New build--tight budget

Alright so my current computer is about 6 years old and it wasn't a very good computer even back then so I'm planning on building a new one. I'm on a pretty tight budget and I want to get as much performance for low cost. This is my proposed build so far:

Case: Rosewill TU-155

CPU:AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 4000+

Mobo:Asus M2A-VM 690G

RAM:A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB)DDR2 800

Video Card: EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB

HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB

Optical Drive:ASUS Black

It comes to a grand total of $511.26 including S&H.

I already have a decent 17" LCD monitor (which will be used for a few months, until I have enough money for a better one), a keyboard, a good mouse, and a copy of Vista. If anyone sees any compatibility issues, has any comments or suggestions, please let me know.

Also, I checked the Power Supply Calculator and I should get enough power from the 400w and have a bit of power left for a few future upgrades. (The power supply/case come together and got very good reviews)--Should I upgrade the PSU anyways?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. I would. I don't trust Rosewill PSUs, and I trust PSU that come with cases even less.

    I also don't suggest getting that video card. The 8600GT is slower then the 2600XT, but cost the same. Get this card instead.

    Same price as yours, but you don't have to wait for the rebate.
  2. Most PSU that come with cases are very poor ones that you don't want to use in a system.
    And the am2 x2 3800 will run your ram at full speed.
  3. I've been reading a few reviews and almost everyone agrees about the whole "Rosewill PSU=bad" thing so I might go with the Cooler Master Centurion 5 case (, a Thermaltake 430w PSU (, and the HIS 2600XT GPU ( <---(thanks for the heads up on this video card, it saved me about $20 and has a core clock of 800MHz instead of the 8600GT's 580MHz :) )
  4. I don't trust Thermaltake that much either, but I would run one of their PSUs over Rosewill anyday.

    Your welcome for the video card link, but the 800MHz > 580MHz logic is flawed. As with CPUs, clock speed means nothing. Its the power of the GPU overall that you need to worry about. That 2600XT might be clocked at 800MHz, but the x1950pro that is clocked at ~575MHz would beat it. If clock speed were everything, we'd still be using the netburst CPUs, and not the "faster" C2Ds.

    If I recall correctly, the two cards were the same in price, but with this one you don't have to wait for the rebate. And because of that, the only money you save is on sale tax, if you live in a state newegg charges. What you do get is a faster card for your $100.
  5. Well I wasn't planning on getting the rebate--it's only valid through 8/31 and I'm buying the parts in about 2-3 weeks (I don't have all of the money right now :/ )

    I was wondering about the clock speed--I read (on a guide about computers on a blog) about how a card with a lower core clock speed could be a better card overall but I didn't really trust the source (random blog--can't remember which) but it doesn't hurt to have higher clock speed either I guess.
  6. monkeyusa4 said:
    Well I wasn't planning on getting the rebate--it's only valid through 8/31 and I'm buying the parts in about 2-3 weeks (I don't have all of the money right now :/ )

    Here's what I would do/get:

    Case = $30 120mm Fan included!!
    Rosewill R230-P-BK Black 0.5mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    PSU = $50 with 29A combined on 12V rails (350w/12V=29amps)
    HIPER HPU-4M480-PS ATX12V v2.2 480W Power Supply 100 - 120V AC cUL,TUV,CB,CE,FCC - Retail

    CPU/HD combo = $121
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    MOBO = $75 only about $2 more than ZZF's (could go w/cheaper option, but just using what you liked)
    ASUS M2A-VM Socket AM2 AMD 690G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    Video = $105
    HIS Hightech H260XTF256DDN-R Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

    Memory = $90
    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    DVD Burner = $38 comes w/software
    LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-R DL 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM IDE Burner with LightScribe Technology - Retail

    Total system shipped (not including tax)= $501.40

    Not too bad for a budget system!!
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