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.
Total Cost of Ownership: $473 ($499 with 8gb of ram)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lots of fan slots. the build we have now doesn't need them.
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
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.