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Old June 5, 2009, 04:27 PM
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Default Super budget gaming rig for friend 500$ MAX

Okay now that my friend has learned that im building a computer he has decided on that he wants to one too. (He has a crappy old emachine) So is possible to build a gaming rig for 400$?

Preferably AMD with ATI GPU
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Old June 5, 2009, 04:30 PM
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First off what parts do you have already?
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Old June 5, 2009, 05:50 PM
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Old June 5, 2009, 10:35 PM
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Pretty high-end stuff for a $500 build...

That RAM definitely its a rip off. Grab some G.SKILLs, they're like $55. DDR2-800 would suffice, though I think DDR2-1000 is about the same price.

Could drop the HDD down to a 320GB or 500GB. Unless there's still stock available at that price.
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Old June 6, 2009, 12:32 AM
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+1 for jdrom17.

IMO if you really, really want to do a budget build, get one of those low-end cases that come with 450/500W PSU's, rather than spend over $50 for a 400W alone. Yeah yeah, I know there's the quality issue with the OEM PSU's already. However, I've bought and built multiple machines using those PSU's, and none have ever failed on me. Never. You'd probably save at least $50 right there, put it towards...a better mobo? GPU?
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Old June 6, 2009, 03:33 AM
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E5200 stomps those 7750s as well for the same general price for platform...

NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GA-EG31M-ES2L mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 Video Sound GBLAN Motherboard - GA-G31M-ES2L In Canada.

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All of those are under $70 and have been used multiple times to overclock E5200s to 3.8ghz and beyond.

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Roughly the same price as the 7750 but a MUCH better CPU, all the 7750 is is a chopped up Phenom I...

I also agree with IMMA, for a higher end build id NEVER look at one of those case+PSU deals, but in this case you will probubly be well within the max wattage of an OEM PSU.

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Not the greatest cooler but should be able to handle that system without any issues.

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You MIGHT need to use one of those 4 pin to 6 pin PCI-E connectors with the PSUs but other then that Id say it would be fine. Take the money saved and throw it at this, or just leave as is and take the savings.

NCIX.com - Buy Powercolor Radeon HD 4870 770MHZ 512MB GDDR5 2XDVI PCI-E Video Card - AX4870 512MD5 In Canada.

Also better ram for cheap...

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I also agree unless you can get yourself that hard drive for the listed price garanteed then id just grab a different drive, although the WD blacks are really fast they arent going to amount to any gain in FPS which from what I can tell is what your looking for as its listed as a budget gaming build. You should probubly answer the sticky questions about your build in your original post so people like us know what your using it for ect.
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Don't use generic cases w/ crappy psus. U'll regret it so much.
Use this case: NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Elite 310 Black W/ Blue Trim ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 6X3.5INT 1X3.5EXT No PSU - RC-310-BWN1 In Canada.

OR

This: NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Elite RC-330 ATX Blk Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS 1X120MM Rear Fan Front I/O Panel - RC-330-KKN1 In Canada.
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Old June 6, 2009, 07:10 AM
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Canada Computer has the OCZ StealthXStream 500W for $30AR. Excellent PSU so if you're in GTA, go grab that.
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Old June 6, 2009, 09:48 AM
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Okay I live like 10 minute bike ride from my CC so I will go pick one up thanks!
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Old June 6, 2009, 10:18 AM
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The only thing I don't agree with RS, is that XION PSU combo deal.

They are garbage, it may say 450W and you'll be lucky if it gives you 220W before it gives up the ghost.

Never use substandard PSU's, unless you like throwing away money.

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