$500-$600 Upgrade build
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December 30, 2012, 12:39 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
My System Specs
Sadly, the motherboard and CPU are too dated to reuse.
Your budget is low, and you're gaming at 720p (which is low by enthusiast standards), so I would recommend going the AMD route.
Here is a build centered around the FM2 processor and the A85 chipset:
Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H: motherboard: 94.99
Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H w/ DDR3 1866, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit LAN, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI at Memory Express
A10-5800K APU: Processor: 124.99
AMD A10-5800K APU, Black Edition 3.8GHz w/ 4MB Cache at Memory Express
Gskill 1866 8 gig cas 9 kit: memory : 49.99
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB PC3-14900 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB) at Memory Express
500GB WD Caviar Blue: Main Storage Drive: 64.99
WD 500GB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA III w/ 16MB Cache at Memory Express
Intel SSD 520 Series SATA III Solid State Drive, 60GB: 89.99
Intel SSD 520 Series SATA III Solid State Drive, 60GB at Memory Express
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case: 64.99
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case, Black at Memory Express
Corsair CX500 500W Power Supply: 54.99 (Cheapest corsair PSU with 2xpcie connectors for upgrades).
Corsair Builder Series CX500 500W Power Supply at Memory Express
544.93 Total at Memory Express.
Won't slay the top games, but you'll have a good gaming experience with all 720p gaming at reasonable settings. It also has the potential to upgrade to a much more powerful video card as the PSU has the two PCIE connectors needed to power beast cards.
My System Specs
ASUS Crosshair V
FX-8150 Stock (for now!)
2x4gig 1333 cas 9 Ripjaws
TriFire 3x Unlocked Sapphire Toxic 6950 2 gig Stock clocks (for now!)
1TB WD Caviar Black
Corsair 500R with custom fan config
ASUS 24x DVD±R/RW OEM
Samsung 27'' 1080p
Win7 64bit professional
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