Who will take on this Epic Quest to build a comp under 400$

Umm hi guys, I've had my Celeron D Dell computer for awhile now and I seriously need a computer change... I can't run any of the new games that's coming out, but the only problem is that I really don't have any money... This is my first time building a computer... and I really don't know much about it eithere... I've read about it in many places but still don't know which parts to choose. Anyway I am sorry if I am not putting any build on here but as I said I just don't know WHAT TO CHOOSE.
Anyway I am thinking about an AMD build... Can you help me?
I am going to buy from Newegg so things from there would be nice :sweat:.
Oh yeah one thing I need to be able to run for sure is games like Assasins Creed, and Empire Total war stuff like that. Also I would like my dvd player to burn dvd-rs. ANYWAYS TAKE ON THIS QUEST PLEASE!
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  1. I made it public, but have noticed sometimes it takes a bit to actually be accessible

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=7628314

    Quick Rundown of parts Full details can be seen once its actually public

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

    GIGABYTE GA-M61PME-S2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 / nForce 430

    A-DATA Value Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

    Foxconn TPS-544+FA550 Black+Light Silver 0.8mm SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 2.0 550W Power Supply S-ATA/PCI-Express ready SLI ready 12-cm blue LED fan tool-less/screw-less design

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA

    EVGA 512-P3-N971-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3

    SAMSUNG 20X DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA

    $403.91 shipped.

    An OS is on you, You could reuse your current one.
  2. I just checked it still wants me to login to see it, if you pm me your email address i can just mail it to you.


    Edit, it just wants you to be logged in period....i tried with my friends account and it worked.
  3. ^+1. Mainly considering OCing. E5200 can easily hit 3-3.6Ghz. Only problem I have with that build is PSU. Try and get a better quality one ie. Corsair 450VX. Or even the ST400. Another is OPEN BOX. Be careful with that.
  4. Well going on the fact he can only spend 400(hence why he mentioned it) He is going to have to settle with less than Ideal parts especially the PSU.

    Its either get a good psu and crap for other components, or ok components with an acceptable PSU.

    And that Hard Drive is the same price, size and cache as the one I picked out with a feature that can make it slower. 5400-7200 RPM.....
  5. Oh and I abhor ATI cards RMA which is why I stuck with EVGA.
  6. +1 for curnel_d's build. The e5200 and 4830 is a nice combo.
  7. Curnel_D's build was absolutely sick for the money. Of course we're not counting the price of the keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers and OS... but still... that's one heck of a $400 rig.
  8. omg thx guys!!! I am really going with AMD because their price is cheaper and I heard they're pretty good these days...
    Anyway I am not sure which build to choose but if I go for Clifros build, is this a good choice for the ram?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148212


    The only problem I really have is I really don't have an OS because I bought my old comp from Dell... and I just looked it up online and they're EXPENSIVE! WOOOOOW. So I am going to have to bump it up a notch and put in extra 100$ for the os >_>.
    So it this a good pick for the os?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

    Okay thx guys that's probably it for now... I don't know when Ill be getting this... but Ill take pictures when I finish building it :D
  9. Yes, that's a good pick for the OS. It's the most commonly recommended OS on these forums.

    That RAM's OK, but you could do better since it needs 2v to get 4-4-4-12 timings. Here's a couple kits to consider:

    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=N82E16820146731&Tpk=mushkin%205-4-4-12%204gb $45.99 - $20 MIR

    G.SKILL PI Black 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=N82E16820231209&Tpk=g.skill%20pi%20black%204gb%20800 $49.99

    I personally just bought the G.Skill PI Black kit and I'm very happy with it.
  10. Here is a Decent Dell with the E7300/2GB/250GB HDD/DVDR for $319
    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=brcwa0p

    Toss in a moderate Graphics Card such as......

    Toss in a graphics card for $80...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102804


    This will get you a complete system for $400 + Shipping including an OS.
    The PSU can be upgraded in the future for a more powerful card.
    (Note: The HD3650 is a Std Configuration Option so The PSU can easily handle the 4670)

    No need to assemble.
    Comes with 1yr in home warranty.
  11. I'd still go with intel. I'm sure you can find fairly cheap intel cpu's, i dont remember the e2XXX being expensive, though i would advise a newish motherboard, that way you've left yourself open for an easy upgrade if you want later on.

    I seem to remember the e2xxx being fairly good overclockers too. Up to you though. Good luck with whatever you decide
  12. Yeah I think I am going to go with Curnel-Ds build, and replace the ram with this
    mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
    for the ram, cuz the ram he picked out doesn't seem to be in stock O_O. I would go with G.Skill, but mushkin has that rebate so.... hmmm I don't really know waht to do.
  13. I'd substitute the case/psu combo for a better more reliable PSU. The Antec case w/380w >80% Earthwatts PSU!
    $75 shipped. The Cooler Master combo is $80 shipped!
    Antec NSK4480 Black/ Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Retail

    also consider a RETAIL version of the DVD burner, so you'll get the software to read/burn DVD's!!
    $30 - $10 MIR = $20!!!
    ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail
  14. lunyone said:


    also consider a RETAIL version of the DVD burner, so you'll get the software to read/burn DVD's!!
    $30 - $10 MIR = $20!!!
    ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail


    The OEM Samsung I got from Newegg came with Nero Essentials, i already have Nero 7 so i didnt need it, but still the OEM drive did come with software.
  15. Deleted - We don't advocate piracy here
  16. @ Jesse
    I know what your saying... but the thing is my cd drive CAN'T BURN DVDS!... yeah its sad I know... anyway you've given me a great idea, about getting a really cheap os then writing
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N82E16811129031&SubCategory=7&SortField=0&PageSize=10&page=1
    This using that... BUT the cheapest OS I could find was 89$... anyone have comments on that? I know its a touchy subject so you don't have to reply...

    and to Luny the only downside to that is the case only has 380 watts O_O, but YOU KNOW WAT tat 6mb 3.0 Ghz DOES sound tempting... hmmm I am not good with caculating watts but roughly caculatating it... hmm maybe the 380 watts would work also... I am going to change the parts in a year or so but it would be a shame if it broke down b4 then... can anyone tell me if this is correct? if it is I am definitely going with Lunys comment.

    Wait I just noticed lunys comment is way more expensive O_O...
  17. You know what guys I am thinking about getting Linux then torrenting vista 64 bit, then installing it.... Would that work? hmmmmmm
    Any other clever suggestions? because I really don't want to spend an extra 100 bucks
  18. u know wat... I can borrow an os from someone... its prolly going to be xp 32 bit though...
    ANYWAYS I need to know if theres going to be internet explorer right when I boot it so I can burn the vista 64 cd.... anyways would tat work? anyone? and can anyone specify if all the parts up there is compatible with vista 64?
  19. thefreed said:
    u know wat... I can borrow an os from someone... its prolly going to be xp 32 bit though...
    ANYWAYS I need to know if theres going to be internet explorer right when I boot it so I can burn the vista 64 cd.... anyways would tat work? anyone? and can anyone specify if all the parts up there is compatible with vista 64?


    Does your Neighbor keep his doors and Windows Locked at Night?
    If not, you may be able to slip into his office and steal his computer.
    It would much cheaper and not any more illegal than your current plan.

    Personally, I think both plans are dumb.
  20. Note: The 380w PSU is PLENTY of power for the computer you are building.
    I actually bought the Anctec 380w Case/PSU combo for one of my builds.
  21. zenmaster said:
    Does your Neighbor keep his doors and Windows Locked at Night?
    If not, you may be able to slip into his office and steal his computer.
    It would much cheaper and not any more illegal than your current plan.

    Personally, I think both plans are dumb.

    :lol: +1

    Anyone who posts trying to help you steal software is in violation of the forum rules. Good luck.
  22. Oh, And Piracy can make you good money too.

    Companies offer rewards for catching the Felons. (Yes, it's a Felony.)

    https://reporting.bsa.org/usa/internet/edit.aspx
  23. zenmaster said:
    Oh, And Piracy can make you good money too.

    Companies offer rewards for catching the Felons. (Yes, it's a Felony.)

    https://reporting.bsa.org/usa/internet/edit.aspx


    Oh please don't act like you've never done it.
  24. posted this in another thread earlier but it works for this one as well;

    jyjjy said:
    Just a few weeks ago I built a gaming system on a similar budget. Here it is slightly modified because of changes in prices;

    Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache - $83
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072

    Open Box BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 P43 Motherboard - $59 after shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138122R

    POWERCOLOR AX4830 512MD3-H Radeon HD 4830 - $110 - 25 = $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131129

    SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB - $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152052

    OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 - $48 - 30 rebate = $18
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227269

    HEC 6C28BSX585 Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower 585W PSU - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121036

    LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA - $21
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106263

    Total $436 - 55 rebates = $381

    Both the HD430 and the e5200 should overclock very well. I got the same CPU/MB and OCed it up to 3.5 ghz easily on stock cooling. Rapes that AMD chip and I'm usually an AMD fan. If you are sketched out about the open box motherboard don't be. From everything I've read they are reliable from newegg and mine worked beautifully. I was actually expecting it to come OEM but it came with everything, box/manual/software/cables, even an extra SATA cable compared to retail. Your results may vary of course but I wouldn't worry about it really.
    If you want to save some money I found a new 9600 GSO for $60 shipped on ebay. EVGA, dual slot cooler. It overclocks no problem from 550/1350/800 stock core/shader/memory to 700/1725/1000 which should make it on par with a 9800 GT.
  25. Okay just taking everyones suggestions I came up with this.

    Cpu
    Intel Pentium
    E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache - $83

    This for the motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128337R

    This for the Video card
    POWERCOLOR AX4830 512MD3-H Radeon HD 4830
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131129

    Hard Drive
    SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152052

    For the case
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 red version FR-T05-URI-GP Black / Red Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with AC connector 430W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119153

    This for the Cd/dvd
    LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136153

    and for the gigs... I don't know which to go with... I am considering
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227269
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209&Tpk=g.skill%20pi%20black%204gb%20800

    can you help me choose the ram?
  26. I think either the GSkills RAM or this one would be good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267.
  27. Okay I am going with the g skills ram... anyway thats my final build. Can someone check if everythings compatible? it would be greatly apprecited.
    And to everyone Merry late Christmas :D. All you people are real nice, I hope u have a wonderful life because all of you deserve it :P
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