Budget system help


I need some help just finalizing a list of parts that I can use. It won't be used to OC or anything and I will probably stay around strategy games and CS, so the video card won't be that big, but I want something that can handle future stuff, maybe. My budget will probably be around $450, but lower is always better.

Mobo - i was reading the comments and i wonder if i will have any trouble putting the parts in

CPU - wanted a intel dual core since I read that they were best

HDD - pretty big hard drive

Ram - cheap and had pretty good comments



PSU - heard these were pretty reliable brand and I probably won't do much that will take a lot of power

GFX - I am hoping to look for something cheaper, but this looks like a pretty good card with future capabilities

So, thanks for looking and please tell me if you have any suggestions on making it cheaper or more efficient.

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  1. Wow that is a great build, very well chosen. Only thing that is weak is the motherboard, you should spend around $100, get a p45.
  2. First pay a lil xtra and get tis HDD
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $79.99
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  3. And like paq7512 said change ur mobo...
    ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $86.99

    U can skimp on any thing but skimping on mobob is a bad idea...
  4. Definately change out that mobo as some have stated in there reviews that the ram slots are so close to PCI-Express slot (graphics card) that they interfere, and that on an electrical system is a NO NO

    Better brand and upgrade path for not much more
    GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
  5. Okay, so if I change to the asus p5ql pro or the gigabyte ds3l, which one should i choose?

    and do you have any suggestions to lower the cost?
  6. so I think I am going to get a gigabyte ds3l, any problems or anything i should know about this board?
  7. you could go with the ATI 4650 to save $16 and it has a $10 mail-in-rebate.


    the 9500gt for $55 plus a $15 mail-in-rebate.

    Either card will run cs no problem and most (can't say "all" because I don't know all of them) strategy games

    another way to save some money is to buy an "open box" mobo. It can be risky because the newegg warranty is shorter and there is typically a 20% greater chance of getting a dud then if you bought the retail version. The other thing to remember is that open box means no sata cable so you would have to order 2-4 of those @ $3 ea. If you do this make sure you order the cables with everything else. I forgot to and had to buy them from Best Buy for $20 ea. I am still bitter.
    I bought an open box board and it worked great.
  8. Go for this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267
    - highly overclockable and reliable
  9. Good well thought out sensible build. I have no problem with the original P31 motherboard, i have a system using that same board and no problems. The P43 DS3L would also be a good option and would probably be better in the long run. I'd stick with the HD4670 as a graphic card. Good luck
  10. try to pickup some of the parts you listed on the daily shell shocker. I've seen your case there for a couple days ago for close to half the regular price. I would also recommend the video card to be no less than a 9600GT for an Nvidia and 4830 for AMD/ATI. I agree with the others about not skipping too much on the Motherboard. You build looks great for the cash. If you want to forgo the build: $650.00 shipped with promo code EMCABAHAH (Exp 1/14)
  11. Yeah, I was going to try and get the antec three hundred for 48 with free shipping, but I was going to wait till the 14th or 15th so I can get it shipped to school since I am going to leave soon. by the way, I changed the psu to the antec earthwatts 380W and by the looks of it, I can still power my system easily. It is a little bit cheaper then getting a PC power & cooling psu
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