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#1 AppreciateCDXX

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:50 AM

I was really looking forward for people who would like to build me a low budget gaming pc not any higher than 700. I prefer Intel over AMD and ATI over nVidia. I play all kinds of games, but I usually play shooting games that have good graphics for example Crysis. I appreciate if you can build me an awesome low budget gaming pc. :thumbsup:

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#2 RainbowSix

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 12:50 PM

Case: Rosewill R220-P-BK $29.99
CPU: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 $79.99
Motherboard: Intel BOXDP43BF $79.99
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $99.99
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) $81.99
Video: POWERCOLOR AX5770 $134.99 + rebate
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP $59.99 + rebate
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS $47.99
DVD: LITE-ON 24X $22.99
Front fan: APEVIA CF12S-BK $4.99
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#3 DJBPace07

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 10:48 PM

No computer you get under $700 will play Crysis with decent framerates and plenty of eye candy, espeically an old Pentium. Add $100 onto your budget and you will have one that is far more capable with better overall components.

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW - This is a good mid-ATX case with free shipping. If you are wanting the high-end graphics cards, you may want to get a full ATX case. Use caution with cases as they can really cost alot with shipping. $59

Motherboard: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 - This is a basic, though capable motherboard that can take AM3 CPU's, Crossfire, and DDR3. This also allows for SATA 6 and USB 3.0. It's a more capable motherboard than the BOXDP43BF. $89

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - Forget that marketing departments exist, both Intel and AMD CPU's do the same thing only Intel has a better marketing budget and the weird people in the commercials. On a technical level, the Phenom II X4 955 will easily out perform the E6500, especially in multithreaded applications, like Crysis. In all fairness, an $80 dual core is not expected to beat a $160 quad. Add on top of that, this CPU has an unlocked multiplier making overclocking easy. If you want to save more cash, the AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz or the AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz are viable alternatives. $159

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W - Thermaltake makes good power supplies and this one will suit your needs very well. $54 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - This belongs in the same 5770 family as the Powercooler card suggested above, but with one difference. This card has 1GB of memory on it whereas that one has 512MB. Some games, like Crysis and GTA IV will take full advantage of increased video memory. Also, if you Crossfire these cards, textures and other graphical data on both cards is identical, therefore having 1GB is still best if you can afford it. $154 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - You can go with the RAM above or this RAM. This memory is a single stick which will allow you to install 16GB of memory total, which is more than what most people need. $104

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - A basic drive. $18

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb - This is a higher performing, though more expensive, drive than the one above which will work too. $69

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - You need it to run this PC. $99

Grand Total: $813 (Before taxes, shipping, and rebates)

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#4 RainbowSix

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:38 AM

Everything I have in mine probably cost around $700 and I can play Crysis with half the settings on very high. There are only a few quality settings which seem to affect performance: shader, object, shadows, and post-processing. Lower these (only) to get better performance.

EDIT:
I didn't notice that the powercolor card had 512MB memory. I would have linked to a different one. I would choose XFX over Sapphire due to their double lifetime warranty.
I have this model, but aside from the cooler and the more appealing look, there is no difference.

Edited by RainbowSix, 12 July 2010 - 06:55 AM.

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#5 Steadyhndz

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 06:40 PM

If your able to find a BFG 250GTS 512mb or even the 1gb version, thats an amazing card for the price, they're like 120$, but newegg doesn't carry them anymore for some reason.

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 11:08 PM

The GTS 250 is a rebranded 9800 GTX, old tech, and the Radeon 5770 can beat it if you have the cash. That's not to say the GTS 250 is a bad card, it still does well in many setups, like mine, and can still deliver an excellent gaming experience. I do suggest you get the 1GB version if you have the cash, though.

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