Been out of PC gaming for a few years and want to build a budget tower, need input!

r00st

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I have been out of gaming for a few years mostly because I did not have the time. Last games I played were BF2, CSS and similar games.

I want to get back into gaming (FPS games) and want to build a budget system that hopefully can play most of whats out there now and not be a total dinosaur for (hopefully) some games coming out in the future.

I was thinking $500 as a starting point for just the tower. I dont need a fancy case (probably 30-50 bucks) but want the best I can get for roughly that price range.

I am not biased to AMD or Intel nor between Nvidia/Radeon (and etc).

What would you guys recommend as a minimum (for my price range):
1. Video card
2. Mobo (if anything special is needed besides the proper socket for the CPU)
3. CPU
4. Memory
5. Supporting hardware...Ram cooling? HD cooling? Special cabling (anything newer than SATA?), etc etc

Last build I did was: 2 gb DDR2 with a WD 250gb HD, an AMD 1.9 and 256 ATI card.

Needless to say its been awhile and I am TOTALLY out of the loop as to what the current games require (and actually play well at...Dont need 1,000 FPS but enough to make games look good on reasonable settings).
 

Davidh373

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To be honest you have a pretty low budget, but it can be done as long as you aren't planning on 1080p and cranking the graphics.

This is without Hard Drive or Disk Drive

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...%20elite%20335

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-015-_-Product

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-702-_-Product

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-424-_-Product

Graphics Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-338-_-Product

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-092-_-Product

$503.91

Expect to pay around $80 for your optical drive and a decent HD

CD/DVD $16.99 + $6.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-202-_-Product

1TB Hard drive (best current price/GB) $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

If you really want to pinch pennies (or rather if you must) get one of the following, but keep in mind I'd recommend the original card.

Radeon 4850 1GB $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-834-_-Product

NVidia GT 240 1GB $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-451-_-Product

NVidia 9800GT 1GB $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-441-_-Product

As you can probably see you can't save all that much money, and even if you got the low end G-Card I linked it isn't really worth the hit in performance.

These combo deals save a little

GT240 + Athlon II X4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.442410
 

Arkaign

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That's a fantastic build he has for you there. Only thing I'd add is that the ~$100 more it would cost to get a 460 would be WELL worth it if you can swing it. I have a 5770, and it's a great little card, but the 460 is in a premier league.
 

f4phantom2500

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If you really want to pinch pennies (or rather if you must) get one of the following, but keep in mind I'd recommend the original card.

Radeon 4850 1GB $109.99
NVidia GT 240 1GB $84.99
NVidia 9800GT 1GB $99.99

As you can probably see you can't save all that much money, and even if you got the low end G-Card I linked it isn't really worth the hit in performance.

you should easily be able to find any of those cards for substantially cheaper in the fs/ft forum.
 

Bill Brasky

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How soon are you looking to build? Since you're looking at a gaming rig, I would suggest waiting to buy a graphics card until ATI releases their new product line. It is rumored to be released at the end of Sept - early Oct, and will drive down the prices of all graphics cards currently available, new and used.

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2100974
 

r00st

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I am in no hurry.. I bought a foreclosure 4 months ago and have been spending all my free time working on that (POS). I probably wont have the majority of it done for another 1-2 months anyway. I did not know ATI was releasing a new line of cards thanks for the tip.

That build does seem pretty good for the money. Looks like the shopping cart would probably be 600 after HD/ optical and a few assembly bits, which I am ok with. I figure I may as well spend a little extra NOW rather than just buy the basics which will leave me wanting to upgrade in less than a year (as soon as the next new game comes out and I wont be able to play it lol).

Is it still a no-no to buy a case that comes with a PS? I know back in the day it was unless it was something decent like thermaltake, etc.

Now someone mentioned 1080....I am planning on buying either a 1080 50" plasma (OR a 55" LCD 1080- undecided) for my living room and was thinking it would be cool to game on it.

What is the extra cost to have a card cable of 1080 output? We talking big money? Again, if im spending the money I may as well do it right. I have a 19" hanns-G from a few years back but was also planning on buying a 22 or 23" lcd panel to go with this new system. Worst case scenario I can build the tower now and use the 19 inch until I scrounge up the extra cash for a new panel.

Thanks everyone for the help!
 
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darkewaffle

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Not that much. Just about every modern card has an HDMI output (Except XFX single slot 5770, gg folks) which is pretty much perfect for that. That is, as long as your tv has HDMI input.

Even though the screen is huge, its still just HD res, so anything can output in that res and a 5770 or 460 can game adequately at it.
 

Davidh373

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What is the extra cost to have a card cable of 1080 output? We talking big money? Again, if im spending the money I may as well do it right. I have a 19" hanns-G from a few years back but was also planning on buying a 22 or 23" lcd panel to go with this new system. Worst case scenario I can build the tower now and use the 19 inch until I scrounge up the extra cash for a new panel.

I'd get a 460 (~$250 total) or a 470 (~$350 total) for 1080p. You may be able to pull off full res with a 5770 for a year if you're lucky. I'd be leaning more toward the 460 though. You could also get a 5850 (~$350 total) but that is only if you wait and there's a price drop that brings it down to the price of the 460, as they have similar performance.
 

r00st

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O ok...makes sense. So no problems using the the 5770 tied to a 50 (or 55 inch) lcd or plasma? Or the 23 1080 monitor???