Need opinions for a budget $600 gaming pc build.

Hi this is my first time building a budget gaming pc and I would like some quick opinions on it. It's basically based on the $800 budget pc article but I changed the parts around to fit my budget. The main concern is about compatibility but I think the parts should get along fine.

Core 2 Duo E4300 $135

MSI P6N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI $109

GeForce 7900GS 256MB $139 after rebate

Antec TRUEPOWER 2 430W $30 after rebate

G.SKILL 2GB DDR2 800 $110

Case $30 after rebate

LITE-ON DVD RW $36 after rebate

And I'll just reuse the monitor, keyboard, mouse and hard drive from my old system.

Thanks.
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  1. I highly doubt you'd need an SLI mobo. If not, consider the MSI Neo-F....much cheap, good basic, stable board.

    Then spend that money saved and get a better PSU.
  2. I probably don't need to use the SLI for now but I think it'll save money on the long run when I can just get another 7900GS instead of replacing my old card.

    I looked at the MSI Neo-F mobo but it got mixed reviews and I don't feel like risking my money on it.

    Can anybody suggest me a good PCI-E Core 2 budget mobo?

    For PSU I think I'll get a COOLMAX CP-500T EPS12V 500W for $59 or $39 after rebate.
  3. Quote:
    I probably don't need to use the SLI for now but I think it'll save money on the long run when I can just get another 7900GS instead of replacing my old card.
    You will never do that. But there is nothing wrong with this motherboard.

    Quote:
    I looked at the MSI Neo-F mobo but it got mixed reviews and I don't feel like risking my money on it.
    Can anybody suggest me a good PCI-E Core 2 budget mobo?
    Any Intel board that starts BOXDP965...., Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3, these run about $110. If you do this, switch your IDE DVD for an SATA model DVD.
    I would actually do this rather than use the NVidia motherboard.

    Quote:
    For PSU I think I'll get a COOLMAX CP-500T EPS12V 500W for $59 or $39 after rebate.

    Don't do this. Go with the great deal on the Antec, OR shell out for this:
    FSP AX450-PN 450watt 12v:2x18a PSU 20+4pin $56+8 4/19/07
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104954
    Most power supplies cheaper than the FSP above are garbage. You lucked out on a decent Antec psu which is being phased out. I'd go for it. The fan-only molex headers (lower voltage-quiet) are an added plus...
  4. Quote:
    I probably don't need to use the SLI for now but I think it'll save money on the long run when I can just get another 7900GS instead of replacing my old card.
    You will never do that. But there is nothing wrong with this motherboard.

    Quote:
    I looked at the MSI Neo-F mobo but it got mixed reviews and I don't feel like risking my money on it.
    Can anybody suggest me a good PCI-E Core 2 budget mobo?
    Any Intel board that starts BOXDP965...., Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3, these run about $110. If you do this, switch your IDE DVD for an SATA model DVD.
    I would actually do this rather than use the NVidia motherboard.

    Quote:
    For PSU I think I'll get a COOLMAX CP-500T EPS12V 500W for $59 or $39 after rebate.

    Don't do this. Go with the great deal on the Antec, OR shell out for this:
    FSP AX450-PN 450watt 12v:2x18a PSU 20+4pin $56+8 4/19/07
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104954
    Most power supplies cheaper than the FSP above are garbage. You lucked out on a decent Antec psu which is being phased out. I'd go for it. The fan-only molex headers (lower voltage-quiet) are an added plus...


    Agreed. Excellent post Newf. Read my mind on everything. :lol:

    If you want to overclock that E4300, add this to your list:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118223

    Overall, A really nice budget computer when you factor in the parts Newf gave you.

    Don't forget windows either. :wink:

    Good luck. :D
  5. Don't bother with the Zalman 9500. Not the best cooler, nor the best performer, nor the most quiet, nor the cheapest. I used to own one before I switched. There are much better options out there:

    -Thermalright Ultra 120 (needs a 120mm fan)
    -Noctua NH-U12F
    -Thermaltake Big Typhoon
    -Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (currently overpriced at most places)
    -Tuniq Tower

    All are either better performers and/or quieter and/or cheaper. Get something from that list and you'll have a winner.

    Here's a review I did that includes the 9500, take a read and you'll see what I mean:
    http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/Cool-Quiet-HSF-Review-Scythe-Zalman-Noctua-ftopict232579.html
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