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February 4, 2009 7:46:19 PM

Biostar TFORCE TA790GXA2+ Motherboard
AMD Athlon X2 6000+ 3.1GHz 1MB Cache CPU
8GB DDR2 Dual Channel PC6400 800MHz RAM
Galaxy GeForce 9600GT OC 512mb GDDR3 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card
SeaGate Barracuda 250gb sATA HDD
PowerUP 5511 ATX MidTower Case
450w PSU
Acer X193WBD 19" 1440x900 DVI Monitor
Windows Vista Home Basic 64-Bit w/ SP-1
2 Case fans, CPU and Graphics card come with fan+heatsink.

Getting this as a semi-budget gaming system. Total Cost $654.88.

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February 4, 2009 8:01:06 PM

4/10.

Change your CPU to 7750. 4GB is plenty for gaming. HD4830 is cheaper and faster than 9600GT. Get a WD 320 or 640GB HDD.

What brand is the PSU? If it comes with the case, don't use it. Get an Antec Earthwatts 380 or 430, Corsair CX400 or VX450, Seasonic 380 or 430. For a case with a good PSU, Antec NSK4480(B).
February 4, 2009 8:21:51 PM

Not so sure about the 7750. The benchmarks I saw put it just below the 6000 in performance, but perhaps it OCs better.

If you are buying a crossfire board, you should get a crossfire card.

4830, or better yet, drop the RAM to 4GB and get a 4850.

All the PSUs listed by the Animal are good. Without actually comparing prices right now, I can tell you that this one is probably the better deal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PC P&C 500W
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February 4, 2009 8:42:18 PM

At least for me the visual appearence was worth the extra cost of Vista Home Premium 64bit over the basic, look up pictures of the basic vs permium and see if its worth the extra cost to you.
February 4, 2009 8:52:02 PM

The thing is,
I need to keep it around this price.

The 4830 runs about $30.00 more expensive than the 9600gt,
and my hdd size is fine. I chose the CPU for the price to performance ratio.

But overall, is it good for the price?

or give me some specs that are better for the same price.

I'd prefer using tigerdirect, newegg's specifications and descriptions make me a wary buyer, then again, they are cheaper. I guess i wouldn't mind.
February 4, 2009 9:28:12 PM

Abyssalx said:
The thing is,
I need to keep it around this price.

The 4830 runs about $30.00 more expensive than the 9600gt,
and my hdd size is fine. I chose the CPU for the price to performance ratio.

But overall, is it good for the price?

or give me some specs that are better for the same price.

I'd prefer using tigerdirect, newegg's specifications and descriptions make me a wary buyer.


It's only $30 more because you're using tigerdirect; their prices and selection are terrible.

Why not read the specifications and descriptions @tigerdirect but buy from newegg?

Biostar TFORCE TA790GXA2+ Motherboard $80
AMD Athlon X2 6000+ 3.1GHz 1MB Cache CPU $80
4GB Kingston DDR2 Dual Channel PC6400 800MHz RAM $40
ASUS 4830 $75
WD 320gb SATA HDD $55
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 500W $60
Acer X193WBD 19" 1440x900 DVI Monitor $140 Actually 1680 x 1050.
Windows Vista Home Basic 64-Bit w/ SP-1 $100

Total with good quality PSU $630 + case
February 4, 2009 10:28:04 PM
February 4, 2009 10:41:14 PM

Don't use that PSU. This is the most important component in your system. A crappy PSU such as that one will not provide your system with clean, stable power. Also if it fails there is a very good chance it will take other components with it.

Get a quality PSU from Corsair (CX400, VX450), Antec (Earthwatts 380, 430), Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, or Silverstone.
February 5, 2009 5:37:47 AM

Yep, bad PSU.
February 5, 2009 7:54:32 PM

Yeah I own both an AAJS and an AAKS. The JS is way hotter and slower.

The PC P&C 500W is a very good deal for a good PSU. The Thermaltake is not good.
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