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    Is it possible to build a gaming computer for under $500?

    I really want a gaming computer, but it seems they are quite expensive.
    Is it possible to build one for $500 or less? Maybe $600.
    Or can I just buy a $400 desktop and put in a $100 graphics card?
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    Re: Is it possible to build a gaming computer for under $500?

    That highly depends on what kind of gaming you are going to be doing. Technically, the only requirements of a game these days are a multicore processor with lotsa ram and hdd. To QUALIFY as a gaming machine however, a dedicated graphics card must be installed with 512 DDR3... Depending on what game you are playing YMMV.

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    Re: Is it possible to build a gaming computer for under $500?

    get something like this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboBu...t=Combo.328160

    then grab a case somewhere cheap
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    Re: Is it possible to build a gaming computer for under $500?

    It just depends on what you expect out of it.

    A wicked fast system that will play all the latest games if everything turned to the max, triple cross-fire video cards, 12gig of DDR3....


    ...not a chance.



    If you want a decent box that will play newER games at good playable settings, then absolutely.


    The first thing o do is figure out what you have that can reuse.

    Is your hard drive big enough?

    Is your case a standard ATX case or some non-standard piece of junk from dell?

    Is your power supply big enough, and does it have the connections you need?

    Optical drives, peripherals, you monitor?


    There's a good chance that you can keep all of those things, and upgrade your computer to a passable gaming rig with nothing more than a new motherboard, CPU, ram and a new video card.

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    Re: Is it possible to build a gaming computer for under $500?

    Quote Originally Posted by gymophett View Post
    I really want a gaming computer, but it seems they are quite expensive.
    Is it possible to build one for $500 or less? Maybe $600.
    Or can I just buy a $400 desktop and put in a $100 graphics card?
    Help needed.. Thanks. (:
    Depends. I put together a decent system with 4GB RAM, a 500GB HDD, a 1GB Geforce 9, and a 2.2Ghz dual-core for around $400. But if you want cutting-edge, get yourself an i7 system with two Radeon 5870s in Crossfire, and 6GB of DDR 3. Might run you around the thousands, though.
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    Re: Is it possible to build a gaming computer for under $500?

    I have no need for any 12 GB of ram. I expect to put around 4 gigs of ram, multi core processor, around 2.4 to 3.0 GHz. At least a 500GB HD. And a 1GB graphics card. I've found those on newegg for around $100, which is doable.

    Also, I had no idea they had bundles like that. Thanks for pointing me to that.

    EDIT: I am willing to go over $500, but not much over $600. Just somewhere in that range. I built a computer about 8 years ago, which had pretty good specs for that time being, for around $800, and it has lasted until now, and probably still for years to come, with Linux at least. 1.5 GB ram, ATI 9200, anyway, offtopic.
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    Re: Is it possible to build a gaming computer for under $500?

    Go to newegg, piece together a system, and find out. I built mine for around ~$650 USD. But I stole the harddrives + case + DVDRW from my old system, which is running in a cardboard box.
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    Re: Is it possible to build a gaming computer for under $500?

    I'm sure you can. I'll see what I can whip up on newegg. The two big X factors is what type of gaming do you want to do and are you willing to sacrifice not running at max settings.

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    Re: Is it possible to build a gaming computer for under $500?

    Buy a console, games made for some console will always be playable, no need to get into the endless upgrading.
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    Re: Is it possible to build a gaming computer for under $500?

    My current system does fine with games, and it cost me less than $500. The base system was an off-the-shelf Compaq, with an Athlon Dual-Core 7550 and 3 GB of RAM. This cost $320 at the time. I added an nVidia 8800 GTS with 640 MB of VRAM, which is $80 on Newegg currently.

    I've played a pretty wide variety of recent games (Left 4 Dead 2, Fallout 3, GTA IV, Team Fortress 2) and haven't had any problems. I play games at native resolution, with pretty high graphics settings.

    Yeah, it could be better, but you can definitely get an adequate gaming setup for less than $500.
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