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October 23, 2008 4:35:59 AM

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Ok firstly. im going to make a gaming pc and i wont overclock the processor ( never dare to do so )
My budget just abt 550USD-625USD


Im stuck between AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition and Intel E8500.
confused which is better..

I think i should take E8500. gaming purpose.
If possible, list me good/recommended components for the processor... All i want for my pc just...

Processor
mobo
ram- any ddr2, 2gb, good and not too exp
graphic card - any but good for gaming, 256mb/256bit if possible.
power supply
Hard Disk - Sata 160gb ( sata better right? )
Casing <-- normal and cheap enough lol.

Im used to play online game, multi client... =/ help me to build a new pc..


added--
processor-c2d E8500
power supply- i duno..
mobo- Gigabyte EP43-DS3L
hd- wdigital 7200rpm, 16mb - 320gb
RAM-Mushkin ddr2 value series, 2gb, pc6400
graphic- HIS 4850 HDMI 512MB DDR3

total price - 558 USD.. not bad >_>


followed some opinions, i got those components. any1 can critique/comment if theres anything wrong?
im afraid some components arent compatible.. some1 can check them for me? i really appreciate it..

(total price exclude the casing price, can consider at shop later >_<)


ps: help me in picking PSU...

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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2008 4:43:52 AM

You'll have to squeeze hard to get everything you need into that price range.

Probably a E7200 and P43 MB,

Then a 9600GT (512MB)

Antec 300 case with a combo deal PSU

Jump over to this thread and have a read....
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257075-31-what-parts-...

You want more graphics power and less CPU to stay balanced. A E8500 would not do you much good without the video card to play the games.
October 23, 2008 5:08:52 AM

Case - Antec 300 $60 free shipping. Combo deal is $20 off the power supply.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply - Antec Neopower 550w $50 - $20 in combo deal with case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*EDIT* replaced below.

RAM - 2x1 GB DDR2 800 1.8v OCZ gold - $17 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Seagate 250GB SATA - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Burner- LG Sata - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating system - Vista Home Premium 64bit $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$652 before shipping, $70 in rebates ....$17 in shipping to me.


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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2008 5:14:08 AM

This build is more than you wanted, but still falls into your budget if you take the rebates into account:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $86.99

I know you said you only needed 2GB, but RAM is so cheap right now you might as well get 4GB.

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 -$20.00 MIR

A smaller HD would not save you much $ and would be slower.

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99

This GPU is also more than you said you need, but is a great deal on an awesome card.

HIS Hightech H485F512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $164.99 -$30.00 MIR

Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.95

Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $29.99 (Combo with case)

This comes to a total of $656.89 -$50.00 MIR = $606.89

Throw in a DVD burner and 64-bit Vista and you would be set.

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $26.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99
October 23, 2008 5:16:10 AM

lol. OS not important, wont cost me a cent.. i will be using XP. I dont really like vista, nt much diff with xp, just more complex and beauti'fool' to me =x im used for XP. =)


throw away dvd/cd driver. dont need them too. i have the old one.
a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2008 5:24:52 AM

Well I stand corrected, those builds are less than I thought they would be :) 
October 23, 2008 7:21:14 AM

processor-c2d E8500
power supply- i duno..
mobo- Gigabyte EP43-DS3L
hd- wdigital 7200rpm, 16mb - 320gb
RAM-Mushkin ddr2 value series, 2gb, pc6400
graphic- HIS 4850 HDMI 512MB DDR3

total price - 558 USD.. not bad >_>


followed some opinions, i got those components. any1 can critique/comment if theres anything wrong?
im afraid some components arent compatible.. some1 can check them for me? i really appreciate it..

(total price exclude the casing price, can consider at shop later >_<)


ps: help me in picking PSU...
a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2008 7:54:20 AM

Yes you switched to a an inferior power supply that could hurt your components on simply cause your system to be unstable.

(If you had read the first link I posted you would have known that.)

Also there seems to be no case?
October 23, 2008 7:59:13 AM

omg >< ok then



case - think abt that @ shop =p


abt power supply.. can you recommend me which 1 is compatible, =/ i really dont know..i dont even understand about the way to get a compatible power supply =/
October 23, 2008 9:02:19 AM

These are my specs,

processor-c2d E8500
mobo- Gigabyte EP43-DS3L
hd- wdigital 7200rpm, 16mb - 320gb ( SATA, 1 pcs)
RAM-Mushkin ddr2 value series, 2gb, pc6400 ( 2GB, 1 pcs, might go for 2 later... )
graphic- HIS 4850 HDMI 512MB DDR3 ( 1 pcs )
Samsung CD/DVD RW SHS-S182 - 1pcs

lack anything?

im not really sure, im still new in these things.. I calculated and i got 324W, i count again use another calculator, i got 288W...
like i said, im just a noob, some1 can recalculate and confirm it for me? =) to make sure it is right=/
a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2008 11:21:27 AM

You do not need a big power supply, as long as it's a quality one.

I would recommend:

Antec EA500, Neo Power 550W, or EA430
Corsair 450VX
OCZ StealthXStream 500W

And others, but those should have good prices.
October 23, 2008 5:08:31 PM

hw about Thermaltake Litepower 400W... or Thermaltake TR2 RX 450...

>_< those brand that you recommend arent sold around my place =/
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