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My very first build, HELP PLEASE!

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March 4, 2009 6:11:07 AM

This is my very first build and I have a bugdet of $275 or less. I will be using this computer for mainly school and music, but I would like to be able to play games like Oblivion Elder Scrolls or Total War series or COD4 or Fear and ect, on High settings and have them play pretty smothly. Anyway, here is what I have to work with.

CASE= APEVIA X DREAMER II
PSU= TURBOLINK 420W WITH 28 AMPS ON THE 12V RAIL
2X OPTICAL DRIVES BOTH IDE
1X SATA HDD WITH CABLES
4X CASE FANS ALL 80MM
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
PROVIEW MONITOR

Here is what I have been looking at for the rest of the computer.

MOTHERBOARD= Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PROCESSOR=AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Processor ADO5600DOBOX - 2.90GHz, 1MB Cache, 1000MHz (2000 MT/s) FSB, Brisbane, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket AM2, Processor with Fan

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

MEMORY= 1X Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz E.P.P. Memory (2 x 1024)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

FANS= 1X Aerocool Silver Lightning Quad White LED 120mm Case Fan

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

GRAPHICS CARD= Here is were i need help cuase i dont have the funds but I do need something good for the games i want to play so i have a couple of cards here for people to give me suggestions on.

#1.ASUS EAH4670/DI/512M/A Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

#2. PNY GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 512MB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, (Dual Link) DVI, HDTV, VGA
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

#3. BIOSTAR V9402GTG1 GeForce 9400 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OK! so please give me any suggestions please and it will be GREATLY appreciated. I am also willing to downgrade the processor to put more into the graphics card or maby change to a diffrent motherboard or both.

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March 4, 2009 6:44:03 AM

have a look at the gfx card charts on this site .

They will give you a pretty good idea of relative performance of the cards . Sometimes theyre too new and havent been tested yet so it isnt always helpful .

If you can I'd get a 4830 . A very powerful card and a very good price too .
March 4, 2009 6:46:08 AM

Just get a 790GX motherboard and forget about a separate GPU until you can afford a decent power supply.
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March 4, 2009 6:52:38 AM

Proximon said:
Just get a 790GX motherboard and forget about a separate GPU until you can afford a decent power supply.


thats a good idea ... but only if you can wait a bit to play games .

Maybe theres a cpu/mb combo on newegg that will get the prices down and quality up a bit .

March 4, 2009 9:53:16 AM

Well get this CPU...
AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor - Retail $63.50
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheaper and better...comes wit fan too...

GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Overclocked to 780MHz and fast, quiet IceQ Turbo $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Go wit the same RAM...or u can get 4GB...so well within ur budget...else like proximon said go wit a GX board, get a better quality PSU, then get a good GFX later...
March 4, 2009 10:03:00 AM

Well completely out of the ox now...
How abt this...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $44.99
Free Shipping*
1x Winner of Customer Choice Award - Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comes total around $275...U get a Quad core(Biostar mobos have the BIOS option of turning the 720 into a quadcore...)

The onboard video will be suffice for Medium settings at 1024X768 resolution in most of current games...So till u get some money for the GFX card and PSU u still have a very powerful PC...

Just a thought....
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