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    $500 Gaming Computer Recommendations?

    Highlighted this thread on the frontpage, nice one updawg.

    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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    6870, 955 BE, and 8GB of RAM for under $500 shipped.
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    under $400 maybe

    phenom II 955
    gigabyte 990 ud3/ud5
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    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........

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    Haha I knew knufire would be all over this.

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    That looks like a pretty nice build rishidev, nice contribution.

    Pretty similar to the knufire setup which is very nice also.
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    did a toms hardware build like 3 months ago. turned out pretty wellat about $545. i had hdd and a cd rom, but past that ...
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbohans View Post
    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 ...
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rishidev View Post
    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........
    Great pick

    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

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    This all comes to $498.92 after rebates and codes!!
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