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March 31, 2013 10:41:52 AM

I have finally made up my mind to start making my own PC, but I am having a lot of issues trying to find the perfect monitor, PC case, Harddisk, OS, etc.

SYSTEM USAGE:
• Gaming (standard)
• Drawing (Wacom drawing tablet)
• Homework (working on presentations with Word, Powerpoint, etc).
• Surfing the web (social sites, etc).

MY BUDGET: Please tell me what the greatest build is for $300-500 (would love to be around $400)

PARTS THAT ARE NOT NEEDED: keyboard, mouse.

I OWN A:
• LG Flatron Wide L194WT (no HDMI, made in 2007, makes weird noises).

• A old PC tower/case (from 2002) that already has all the components needed for a PC (but a really old one). Could I still use the case? The inside is about 17 inch long from the sides, 19 inch tall, and 8 inch wide from front and back, and only has one door which is on the left side.

• MSI K7 mainboard with NVIDA nForce 2 chipset (old?).

• AN UNOPENED Corsair 184-PIN DDR-DIMM desktop memory 1024MB (2004, can it still be used?).

• ALSO: there are TWO old optical disk drives from Asus in the PC (one DVD rom 16x max, another 48x16x48x). Could I use these as well? They look like this: http://images.techtree.com/ttimages/story/Asus-DVD-E616...

http://www.ixbt.com/optical/cdrw-test-ide/asus48x/asus4...

Please help me! I have little knowledge about what is best for me when coming to PC's!

I have found some components on my own (GIVE SUGESSTIONS!):
• HP- 23" Flat-Panel LED HD Monitor - Glossy Black - $89.99 (Best buy)

• Seagate Backup Plus 1TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Silver - $79.99 (Best buy)

• Intel- Core™ i5-3570K Processor (3.4GHz - Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz) 6MB cahce - $225.98 (newegg)

• Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - System Builder (OEM) - Windows -
$135.98 (Best buy)

• Corsair- Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - $116.98 (Best buy)
March 31, 2013 10:46:25 AM

The mobo is old, the memory is old. I only would salvage the case and drives from that case. And you can't get a comp with the 3570k with 400 bucks.
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March 31, 2013 10:52:04 AM

Well, I could go for $500, unless I can find a processor that is cheap yet still good for gaming. Please do give me your suggestions!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2013 11:20:01 AM

A $500 budget that includes Windows and a monitor is not going to game very well at all. That essentially means that we have around $350 to buy parts.

I would suggest spending the $500 you have on just a PC now and use the monitor you have until you can save up for another one.

What kind of games are you thinking about playing?
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March 31, 2013 11:23:38 AM

Just casual games from Steam, and MC. I'm not going to play the whole day, just a hour or two. I agree as well about the monitor. I haven't used it in a long while, but I'm sure it doesn't look that bad.
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March 31, 2013 11:36:04 AM

A external drive is a bad idea, At least as a main drive. I'll make you a build for a budget that will play MC and quite a few steam games on a budget. Also unless you know what you are doing reuseing a old case might not be a good idea. the plugs and wires are not plug and play on a old dell or hp. Build incoming..
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2013 11:36:20 AM

Here's a pretty well rounded build that will play the games you asked about and will be able to be upgraded down the road.

You could drop to a Pentium processor, cheap motherboard, and less ram and maybe squeeze in a discrete Radeon 7750 but I think that makes for a worse machine overall.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NuHg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NuHg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NuHg/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.68 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $494.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-31 14:35 EDT-0400)
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March 31, 2013 11:47:16 AM

Thanks JD88! I appreciate you helping me out, I will wait a bit to see if anyone else wants to suggest something as well! :) 
Also: I was wondering if this build was also good for painting/photoshop? (sorry if I sound rather noob-ish)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2013 11:56:36 AM

Yeah it should be solid for Photoshop and painting. The A10 is a decently fast quad core processor with great integrated graphics. Also, that build has lots of fast RAM. You can always add a discrete card later if you feel you need more graphics power but I doubt you will.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 31, 2013 12:19:36 PM

AlderonnX said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $124.99 CPU/MBO/Ram

Is a cheaper set-up for the main 3 components


Al_da_gamer said:
AlderonnX said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $124.99 CPU/MBO/Ram

Is a cheaper set-up for the main 3 components
So is the CPU/MBO/Ram better than the ones JD88 suggested?



It's a good price, but you are giving up around 50% or more in performance. I would only recommend that setup for a very basic, web browsing system. However, its hard to say the price isn't cheap. Only consider this if you need to cut $100 out of the budget.
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March 31, 2013 12:23:40 PM

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It's a good price, but you are giving up around 50% or more in performance. I would only recommend that setup for a very basic, web browsing system. However, its hard to say the price isn't cheap. Only consider this if you need to cut $100 out of the budget. [/quotemsg]
I think I'll stick to the one you suggested, I really don't want to lose on performance as it's something I think is important.

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March 31, 2013 12:37:12 PM

Hey, where'd you find the monitor? Could you send me a link?
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March 31, 2013 12:40:15 PM

Yeah, Mine was a lower budget option.. JD88's build is good.. same case and Power supply I was going to suggest
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March 31, 2013 12:48:19 PM

Al_da_gamer said:
ballerslife said:
Hey, where'd you find the monitor? Could you send me a link?


Here you go! :)  http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=18070...


THANK YOU!!!!!! I was looking for a good monitor, and this fits my needs. Tis is an excellent monitor for the price. 1080p, HDMI, LED, 23", and most important, good brand. Other monitors are around $150
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March 31, 2013 12:53:30 PM

ballerslife said:
Al_da_gamer said:
ballerslife said:
Hey, where'd you find the monitor? Could you send me a link?


Here you go! :)  http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=18070...


THANK YOU!!!!!! I was looking for a good monitor, and this fits my needs. Tis is an excellent monitor for the price. 1080p, HDMI, LED, 23", and most important, good brand. Other monitors are around $150


You're welcome! Hehe. :) 
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