Build a Gaming PC for Under $550 (November 2011)

Build a Gaming PC for Under $550 (November 2011)


Due to the nature of building a custom computer you may find compatibility issues with the
following parts list. Today I’m here with the latest
in my computer build series, focusing on a computer
that is aimed at entry level 1080p gaming performance
at the $550 price point. You won’t be able
to play every game maxed at 1080p but you will get reasonable performance in any game you throw at it. To start with we’ll be using an Intel Pentium
G840. As one of the new Sandy Bridge Pentium chips
you’ll find it has solid performance with a dual core
design clocked at 2.8GHz. In normal gaming the Pentium G840
outperforms any AMD chip for the price and is only just
behind the Core i3. For $85 this is a great start. Next
we have a Asus P8H61 motherboard. This is a fairly basic
H61 board but it has everything you need to get your build
up and running for $68. For the graphics card we’ll be using
a Sapphire Radeon 6770. This is one of the best price to performance
GPUs you can buy and it will run practically any game
you throw at it on medium to high settings. With DVI, HDMI
and DisplayPort connectors to support most monitors this is
a great card for only $100 after rebate. Moving on to the RAM
we have a full 8GB of Corsair XMS3 memory clocked at 1333MHz.
Having a full 8GB of RAM on a system can be helpful down
the road and for only $24 after rebate it’s hard to pass
up. For the hard drive we have a Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
drive. 500GB should be more than enough store lots of games and
as it’s a 7200RPM drive your system should be running nicely
for a $100. As always this Asus DVD burner is optional but I like
to include it as it simplifies Windows installation and lets you
use your optical media for $20. The case is a Thermaltake V4
Black Edition. For a budget case you get a lot including a 120mm
blue LED fan and lots of room for expansions for extra drives.
Coupled with an extra 120mm fan for better cooling this will
run you $37. For a power supply we have an Cooler Master
Elite 460W supply. 460W is more than enough to power the system
so this will work great for $34. Lastly we have the operating
system, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. If you want to run Linux
or already have an operating system ready you can skip this
but otherwise it will run you a cool $80. So what’s the damage?
As of November 29th, 2011 on Amazon.com the entire build
will run $548.72. For just over $500 you’ll get a solid gaming
PC capable of handling this year’s great games. Do keep in mind
that prices are constantly fluctuating and that it’s a custom
PC that you can of course feel free to customize to your own
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