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July 18, 2009 1:25:56 AM

Hey guys. First time poster here. Anyways, I needed a new computer and after reading this forum for a few days I've put together a list of parts I might want to get. Any opinions on this build?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET: 600-700
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Music editing, Counter-Strike 1.6, Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use the Coolermaster Centurion 590 and I need a Windows OS.
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No


CPU ($119) : AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz AM3 119
Mobo ($80) : GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770
RAM ($70) : G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333
HDD ($68) : WD Caviar Green 640GB SATA
Video ($75) : Gigabyte Radeon 4670 1GB 128bit DDR3
Case ($59) : Coolermaster Centurion 590
Power ($50) : Rosewill RP500-2 500W
DVD ($25) : Samsung 22X DVD Burner
OS ($110) : Windows Vista Home + Win7 upgrade

$656 -$40(combo deals) = $616
+ $60 tax + $20 shipping = 696.

Is this good?

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July 18, 2009 1:35:38 AM

No on the rosewill. Go for this case/psu combo, it will give you plenty of power for a 4670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also switch the motherboard to the one in this combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Comes out to be $5 more before rebate and $10 less after.

Change the ram out for this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$5 more but might tighter timings.

What resolution is the monitor you will be using as that determines how much graphics power you need.
July 18, 2009 1:40:13 AM

It is a good budget build... I would still recommend changing your hard drive to the WD 640GB Black for $5 more. Also, I wouldn't recommend a Rosewill PSU. I would look at a compareable Corsair, Antec or PC Power&Cooling PSU. You want to make sure you don't go with a cheap power supply for such a good build.

edit: Darn you hunter315... you keep beating me to the punch on posts or I'm just a slow typer on my IPhone... Good to be at the beach for vacation but sucks to be away from the PC... :D . LOL!! Good info as always though...

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July 18, 2009 3:14:38 AM

:bounce:  :bounce: 

Thanks Hunter! And you too tecmo! Good advice all around and I think Im going to make those changes.

Few questions:

1.) Is that 430W Antec supply enough?

2.) My monitor runs at 1440x900, but I change it up with a 21 inch CRT and would like to do dual screen in the future. Could you suggest a good video card in the 70-80 dollar range? Again I only play the 10 year old counter-strike 1.6 :D 

Thanks again!



hunter315 said:
No on the rosewill. Go for this case/psu combo, it will give you plenty of power for a 4670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also switch the motherboard to the one in this combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Comes out to be $5 more before rebate and $10 less after.

Change the ram out for this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$5 more but might tighter timings.

What resolution is the monitor you will be using as that determines how much graphics power you need.

July 18, 2009 3:21:52 AM

For CS 1.6 the 4670 will be fine, my old radeon 9550 handled it decently at about the same resolution, with the 4670 you shouldnt get many FPS drops if any. The 4670 gets all its power out of the motherboard so a 430 watt power supply is more than enough, if you get up to the $100+ range when you get a larger LCD monitor you will need a stronger PSU but the Antec EA430 is a good solid PSU and plenty for your needs.
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