DIY Quad Core PC for under $500
Lately it seems I’ve been building a lot of systems, many being systems on a budget to get the most power for their money right now. While some may leap on me and note that I should just start pimping out Intel and saying the i7 is the only way to go, I’m not gonna do that simply because for under the price of an i7 920 and X58 motherboard you can build an entire system minus OS and we’re about to prove that right now.
It’s not the prettiest of choices but it gets the job done.
- Case: HEC 6C28BBX585 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
- Power: HEC 585W Power supply
- Motherboard: ASRock A780GMH/128M AM2+ / AM3 MATX
- CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz AM3 Tri-Core
- GPU: Powercolor AX4850 512MB PCIe
- Memory: Crucial 4GB DDR2 800 (PC6400)
- Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s
- Optical: LG 20X DVD -/+ RW Burner SATA
Our Newegg wish list for this system: Link
The ASRock board is a shortcut here, many reports confirm that the model is able to use ACC to unlock the 4th core on the 720BE as such the user is able to score a 2.8GHz Quad core on the cheap and the whole build on Newegg runs $481.93 in comparison the i7 920 with zotac motherboard runs $483.98 not including video / ram / hdd / etc.
I would say that for the college gamer this is a decent rig to have around, it’ll be reliable and it’ll be able to play the newest games for the next few years with maybe a new video upgrade as that 4th year rolls around. Really for anyone on a budget this system should deliver quite a punch.
It would be cool if we could actually produce and test this machine first-hand but unfortunately budget isn’t allowing for that right now.