New to custom pc scene. First build. Advice ple\ase!

Anything would be helpful, im attempting my first custom PC build and looking towards a good learning experience. So tell me what you think!

My budget is around $600, $100 for each piece.I 'm not looking for an ultimate high end machine, but more of a moderately decent one that can run certain things like HL2,COD4,Bioshock, around there.
I am VERY open to any changes and would like to consult the fourms before i get to ordering.

Im currently shopping around on newegg, just because one of my friends had good luck there.

Ok, lets get started


APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR S-Type X-JPJST-MG Metallic Grey SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


ECS KA3 MVP (V1.0A) AM2 AMD 580X CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard


EVGA 512-P2-N747-LR GeForce 8500GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

$39.99 (im suspicious of the price, but the reviews are good)

APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply


Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


Transcend AxeRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TX800QLJ-2GK


Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 Allendale 2.4GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
3 answers Last reply
More about custom scene build advice
  1. You might wish to read through a few more of the new build forums. There are numerous ones that fit your budget.

    So far, you have a AMD processor motherboard, and an Intel Processor selected. These are not compatible. Your MB also supports Crossfire, while your video card is SLi. Also not compatible. This MB would work well with the E4600. The 4800+ AMD processor would work with the ECS MB.

    You are correct in being suspicious of the PSU. Ignore Newegg reviews. Here is a well respected PSU list. Pick Tier 3 or above. You will find good deals on Antec Earthwatts right now. The 380 or 430 would work for your system.

    Then review the Tom's VGA charts for video cards. The absolute, rock bottom minimum for those games would be the 7600gt, and only on a 19" monitor. A 2600xt card would be a better choice.

    I have never used Transcend ram. I prefer brand names such as Crucial Ballistix, Corsair XMS, Geil, and OCZ Platinum. All work well with Gigabyte boards.
  2. This motherboard has gotten very good reviews;

    go with Crucial ballistix for ram, cheaper after rebate

    Get a 2160 or 2180 processor, both are less than $100



    Lastly you want to get a CPU cooler

    I agree on the Earthwatts PSU unless you want to step up to a Corsair VX450

    You will also need the operating system unless you already have that
    Good luck
  3. Thanks so much for the updates, thats exactly what i was looking for. Thanks.
Ask a new question

Read More

Build Systems Product