December, 09 - Budget Gamer PC - $393

By Published June 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Why drop $1500 on a crisp gaming rig when you can get something for 1/3 the price and similar power? This machine will last gamers a minimum of two years, and after that, you can always drop another 6GB of memory on it and a new GPU.

Note: Our wishlist is still being accepted on Newegg, so we've instead linked each item to its proper location on Newegg.

The Macro:


ASRock A780LM
Palit GT240 1GB
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Brisbane 2.9GHz
G.Skill 2GB (2x1) DDR2 1000 (PC 8000)
Apevia 500W ATX PSU


Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner
Samsung 320GB 7200RPM 16mb cache HDD


Broadway Com Corp Sonic Case

The Micro:


ASRock A780LM Motherboard Link


For those of us on a budget this motherboard cannot be beaten: PCI-Express 2.0 x16, USB 2.0, plenty of SATA ports, and support for up to 8GBs of DDR2 memory all for an easy $55 from the offspring of ASUS.

Video Card:

Palit GT240 1GB Link


Cost-to-performance, there is no card out there that can match this one's ratio. This baby can hold its own with cards $30 above its price with a core clock of 575 MHz and a shader clock of 1400 MHz, based on the renowned 8800, the 240 has similar architecture and lifespan. A little bit of overclocking, and you're good to go.


AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Brisbane 2.9GHz Link


CPU's have come a long way in the past few years, and I couldn't believe it when I saw this 2.9GHz Dual-Core for $55. We may be going for budget here, but quality is not something easily forgotten, don't pass this one up.


G.Skill 2GB (2x1) DDR2 1000 (PC 8000) Link


2GB of RAM will be plenty for the gamer on a budget, considering at any given time you won't be running more than one game/high-end program. For $50, you get 2GB of 1066MHz memory with a CAS of 5-5-5-15.


Power Supply:

APEVIA 500W ATX Power Supply Link

$35 - $20 MIR = $15

As shown on our budget overclocking build, the $15 this power supply simply cannot be beaten. We suggest you take advantage of this deal as soon as you can!

Optical drive:

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Link





With above par speeds, a cheap price tag, and a reliable brand this optical drive is simply a no-brainer.

Speeds:  DVD+R 8X, DVD+RW 12X, DVD+R DL 24X, DVD-R 6X, DVD-RW 12X, DVD-RAM 16X, DVD-ROM 48X, CD-R 32X, CD-RW 48X.

Hard Drive:

Samsung 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache HDD Link

$50 + Free Shipping




A 320GB capacity will handle all the games a budget gamer needs to worry about, and it still retains a strong operating speed of 7200 RPM.  For $50, you get 16MB of cache - better than most of the other similarly priced HDDs out there right now.


Broadway Com Corp Sonic Case Link

$60 - $30 Instant = $30

No gamer wants his PC to melt, and this case will prevent just that. With two 120mm front and back fans as well as a single 180mm fan on the side, your computer will keep cool and running at top speeds during even the most demanding games.

Grand Total:


~Brant "The_Bob" Armstrong

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner

Samsung 320GB 7200RPM 16mb cache HDD
Last modified on November 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm

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