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Budget Gaming PC Build

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
This case is not the cheapest case on the market. We wanted to ensure that it had plenty of space and a classy style to it. The case is solid black with a very unique clean appearance to it. It should fit nicely and wouldn’t be something you would be embarrassed of. As well, it is a case you can take with you well into the future even through future upgrades.

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
This is a good power supply. It has several reviews of people who have found it to be not only a good price but also of good quality. You will be able to power all of your equipment efficiently and with enough power with this 550W power supply.

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
A DVD Burner, so long as it plays and burns DVD’s is going to do most of the things you want it to do. This one has a black face to match the case. Also, you will find that it burns most types of DVD-R’s or DVD+R’s. This is one of the lower costing DVD Burning drives.

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
This motherboard is one that is going to last you for a while. I wanted to select one that was not the bare minimum of what you had to have in order to use the components listed in this build. Rather, it should last you through your next upgrade as well. I feel like this is important to save you money in the long run instead of having to build another new PC and all the components in a year or two.

AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX
Although many people are preferring the Intel i5 sandy bridge for gaming, it is a very expensive processor. With this Athlon Eight-Core processor you are going to get a lot of juice out of it and it should last you for quite a long time. You are gaining the extra core’s and you should not see a very noticeable difference. You are saving some money here.

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive
This hard drive is a little smaller than some of those available out there. It seems like latest computers are including 1TB or bigger hard drives these days. The issue here is that the case you are buying can support several more hard drives in the future if you need the additional space. This is a good “base drive” to store windows on and perhaps your most played games. It has the speed to boot up and load applications quickly.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
These memory sticks are some of the most highly recommended of all purchased at Newegg. They are considerably low priced, run well, and are larger DIMMS (4GB instead of 2GB) so it leaves you with extra room to upgrade if needed. This is considerably more RAM than most games recommend.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
Shopping for a low budget video card that will still give you the performance you need to play at the highest level? This video card is easily overclocked, but right out of the gate the benchmarks set with this video card should easily handle the latest games out. You can easily play Battlefield 3, Diablo 3, Tribes:Ascend, and other highly graphic intensive game with this video card. Still, if you want a few extra frames each second, overclocking this graphics card is a breeze and there are several guides available on how to do it.
Total: $820.92

Price Drop for Month of May: $13.00

We decided not to change anything for the month of April. The components are still up to date, and the prices are dropping. You will save an additional $13.00 for the month of May’s Budget Gaming PC Build.

It is well understood that that the price above may be a little bit too high. Below are some recommendations on this build if you wish to save money!

If you need a lower price than shown above:

The first area I would look at is the motherboard. I chose that motherboard for its ability to upgrade again in the future. It is a good motherboard and because of that you are paying for it too. I would start here because you can get a cheaper motherboard than the one listed. You could go with one that had lower capabilities and therefore you could probably pay $50-70 less than the one I have shown.

The second area I would look at is the RAM. Battlefield 3 among other games out there generally are recommending 4GB. I have 8GB listed there. You are not going to save a whole lot of money here, but you might be able to save something like $10. You might also shop around at Newegg because they have several specials running on RAM a lot of the time.

The third place I would look at is the processor. I think the processor I picked out is one of the better Athlon processors available. You could potentially look at their Quad Core, instead of the Eight Core, which would cut another $20.00 or so off of the top price. If you were to do these few things, you could probably get around the $700 mark total. If you go much lower than that you are going to really begin to see some performance issues with some of the latest games, but you could still build a computer that would be playable.

One Response to “Budget Gaming PC Build”

  1. JackBurton says:

    AMD + ATI = ewww…


    Good article!

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