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$900 budget, gaming PC

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April 21, 2009 1:10:31 AM

I just sold my PC that I just bought a week ago, as some of you know from helping me build it.

It had Phenom II x3 2.8 ghz, 2 4830's in xfire, 4GB ram, A780GXE motherboard, 320GB HDD, refurbished rc-690 and refurbished CM 750W real power pro (that I hope to buy again because I loved it)


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, videos, web browsing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse. monitor, operating system.


OVERCLOCKING: Sure, why not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 17" and 1600 by 1200

I really have no idea what to get with $900 because of so many options and I have never built a PC for this much before, lol.

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April 21, 2009 1:24:12 AM

Why did you sell your last PC? That was a pretty good system. Do you just really like building computers?
April 21, 2009 1:26:49 AM

Yeah I been building and selling them as I go, and I wasn't intending on selling it but this guy offered me $900 (almost $300 profit) and I couldn't resist.
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April 21, 2009 1:52:40 AM

OK well for internals, look at getting a GA-MA790x-UD4P MB, A PII 720 CPU (or perhaps a 940, they are $168 at zipzoomfly right now), Maybe a 4850x2, 4gb DDR2 1066 ram, and a WD6401AALS, Scythe Mugen 2 CPU cooler, Samsung or LG DVD burner, Vista 64bit and the CM Case and PSU you are looking at.
April 21, 2009 2:26:41 AM

Well, I doubt you'll do this, but I have a newegg wishlist ( with an i7 on a super tight budget. It's ~800$, but only comes w/ 4 gbs of ram, a cheap ass case, no 3rd Party CPU fan, and only a 80gb HD. If you want it to match your budget you could get a better case, A CPU fan, and probably a 640 GB HD or 500GB HD.
I doubt anyone will do this, but if you're post seemed to fit almost perfect price-wise.
Lol :D 
April 21, 2009 7:52:34 AM

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Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $69.99 ($44.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
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GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L Core 2 Quad/ Intel P43/ DDR2/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard $106.75
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Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail $249.99
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April 21, 2009 8:58:06 AM

I don't understand what happened to Why_Me...he has been giving the the E7400 recommendation to nearly all :p 
Come on dude...he had a X3 720 and why would he get a weaker one... :p 

And +1 for the xthekid suggestions...
Well an i7 is still far way though ;) 
April 21, 2009 9:00:21 AM

Yeah the E7400 is a step backwards, don't do that. At least go with the 720BE if you can't get the 940BE in the budget.
April 21, 2009 9:05:07 AM

gkay09 said:
I don't understand what happened to Why_Me...he has been giving the the E7400 recommendation to nearly all :p 
Come on dude...he had a X3 720 and why would he get a weaker one... :p 

And +1 for the xthekid suggestions...
Well an i7 is still far way though ;) 

Does the OP plan on using his build for photo shop or gaming? I have a gtx 275 in that build. Now move up the fsb (10.5 x 333) 3.5GHz @ 1333 fsb and let the gaming begin. And it's well under the OP's budget. You guys make suggestions, and I'l post my builds. But if you choose to post an entire build with total price I will surely give it the once over...but until that happens... :p 
April 21, 2009 9:25:46 AM
April 21, 2009 9:27:14 AM
April 21, 2009 2:18:49 PM

I like gkay's build alot, but I plan to buy the cooler master real power pro 750W and the coolermaser rc-690 from to save some money (had them in my las build and loved them)

Total will comes to $144 for both PSU and case, that's including shipping.
April 21, 2009 4:41:25 PM

Does the OS need to fit the budget or are you just using Win7?

The PSU and Case you want are cheaper than the one gkay used, so you can just swap those in if you want and save $20 off his build.
April 21, 2009 4:45:33 PM

No need of an OS,

If I bought gkay's case and PSU it would come to roughly $200, if I bought my case and PSU I save about $60

and I like the rc-690 more

April 21, 2009 4:46:35 PM

It'll probably be easier if you use RC1 of se7en, and quicker too.

phenom II 955 is probably the best cpu to use with the build, and maybe a 4890 if you can fit it in your budget.