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Old 10-15-2010, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, I am looking for a budget build gaming pc for a friend. He wants to play sc2 on at least medium settings. Would like a mid range gfx card like the 5770 or 5830 in the build and at least 4gb of ddr3 ram and am planning to unlock as many cores as possible.
I have a bunch of parts I put together in about 5 minutes and know that there are alot more/better deals out but do not know of any at the moment. But anyway, I am looking for suggestions for better performing/cost efficient parts. Please post any suggestions you may have! thanks!

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black &#47;Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $55 + $17
Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD&#43;R 8X DVD&#43;RW 12X DVD&#43;R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD&#47;DVD Burner LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners $19
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-D3 AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 7025&#47;nForce 630a chipset Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $50
Newegg.com - XFX HD-583X-ZAFV Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w&#47; Eyefinity $190 + 7
Newegg.com - G.SKILL NS 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 &#40;PC3 10666&#41; Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS $67
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX $89
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more! $78

grand total of $572.3 with shipping
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I'm not sure about the GFX card, but everything else works.
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black / Black 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$30 + $10

1. BIOSTAR TA790GXB3 AM3 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard
2. SAMSUNG 22X DVD▒R DVD Burner Black EIDE/ATAPI Model SH-S222A - OEM

$78 + $5 w/$10 MIR

1. AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
2. Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996586

$127 w/$10 MIR

1. Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
2. OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

$100 + $5 w/$15 MIR card

Newegg.com - XFX HD-583X-ZAFV Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
$190 + $7 w/$20 MIR

Total = $552 w/$55 in rebates
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Maybe Replace that Phenom II with an Athlon II quad core. Athlon Quad will do better in multi-threaded apps.
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