$500 Gaming Computer Recommendations?

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What parts would you pick to build the best gaming system you can for $500? There’s a thread in Overclockers Forums planning a $500 gaming build right now, and you can join right into the discussion below this article!

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  1. -AMD Phenom II x4 3.2 BE

    -Motherboard feat. SATA 6.0Gb/s

    -8GB DDR3 1600 CAS 9

    -Radeon 6870 1GB

    -500 GB SATA 6.0Gb/s

    -600w Corsair 80 Plus PSU w/ 2 required PCI-e adapters

    -DVD-RW Optical

    -Standard cheap case

    + a free Dirt 3 game to boot!!

    This all comes to $498.92 after rebates and codes!!
    rishidev
    phenom II 955

    gigabyte 990 ud3/ud5

    8gb gskill ripjaws/sniper

    NZXT Beta Evo Mid Tower Black Steel Cabinet

    any 450 or 500 watt gold certified psu

    22 inch dvi/hdmi port AOC monitor

    ---> cooler master 212+ or thermalright 120 extreme cpu coolers or even a hyper tx 3 ( im using @ 4.1 ghz)<-----

    amd radeon 6790/ 550ti or 6870/560ti for more $$

    hp dvd writer

    wd black 1tb 64mb or 2tb green or 500gb green for less$$

    yup thats about it........:D:clap:


    Great pick:thup:

    The key is to get a solid GPU, that will be the heart of the gaming rig....for a 22" LCD dont go lower than a 6870 or GTX 560 Ti otherwise your FPS will suck or you will need to drop the eye candy.

    Skimp on the case as it is only cosmetic, PSU needs to be solid , 500W is plenty power though.

    AMD quads and boards are cheap and can bring the overall cost down a lot without compromising performance compared to Intel parts
    i5 @ microcenter for 150 this weekend makes an i5 build very doable, just add 30 bucks to my first build for a better case/psu combo.... 955 is still a good proc as well!
    Personal preference plays a huge role in that selection also I would say. Due to that it really is a vague question to answer I have noticed. From what I have seen though there are a lot of requests for opinions for builds in the $500~1000usd range.

    That is all well and fine, I was just thinking something non-biased that would give new users a good and recent place to start when thinking of buying a computer.
    turbohans
    I see a lot of people saying we did this thread already. In fact, I see threads like this all the time!

    The thing is, it's a very good question and changes every few months. Should really be done as a seasonal or quarterly article here!!! As there are always people wanting that great deal on an awesome build.

    Thats one of the reasons I love this forum, anyone can come here and get the true bang-for-their-buck computer without sacrificing any quality. ;)


    It's done roughly yearly at the moment:

    http://www.overclockers.com/?s=Buyers+Guide

    Sometimes a build is quite subjective - there's maybe room for covering overclocking, gaming, number crunching, workstation, etc. as well as the price bracket issue ...
    I see a lot of people saying we did this thread already. In fact, I see threads like this all the time!

    The thing is, it's a very good question and changes every few months. Should really be done as a seasonal or quarterly article here!!! As there are always people wanting that great deal on an awesome build.

    Thats one of the reasons I love this forum, anyone can come here and get the true bang-for-their-buck computer without sacrificing any quality. ;)
    phenom II 955

    gigabyte 990 ud3/ud5

    8gb gskill ripjaws/sniper

    NZXT Beta Evo Mid Tower Black Steel Cabinet

    any 450 or 500 watt gold certified psu

    22 inch dvi/hdmi port AOC monitor

    ---> cooler master 212+ or thermalright 120 extreme cpu coolers or even a hyper tx 3 ( im using @ 4.1 ghz)<-----

    amd radeon 6790/ 550ti or 6870/560ti for more $$

    hp dvd writer

    wd black 1tb 64mb or 2tb green or 500gb green for less$$

    yup thats about it........:D:clap:
    From OCF,

    1tb f3 7200 rpm

    870XT

    965 x4

    ati 6870 hd

    2x2 ddr3 1600

    450w GOLD superflower.

    for 510$ shipped to can (around 40-50$) in shipping

    U just have to findd the good deals and jump on them.
    bigben6
    Why not, my first build plus the changes above i added.... OFC deal on newegg vary day too day so maybe something changed...


    Probably because I don't trust the fireworks factory inside that Broadway case...which also has a single 80mm fan.

    Cheap PSUs are just waiting to fry.

    Edit: just zoomed in on your 500W PSU in that case:

    +3.3: 22a, +5: 36a, +12v: 18a

    That would have been a nice choice in 1987, but not today.
    i think gaming wise screwysquirrls build is not worth the extra 100 bucks.... right now.... as games are built to use more and more cores, his may take the lead and his does allow for a cheap hex core upgrade down the road, like i said i love my 955, buuuuuuuut its past its prime and is old news....

    my build ws 401 with the i3 clracksdale... for 500 a better option IMO would be:

    My old build minus the i3, put in the i5-2300 + 85$

    and a BIOSTAR H61MGC which saves 15 bucks and your in @ 470, 30 bucks cheaper and the i5 out games the 955 even if you OC the 955....
    Also the "H" chipset as listed by the OP can't be OC. Which makes sense if you pair it with a non "K" chip. For that price I'd go with ScrewySqrle's suggestion.
    Ahhh i see, thanks, that makes more sense, then in this case, i guess a 955 is a more viable choice, thanks knufire i forgot about the "K" designation and how important it was in the SB application.... aplogies to screwysqirrle ;)