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First Build ($500 budget)


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#1 Chunm

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:10 AM

So, my PC has finally died on me and I am looking to build my first PC. My primary uses for the computer will be Microsoft Office and some gaming. Games such as, Bioshock, Borderlands, SC2, etc. Also, a Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, and OS are not needed. I will be getting Microsoft 7 home premium 64 bit from my school. If a $500 budget is not realistic then please feel free to recommend what you think is best, but keep in mind I am a broke college student.

Thanks In Advance.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:35 AM

I will help you later this evening if possible, at school right now... bell rings in 4 mins.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 03:57 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125327
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 07:56 PM

It depends, $500 is a very, very tight budget even for an AMD system. You would need about $50 or so more for a better system. Here's an idea:

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW - This is a good mid-ATX case. If you want a higher-end graphics card, or use Crossfire, you should get a full-ATX case. $50

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 - This is a solid, basic motherboard. It allows for AM3 CPU's, DDR3-1333 RAM, USB 3.0, and SATA 6. If you are going to use Crossfire, you should get a better motherboard, like an 890FX-based motherboard. $95

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 260 Regor 3.2GHz - This is a basic dual-core CPU. It won't win any speed tests, but it will easily handle basic tasks. If you are gaming, you might want to consider a better CPU, like the AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz, which is a higher class of dual core, or a low-level quad, such as the AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz, or the higher-end AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz. $69

GPU: HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - With the release of the 6800 line of Radeons, this was relegated to the low-end of graphics cards. The 5770 will handle most basic tasks quite well. If you're gaming, a HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 would be better. $129 (Before $30 mail-in rebate)

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W - Corsair makes good power supplies, usually, and 550W should last for a while. $89 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - This is a single 4GB stick of DDR3-1333 memory. You need a 64-bit OS to use 4GB or more of RAM. $39

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB - 500GB should be more than enough for most people. $59

ODD: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - A simple, basic optical drive. $15

Grand Total: $550 (Before taxes, shipping, and mail-in rebates)

Edited by DJBPace07, 03 February 2011 - 07:57 PM.

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#5 Chunm

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:05 PM

I've been looking around for the past couple of hours taking into consideration everyone's suggestions. This is what I have come up with. What do you think?

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

or COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ODD: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-500CX 500W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Ram: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9A G

GPU: MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX

All together with shipping it would be $548.73 with the COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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$555.72 with the COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:52 PM

Make sure to be on the lookout for combo deals; be aware though that they are not always compatible parts so check first. It is a good way to save some money, this is a newegg feature; I am assuming you will be buying from them.

P.S. May want to make sure that the MOBO/CPU won't bottle neck that graphics card. It's a good card though, I bought the EVEA version; came with 2 free games and easy overclock software. Works like a charm, not a single problem (so far).

Edited by Zinus, 03 February 2011 - 09:55 PM.


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Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:17 PM

Thanks for the advice.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:56 AM

It's a good build, but there are few items of note. A few things, first, that GTX 460 is the 768MB version, which most people choose to ignore since the 1GB or more of on-board memory is standard and in many games, there is a definite performance difference between the two 460 models. One of the best GTX 460's is the EVGA 01G-P3-1380-KR GeForce GTX 460. If your graphics card budget is around $200, you could get the HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB which has the same performance as the GTX 460 at a lower price, alternatively, you could get the SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB which is faster than either card and will cost $200 after mail-in rebate. Second, although Corsair is good, their Builder line of power supplies, which your is a part of, isn't as high-end as their other lines. Third, your RAM is good, but, by going with two 2GB stick configuration, you are limiting the maximum amount of RAM your motherboard can hold. But, then again, not many people need 16GB of RAM. Finally, if you want to spend less on a hard drive, I suggest the Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache. You should get 32MB cache drives over 16MB drives, they do get slightly better performance.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 08:21 PM

The major issue with people posting parts for you is that is what they would do.

I can post parts that I've chosen but that may not be what you are looking for.

But what I will say is that you may want to save a little bit more money as you can get a major improvement with just a little more.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 01:44 AM

When it comes to computers, aside from brands, the parts usually do the same thing. RAM from Corsair does the same thing as RAM from Kingston, Patriot, and many others. I do agree that with a little more money, you could get an even better system, but for less than $600, those are good builds.

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