Originally Posted by Trandoshanjake
$500 is not enough to make a decent gaming PC, not by a mile. If you want a rig that can run current games on high/ultra you are going to have to drop about $1,800 US.
wrong, i pulled off my desktop for AUS$ 1000 and it runs everything on high or ultra with ease and the best part, i have a computer left from the parts that i can sell for $200.
if you know good places it works, there is a good store that for about $700 - 800 i think will get you a desktop with no OS (windows XP/Vista those are OS's) and no moniter. if you dont own a copy of XP or a moniter this is going to raise the price by 200 - 300.
second option is Ebay, u might be lucky and find a bargain like i did. $400 got me a 2.2 core duo intel, 2 GB ram, wireless network card and a 3870 graphics card but no hard drive or moniter. (i used this to upgrade my el cheapo $600 desktop)
third option is to probably buy a 360, its about $100 more then your limit and you dont have to mess with software, itll run all the games release for the next year to 3 depending on when the new one comes out. this would prob be the best if you had no idea what i was talking about with the OS and Ram and that stuff. knowing about that stuff really helps in getting a desktop cheap for gaming.
if you still wish for a desktop you should probably go with a 2.5GHZ intel processor, (to the nerd people the cache isnt that important i know cause mine only has a 2mb cache :p) 2 GB ram (if you know what your doing try for a clockspeed off 800mhz or faster) graphics card, the best if you want good graphics is the 3870, as far as my memory goes its about 200-300 dollars and its really good. runs call of duty world at war and mordern warfare on highest settings with ease, DOW2 runs on ultra with ease. a hard drive of probably 100 gig for the games and get XP over Vista.
there you go, hope this helped and remember, gaming is never cheap, imo its more expensive then 40k but thats cause i want the best :p