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Help me finalize my budget build.

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January 15, 2008 11:24:44 PM

Hello everyone, great forum. Trying for a budget build to play some games and upgrade my old labtop. Please let me know if you see any problems or can save me some $$$. Going with an AMD set up.

Case: CoolerMaster Centurion ~$34 (after MIR)


CPU: AMD X2 4400+ ~ $75

RAM: A-Data (2GBx1) ~ $28 (after MIR)

GPU: Apollo HD3850 512MB ~ $159 (afer MIR)
-Cheap, no reviews but worth a try.

PSU: Anter Earthwatt 500 W ~ $59 (after MIR)

DVD: Lite On 20x DVD/RW-Retail ~ $33

HD: 160 GB 7200 RPM 3.0G/s ~ $50

OS: Windows Vista 64- bit Home Premium ~ $111

Monitor: CHIMIE 22" LCD Wide DVI ~$209 (after MIR)


-Feel like this is a pretty good budget build. Open to suggestions to shave a few $$$.
-Chose Vista so I wont have to upgrade later on. Premium or Home Basic?
-Should I get another 2GB? for that price I think I should.
-Any cheaper PSU suggestions?
-How bout the MOBO? seemed good price and has everything I need for the most part. And it is Phenom ready.

Thanks for any comments/suggestions....

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January 15, 2008 11:29:02 PM

Forgot to add, can save $40-50 going with 19". Not a hardcore gamer, any opinions on the sizes? (anything will be bigger than my 15" notebook lol)
January 15, 2008 11:47:47 PM

I would recommend getting the Biostar 560 Chipset AM2's they're really cheap and overclock really well.

I would recommend trimming some fat off of the processor part, maybe get a 4000+ Brisbane instead and overclock it since there is basically no difference.

I would say try your hardest to get a 3870 or a 3850 512MB.
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January 16, 2008 11:13:06 AM

Yup, get the old TF560 A+ which is AM2+ upgradable (bios flash). I'm gonna get the new TF770 & wait for B3.

I think you've achieved perfection with this budget build.
January 16, 2008 6:24:44 PM

Thanks for the replies. What you think about the monitor? 19" vs 22". The savings could get me some more RAM or maybe persuade me to the 5000+BE
January 18, 2008 9:55:27 AM

I would go with 19" with HD3850. If it were HD3870, I would go with 22". Unless you don't mind lowering video settings in games.