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    Cheap gaming pc for under $500?

    I want to build a pc for under $500 that is very good for gaming.

    Here are the minium specs that I would want it to have:
    -3.0ghz Dual Core
    -4gb RAM
    -250gb HDD
    -1gb Graphics Memory

    The case doesn't need to be fancy. I am hoping someone could throw me together a list of parts that I can buy for under $500 and meet the minium requirements (full computer including PSU, DVD Rom, ect...).

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    Cheap gaming pc for under $500?

    Maximum PC mag just released their "Dream Machine" edition, in which they build a cheap gaming rig.

    While they spend a bit more than your wanting to spend ($692.00 vs. $500.00) i think you could use their build as a "blueprint" to maybe put something together for yourself.

    You can find their article here:

    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/dream_machine


    Also, ZDNet just put out their "best of the best" for this quarter, and they included budget versions as well.

    Excluding the sound-card & CPU cooler, based on their recommendations, you come very close to building under your budget target.

    You can find that article here:

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=5227

    Good Luck! :mrgreen:

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    Cheap gaming pc for under $500?

    i built a gaming pc for £170 including monitor and all! guess that would be close to $300?? could play all the latest games aswell, i used it as a media center, ebay is your best friend here chap

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    Cheap gaming pc for under $500?

    I've put together several 500 gaming machines on newegg just for kicks when I've been bored. So I know it's possible. Corsair makes nice cheap PSU's so that and a Cheap case should get you there.

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    Cheap gaming pc for under $500?

    Just to start this one off, how about

    Motherboard-CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.230078

    $207

    Video
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121291

    $129.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate


    Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231190

    $77.99

    Case w/585w PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121032
    $62

    Hard drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148261

    $46



    = $525

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    Cheap gaming pc for under $500?

    I built one -- monitor, keyboard/mouse, and tax/shipping EXCLUDED 480ish.

    Details edited in/posted tomorrow morning.

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    Cheap gaming pc for under $500?

    Sorry for the terrible formatting, I just copied straight off the email page -- off to work!

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    Cart Item List:

    Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
    1

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

    Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
    Item #:N82E16822136320
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $69.99
    $59.99
    1

    SILVERSTONE TJ01 SV Black/Silver Aluminum front panel, 0.6mm SECC body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    SILVERSTONE TJ01 SV Black/Silver Computer Case
    Item #:N82E16811163001
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $69.99
    1

    Thermaltake TR2 RX W0134RU 550W ATX12V Ver2.2 SLI Ready Modular Passive PFC PFC Power Supply

    Thermaltake TR2 RX W0134RU 550W Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817153059
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

    EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512-P3-N871-AR Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814130339
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$15.00 Instant
    -$25.00 Combo
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $234.98
    $194.98
    1

    Nvidia Gift - World of Warcraft

    Nvidia Gift - World of Warcraft
    Item #:N82E16800999168
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $49.99
    1

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6000CZBOX

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor
    Item #: N82E16819103773
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

    OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2N800SR4GK

    OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    Item #: N82E16820227269
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

    BIOSTAR A760G M2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    BIOSTAR A760G M2+ Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813138138
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$16.00 Instant
    -$34.99 Combo
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $206.97
    $155.98
    Grand Total: $480.94[hr][hr][hr]

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