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$500-600 Surf & Game Cheap Ass Rig

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July 22, 2009 5:53:57 AM

Hey guys, I'm a cheapass and you can regularly find my over at cheapassgamer.com When my two year old $1500 Dell died a month ago I figured I should just build my own and save some change. I talked to some friends on the forums there and found a $400 build I thought I could run with: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

I thought that would meet my needs but since then I've upped my budget to the $500-600 range. But if I can be cheaper than that so be it! Was wondering if you guys had any builds/recommendations for me. For a long time I was a hardcore pc only gamer but since then I've burned through all of the hottest PC gaming has to offer. I do all my gaming on Xbox 360 and PS3 now. So my old mainstays would be Bioshock, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, Civ 4. I'd like these to sound and look good, however, but I don't need the best.

I am also interested in some sort of 'longevity' whether that be ease of upgrade, quality pieces, etc. Open to interpretation. I'd rather keep this rig running a long time through upgrades and new parts or good parts to begin with rather than having to construct/buy a whole new rig down the road.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 Weeks from 7/20 BUDGET RANGE: ($500-600)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web-surfing (multi-tabbed, multiple windows), Gaming (Fallout 3, Bioshock, Source games: TF2, L4D, HL2, CIV4, nothing newer), general office app useage.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Speakers (Logitech G51 Surround Sound), Mouse, 2 External Harddrives (150 gig each)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (I have shopped with them before, but I like a good deal if easily accessed)

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm open to new things

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (I'm a newbie) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (I'm a newbie)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Can't remember at this time.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
-Leave my PCs running all the time
-I never move my rigs so a heavy case is not a big deal
-Quiet PC is nice
-I don't like/care for glow lights on the case that are irritating
-Prefer Win XP instead of upgrade
-I've burned through all of the hottest PC gaming has to offer. I do all my gaming on Xbox 360 and PS3 now. So my old mainstays would be Bioshock, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, Civ 4. I'd like these to sound and look good, however, but I don't need the best.

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July 22, 2009 6:42:53 AM

If you are a hardcore gamer I would suggest you up that budget to at least 800.00$ and then we would have some headroom to work with.... that wish list you came up with is kinda weak for the gaming you want to achieve.

But I will give you my 600 dollar opinion :

1. LG Black 22X DVD+R SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

3. Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7. G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8. AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

9. Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan - Retail x3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : 585.86$ (200.00$ more and you can have a much better build...)
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July 23, 2009 6:51:37 AM

Ahh I missed that, sorry. :) 
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