Advice on budget build

Im looking to put together a cheap computer i just wanted some advice/ second opinion on parts and to make sure im not missing any thing :o . anyone have any ideas for a dvd drive? I plan on getting together then possibly adding a second graphics card and more ram in the future thanks guys


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video card:

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  1. DVD drive: SH-S223F

    Get this HD 4830.

    Twice as many stream processors as the HD 3850 for only $5 more.

    Label your parts so we don't have to click all the links please.
  2. Replace the WD5000AAKS with a WD6401AALS. It's almost twice as fast.

    Centurion 5, X2 6000+, K9A2 Platinum - all good choices.

    Get a decent PSU. I wouldn't trust that Apevia. This Corsair 550VX ($60) is high-quality and strong enough for two HD 4830 cards.
  3. The above poster is correct...that psu you chose is not set up to run dual vid cards...I wouldn't count on it to run one for very long. If your into gaming, then I would definently go with a Intel set up for a few reasons. The E5200 beats that AMD heads up, and when both cpu's are overclocked...the Intel eats that AMD up hands down. If you want more bang for your buck...well than it's a no brainer. Also that case you chose is actually set up to run a third fan....a 80mm that screws into the lower vent on the inside of the door. Heat = not good, so for a $1.99 I would definently add that fan to your build. <--- some test results. It doesn't show those cpu's when their overclocked, but anyone here will agree that the E5200 will eat up the AMD and spit it out with just a slight overclock. $54.99
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $1.99
    MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Fan - Retail $74.99 ($44.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Additional $10 off w/ promo code "EMCLNLP34", ends 2/9 $134.99 ($114.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $72.99 Free Shipping*
    Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $19.99
    ASUS V52 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $54.99 Free Shipping*
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $94.99 ($84.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $69.99 Free Shipping*
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $23.99
    LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM $5.99
    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    Total: $609.89 + shipping
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  4. 1. Are you looking to OC do not know how to and so run at stock?
    Here are GAMING benches out of box speeds and OCed:

    2. If you are very comfy with OC i agree - get as big an OC headroom with that E5200 else (like most peeps i do up rigs for) the 7750BE gives the best $$ for performance out of the box and even more so once u factor in chipset and certain mobos having software that could add 300-600mhz hehe Yes on the stock cooler and value rams hehe

    3. This would be my sub $600 configuration w/o rebates
    You wouldn't want to know how much more frames u getting with a HD4870!

    Hope i helped you make your options clearer ^^
  5. <----Here's the link to that thread in which you posted those test results. The E5200 stomped all the AMD's in that test...and the 6000+ the OP is considering buying is not even close.

    To the OP...thread starter....drop the mulitplier on the E5200 then bumb up your FSB to 9.5x333=3.16Ghz. That's a very mild and easy overlock and it will give you a 1333 FSB. No bottlnecking the vid card, no having to crank up the volts, and you have a great cpu that stomps those AMD's. :)

    Even if you don't overclock the Intel still beats that 6000 AMD.
  6. More stock gaming benches:

    Best show you true picture OC and non OCed for the sake of completion ^^
  7. Nice! thanks for the great replies guys! i always thought amd was the best bang for the buck but apparently Intel has taken the market, so i think i will take you up on that Intel setup, i do plan on using my computer for gaming, but im a college student and im only a casual gamer so im trying to keep my budget 'around' 500 but as time goes on (more paychecks) i want to add a second graphics card and bump up the ram as i mentioned before i will obviously update my shopping cart with all your great suggestions, im going to add that Intel setup Why_Me posted up it seems to be what im looking for, if any one has any other advice or suggestions feel free to keep posting, Thanks again guys for all your help! (and on future posts ill make sure to label the parts lol :) )
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