Building a gaming PC Budget 500-650


Dec 27, 2008
Hello There

I'm looking into building a new gaming pc and would like some help and tips

I checked the 625$ build that is on the website seems pretty nice , but wouldn't Q6600 be better?

Note that i'm playing on a 1280x1024 screen and not aiming on changing it anytime soon

I'm thinking something like : 194$ 129$ 65$ 161$ 69$

That would be 618$

Any suggestions for the case and psu?

or should i just stick with the 625$ build?

Opinions please


Nov 15, 2008
At 1280x1024 a 4830 is all you need $95

You might as well upgrade the motherboard one notch to the GA-EP45-UD3P since it has crossfire $135. You will not need crossfire now but in 1-2 years if you start slowing down you can add another 4830 which should be dirt cheap by then.

This harddrive is faster / larger $80

Corsair 550VX will allow for later crossfire with the 4830 $85

Antec 300, solid case and has free shipping $60

Gskill PI Black 800, lower voltage, fast timing and cheaper $55

Once Core 2 Duo processors are overclocked, they will out perform a Quad in most games, exception that comes to mind is GTA IV. You will not go wrong with a Quad core because they are still great for today's games and they will be more future proof, so if you don't plan on upgrading anytime soon after this, get the quad.

Your budget says 500-650 but your already at 618 without a case (60) and Powersupply (85) if those parts need to be included in the 650 budget then your left with the E5200 processor.

Both of those cpu's overclock well. The asus heatsink/fan comes with pre appllied thermal idea how good that paste is, but it saves you a few dollars. Case has decent ventilation. Now you can go with a smaller HD and save some $. You can pick up a 250gig HD with 16mb cache for around $40. I don't' know how much HD space your looking I didn't put it in that build. Also you didn't state if you had a OS or not, so it's down at the bottom, but not included in the total price. $119.94
Combo Case and PSU: Antec 300 Case + Antec 650w PSU $119.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $19.99
ASUS 3V52 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $119.99 ($104.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $54.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $129.99 ($114.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
MSI N9800GT 512OC GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $79.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $23.99
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM

Total: $658.87 + shipping
$628.87 w/ mail in rebates

Same build but with E5200 $72.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

Total: $611.87 + shipping
$581.87 w/ mail in rebates $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM


Nov 11, 2008

You could also overclock a quad core :D But, seriously, a dual core is very good, and can run most (if not all) modern applications smoothly.


Dec 27, 2008
Thanks everyone for the replies

I'll probably save some more $ and get the Q6600 but i've got a question about the Graphics card

What would be better , a 9800 GT or a 4830 on a 1280x1024 monitor?

I checked the benchmarks on this website but i couldn't find the 4830 on it

Thanks again for the help