Build a Kick-Ass $500 Gaming PC, Play Crysis at 40FPS!

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schneider1492

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MAJORzer0

Well if you want one that runs you could get an I-Phone.....I don't think you can play crysist on it though... I know you can play a really neat bowling game.

~No one said it would be easy....they just said it was worth it...~

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457R4L

This is a decent desktop for the price.  I'm somewhat impressed, it's amazing how much bang for the buck you can squeeze even on a budget today.

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LatiosXT

As much as you shouldn't skimp on the PSU, I wouldn't go "OMFG WHAT ARE YOU DOING" if one chooses a generic or came with a case one. I've had two, one of them lasting two years over what most people claimed how long it'd last, the other lasted a full five years and it was my LAN party machine. It also had to endure mid 80s with 70% humidity six months of the year.

 So I wouldn't really worry about the PSU. If you're on a budget, I dont' think it should be a priority.

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SEALBoy

Don't skimp on the PSU. Chances are it will work out fine. Chances are it won't.

I really shouldn't be saying this as I myself run a 500W Ultra X-Finity, but I bought it before I knew about PSU quality, and it's served me faithfully for nearly 3 years.

But it's not worth the risk.

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yogurt80

Isn't Ultra made by PC power and cooling now?  I thought I'd read that somewhere...

 

If you ever have any problems wih that power supply, they're very good on their warranty.  I had a 500 watt XFinity,with two small fans.   The exhaust fan went out after only 6 months.  They were awesome about the warranty, even though they couldn't find any record of me registerin.  I had a new power supply in 2 days, and was very pleased to find that it was replaced with a 650 watt PS with just one large, ultra- quiet fan.  Very pleased.

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penguinboy

Warranty replacement is fine until you have 3 or more of them go out, then it gets annoying.  That happened to me with Antec PSUs.  They sent newer and fancier units each time, but it's still annoying and time-consuming.  It's even more annoying when the replacement goes out.  Now I avoid Antec PSUs like the plague.  I've also had a couple of the cheaper (I think they were made by Allied) PSUs go out.  I've just stopped bothering with warranty replacements on PSUs and I never settle on cheap ones anymore.  When one goes out, I replace it with a PC Power & Cooling one.  It's worth the extra money.  I've been buying from them for a few years now and I haven't had any problems.  I don't care that they outsource the manufacturing; their PSUs are still great.

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Gailim

PC Power and Cooling doesnt even make thier *own* units these days. they contract them out to Seasonic. Ultra units are suspect. very hit and miss. there is more to judge a power supply by than "it works"

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MAXPCreader07

I would get a slightly cheaper video card and get a better case + power supply.

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stige

the PSU is acceptable for this hardware and a pretty case doesn't help performance.  they've created quite an interesting assembly of parts here.  not too shabby, indeed.

if anything they should spend LESS on a case.  get a $30 econo box and throw that extra $45 at a BETTER video card.

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MAJORzer0

I remember my first PC ever built. I spent about 40 dollars on the case/psu and it lasted me for 3 years. I decided to upgrade the case and psu. When I did I gave it off to my brother -in-law who built a linux server out of it. He's still using it today. 24/7 the lil psu is a champ.

If I was going to build this at 500 bones I would skimp even more on the case psu. It would be more important to get a mother board that was more up-gradable. In the long run you'd be able to pump it a bit more as you get the cash and still have a good machine over all.

~No one said it would be easy....they just said it was worth it...~

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