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April 24, 2013 9:58:52 PM

hi im going to buy a new computer its a Gateway DX4870-ub308 i know im going to install 8 gb of ram and install a graphics card but which one the computer comes with a 300 watt psu some one said i should get a Sapphire ATI Radeon HD7750 that it will work with the psu i have any suggestions? im going to use the computer for mostly watching movies and lite to medium gaming should i just get a better psu and graphics card what would be the best set up for this computer here are the factory specs

Case: Mid Tower
Processor: 3.40GHz Intel Dual Core i3-2130
Installed Memory: 6GB
Max Memory: 16GB DDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics


Hard Drive: 1TB 5400SATA
Optical Drive: DVD-Writer
WiFi (Y/N): Yes
Ethernet Type: Gigabit Ethernet
USB Ports (2.0): 6
USB Ports (3.0): 2
HDMI (Y/N): Y
Other Ports: -linein-lineout-RJ-45-VGA
Input: Mouse and Keyboard included
Dimensions: 15.8 x 14.9 x 7.1
Power Supply: 300W


Operating System: Windows 8

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April 24, 2013 10:45:30 PM
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gotcha. the 7750 could run on a 300W system. $300 is a really tight budget.
April 25, 2013 2:53:40 PM

envy14tpe said:
gotcha. the 7750 could run on a 300W system. $300 is a really tight budget.


i decided that im going to just build a pc from the ground up instead for just buying one that way i can buy it in parts and get a better computer for my money do you know any good parts list for $500-$600 range i will need everything but i can get the os this will be my frist build and a three month project $200 one month for parts $200 the next and so on im sorry if this is in the wrong post section but you help is appreciated
May 2, 2013 8:25:00 AM

Learn a little about overclocking and get this system:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.94 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.68 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($110.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($43.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $520.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-02 11:19 EDT-0400)

FX-6300 is faster than all i3s if you overclock the 6300. i3s can not be overclocked.
May 2, 2013 12:13:46 PM

envy14tpe said:
Learn a little about overclocking and get this system:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.94 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.68 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($110.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($43.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $520.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-02 11:19 EDT-0400)

FX-6300 is faster than all i3s if you overclock the 6300. i3s can not be overclocked.


hey thanks for the reply this is the set up i am going with i only bought the case and the dvd drive so far and im willing to get other parts
can you tell me what you think of my list and can you give me some suggestions

CPU Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core

Motherboard ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155

Memory G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600

Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB

Case Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower

Power Supply Corsair 500W ATX12V

Optical Drive Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
May 2, 2013 6:24:39 PM

Everything looks good. You can do light gaming with a 650 Ti.

Corsair makes decent PSUs, but I'd rather buy this XFX (made by Seasonic). Just a slightly higher quality brand.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...

I can't remember why but I remember that 1.5V RAM is best. This one is good cuz it doesn't have high heat spreaders, which means if you add an aftermarket cooler then you won't have a problem of things fitting in.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That case is on sale until May 6:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Even though you aren't overclocking you could buy an aftermarket cooler. It will keep your CPU much cooler than the Intel one and quieter.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is bigger than intel one but it will blow the air towards the back (open exit) of the case. The intel cooler blows the air into the case. Also, you can see it's big but not heavy, and you need low profile RAM like the one I chose above..G.Skill Sniper.

May 2, 2013 7:18:54 PM

envy14tpe said:
Everything looks good. You can do light gaming with a 650 Ti.

Corsair makes decent PSUs, but I'd rather buy this XFX (made by Seasonic). Just a slightly higher quality brand.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...

I can't remember why but I remember that 1.5V RAM is best. This one is good cuz it doesn't have high heat spreaders, which means if you add an aftermarket cooler then you won't have a problem of things fitting in.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That case is on sale until May 6:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Even though you aren't overclocking you could buy an aftermarket cooler. It will keep your CPU much cooler than the Intel one and quieter.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is bigger than intel one but it will blow the air towards the back (open exit) of the case. The intel cooler blows the air into the case. Also, you can see it's big but not heavy, and you need low profile RAM like the one I chose above..G.Skill Sniper.



thanks for the suggestions i changed my stuff to get list i added a 212 evo and the g.skill sniper but i like the corsair because its Modular and for the price im still on a budget and im way over... lol i guess that happens alot with people building there own systems like i said this is my first build and i need all the help i can get its funny i just got my cooler master scout case in the mail right before i got your reply my case comes with three fans in it do you think that would be enough fans or should i get more and if so what are some good fans and can you suggest a good fan cotroller or do i even need one. p.s. thank you for your help i am thankful
May 2, 2013 8:48:39 PM

Yeah, the Corsair is at a good price right now. Grab it.

I think most people exceed their budget. I built mine for $1000. Since then I've spent an extra $200. (never satisfied)

The case has 3 fans. Yes. that is enough. I live in a hot climate (summers) and I'm fine with 3 fans. Although, it's usually better to have more fans blowing in air then out to create positive pressure. (I'm assuming the top fan is an exhaust.) Set it up and if the GPU gets too hot then add a side fan blowing air in.

Fan controllers aren't necessary and sometimes they don't work. If you really want to monitor or adjust the speed then you can do so with your motherboard's software. My ASRock has "ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility" which allows me to increase or decrease the speed of my fans. I do so before and after gaming, otherwise I don't need to adjust the fan speeds. Some software will automatically adjust for your needs but I found that sometimes it didn't and my components were running very hot.

Also, buy thermal paste. AMD provides this paste, which will sit between CPU and CM Evo, but it isn't very good. It is advantageous to buy one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 2, 2013 9:28:52 PM

envy14tpe said:
Yeah, the Corsair is at a good price right now. Grab it.

I think most people exceed their budget. I built mine for $1000. Since then I've spent an extra $200. (never satisfied)

The case has 3 fans. Yes. that is enough. I live in a hot climate (summers) and I'm fine with 3 fans. Although, it's usually better to have more fans blowing in air then out to create positive pressure. (I'm assuming the top fan is an exhaust.) Set it up and if the GPU gets too hot then add a side fan blowing air in.

Fan controllers aren't necessary and sometimes they don't work. If you really want to monitor or adjust the speed then you can do so with your motherboard's software. My ASRock has "ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility" which allows me to increase or decrease the speed of my fans. I do so before and after gaming, otherwise I don't need to adjust the fan speeds. Some software will automatically adjust for your needs but I found that sometimes it didn't and my components were running very hot.

Also, buy thermal paste. AMD provides this paste, which will sit between CPU and CM Evo, but it isn't very good. It is advantageous to buy one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


first off thank you for your help most people would not even piss on you if you were on fire :fou:  lol let alone take time out to answer questions for some one they dont know and your right about the thermal paste i have heard so many good things about that brand how could you not use it this is going to be the longest three months ever because of how my budget is i wish i could just save the money but i cant trust my family they would rob me blind hahaha so its better this way buy 300 in parts next month and 300 the month after but at least i have some thing to look foward too if there is anythig else you can think of that would help my build or make it easier please let me know
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