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Old December 23, 2013, 08:19 PM
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Hey all,

I have a friend looking to build a gaming PC to do 1080p gaming single monitor and perhaps some audio production.

Would $500 cover this and what do you think I might be able to obtain for him within this price range?

Apologies for this not being a strictly price check thread.

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Buying used parts, yes... buying new parts? Well, that depends what quality settings and fps he wants at 1080p. Don't forget that if he needs a new OS, that will cost $100 or more for a copy of windows.
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You can build a PC for $500. As mentioned, if buying used parts you will be able to game with it...new that's probably not going to cut it. If you want new you could get a decent computer without a graphics card and then add it later. If you also need windows that will make your budget pretty restrictive.
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500$ is pretty tight for a gaming PC, I mean you can go AMD APU and that's about it. AMD A10-6800K that comes with Radeon 8670D should fit within the budget, or like everyone else said buy used parts.
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500$ is pretty tight for a gaming PC, I mean you can go AMD APU and that's about it. AMD A10-6800K that comes with Radeon 8670D should fit within the budget, or like everyone else said buy used parts.
I'd only like to purchase used parts, new is not necessary. Heck even an i7 860/920 and fairly new gpu would do fine @ 1080p.
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Since your buying used then, you can definitely get a gaming rig for $500, but how good it will be is completely dependent on how patient you are (how much of a rush you are in) and how lucky you get...let the hunt begin (good luck).
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I game with an AMD A10-5800K and it is OK. Depends on games and expectations. Pairing the APU with a match GPU to use AMD's Dual-graphics version of X-Fire can improve performance for an extra $80 but not within your very tight budget. check out the boxing day specials - might get lucky.
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you can game at 1080p without using too much graphics details using an intel cpu and a gts 450 / radeon 5770. I would suggewt looking for a used Intel setup, or you can go with a new Haswell Pentium CPU. Your best bet would be a used i3/i5 setup and an older graphics card, like a GTS450/GTX460/GTX470.
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