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#1 NeetNeet

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 06:12 PM

Alright, I've been determined to get something in my room that is usable. All I've got is a 5 year old laptop which is just not doing it anymore.
I have a very limited budget, but I want a decent amount of computing power.

I've got something for $1053 and that's not even including shipping. I'd like to cut it down to 5 or 6 hundred and still have a decent amount of power. At least more than this crappy old mobile Sempron junk.

Also, being completely amateur, I'm not %100 sure this is all compatible or if i have everything I need.

motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813130265
processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103706
videocard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814127464
memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820227298
hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822145276
case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDet...st=Combo.395096
power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDet...st=Combo.395096
monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824236052
cheapy keyboard and window 7 64-bit and a hdmi cable

I've gone over it several different times and every time I come up with something around $1k.
I've been told you can build something fairly top-of-the-line for like $500.

All I want is speed and decent resolution.
The monitor would probably be one of the first places I would try to save a buck but some of the cheaper LCD monitors are still lower than the 1280x800 resolution of my monitor and I'd be a little annoyed if I had to deal with less than what my crappy 5 year old p.o.s. can do.

So, in summary, 5-6 hundred 7 hundred tops would be really sweet but as an amateur I need a little guidance.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 07:23 PM

Just what are you intending to do with the machine? Sounds like you want to build a hot rod! If you are not going to do intense gaming $5-600 will build a very fine machine.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 03:15 AM

$500 is pushing it, even for an AMD system. I assume this will be a basic mid-range gaming PC. The monitor can wait if your current one can handle everything, or if you want to save even more cash. That resolution is fine for now, it gives you time to save for a great monitor. That configuration will work, though, some of the hardware choices are a little baffling, but here is an alternate suggested build:

Case: COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP - This is a basic Mid ATX case. Note that this will not handle the huge graphics cards like the GTX 4xx or the Radeon 58xx, but it can easily handle mid-ranged cards nicely. If you want one of those enormous cards, you will need a big full ATX case, like the XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis. Be careful, you could pay a small fortune with shipping these things if you're not careful. $49

Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - This is a basic AMD motherboard with plenty of features and a low price. Most people only need a basic motherboard, but this comes with Crossfire, support for AMD's newest processor (Even the six core one), and DDR3. $59

Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GV-R577UD-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB - All motherboards mentioned here allow for Crossfire, not SLI, which means Nvidia cards are out. In most games, the 5770 is very near the GTX 260 in terms of performance. If you want an even better card than the 5770, you could get the SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB. Like all Radeon 5 series cards, these run cooler, use less power, have DirectX 11, and EyeFinity. $164 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz - Most people, even gamers, can use a dual core CPU and still get great performance. Most games do not take advantage of all four cores, yet, in quad core CPU's. Like all Black Edition CPU's, the multiplier is unlocked allowing for easier overclocking. The Phenom II architecture is different from the Athlon II since it is designed for performance. Thus, a similarly clocked Phenom II will always outperform an Athlon II. If you want a good quad core, the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz is a good choice, but if you don't care about Black Edition, you can get a AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz for a little cheaper. If you want the absolute best CPU AMD has, that would be the six core AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz though your budget probably nixes it. $99

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W - This is more than enough for a PC like this, in fact, you could probably run two 5770's on it. Thermaltake is a good brand for power supplies, but so are Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power, OCZ, and Silverstone. $69 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

RAM: A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - Given the price of DDR3 RAM, there is no reason to use DDR2. The motherboard I suggested does not take DDR2, anyway. Other brands you can consider are Crucial, Corsair, OCZ, Kingston, Mushkin, Patriot, and G Skill. Remember, you need a 64-bit operating system to use 4GB or more of RAM. $109

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB - A simple, basic drive. $79

Optical Drive: LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - Like the hard drive, you only need a simple one. $19

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - You need this. $99

Grand Total: $753 (Before rebates, shipping, and does not include a monitor)

Edited by DJBPace07, 14 May 2010 - 03:18 AM.

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