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July 7, 2009 3:24:21 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In about 1-2 months.

BUDGET RANGE: $300-$400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, and for home use.


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, operating system, mouse, and speakers.

Re-using- ATI Radeon HD 4670

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I prefer newegg.com but if you have a better site then say so :) 

PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't really mind what brand or type it is.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 or anything higher.

(Here are the list of games I'm going to play)

Counter-Strike Source

Team Fortress 2

Half Life 2

Garry's Mod

The Sims 2
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(I also want to know if it is possible to build these specs for less than $500)

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

-Thanks

July 7, 2009 4:09:49 AM

Phenom 720 be + ASUS M4A78T-E $190 [after rebate]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2 x 2 gig Gskill ddr3 $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred 430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply $ 99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB $57
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $411

Which leaves some room in the budget for another 120 mm case fan , and a better cpu cooler

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July 7, 2009 5:56:16 AM

+ another 1 for my earlier efforts LOL. Its a lot more powerful than the cyberpower rig , but to be fair to them they include a few more goodies and they also push their price up .

Gkays suggestion is reasonable . A larger psu gives you the option of upgrading to a 4870 or similar some time in the future . I was thinking of it from the point of view of maybe crossfiring a second 4670 and then the 430 watt would be fine .

But I went back and checked again and

antec 300 $$55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so same price as gkays combo and a stronger modular psu . Even better value .

If you plan on this jump soon because the mb/cpu combo wont last long and its great value

EDIT: I forgot a dvd rw drive . Get a SATA drive . Price will be around $25
July 7, 2009 7:03:32 AM

with the above builds, you could even get away with buying another 4670 and crossfiring them...even though i dont know how much you would gain from doing that...lol...
July 7, 2009 2:39:45 PM

Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it! I don't know if I'm going to be needing all that power but I'll go with it.
July 7, 2009 11:54:40 PM

Outlander_04 said:
+ another 1 for my earlier efforts LOL. Its a lot more powerful than the cyberpower rig , but to be fair to them they include a few more goodies and they also push their price up .

Gkays suggestion is reasonable . A larger psu gives you the option of upgrading to a 4870 or similar some time in the future . I was thinking of it from the point of view of maybe crossfiring a second 4670 and then the 430 watt would be fine .

But I went back and checked again and

antec 300 $$55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so same price as gkays combo and a stronger modular psu . Even better value .

If you plan on this jump soon because the mb/cpu combo wont last long and its great value

EDIT: I forgot a dvd rw drive . Get a SATA drive . Price will be around $25


Wouldn't this be a cheaper case though?

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

July 8, 2009 4:27:11 AM

I would say that thats too little to spend on a case and psu

The quality of the psu must be poor and even though it will probably work , it might not work for long . Its also not likely to be efficient . Modern quality psu's have "active pcf" which gives you smooth consistent and efficient conversion to the 12V that the computer uses and are usually 80+ efficient
Older psu usually have a switch on the back to flip it from 110 to 230 volt supply and they are seldom 70% efficient so they waste power and get hot
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