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Budget gaming build! Purchasing tonight!

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April 28, 2009 4:00:58 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tonight


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, converting and burning videos


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Monitor, Mouse


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: prefer newegg to have everything shipped at once but open to everything for deals


PARTS PREFERENCES: doesn't matter but would like to be able to upgrade easily if needed in the future.


OVERCLOCKING: more than likely


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I haven't build a computer since 2003. I just got out of the navy and decided I wanted to make a new build. I already have a monitor from emachines...dunno if its any good but I've been using it and it does its job. I have an e-GeForce 8800GT superclocked edition that I got from my brother. Games in particular I'd play are games like WoW, D3, SC2 and all those future games. I'm thinking I'll need a 64-bit OS too....but I'm not too sure I haven't kept myself updated with today's computers. Thanks for the suggestions :) 

UPDATE: K, so my budget is $500. I would like to actually build a pc for less than that or if there's a big performance for just a little over is fine. I'm going to order all the parts tonight. The case I'm thinking I can go to Fry's and find a nice case for a cheaper price. I've read a little and it seems AMD is the way to go for budget gaming cpu. I don't think the 64-bit OS is necessary now. I'm thinking I'll survive off of XP and wait and upgrade to Win7 later.
April 28, 2009 6:04:27 AM

Not much of a budget for gaming in my opinion:

I posted this on another thread http://is.gd/create.php

Prices from Newegg.com

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail

$139.99

SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

$84.99

Foxconn A76ML-K AM2+ / AM3 Ready AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

$59.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM

$69.99

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS550-PCARE3-US 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retailpply - Retail

$54.99

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

$39.99


OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory (The Official Memory of the Championship Gaming Model OCZ2F10662GK - Retail

$30.99

Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-216DBK - OEM

$22.99

Total: $503.99


The PSU try to change... but for your budget go with that.
April 28, 2009 6:42:40 AM

sassan said:
Not much of a budget for gaming in my opinion:

I posted this on another thread http://is.gd/create.php

Prices from Newegg.com

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail

$139.99

SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

$84.99

Foxconn A76ML-K AM2+ / AM3 Ready AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

$59.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM

$69.99

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS550-PCARE3-US 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retailpply - Retail

$54.99

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

$39.99


OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory (The Official Memory of the Championship Gaming Model OCZ2F10662GK - Retail

$30.99

Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-216DBK - OEM

$22.99

Total: $503.99


The PSU try to change... but for your budget go with that.



thanks sassan. That link you posted isn't working though =\...For now I'm going to use the 8800gt. With that $85 saved, what PSU would you suggest? I've also read about the g.skill ram? Is that a good investment?
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April 28, 2009 3:39:05 PM

Most Coolermaster PSUs aren't great. Look for something by Antec, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, Corsair, or Enermax. An Antec EA430W is $55 right now.
You also want to get DDR2-800 that will run at its advertised timings on the JEDEC standard 1.8V. 4GB is more than a 32bit OS will see, but is cheap, and you can see all of it when you go to 64bit Win7.
This A-Data is cheap, for $42: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
This Mushkin is faster, but costs $54 (before $10 MIR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... This what I generally use.
April 28, 2009 11:29:31 PM

I would go with the AMD Combo, case is good. If you want to update your video card in the future spend a bit more and get the 650W Corsair. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The G.Skill ram is 800mhz but it has a faster timing.

Everything else is good.

By the way you can unlock the 4rth core for the amd if you get a biostar mobo.

Everything else is great
April 28, 2009 11:33:27 PM

hey, this was my exact dilemma 2 weeks ago and I settled with this setup.

case: ANTEC 300 = $59.99

cpu + mobo: Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz + GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L = $113.98

memory: G.SKILL HK 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 = $42.99

hdd: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB = $74.99

video: None yet.

psu: CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W = $49.99

cd/dvd: LG 22X DVD±R SATA = $24.99

Total: 367.00

This setup will give u $130 to play with. You can go with a cheaper vid card like the HD 4830 and upgrade the mobo if the mATX doesn't satisfy you. If you want to xfire or sli in the future or want to add more ram, definitely upgrade the mobo and also consider a bigger psu. If not, this small board overclocks the cpu like a champ. I'm very happy with my rig. I'm overclocking to 3.33 mhz on stock cool and its flawless. I don't go higher than 46 degrees on almost full load. idle is around 38-40. I just ordered the sigmatek 1283 cpu cooler to push it more and the new HD 4770 which added another $140 making the total around $500. I did a lot of research and you can't get too much better than this setup for $500.

a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2009 11:36:24 PM

sassan said:
By the way you can unlock the 4rth core for the amd if you get a biostar mobo.

That statement is not necessarily true:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/unlock-phenom-ii,22...

It's true that SOME 720's can unlock a core and run just fine as a quad core, but it's certainly not a guarantee.
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