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Need a budget gaming pc

By TechGaming
Jul 7, 2009
  1. I am going to use this for gaming.
    budget is 550$
    located in USA
    yes willing to buy online specifically newegg.
    Im not sure of any parts i can use off my old rig.
    Do not need mouse or keyboard. Maybe speakers.
    Haven't bought any parts yet.
    no os on me.
    I don't know if ill need any cooling.

    I need a rig that has everything i need for decent gaming including graphics card for under 550$.
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Hello Tech,
    try this configuration, leaves you room for speakers,optical, etc
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817226001
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131153
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680

    good for performance at 1680x1050 on high for most games :)

    If you really need to start shaving the cost down because of peripherals, a few suggestions:
    go with the 7750 or 7850 BE and OC it. (will need a different Motherboard i believe)
    two, if you have a little faith :) the 4830 is different in two ways from the 4850 it has 4-shader clusters for 640 total, and 8 less texture units (32). the major vendors of ati cards (in order to get a competitive advantage) have turned on the 5th shader cluster, and the 8 texture units to make them effectively 4850's. and can be had for $89.00. i would also recommend the 4770, if a guy could find one.
     
  3. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    would this be all i need to just build it up and start it? not including the os.
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    throw in a optical drive ($20) and your good Tech
     
  5. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    whats the optical drive for?
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    the CD/DVD player
     
  7. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    oh i see. Could i use ones that i already have? I mean theyre old but they work.
     
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    you can Tech, the motherboard has an ata connection, so you can use two of those older devices, CD/DVD drives...or an older hard drive that is pre-SATA
     
  9. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Oh alright thanks for the help.
     
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Tech, there will be others along like Rage_3k_Moiz, and possibly supermashbrada, Raybay, that will give you some good options to consider for your build later. BTW welcome to Techspot, and let me know if i can help. :)
     
  11. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    ill be happy to take any suggestions.
     
  12. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    that is a great card. i am a sapphire fan as well....all three of my 4850's in my triple crossfire are sapphire 4850's :) im not sure however that the 1 gb of vram would benefit you though, the 512 version is also an option.
     
  14. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Do I really need the 1gb version? Theres no benefits right?
     
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    the 1 gb versions of these cards use the additional vram for frame buffer, so probably not on this setup.
     
  16. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Can you recommend me one thats sapphire 512mb then please?
     
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  18. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    thats a little on the pricey side is there any for under 120?
     
  19. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  20. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    DAM what kind of fps do you get with that?
     
  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    with crysis warhead i get 55 fps at 1920x1080 on all enthusiast settings, with fallout 3 its 80, and fear two is over 200 i think.
     
  22. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,429   +28

    Try this alternate build:
    Grand Total = $550 approximately, not including rebates. Shipping is free on all items.
     
  23. TechGaming

    TechGaming TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    That looks good and all but with red's build i could afford a 100$ screen so i don't know. Maybe if you can make a build under 450?
     
  24. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Also good for the extra eye candy, in which everyone likes.
     
  25. idunno

    idunno TS Rookie

    have you considered going through dell? might want to take a look at their small
    buisness machines, the Vostro 420 tower, has the g45 express northbridge which
    supports 1066 ddr 3 but comes stock with 800 DDR2 ram, but can be upgraded i suppose.
    also its southbridge, i didn't ask them but stock comes with pci-e 2.0 video cards, you can
    upgrade that in the future.. and can be built for cheap. check it out under small buisness
    pc's.

    EDIT: i would seriously wait for the I7 cores to cheapen up a little, the 3 channel ram is so sweet
     
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