price ratio. But they use a pci2.1 slot. Is there a difference between pcie2.0 and pcie2.1?
 

TTP Kacey

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Radeons are cheaper but they aren't nearly as fast as Nvidia cards.
I'd recommend a GTX 460 at lowest. Or perhaps if you can afford it go for a GTX 550. EVGA sells superclocked, 2gb 550s at my best buy for $200, and there's a markup at retail so check around Newegg, Tigerdirect, ebay etc to try and find one. You might even be able to get a used 550ti for around the same price.
 

jarobbins3

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Thanks for the eBay advice. I'm going to stick with newegg and order everything at once so I can return something if it's doa. I'll look at the gtx cards but I'm almost at my limit budget wise. Any other video cards that are around $80 that will suffice?
 

tjosborne

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it all goes down to case ventilation im sure, but no i dont, just picked out a cheap one that looked like it had good reviews. id personally get the evga one, same price but no OC. but you could do that yourself if you wanted
 

it's a DHE with single axial fan and the card is OCed as opposed to stock. I'm not surprised if this thing overheats a lot. Case ventilation affects DHE only in terms of what your ambient temp is, beyond that it's all up to that fan that's sitting on the card.