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Can someone help me build a pc


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#1 VaynardX

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 06:43 PM

I want to make a good pc for media, and possibly a little gaming too. My budget is 500-600 us dollars. Pls give me all the specs, from motherboards to cases, etc. Thanks.:)

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:58 AM

500 to 600 dollars is cutting it very close, 600 to 700 is more doable for a good PC.

Case: GIGABYTE gz-ph2a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower - This is a simple case, nothing spectacular at all. I suggest not using Crossfire or SLI in this case due to the reduced space. $20

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 - This is a value oriented motherboard for AMD CPU's. This does use the newer AMD 8-series chipset which includes USB 3 and SATA 6, it also allows for Crossfire, DDR3-1333 RAM, and AM3 CPU's. $99

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core - This is an Athlon quad core CPU. If you don't try to squeeze out every frame per second in a game, this will do. It does not have the extra features of most Phenom II CPU's, like Black Edition and L3 Cache, but for many users, this will do well. $99

Graphics Card: ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB - A good lower mid level graphics card, if you were doing more gaming, I would go for the Radeon 6850. $139 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W - Seasonic makes good power supplies, this should be enough for most single graphics card setups. $60

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - This is a single stick of 4GB of RAM, which is enough for most users. You need a 64-bit OS to use 4GB or more of RAM. $59 (Before $5 mail-in rebate)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB - Plenty of space... unless you have a huge media collection. $69

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - A basic drive. $19

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

Grand Total: $667 (Before shipping and rebates)

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#3 VaynardX

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 05:03 AM

Hmm, about the video card, I've read user reviews that the fan of that gpu tends to be loud. How about the 6850?

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:10 PM

There are other 5770 models around and that model I listed was one using a non-standard cooler. I chose that one mainly for the rebate since I knew the build was most likely going to go over your budget. Also, take most user-generated reviews with a giant grain of salt, people complain, often about silly things, far more than they praise. That said, here are some other 5770 options.

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 - I think this one uses the standard stock cooler.
HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - Stock cooling? I'm not sure. All of AMD/ATI's standard coolers cover the entire length of the card.
GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB - This one does not use the standard cooler, but the cooling design should be more efficient than the Asus model.

If you're wanting a 6850, which is AMD's new mid-range card, you will most likely need to get a different case as the 6850 is about one inch longer than the 5770 and it will put you over your budget by an even greater amount. The main selling point of the Radeon 6850 is that it offers performance above the 5830 and sometimes the 5850, with a price point in between those two cards.

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB - Due to the newness of the Radeon 6 line, almost all of the cards on the market use stock cooling.
VisionTek 900339 Radeon HD 6850 1GB
XFX HD-685X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB

With cases, shipping can be expensive, side windows or vents make it noisy, and aluminum cases are usually of higher quality. As for cases...

Antec Three Hundred - This case can hold a 5850 which is slightly larger than a 6850. As of this writing, there is free shipping on this case, which is hard to find on many cases since they cost so much to ship.
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP - This will barely hold a 5850 and you may need to move around your hard drive to get it to fit.
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP - This is a full ATX tower which will easily hold any card you put in it, it will also cost much more.

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#5 VaynardX

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 04:02 AM

Well. my max budget would be 800 us dollars, so you can revamp the best deal for my money.:)




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