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August 14, 2008 3:39:26 PM

Hey guys I’m planning on making my first gaming machine from the ground up: I’ve modified my current computer a couple times, but it was nothing more than part swapping.
My budget is around $800 and I plan to use this build mainly for gaming and Photo Editing

Motherboard:
MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130136

CPU:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz
$112.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773

Memory:
Mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
$44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146118

GFX:
ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB
$187.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121253

Hard-drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148262

Case:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119047

PSU:
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010

CD/DVD Burner:
LITE-ON Black
$26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106057

OS:
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488


Total: $822.91

Any Input is much appreciated!

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August 14, 2008 3:53:19 PM

I don't know if you plan on crossfire but i would swap cpu and mobo for

e8400
gigabyte ep35-ds3l
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August 14, 2008 4:08:42 PM

George is right, you'd get much better performance and value going with an intel dual core (the e7200 is a good choice).
August 14, 2008 4:21:23 PM

Dirtmountain:
That case is very very nice, can't believe I missed it.

Alright so far I've changed it to:

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L
$84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128337

Memory:
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
$87.99 ($67.99-AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731

Case:
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKA1-GP
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119142

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
$169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

New Total: $827.92
August 14, 2008 4:26:24 PM

wubbawucky said:
Dirtmountain:
That case is very very nice, can't believe I missed it.


did you see there is a PSU included with it?
August 14, 2008 4:27:21 PM

georgy said:
did you see there is a PSU included with it?


Yep
a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2008 4:46:04 PM

CoolerMaster PSUs aren't great though. That same case without the PSU is only $20 less, so that ought to give a clue. The case is definitely worthwhile; it's what I have and I really like it.
This OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB, CE, CSA, UL, FCC - Retail...is only $45 after MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 14, 2008 4:58:47 PM

@ OP

Are you planning to Crossfire? The P35 board is great for a single card set up, but the original K9A2 (AMD board) had the potential to Crossfire (and at x16/x16).
August 14, 2008 5:10:40 PM

zvandy said:
@ OP

Are you planning to Crossfire? The P35 board is great for a single card set up, but the original K9A2 (AMD board) had the potential to Crossfire (and at x16/x16).


I don't plan on Xfiring

@Jtt283:
I'm trying to pinch every penny possible, so if the PSU craps out on me then I'll replace it till then I'll put good faith in it.
August 14, 2008 5:20:14 PM

wubbawucky said:
I don't plan on Xfiring

@Jtt283:
I'm trying to pinch every penny possible, so if the PSU craps out on me then I'll replace it till then I'll put good faith in it.


You make the dangerous assumption that when(not if) that PSU craps out it doesnt take anything else out. Never skimp on PSU.
a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2008 5:20:43 PM

The problem with cheap PSUs is they often don't like to die alone. You're taking a big risk with your system.
As nice as the CM-690 case is, you'd be better served by getting a $30-$40 case (as long as it will take front and rear fans) and spending more on a decent PSU.
a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2008 5:51:24 PM

Good choices. I've built a few systems in that case. It is simple but roomy. It only comes with one fan, but if you think you'll need it, you can mount another 120mm fan in front.
August 14, 2008 5:56:55 PM

Onus said:
Good choices. I've built a few systems in that case. It is simple but roomy. It only comes with one fan, but if you think you'll need it, you can mount another 120mm fan in front.

Yeah I was surprised how relatively inexpensive case fans are, so I most definitely will add the front fan.
August 14, 2008 6:01:49 PM




~$650 after rebates and shipping. Still need OS and could add more ram.
August 14, 2008 6:07:41 PM

all good info.

+1 for Intel Core 2 Duo, but i would suggest a E7200. Great overclocker. Easily hits 3.8Ghz. I love my E7200. Runs cool(55c at load) @ 1.32v.

+1 P35 mobo

+1 4850, the cheaper one that SuicideSilence mentions.

+1 for 4G, 800Mhz, 2x2G, it is cheap, load up.

+1 Dont skimp on psu
August 14, 2008 6:28:44 PM

yeah, save money and get the e7200
August 14, 2008 7:01:55 PM

Alright thanks for all the help.
Before this becomes etched in stone, I'm gonna post what I plan to build with all the revisions included:

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L
$84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128337

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz
$112.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115052

Memory:
Mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
$87.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731

GFX:
GIGABYTE GV-R485-512H-B Radeon HD 4850
$169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125224

Hard-drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148262

Case:
COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP
$39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119115

PSU:
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010

CD/DVD Burner:
LITE-ON Black
$26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106057

OS:
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488


Total: $779.91

Well below budget and seems solid to me.
Once Again, TY for all the help!!

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