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$800 budget build. Need some advice.

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April 22, 2009 2:07:40 AM

This is going to be my first system build. This computer will mostly be used for gaming and maybe some internet browsing. I want to keep the total cost under $800, closer to $700. I'll probably be purchasing this in the next month couple of months. Haven't picked out keyboard, mouse, speakers, or monitor yet. I prefer parts from newegg.com. I don't have any parts preferences, except that they be reliable. I might think about overclocking in the future but not at this time. Not made for SLI/Crossfire. Here are the parts I picked out from what I learned recently about building rigs.

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6000CZBOX - Retail

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

RAM: G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM

OD: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Thats all I picked out so far. With that setup, I should be able to play the newest games out now? CoD4 WaW, GTA IV, Steam games and future games? I don't need to play games on the highest possible settings. How long do you think this system will last me? 1-2 years?

Can I use a 550W PSU instead of the 650W? I used that page on Newegg which tells you the amount of power you need in the system, it said i needed around 620. I've read other forums where people running SLI use 650W but that's not the case here.

Oh, and CD/DVD burners can also read CD's and DVD's? I mean, I don't have to buy a seperate CD/DVD ROM in addition to the burner, right?

Can I upgrade some parts without going over my limit? Any information you can give me will help out greatly. Thanks for reading and replying.

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April 22, 2009 3:27:01 AM

Get the 9800GTX+ its better.

Or HD4800 series.
April 22, 2009 3:56:10 AM

Yes a 400-500W Name brand PSU is plenty for that video card.

A dvd burner can play CD's too, doesn't have to be a DVD cd.


I would get the Kuma 7750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can overclock the kuma past 3.0 ghz and it uses L3 cache, it's also 95W so it generates less wattage and heat, it usually beats the windsor 3.0 ghz

Also, I got this great deal on a refurbished rc-690 and a cooler master real-power-pro 750W at coolermaster.com

Total came to $144 for both PSU and case (that's including shipping) so you might save money there.

$50 RC-690 Refurbished http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/product_info.php?cP...

$55 CM-real-power-pro 750W refurbished http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/product_info.php?cP...

I would get a 4850 instead of the 9800 GT, a 4830 competes with the 9800 GT so a 4850 is better, and only $5 more.

$120 4850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And this Hard drive (same speed and price as yours but it's 320GB)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 22, 2009 6:34:38 AM

1) The Cm 690 is a great case, but it's over kill for a single card set up

2) The 650w psu is also over kill. A decent 550w like this OCZ down below will push card such as a gtx 285...so if and when you decide to move up to a more powerful vid card, this psu down below won't hold you back, and it's on the cheap right now at this price. Not to mention it's modular...which makes for a cleaner and easier build.

3) This gts 250 down below runs neck and neck with the ati 4850 yet it uses less power.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.95 Free Shipping*
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 ($49.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Free 4GB flash drive w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
April 22, 2009 6:50:41 AM

Thanks for your help guys. I was going with the Antec case at first then started leaning towards the cm 690. I don't know how I missed that HDD for the same price. In the end, I chose the Antec 300, switched to 4850, and a step down to the 550W and the Kuma 2.7ghz CPU. All good now.

Cheers!
April 22, 2009 12:01:14 PM

That's a NICE build for ~600$. Excellent job :o 
April 22, 2009 12:07:26 PM

AMD 770 is an older chipset, i'd prefer 790GX or nVidia GeForce 8200/8300 chipset, which are far less expensive also meaning you can put in an SSD maybe. That would improve the system far more. Perhaps able to do within your budget.
April 22, 2009 6:31:58 PM

Need a little help choosing a between mobos. I want to try and keep the price under $100 if possible, I don't mind going a bit over $100 as long as it's a good mobo for the price.

Foxconn A7DA-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Which is better? If neither, what's a good mobo out now that won't break my bank.
April 22, 2009 6:53:35 PM

I know know much, but from what I know the gigabyte ga-ma790X is the best of those three.

And wow butachka, didn't know that good of a build was even slightly possible for $600
April 22, 2009 7:11:49 PM

out of those, the gigabyte, if you can find one, any biostar 790 motherboard since they offer the best bang for buck, and arguably overclock the best out of 790 boards too.
April 22, 2009 11:11:38 PM

This is the monitor I'm thinking about getting. The GPU I'm using is the 4850. Can I get some input or feedback on these choices.

Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 (ACM) - Retail

I plan on using the keyboard and mouse combo from my old computer. I think it's about 6-8 years old lol Now that I think about it that might be a little too old. If you guys can suggest a good keyboard and mouse to use that would be great.
April 22, 2009 11:29:10 PM
April 23, 2009 1:11:05 AM

Another psu worth taking a look at is this own down below. It runs two 12v rails at 25A not to mention it's also modular.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 ($49.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Free 4GB flash drive w/ purchase, limited offer
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