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Building a PC

By Clone512
Nov 24, 2009
  1. I'm wanting to build a cheap gaming PC, unfortunately I can only spend around $500-600, I might use a CD-ROM from an old computer, and I have a mouse and keyboard I can use - I do have a spare monitor but I'll probably replace it with a different monitor later on.

    And yeah, I do have an OS which I could use on it but it's Windows XP Home Edition.

    What do you recommend?
     
  2. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    I would go with an AMD build based on the Dragon Platform. But, you can also build a decent Core i5 PC around the same price.
     
  3. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    I would love to elaborate, but alt-tabbing at work on these forums is better than going through hardware lists at newegg.
     
  4. Clone512

    Clone512 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

  5. Clone512

    Clone512 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

  6. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    The processor choice is good. The motherboard is good too if you don't plan on using a CrossFireX setup. With that motherboard you can also attempt to unlock a 4th core in the X3. I would skip the cheapy graphics card and go with an ATI to round off your AMD build. I would go right up to a Radeon HD 5770. Depending on what else you need for your build, this can be done while still sticking with your budget.
     
  7. Clone512

    Clone512 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

  8. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Yes, but Sapphire has one for slightly less $.
     
  9. Clone512

    Clone512 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

  10. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Ummm...you ARE building a desktop right? That's an internal Laptop drive.
     
  11. Clone512

    Clone512 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Lol, see? I don't know much about hard drives, and yes I am building a desktop--I wouldn't even think about making a gaming laptop...

    I didn't read the title of the drive, I was looking at it's specs.
     
     
  12. Clone512

    Clone512 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

  13. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Could you elaborate what you would be using your PC for?
     
  14. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    That wouldn't be bad at all. It's really funny though, your link shows the used drives being MORE expensive. lol.
     
  15. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Cheap Gaming is what he said in the initial post. :D
     
  16. Clone512

    Clone512 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Lol, I didn't notice that.

    What power supply should I use?
     
  17. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Just remember to get the best parts that you can for the money. Do your research, search for reviews, professional and user. Building your own computer is a TON of fun, but you don't want to get a part that you aren't sure of. You do NOT want to regret getting a part that you can't be happy with.
     
  18. Clone512

    Clone512 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

  19. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

  20. Clone512

    Clone512 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

  21. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    I think you should stick with the PSU I recommended. And no need to shell out $10 extra on that ASUS card.
     
  22. Clone512

    Clone512 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

  23. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Yeah, swap the PSU that Ritwik7 added and switch the Asus Video card to the Sapphire one, and you've got a decent build. Should put you right around 650 total.
     
  24. Xinthran

    Xinthran TS Rookie Posts: 37

    The thing about power supplies is that it is one of the MOST important pieces in a computer, so you have to make sure that it'll be a good one.
     
  25. RangerX

    RangerX TS Rookie

    You could save a little cash by getting one of the Antec cases which include a power supply such as:

    Antec Sonata III 500 $109.99

    Antec NSK 4480 II $69.99
     
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