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May 10, 2009 12:53:14 AM

Another build looking for any helpful words of advice. My price range is right about $450. The only parts I need (as far as i know) are the ones I am listing. I hope to be able to get on board with all the current games but not too concerned on having to lower settings a little for more demanding games.

On Newegg :

E5200 Wolfdale $70

GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS GTS 250 512MB $134
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*I've herd mixed reviews on Thermaltake but this particular unit has good rating on Newegg*

G.SKILL HK 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

KINGWIN 15.74" SATA Data & Power combo cable Model SAC-04 - Retail $3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*Is this right for the OEM HD?*

Grand Total is about $432 without shipping minus $45 in rebates.
How am I doing here? Should I make any changes?

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May 10, 2009 1:15:21 AM

everything looks good to me

are you reusing your case?

if you plan to overclock, i'd suggest to get some thermal grease.

May 10, 2009 2:27:15 AM

Switch out the psu in your build for this one down below. This OCZ has more amps per rail, is on sale atm, and is all around a much better psu than that Thermaltake.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 ($39.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
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May 10, 2009 3:08:08 AM

Take a look at this motherboard instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its $15 more, but would be better suited for your setup. It doesn't make sense having onboard graphics when you'll be using dedicated.

you could shave off some change with this video card instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
only saves $4 tho, but i think evga is like king of nvidia cards.

i think you could get decent ddr2 memory for $40-$45 now, again, no big savings there anyways, just trying to make up for the slightly more expensive motherboard.

I think there are better psu's to be had at that price, although i believe that is a pretty good one. Shouldn't that purepower be going for $60? I think it was. Well, at $60, i can't argue, but $70 is pushing it.

All in all, my recommendations are barely different from your setup, doesn't really save much either, just something for you to consider i guess.


May 10, 2009 3:36:26 AM

I'd say get a different PSU - stick with Antec Earthwatts, PC Power and Cooling, Corsair, and a few others. I don't typically trust all newegg reviews - they are not always the best judge of items

You shouldn't need that cable. Just plug in a SATA cable, and plug in the power separate.

I think there are some deals to get the DDR2 memory down to $25 after rebates.

Decent setup. That's similar to a setup I just put together for a family member.
May 10, 2009 3:42:12 AM

you wont need the sata data and power cable
The mb will include a sata cable and the power comes direct from the psu .

again not a good power supply . Low efficiency and missing a feature called " active pcf " If a psu doesnt have active pcf dont buy it . Ever .
The ocz suggested above does have active pcf

you could consider the ati radeon 4770 . Its benching right with the gts 250 depending on the game and its $95 some times on newegg
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-4770,2281...

newegg may also have cpu/mb combos with an e5300 that will save you some cash
May 10, 2009 6:11:00 AM

thanks for all the pointers guys.
As far as my mobo goes. My current mobo is Micro ATX. Does that mean a standard ATX would not be able to fit in my tower?
May 10, 2009 7:53:13 AM

My current PSU is a standard ATX and apparently a micro ATX PSU won't fit in ATX case so i think i'm ok on case still.
May 10, 2009 5:04:07 PM

Outlander_04 said:
you wont need the sata data and power cable
The mb will include a sata cable and the power comes direct from the psu .

again not a good power supply . Low efficiency and missing a feature called " active pcf " If a psu doesnt have active pcf dont buy it . Ever .
The ocz suggested above does have active pcf

you could consider the ati radeon 4770 . Its benching right with the gts 250 depending on the game and its $95 some times on newegg
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-4770,2281...

newegg may also have cpu/mb combos with an e5300 that will save you some cash


Just a correction so the OP knows what he's looking for, it's Active PFC (Power Factor Correction) and yes it's something you should look for in a PSU
http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/faqpfc.html

OP: most cases are holed to allow for different motherboard form factors. If it supports ATX then it likely supports mATX. The Thermaltake Toughpower line of PSU's is very good but the Purepower line isn't.

If you decide you want a new case, this is a great deal. http://shop2.frys.com/product/5912344

Very good case and PSU, great price, free shipping which saves about $30
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