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Old 01-10-2010, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, this is my first post here so I hope this doesn't get asked daily. Anyway, I'm looking to build my first computer and all of the premade machines on various sites I've looked at are lacking something I will not do without (crappy graphics card, comes w/vista...you get the idea). So I'd like to build a machine that has decent graphics capability for gaming on the fairly tight budget of $500 to 700.

Other than price I'm looking for space to expand ram and graphics eventually. I can afford the basics now and will be upgrading as cash allows. Anyway thanks for whatever assistance you can give!

After searching a bit I came up with these parts though I can't figure out a good mobo/processor and I'm sure that there are better (cheaper) parts to be filled here.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811154095
APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136074
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150448
XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817702010
BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145260
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail
And Windows 7

Have Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor/Optical Drive
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Would this be box only? or do you need keyboard/mouse and monitor? do you need an operating system?

Have any old hard drives or dvd drives that can be reused?
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Would this be box only? or do you need keyboard/mouse and monitor? do you need an operating system?

Have any old hard drives or dvd drives that can be reused?
I have a DVD drive and Keyboard/Mouse and I just bought a new monitor. Other than those I'll need everything. I'd like to be able to use my old hard drive simply for shifting the information from the old box to the new one but considering how much noise it's making the part isn't long for this world.
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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
320GB, 16MB cache, 7200RPM
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
AM3 board, no option to use 2 video cards, gigabyte is top notch quality
MSI R4670-MD512 Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
you won't be able to run games on highest settings, but it's cheap and okay for medium settings, comes with free game
CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G
single stick 2GB ddr3, can upgrade to more later
AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor
3 cores, 2.7Ghz
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
windows 7
Antec VSK-2000 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill Green Series RG430-S12 430W Continuous @40įC, 80 PLUS Certified

cheap power supply and case

everything added to cart comes to $490
probably runs games on medium settings well
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BIOSTAR TA790GXE & AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! $138

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Desktop Memory $50

OCZ Fatal1ty 550W & XFX Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! $230 w/ $25 MIR

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 341 RC-341C-KKN1-GP Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $45

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems $105 64bit for future ram upgrades.

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $55

$623 with $25 in MIR plus some shipping. Could upgrade to a Phenom II later and add another 2gb of ram.
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Thanks for the reply, a few questions though, first will that PSU be able to handle future upgrades like a second video card with only 430w? And the one major thing I'm looking for is graphics capability is it worth it to save $60~ for the cheaper graphics card or just get something better initially?
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Neither board can take an additional graphics card. 430W is plenty for the one fat.clown suggested.
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before you edited post, budget was $500
if you could spend up to $700

change memory to 4GB
power supply to at least 500 watts, the one hefemeister suggested is good
upgrade video card to HD 5770 like hefemeister suggested

430w can probably handle 2 HD 4670s
but if you have the funds, grab the HD 5770, which will blow the HD 4670 outta the water
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Ok here's what I'm thinking so far...$623+S/H (like to save more but you get what you pay for...)

Newegg.com - APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Power Supplies
BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail
Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Desktop Memory
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail
(Definitely want to go with 2gig sticks otherwise I'll replace them later)
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
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