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The $427 Gaming PC

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December 4, 2008 3:39:46 AM

Hey guys - ordered these parts after much research.... Most likley going to upgrade the processor to a phenom in the future and upgrade the vid card and memory -- but everything was based on price and best bang for your buck.... comments welcome and any ideas for future upgrades are welcome...

I am a moderate gamer and this rig was designed for CS:S, America's Army, SWG etc... I currently use a a laptop for gaming with the following setup: Intel Core Duo 1.60ghz, 2gb ram and a 256 mb nvidia 8600m GT ( I get ok FPS on most CS:S/HL era games - no less than 35 fps with high settings... as for AA about 70 FPS.. but any newer games crysis/AoC - not so good :)  )

DISCLAIMER: I had a super tight budget and could not go over $430 :) 

so here we go... the $427 gaming PC:

* Rosewill Conqueror RPS-01-WB500P Triple 120mm Fans Steel ATX Mid tower Computer Case with 500W Power Supply - Retail $109.99

* AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane 2.7GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5200DOBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103210
Processors (CPUs) Return Policy $62.99

*SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM $24.99

*SAPPHIRE 100236L Radeon HD 3650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $54.99

* JetWay HA07 AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $94.99

* Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $54.99

* OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2N800SR4GK - $49.99
Subtotal $427.93

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December 4, 2008 4:47:43 AM

Biggest problem I see, beyond the Rosewill case and PSU :non:  , is why are you getting a motherboard with onboard video if you are also buying a video card?

Malveaux makes excellent recommendations, but I would chose an ati 4850 video card.
December 4, 2008 10:32:08 PM

slomo4sho said:
Hes going with a cheap 3650 and probably will run hybrid crossfire. Although hes better off going with a 780G chipset and using the saved $40 to get a better GPU.

The 780G is very cheap but sold chipset.

I would recommended these changes:

Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G

PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS370X 370W

COOLER MASTER Centurion 534

Yeah that was the plan - And some of the components I picked were based on multiple reviews, research and their reliability (my perception of reliability :)  )... I really like some of the case/mobo/PSU combos recommended - but alas it is too late - already purchased...

However, everything is upgradeable (and for $427 - its still not that bad :)  )... so the next two upgrades I will be doing is the PSU and video card.... I was planning on doing hybrid crossfire.. but now I am seeing that the 3650 cant do that - so for an extra $50 - I might pick up a second 3650 and crossfire them....

Or I may wait a couple of months, save up, and get one of the more high-end card (SLI or Xfire rig) with a great PSU ... but as of now I might just pick up a 2nd 3650 (with only about 50 bucks more to spend right now on this, I think that may be my best option - any other recommendations that would fit that price range?
December 5, 2008 2:32:35 AM

I think major mistakes at this budget are you are spending too much on the PSU and case.

PSU maybe this compucase PSU...yeah, not the greatest, but cheap, 2 12v+ rails one at 19 amps, the other at 20. Might do as good as the rosewill psu. Maybe better.

Case, how about this 50 dollar Rosewill?

Free shipping on both items. There is 30 bucks saved. Plus shipping cost.

Also think you are spending too much on the motherboard. I mean yes it's nice to have a great mobo, but dude, you are cutting yourself too short on graphics for a gamer pc.

Get something like this Foxconn for 53 bucks. Which should allow you to add a quad core phenom later.

So there is 70 bucks you saved? Now dump the 3650 video card, that leaves you a budget for a video card of 135 correct?

Check it out...

ATI Radeon 4830 for 115 which should thrash the other setup you want to do. Even leaves you a little extra to look to antec or someone else for a better psu than what I suggested earlier.

Remember this is a budget, but ultimately, it's a gaming rig. You have a limited amount. I would personally go with cheap reliable board, good processor and psu, cheapish case, and the best video card I could afford. That's how you will get the best gaming experience for your budget.

Btw, people talking about the rosewill psu, check the ratings vs the cheapy psu I showed you earlier, the sad part is the cheaper one is rated better if the numbers shown are true....
December 6, 2008 5:19:56 AM

cool - thanks for the info - (everyone) gonna try to implement some of those ideas..