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#1 SmokeViper07

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 11:39 PM

I am thinking about undergoing a massive upgrade for my current gaming rig.
I am currently running:
AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core Processor 2.10 GHz
2 GB DDR2 RAM
ASUS M2N-VM DVI Motherboard
ATI Radeon X1650 Series Graphics Card
160 GB WD HDD
Lite-On SATA DVD/CD Burner
Hanns-G 19" LCD Monitor

I am looking to upgrade to current gaming specs where I won't have to mess with that for a few years. With my current setup I have been able to play every game I've installed up to now with exception of Boarderlands, Left 4 Dead 2, and the new Battle Field Bad Company 2. I am on a budget of around $600, I am planning on saving money by using my old monitor, optical drive, keyboard/mouse, speakers, and if I need to the hard drive. I am open to suggestions and also I will need to upgrade to a new case, the one I am using currently is partially made of plastic and breaking apart... Thanks in advance

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:49 AM

hmmm heres a possible build, you may want to play around with it though I had to cut a few corners here and there with the price limitations and im sure there are other options

Case: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119204

Motherboard: $59.99 (49.99 after rebate) only micro atx unfortunatly, but still a good board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128408

CPU: $105.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103286

Memory: $103.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820220397

Graphics card: $159.99 ($149.99 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102858

Hard drive: $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822152226

Power supply: $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817371015

Heatsink: $31.99 ($16.99 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835207006

Total cost with shipping (estimate depends where your at) $651.92

total after rebates: $616.92

A little over budget but not bad, notice its not using the latest DDr3, but the DDR2 it is using is plenty fast, and while its not the latest quad out there should be able to handle most modern games, that combined with that video card (I picked a little pricier video card for added oompf) should be able to handle bc2 no sweat. Wish I could have found a full ATX board perhaps with DDR3, but its hard in that budget, especially since you really want good graphics. You might watch the open box deals on newegg.

Edited by the_patriot09, 07 March 2010 - 01:51 AM.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 09:29 AM

Thanks for your quick response. This looks great, the only issue I have is you seemed to throw in alot of OEM parts sorry if it sounds like a nit pick but I'm just kinda accustomed to having all my cables and everything come with what I'm working with so I don't have to search around as much. Well, atleast I noticed that for the CPU . You mentioned the full ATX boards, this project is still a bit away what would you recommend using a full ATX?

Edit: Also quick note, I don't need too much internal HDD space I have 2 external HDDs 1 TB and 1 320GB with about 250GB left free.

Edited by SmokeViper07, 07 March 2010 - 09:32 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2010 - 10:49 AM

The only thing extra you'll need, for the OEM CPU, will be a heatsink/fan, which the_patriot09 linked to (last link).
As far as the rest of your cables, Gigabyte is pretty good at including all of the cables you'll need (and then some), with the motherboard.

Edit: Also quick note, I don't need too much internal HDD space I have 2 external HDDs 1 TB and 1 320GB with about 250GB left free.

Harddrives are cheap, and an internal drive will read/write faster than an external drive, if it's connected via USB, or IEEE.
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 02:33 PM

Thanks for your quick response. This looks great, the only issue I have is you seemed to throw in alot of OEM parts sorry if it sounds like a nit pick but I'm just kinda accustomed to having all my cables and everything come with what I'm working with so I don't have to search around as much. Well, atleast I noticed that for the CPU . You mentioned the full ATX boards, this project is still a bit away what would you recommend using a full ATX?

Edit: Also quick note, I don't need too much internal HDD space I have 2 external HDDs 1 TB and 1 320GB with about 250GB left free.


Full ATX allows for better future expansion, and since the north and south bridge are farther apart, tend to run a little cooler and last longer. As far as OEM, they tend to be cheaper, but all the cables and everything should be there-the only thing that didnt come with a necessary part is the CPU and I did link a heatsink that would work with it. The only thing I didn't include was an operating system. and the hard drive can easily be disregarded if you plan on reusing to save yourself some money.

Edited by the_patriot09, 07 March 2010 - 02:33 PM.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 12:39 AM

Remember, the operating system will add $100 more to the price. So you're over your budget quite a bit. If you're willing to go to the $750 dollar range, your options open up dramatically. If your hard drive is SATA and less than five years old, you can reuse that, otherwise, you should just go ahead and buy a new one.

Case: NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO - This is a basic Mid-ATX case. It will not handle the very large graphics cards, like the Radeon 5870 or the GTX 280, but it will handle most mainstream video cards very well. $64 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 - This is one of the newer motherboards using the budget AMD 770 chipsets. This is more of a refinement of an older model than a brand new unit with the addition of USB 3.0 and SATA 6. Like all AM3 motherboards, this supports DDR3. Note that this is a budget motherboard and does not have two PCI-Express X16 slots, which means you cannot use Crossfire or SLI. $94 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz - This is one of AMD's fastest dual-core CPU's. Like all Black Edition CPU's, this one has an unlocked multiplier allowing for easier overclocking. If you played more high end games, I would have suggested the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz. The previous build had an older Phenom I model which is cheaper, but this is a newer, more efficient model. $105

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - This is a good amount of RAM for most applications. Remember, if you are running 4GB or more of memory, you need a 64-bit operating system. $94

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - This is a mainstream graphics card, more powerful than the lower-end models, but not as powerful as the enthusiast-grade Radeon 5870. The 5770 is, depending on the game, drivers, and configuration, about as powerful as a Radeon 4870 but is smaller, quieter, cooler, and allows for DirectX 11 plus Eyefinity. $159 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W - Thermaltake usually makes good power supplies. This is more power than you need for the 5770, but future cards may require more so you have extra power to work with. $69

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache - This is plenty of space for most users. $54

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - You need a 64-bit OS to use all your RAM. You also cannot reuse an old copy of Windows unless it is a full, retail, boxed non-OEM version due to licensing restrictions. $104

Grand Total: $765 (Before Rebates and Shipping. I tried to get you as many free shipping offers and rebates as I could.)

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