Computer for $500?

By TimeParadoX
Apr 9, 2007
  1. I recently sold my Go-kart for $500 and I want to build a new PC, I could spend up to $650.

    I want to be able to play Half-life 2, CS:S and Company of Heros on this new PC without having lag ;)

    Could someone help me pick out some parts? Never built a PC for only $650 :haha:

    CD drive:
  2. Noobedup

    Noobedup TS Rookie

    Is that USD?
  3. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    Case: // $50
    CPU: $164
    PSU: $44
    Mobo: $60
    Videocard: $120
    RAM: $110
    HDD: $75
    CD drive: $30


    These components will give you an exelent computer with features such as a core2duo processer, 2 GB of ram(will be necessary if you ever plan to install vista), a 250Gb HDD, DVD Burner, Good midlevel video card,
    and a case, PSU, and motherboard from reputable manufactures.
  4. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    To noobedup:

    Yes it's USD

    To Dmill89:

    Awesome picks, I'll probably change the Videocard to atleast a 7800, thanks... Most of my PCs I build are in the $800-1600 range ;)

    Also the PSU is abit weak and I never heard of that brand, I'll probably switch it to my personal favorite ;) OCZ GameXStream 700w
  5. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    7800 cards are old tech. Snatch up a brand new eVGA e-GeForce 7900 GS KO. Thats the card I have, and I can tell you its a beast. I love that card so much. Its great.
  6. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    FSP is the company that OEMs the OCZ GameXStream PSUs

    I went with 400w to keep it in budget which is fine with a core 2 duo and GeForce 7600. However If you plan for an upgraded video card a better PSU would be recomended. and the OCZ GameXStream 700w is an exelent choice but is pricy for a budget system.

    for a high end video card in a budget system I would recomend this PSU:
    at 500w it is sufficent for the demands of virtually any single video card and at $67 the price is good and it is made by FSP whose quality is only surpased by SeaSonic and PC Power&Cooling which are both far more expensive.

    Just for reference FSP tends to underate (mark the output lower than it actually is) their PSUs
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    I would go with the FSP, Antec, or CoolerMaster for the budget you have outlined.
  8. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    I could always go over the budget, I was just saying I would like to spend less then 600, Plus the PSU I linked I used in all my machines and it's very good with alot of room to let my machine breathe and still be able to upgrade my videocards to DX10 without having to change out PSU ;)
  9. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Don't forget to factor in the price of an OS! ;)

    Also, how far overbudget are you willing to go? If you decide to go up to say, $900, well then that changes a whole bunch of things. If you say $650 we try to aim for that mark.
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