Gaming PC for under $500?

By Katmaster
Nov 15, 2008
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  1. Well after having lots of issues with my current pc thats hardly worth the effort to fix, I've decided its time to move on.
    I know my options are limited with a budget of $500 to spend on a new one. I'm looking for some good enough to run World of warcraft on, I know its not a very demanding game compared to some others, but I'm looking to run on good fps.

    Ordering over the internet is not an option for me as I have no bank account and some very pour credit. : /
    So I have found a couple things from a local PC shop that I belive will get the job done for what I want and the budget I'm on.

    I'm just asking you're opinions on my choice, do you think this machine will get me the FPS I desire in the World of warcraft?

    Desktop PC
    http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0296622

    Video Card, I figured the onboard card would be kinda shabby.. correct me if im wrong please
    http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0295223
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    An eMachines is a rubbish choice IMO. Get a Dell or HP desktop instead.

    The best choice however would be to build your own PC. Parts can be purchased from a store like BestBuy or any small computer shop nearby and it will take at most 2-3 hours to get the PC up and running. It would give you a lot of know-how and save you a lot of cash as well.
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    Even if you don't want to build it yourself, although I agree it's the best choice, you really should avoid eMachines.
  4. Litvin

    Litvin Newcomer, in training

    It is impossible for such a price to buy the gaming PC
    XBOX 360 is just worth up to $500 and this is something we need for the games.
  5. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,492

    But, he wants this:
    and you could build a system such as that for that price.

    I'm not sure what you're saying here, but if you are insisting that the 360 is $500, you are wrong there too, as it's only $400 for the Elite.


    To the OP, I, too, would avoid buying an eMachines. A friend got one and it died nearly immediately, and bad Customer Service according to him. We found out that his MB just decided to say screw all ram, and had some kind of error that caused the ram slots to somehow fry. Still can't figure out how in the hell they did that one.
  6. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,264   +41

    come on... just about all smart parts at bestbuy are over priced, we all know buying online is the best way to get cheap parts.
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    The OP can't buy online so that leaves him with very little choice.
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

    Lol...emachine x.X. I would, as everyone else has, stay away from it. I remember when i used an emachine :p.

    Yes building it yourself is better, but not being able to order online could be a BIG problem. The internet is interlaced with anything technological these days.

    For the card, i would recommend these:
    9600gso < 9600gt < 8800gt = 9800gt < 8800gts < 9800gtx < 9800gtx+ < ≈$200 < Evga FTW!

    Also, any ATi/AMD card called HD 4 _ _ _ is probably a good card. Make sure your power supply is ready before fitting in a new card. For those card, its generally better to have a higher number. Remember to get the latest drivers for your card.
  9. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,348

    micro center has very competitive prices if you decide to build it yourself i would shop there they are very competitive with newegg and other online retailers
  10. zak55555

    zak55555 Newcomer, in training Posts: 29

    More than just possible...

    This is what I got when I built my pc:

    XFX GeForce 9600 GSO PVT96OSDFH Video Card - Retail
    $109.99

    OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) - Retail
    $77.99

    Intel Pentium E5200 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
    $82.99


    SAMSUNG 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive- Retail
    $74.99


    Intel BOXDP43TF LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Price:$94.99


    Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W Power Supply - Retail
    $59.99

    109.99 + 77.99 + 82.99 + 74.99 + 94.99 + 59.99 = 500.94

    A little more than 500$ but this will be more than enough for WOW to run properly
    also I left out the case because I already had one...
  11. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,348

    thats a good pc zak but i would go for cheaper ram (you can get ddr2 2x2gb for like 40 bucks now) and spend what you saved on a little better cpu
     
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

    BAD IDEA. I once thought about buying Rosewill PSU for their cheep prices and high wattage. But that was when i was still a tiny little kid.

    I recommend this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...=2010320058 50001459&name=Corsair Memory, Inc.

    400 watts is enough for that build.


    Note you will have to use a 64 bit OS for that, and also you didn't include the OS in the price, or a monitor / keyboard / mouse and stuff.


    This is first off overpriced, I don't know how prices are at micro center, but its way too overpriced. The 9600gt is faster and apparently $90 at newegg...for a cheep brand.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187032

    personally i would go with the Evga:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130360


    I hear this is a very reliable and good hdd, and cheeper at $70 from newegg.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

    This doesn't even support your RAM speed.
    These three are good choices, note i gigabyte has better RAM support (this is debateable!), especially with OCZ it seems. I would pick the gigabyte without hesitation. But go look on micro center and see which ones they have, if they have only the gigabyte one, good for you, easy choice :).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131347 - good for overclocking your CPU with extra voltage regulators.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131335 - energy efficient and has solid capacitors.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345 - good board.
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Excellent choices hellokitty[hk].
  14. everbroken

    everbroken Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    Hey man, I don't know a lot about the computer things, butttt... If you wanna order online, and get those cheaper prices, I know a lot of places are selling prepaid cards you can use online... I'm not sure how big they get, but I think they are about 3 bucks a card... so for every say, 100 bucks you pay 3, but idk. They might go bigger.

    Something to look into.

    p.s., it's in the RIGHT thread now :)
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