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Old April 12, 2012, 07:53 PM
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Hey guys I'm building a new gaming pc and I'm trying to run Guild Wars 2 and other future games. Hopefully this get last me 3-4 years. I've been looking at this for a case Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more! Challenger Case & Rosewill 650W for $100.
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Old April 13, 2012, 03:04 AM
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Well I had a shot at $400, with your target of not having to upgrade for 3-4 years, and I cant say I would be happy giving you advice to build a $500 rig, what i have selected is basically the best of the budget - new that is, If you have the option of waiting for a while and saving an extra $100, this would be a great system

HDD - Cavier black 500 GB $80
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MoBO m5a97 - this is a great board - $ 95
Newegg.com - ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

This card should last the 4 years and outperforms its price IMO - $129 after rebate
Newegg.com - HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Cant go wrong with 8gb ram - $47
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Best budget quad core and paired with the m5a97 should fly - $110
Newegg.com - AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX

Windows 7 64bit OEM - $100
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems

If your prepared to get a higher performance system and skimp a bit on the case and PSU to get close to budget, heres the cheapest case and what seems like a half decent 450w PSU - $43
Newegg.com - Diablotek CPA-0280 Black SGCC Steel Elite ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply

These components here = $ 605
If you are prepared to save an extra $100 which i really hope you are, you cant go wrong with this system, I wouldnt recommend anything less and I was actually really surprised to see what kind of performance you can get out of $600, certainly thrash my new rig dollar for dollar, im sure of that!
To give you an idea of performance, I would expect this to be able to run battlefield 3 on medium settings, so it should last a good 3-4 years.
Alternatively i think you could try and pick up a use 6850 but you might only save $40ish.

Goodluck and I hope I helpd out a bit.
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Old April 13, 2012, 05:57 PM
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You could put a computer together for $500 after tax and shipping (with a dedicated graphics card), but in all honesty I wouldn't do it (there would be too many sacrifices in quality). The prices of hard drives are still pretty high right now and eat up a good portion of the budget. My suggestion to you is to spend the $500 on a complete build without a dedicated video card and then when you save up more money buy a graphics card or up your budget to around $600 and then I can make some complete build suggestions.

IMO I wouldn't recommend the other build mentioned above. Its from newegg.com, so the prices are different from the Canadian site, I don't recommend going with AMD FX processors, and I wouldn't use a Diablotek power supply. Don't skimp on a power supply...then can kill your entire computer if you use a bad one. I don't mean to spend a fortune on one, but you have to pick a good one.

You have to remember that windows will run $100, and $80 for a cheap hard drive. Just with those you are around $200 after tax.

Here is what I put together for $437.92 +tax and shipping with a quick look through NCIX. You could save some money by price matching to other sites or swap a couple parts to ones you find for a better price (with the saved money I would upgrade the processor to an i3 2100).

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD - Seagate - ST500DM002

ASUS P8H61-M LX Plus Rev 3.0 H61 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 SATA GBLAN Audio VGA Motherboard - ASUS - P8H61-M LX PLUS REV 3.0

Intel Pentium Dual Core G620 Processor LGA1155 2.6GHZ 3MB Retail Box - Intel - BX80623G620

Corsair CMPSU-400CX 400CX 400W ATX 12V 30A Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - Corsair - CMPSU-400CX

Antec 100 One Hundred Lite Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case Black 3X5.25 6X3.5INT 1X2.5INT No PSU - Antec - One Hundred Lite

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 1.5V CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit - CRUCIAL TECHNOLOGY - BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM - Microsoft - GFC-02050

EDIT: Plus add $20 for a DVD burner (optical drive) if you need one.
Desktop: Arc Midi R2, Z77-D3H, 3570K 1.09v/4.1ghz with Zalman Optima Cooler, Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb@1866mhz, XFX R9 280X DD, Bitfenix Fury 750w, WD Black 1TB, Intel 530 120GB
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Old April 13, 2012, 09:12 PM
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To save $100 and have discreet graphics is tough......

Go for a smaller hard drive you dont need 500GB at first, you can always add space. I know you like that motherboard, but consider a cheaper option or consider or a llano APU and add discreet graphics later. go for my Samsung ram($40), see below, its cheaper, more energy efficient and OC's better. Get a branded OEM Windows 7 64-bit OS, you will save $30 right there..... Branded works just the same, buy it from a reputable seller(try snagstuff.com, they ship to canada i think)

Hope that helps
Thanks, Gin...my new build:

Support Intel's X79/LGA2011 platform, it is worthy
Intel Core i7-3820 SB-E @4.6Ghz
ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB
16GB Samsung DDR3-1600 30nm MV-3V4G3D/US
Corsair Carbide 400r
Corsair H70 cooler w/2x COUGAR CF-V12HP 120mm fans
Thermaltake toughpower grand 850
Intel 520 180GB SSD
Seagate momentus XT 750 gen2 hybrid
LG BD burner w/ 3D MDisc Lightscribe
Dell UltraSharp U2412M LED 1920x1200 w/IPS
Cerwin-Vega XD3 sound monitors
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

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Old April 14, 2012, 08:55 AM
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Give this a whirl; I have posted newegg.com links because you did so I am assuming that you are located in the US.

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core $77.99 + $10 gift card + free shipping
ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $66.99
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $22.99 + fs
XFX Double D HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB $149.99 - $20 mir + 2 games + fs
XFX ProSeries P1-450S-X2B9 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE $48.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s $79.99 + fs
COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel $49.99 - $10 promo code -$10 mir + fs
LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R $17.99 +fs

Total: $514.92 -$30 mir +$10 giftcard
Main System:
i5 3570k @ 4.6ghz | GA-Z77X-UD3H | Gigabyte GTX 670 | 8gb Redline 1600mhz | CM 690 | Logitech G9x | Mushkin Cronos 120gb ssd | Benq 24" | CM Hyper 212+ | Seasonic 750w | X-Fi Titanium | Sennheiser 350 | Razer blackwidow | Win 7 64-bit
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AMD X2 7750 BE @ 3.0G | Asus M3A78-CM | 2x2gig 800mhz 4-4-4-12 | SB LIVE | Samsung 22" | Asus 9800gt | Antec NEO 620w | Logitech G5 | ThermalTake Matrix | Arctic Cooling Freezer 64
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