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Old 01-18-2010, 02:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Tech-Forum members, I found out about this website and I see there is alot of activity. I am new to the computer building world, and I would like some advice and tips.

I am on a $500 budget, but I can push it to $600 IF necessary. I want quality parts for my build, so I jumped on the video card for now.

Check out the parts I have in mind.

Newegg.com - RAIDMAX Skyline ATX-948WS Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases - $59.99

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops - $58.99

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards - $89.99

Newegg.com - A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1B16K - Desktop Memory - $85.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139008 - $49.99

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $55.99

Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners - $31.99

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems - $104.99

That comes down to $547.92. Leaves me $60 for a keyboard and a mouse.

As you can notice, I didn't place a video card in this build. That is because I want to buy a good one and with the budget I don't have many options.

In the future, I want to buy something like the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, only requires 300W PSU.

For now, the Radeon HD 4200 will do my needs fairly well.

Anything I need to know before buying these parts please tell.

Thank you
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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no benefit really in buying a "retail" hard drive... that 320GB is awfully expensive.
get something like this:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
or
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

You should also go for a socket AM3 motherboard with DDR3 memory:
Newegg.com - ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277

if you still have some money left over you could upgrade your cpu to a triple core or even a quad core
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No need for a 500W PSU either, 400W would be more than enough.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help guys. I changed the hard drive to the Caviar Blue you suggested. That saved me $10 so I have about $40 on a keyboard and mouse now. And, I picked the 500W because I wanted my power supply to be modular and that was the best bang for the buck I found.

What do you think?

What do you guys think of the keyboard and mouse I picked?
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not sure on the keyboard+mouse, but for a little more you could get this combo with a quad-core.
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this ram costs less and will work fine too.
Newegg.com - WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXT6400C5-4096K - Desktop Memory
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You get what you pay for as far as mice and keyboards go.
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Okay I changed the power supply to the one Fat Clown told me to get. That leaves me with $60 on a keyboard and a mouse. Will update the list in a bit.

Thank you guys!
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Put most of that on your mouse and go with a cheap Microsoft keyboard. I used to use the cheap curve one and it was fine for gaming... in fact I miss it when typing.
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Okay thanks for the suggestion Trotter.
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