Build a ~$500 gaming PC for my girlfriend

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  1. CodeX

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    You heard me, whoever builds the best one gets... uhh... pictures of it (IT, not her) or something lol.

    She doesn't play many games, but does play WoW, has been playing Fallout 3, she likes Mirrors Edge but it runs like shit on her computer...

    Right now she has a 1.2ghz Athlon (single core) with 2gb of PC2100 DDR1 and a GeForce 6800gt, which handles Fallout 3 at low-medium settings.

    Don't worry about a hard drive, but make sure the board has at least one PATA connection she doesn't want to upgrade to SATA right yet, and we really can't afford it yet.

    Don't need a case, but will need a power supply. Don't need any kind of drives or any peripherals, just motherboard, processor, video card, memory, PSU. Put emphasis on the video card, I would sacrifice the processor/board for a better video card as long as it doesn't turn the processor into a bottleneck.

    I already have one built, but I am making sure you guys can't build a better one before I purchase.

    Thanks.
     
  2. eideteker

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    Newegg lists the prices before MIRs, so it's even lower than $370...

    The ATI 4850 is the best middle/low-end graphics solution, as it is really just an underclocked 4870 (with slightly slower memory subsystem). Motherboard supports AM2+/AM3, so there's room to upgrade to a Phenom II later.

    I run Fallout 3 at 1680x1050 spectacularly on a similarly-specced box.
     
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    So what? It will outlast the rest of the computer, and could be used in future builds probably.
     
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    Not bloodly likely... compared to a PC Power and Cooling? Doubt it
     
  7. CodeX

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    Interesting options so far, I'm leaning toward eideteker's setup because it leaves a hundred or so breathing room, would probably add 2gb more memory and upgrade to a quad core phenom, but I am worried about the foxcon board... anyone have opinions of foxconn?

    Or I could go this route, cut $100 from the cost because I don't need the drives, add another 2gb memory, and a stronger video card... would be the first Intel build I ever did, always bought AMD :noes:

    PcH's setup I would like a more recent video card, unless there something I don't know, and yeah, I would probably use the $85 500w PSU from eideteker's build instead of that 610w for $45 more, and again, would prefer 4gb memory instead of 2.

    Anyway's I'll post what I came up with tonight and then you guys can convince me which one is the best, because honestly I am behind the times on video card and processor technologies
     
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    Foxconn makes decent stuff... in fact, they are the OEM for most Intel motherboards.
     
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    no way in hell do you need a $100+ PSU for a budget build. eideteker's build looks pretty good. PSU is only $70 after MIR. A 5000+ has enough CPU power for WOW and FO3.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Don't confuse the ability to make good hardware, with the ability to make good firmware, or customer service for that matter.
     
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    true... on the foxconn boards i've tried, firmware has been fine... customer service seems to be about the same as the others (gigabyte, msi, asus)
     
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    If it is budget building for gaming, go dual core(or triple, almost one in the same as far as price) and use the money saved on a SATA hard drive
     
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    I still don't understand AMD + ATI :hsugh:
     
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    I find this thread highly suspect.
     
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    looks good, def take Quad core over dual core, more future proof and already faster in a decent amount of programs and that will increase rapidly over the life span of that PC.
     
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    :rofl:

    penny pic?
     
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    Why?
     
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    Anyways, thanks for the help guys, its been a couple years since I've built a computer, I appreciate it.
     
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