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New Builder, looking for optimal performance on a budget

Last response: in Systems
November 21, 2008 8:44:20 AM

This is gonna be my first attempt at making my own pc. I have been doing quite a bit of research the past few days and have come up with what I think is a pretty decent build for something around $600 bucks. Feel free to say whatever you want , I'm a beginner and I'm sure there are some obvious problems that I haven't picked up on.

CPU- Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz

GPU- SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit

Motherboard- ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45

Case and Power Supply- Antec 300 Black Steel and Antec Neo Power 500

RAM- CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin

Hard Drive- Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB

I need to know if this is even possible, and if there are any substitutions I should make. I want to use it for some decent gaming, so I dont know if I should get a lesser model of something and upgrade the processor or what. I also wanna keep it around this price but if you can find some serious upgrades for not much more money, thats fine.
November 21, 2008 10:34:01 AM

If I were in your shoes, I would be flexible. Don't get set on any one item; sales are going on all over. Fatwallet has lots of deals posted on a variety of items. And get on newegg's email list; they will have more good deals between now and xmas; plenty of similar motherboards that will do the job. I can't wait to stand in line on black friday around 2 am at Fry's.
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November 21, 2008 10:44:30 AM

+1 to both of the previous. It is a good build, but particularly if you can wait for next Friday, you may encounter some deals that will let you spend less or get more, or both.
November 21, 2008 8:54:15 PM

Thanks for the input, I would have expected that something would be wrong with my original build but it looks like I chose some good stuff. Just wondering if I should definitely go with the case and power supply combo because the deal ends in a few days and I gotta make up my mind, or if I should wait till next Friday and see if I could find something better. Any help would be great. Also if anyone knows any motherboards that are capable of running these Graphics card and processor let me know so I can check out my options.