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Budget Build Advice (sub $500)

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June 13, 2008 1:00:00 AM

I am beginning to order parts for my first ever build. I will be using it for gaming, ranging from WoW to BF2142 ect... So far I have bought:

CPU- AMD 5000+ Black Edition: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- Antec NSK4480 w/ earthwatts 380W PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I plan to buy:

Optical: a cheap dvd burner
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100237L Radeon HD 3650 512MB DDR3 , or the very similar EVGA 8800GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) , +another 1gb stick of some kind (will be using 32bit windows xp)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So im lacking a MB and cpu cooler. Id like to keep the MB under $80 and the cooler under $25. I plan on trying to overclock the CPU using its unlocked multiplier and keeping stock voltage ect (I've read I can get it to ~3.2 with only changing the multiplier).

What do you suggest for these parts? Any feedback will be appreciated.


June 13, 2008 1:46:29 AM

I am building a similar system all from neweggs
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM $27

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $45

ECS Geforce6100PM-M2 AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $50

EVGA 512-P3-N800-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $160

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail $45

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Brisbane 2.8GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5400DOBOX - Retail $87.5

Antec NSK4480 w/ earthwatts 380W PSU $70

shipping is about $40 so total is about $524.5
You could upgrade the harddrive if you want CPU is not the best, but pretty decent for the price and motherboard is okay for the price too.

P.S. don't compare HD3650 with 8800GT
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June 13, 2008 1:50:53 AM

Sorry I didn't read the part about you buying case and cpu...
so take out the CPU and add a cooler and get a 780G and buy the way if you are going to game you are going to need that 8800gt.

P.S. I don't have experience of 780G overclocking ability...
June 13, 2008 2:25:35 AM

3650 card is really slow, you won't do much gaming on it. try at least 3850 or even better 3870.

sorry but i can't think of any cheap amd board that overclock easily that cost 80bucks.
June 13, 2008 2:27:29 AM

I was planning on getting an atx sized motherboard. Is there any reason other than those particular models/prices that you suggest micro atx?

Also, I am confused whether it is a motherboard specific feature to be able to adjust cpu multiplier? I know the black edition CPU is special because it has an unlocked multiplier, but do I also need to make sure the motherboard allows that adjustment?

thanks again for the feedback
June 13, 2008 2:55:02 AM

ATX is $10 more and you wanted to stay around $80, so I was already over budget.

Any motherboard I recommend will allow it, it is in the BIOS.
June 13, 2008 7:07:59 AM

Are there any particular chipsets or brands I should avoid in this price range and socket because they don't overclock?
June 13, 2008 7:33:00 PM

ECS
PCChips
Foxcon
etc... (don't buy a $50 motherboard and expect results)
June 13, 2008 10:09:54 PM

Also, people are saying 3850 on the video card, look at the 8800 gs superclocked cards, those are supposed to run with a 9600gt and maybe a 3870 according to benchmarks.
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