500 Dollar PC Rig of the Month: April

75% is still a C right? Here's April's $500 Dollar PC Rig.

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Mobo: Foxconn H67S LGA 1155 Intel H67 $59.99

Cpu: Intel Core i3-2120 $115

Ram: Patriot Signature 4 GB PC3-10600 $22

Hdd: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache $100

Gpu: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 $135 (with rebate)

Psu: Cooler Master Elite 460W $21 (with rebate)

Tower: Cooler Master RC-343-KKN1 Elite 343 $36

Odd: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW $23

Total Cost: $512

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Looking back : I feel pumped duders and you should be too! The main theme of the build this month is "price drop". The Tower, Pus, Cpu, and Mobo have all decreased in price. Plus, did you see that sexy 1TB harddrive?!?! This is the first $500 dollar rig to feature this beast. My hope is that it likes what it sees and stays a while. The release of the next gen of graphics cards means that discounted cards of the previous generation are ripe for the taking. The 6850 gives our $500 dollar beast a big ass bite to back up its little bark (metaphors!). To give you an idea of the capability of this GPU I'll link a review by Tom's Hardware . If you don't like reading, then my synopses is that it runs Crysis Very High at 30fps in 1080p. As always, this is a budget PC for people that can't necessarily drop big money on their PC. If you feel you can save more money for your PC, then please do so. In closing, you should always check your local computer hardware store for better prices. Show them this list and see if they can beat it. This build gets a "seal" of approval. Until next month duders.

P.S: Don't know how to build a PC? These duders will show you how. Reminds you of the old days...

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500 Dollar PC Rig of The Month: February

Howdy y'all! I thought i'd get this here blog in before the month's end. I have to say that she's a much more purrty pc than the last one.

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Mobo: ECS H61H2-M2(1.0) LGA 1155 Intel $69.99 Newegg

Cpu: Intel Core i3-2100 $120 Amazon

Ram: Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz $22 Amazon (can get 8gb if you want, add $26 to total)

Hdd: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM $86 Amazon

Gpu: XFX ATI Radeon HD6770 $95 w/ rebate Amazon

Psu: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W $40 Amazon

Tower: NZXT Technologies Source 210 $40 Amazon

Total Cost of Ownership: $473 ($499 with 8gb of ram)

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Looking back EDITED: Honestly, I had little free time when i made this build. So when i made this section i just wanted to Fill it with words and GTFO. Now i'm actually going to fill it with useful words and ideas. My first thing i need to say is that this is a budget PC for people that can't necessarily drop big money on their PC. If you feel you can save more money for your PC please do so. Secondly, to give you an idea of the capability of this GPU here are some numbers and titles. Crysis 2 on high settings (DX9) at 1080p, 40FPS. Dirt 3 ultra settings 4x AA at 1080p, 35 FPS. Like Someone has said later on in the comments, I would suggest a lower res screen with this build, but you can go 1080p and play most of your games on medium or high. Google the card to get a better idea of what it can do. Third, check out your local computer hardware stores. Some of them can give you pretty good deals on higher end hardware that could keep to this budget. Finally, this is just a suggested build. Modify it to suit your needs like splurging on a better GPU, or attaching a kite to it. This has received more attention than i ever expected, so thanks for your time and I'll see you again later this month.

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A PC Rig for Your Mother

My mother's laptop is on its last limb. So, i decided to take it upon myself and build a small, living room pc that could hook up to her 1080p tv. The grand goal is a sub $400 PC with quality parts that will last.

The Build

Grand Total: $404

After Thoughts: Win-ish, or she could buy this for $430...

Thoughts or suggestions are always appreciated. :D

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500 Dollar PC Rig of The Month: January

So a while ago my friend decided that he wanted to build a gaming pc. The caviate, though, is that he has a $500 budget for it. I politely informed him that you aren't going to be building much of a pc for that amount of grip, but I said i would help him out. So I decided that I might as well make this a blog for Giant Bomb and make it a monthly ordeal. There are probably a lot more people out there that want to build a cheap gaming pc, but are scared away because they don't know what they need. Keeping this introduction short, here it is: the beautifly, full bodied Miss 500 Dollar PC Rig of The Month!

The personal biases:

  • I'm only going to be using Intel processors, since those ARM fuckers are all about quantity over quality. Using an Intel build will also allow this rig to be upgradeable to the i5, i7 and Ivy Bridge models.
  • I don't care about beauty. 500 dollars is like buying a cheap hooker. It's going to be ugly as fuck, but it'll get the job done.
  • Anime is for jerks.

The Mother Board: ASRock H61ICAFE LGA 1155 Intel H61 $69.99 newegg

Pros:

  • room for dual slot PCicard
  • Has USB 3.0
  • Has SATA
  • Supports Sandy Bridge Chips

Cons:

  • Only supports up to two sticks of ram even though it has 4 slots. (so 2 x 2gb or 2 x4gb). This give the system a max capacity of 8gb of ram. This is a non-issue, since modern pc games usually use 2gb of ram.

The Processer: Intel Core i3-2100 Processor 3.1GHz 3 MB Cache $124.99 amazon

Pro:

  • Cheapest Intel processer that, according to Tom's Hardware is, is the best in the low end of the $100-$200 price range.
  • It outperforms the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition in terms of gaming capabilities.

Con:

  • Unable to overclock this processer easily.

RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 4 GB Kit $28.72 amazon

Pro:

  • It's compatible, cheap RAM for the system.

con:

  • some might find value ram beneath them.

Gpu: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 $149.99 amazon

Pro:

  • Best $100-$180 price range card according to Tom's Hardware
  • pushes hot air out of the case.
  • Only requires one 6-pin connecter to operate fully

Con:

  • You'll only be able to play most modern games on medium
  • You will have low frame rates on higher resolution screens if playing on higher graphics settings.

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache $88.98 amazon

Pro:

  • Our awesomely cheap motherboard has Sata 6gb/s connecters for quick transfer rates.

Con:

  • a little expensive for its size, but you can blame god, allah, or the flying spaghetti moster for that (floods in Taiwan).

Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W ATX12V $44.99 amazon

Pro:

  • It's a Cheap, 4 star power supply

Con:

  • You will probably have to upgrade this if you get a much more powerful Gpu

Case: APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $30 w/ shipping newegg

Pro:

  • It's got lots of bays.
  • Front audio and usb 2.0 ports
  • Lots of fan slots. the build we have now doesn't need them.

Con:

  • Sharp edges! Some fellow internet duder got cut almost to the bone by this case. Be careful.
  • Flimsy, thin metal. It's a cheap case duder.

Total Cost: $537.67

Closing Remarks:

Well, I call being forty bucks over budget an achievement for a build of this kind. There are a couple of no compromise things in here that i wouldn't skimp on in this build. The first thing that i wouldn't cut budget on in this build is the Gpu. Sure it accounts for 28% of the total cost of this machine, but the Gpu is the muscle behind the beast for the most part. We can't forget the Cpu, which is another thing I won't compromise on. going intel will save money in the long run, since you won't have to change the Motherboard when you upgrade to the i5 in the future.

Edit: forgot Optical Drive. add $20 to make it $557.67

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