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Old 12-14-2010, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The $450 budget does not factor in sales tax or shipping and does not need to include a monitor. All the components ( processor, GPU, etc ) should be the best possible aimed toward gaming. Thanks

some clarifications:

1. The computer will be assembled in the USA so yes newegg is fine
2. No parts will be reused, just 1 dvd/cd burner player for optical drive will suffice
3. Operating system will not need to be included in the computer build
4. Intel processor preferred over AMD
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Are there any parts you can/would like to re-use from an old build? For example DVD drive or hard drive. Could save you a bit of money, letting you get better components.
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USA? So we can use NewEgg?
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operating system too?
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This is what I had in mind. You could probably go cheaper on the CPU, but you won't get the 6mb cache.

-AMD Phenom II X2 555. $90
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

-MSI 87-G45 motherboard w/AMD 770 Chipset. $55
Newegg.com - MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

-G. Skill Ripjaws 4GB(2x2GB) DDR3 1333. $50
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL

-HIS Radeon 5770. $100(after MIR)
Newegg.com - HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

-Cooler Master 310 Case. $40
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 310 RC-310-RWN1-GP Black / Red SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

-Rosewill 700w PSU. $54(with coupon code)
Newegg.com - Rosewill RV2-700 700W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply

-Seagate Barracuda 500GB. $50
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

-Lite-On DVD Burner. $17
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+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/DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners

Total comes out to $456. Easy as 4,5,6, lol jk.(bad joke)
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Thanks for the replies so far, some clarifications:

1. The computer will be assembled in the USA so yes newegg is fine
2. No parts will be reused, just a dvd/cd burner player for optical drive will suffice
3. Operating system will not need to be included in the computer build
4. Intel processor preferred over AMD
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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bump, anyone?
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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VampD, to make an intel build, you'll need to go a little over your budget as Intel is more expensive, I think most people here will recommend AMD as it's best for budget builders.
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-Rosewill 700w PSU. $54(with coupon code)
Newegg.com - Rosewill RV2-700 700W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply
Is he gonna need that much power? Also, is Rosewill a good brand?
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-AMD Phenom II X2 555. $90
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX
Duals are old, is it possible to swap that dual core cpu for this :
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX630WFK42GI - Processors - Desktops - 88$ ( It states cooling device not included, processor only, so he might need a fan and a heatsink which will get him outta budget possibly, next 2 ones are probably better as they include fan and heatsink )
Or : Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGIBOX - 99$
Or : Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX - 99$ ( Probably the best one, but has a higher power consumption than the other 2 which have 95W, but this one is 125W )
Is it possible? They'll give you very much better performance if they do fit his build
Just my 2 cents and hope I helped!
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply Skorpian, yeah the X4 AMD 640 seems like the best choice despite using the most power, and I think it's best to go quad core for more future proofing. Isn't all the i3, i5, and i7 processors quad core anyways?
  • So AMD X4 640 for $99 ( got processor )
  • -MSI 87-G45 motherboard w/AMD 770 Chipset. $55
  • Newegg.com - MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard ( got mobo )

is this the best one for the cost? any alternatives?

any other alternatives for the ram? case? or PSU?

Currently the total will come out to $366 not including video card so that leaves about $100 for the video card. I wanted to recommend the GTX 460 on amazon for $140 ( no sales tax and free shipping ) after MIR which I think is the best performance for value but it will put the budget $56 over which I think is somewhat acceptable for future proofing.
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i3 is dual core. i5 is quad core. i7 is quad-core but as far as I know it has a double-threading, something like that, technology so each core is basically 2 cores in some way. i7-970 and i7-980X are hexa-cores but I think they also have double threading so it comes to 12 cores in the end.
If you're willing to pay more cash, the GTX 460 is a good card. But if you're not, the HD radeon 5770 which BiGyLiLuPdAmIdL posted is the best one.
After a little googling it seems that Rosewill isn't very good in PSU's making. I advise you to wait for some experts ideas on another PSU but I think this one is good, wait for confirmation though : Newegg.com - Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - 84.99$ after rebates ( expensive yet reliable and trusty , but possibly you can go cheaper as I'm almost sure your PC wouldn't need that amount of power. But a 750W will give big room for possible future upgrades )
When you said got processor and mobo, you mean you bought and received them? I didn't understand
I apologize to you because I won't be able to reply to you for the next 7 days as I have some stuff I need to do. So you can expect help from other people. Sorry, hope I helped till now.
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