Cheap PC for gaming [Request]

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Strafex
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Hello all, and sorry for what i'm sure is another annoying thread to you.
I'm looking for a cheap pc used primarily for gaming.
My budget is $400-$500, maybe $550.
I would prefer a pre-built machine but I could try to build one myself.
I know I can't get a super computer, i'd just like to run the games below on Medium-high settings.

If I missed a piece of info, or if you guys need me to elaborate more, please ask.
I am new, and have zero knowledge of building PCs or what components are better.

Games I would like to run smoothly:
World of Warcraft
Tera

marijanovic
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Whole PC with peripherals (monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, headset) or just a PC case with everything inside?

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Strafex
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Just a PC Tower. I have mouse, keyboard, and monitor, I just need a suitable pre-built tower.

david179057
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i would get a cheap machine form hp that has a good cpu like a i5 or a high end i3.

wow does a lot of the processing at their server so i would go with amd 6870 or a gtx 550 ti - 560

ALSO a 480 for $200 get them while you can they are clearing out

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Strafex
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Why HP?

david179057
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idk i like the look of their machines but it doesnt really matter

david179057
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oh and check the psu if its good enough before puting in the gpu if not buy one seperately

Strafex
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david179057
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i wouldnt go for the apu's many reviewer said that the cpu part of the apu sucks this may lead to bottlenecking

Strafex
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What is apu?

david179057
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its a cpu and gpu on the same chip from amd's A* series
its better off going for a i5, a high end i3, phenom II, or fx series chips

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DDR3 4GB 1333MHz
HDD 500GB 7.200 rpm
CoolerMaster Elite 334, black, 460W PSU
AMD Athlon X4 641, socket FM1, 2.8GHz, cache 4MB, 100W
Asrock A75M-HVS
XFX HD7770 1GB 1000M 1GB DDR5

This should fit the price range...

david179057
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he did say he was new to building pcs and i think he wants windows included

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When I configure/combine a PC configuration here in Croatia hardly anyone wants it to come with Windows (or any other OS), you could just say that's a professional trait for me not to add an OS to a configuration because I'm not used to do that.

Here is an other try, this time with Windows 7...
AMD Athlon II x3 450
AsRock M3A770DE AM3
4GB DDR3 1333 MHz
CM Elite 334 with a CM 460W PSU (case+psu combo)
AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5
WDC Blue 500GB 7200rpm HDD
Windows 7 Home premium x64 SP1 DSP
It should fit the proce range...

There is no need for fear, any PC shop will conenct the components into a complete PC free of charge if all components are bought in the shop.

Strafex
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david179057
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yes those look like great choices

Allen86
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This is my suggestion, for the price, I think APU is a great option despite what above has said. The CPU's are more than up to the task of playing games. I don't care about what some enthusiast reviewer says on the internet about AMD's APU...it's not meant for crazy high end gaming, nor meant to be matched with high end graphics cards. For the market they're made for, they do a good job at providing reasonable performance at a reasonable price.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=15077214

IMO these are the best budget gaming builds you can do, for that price range including the OS, etc.

AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz
ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 Motherboard
Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB HD
Sapphire 6670 (For crossfire with AMD APU, the integrated on CPU graphics)
Corsair Builder Series cx430 v2 - 430 watts PSU
8GB GSkill DDR3 1333mhz (2x4GB)
Windows 7 x64
Rosewill Dual Fan MicroATX case

Total shipped: 491 (There's a MIR on the PSU for another 10 dollars off)

Or you can spend a little more and get the quad core version, with a slightly higher clock.

As for that EBAY rig, I'd be wary of buying cheap pre-builts on EBAY. There's a reason they're able to make them that cheap, because they use extremely cheap parts to build them so there's no guarantee how long it'll last in the real world.

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