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$300 budget gaming machine while utlizing XCLIO A380 silver case

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August 10, 2009 6:12:05 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ~2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $300ish Cheaper the better

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Coding, Movies, Internet usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, RAM, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS


PARTS PREFERENCES: Most likely AMD processor and ATI graphics

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (not for the initial build, but I would like the capability there if it doesn't add to the cost)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (not for the initial build, but I would like the capability there if it doesn't add to the cost)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (for now, monitor will be upgraded in the future)


I purchased a XCLIO A380 Silver Full Tower Computer Case with P5NSLI mobo and 500W PSU from ebay a couple of years ago. I was going to put intel quad core CPU, but the rapid change of tech made the barebone sytem old and made me look into a new build. Basically, I don't want to spend more time working on the old mobo and want to build a AMD gaming system. I read other thread about building $300 budget PC and got some idea on the part that I want to put to this build.

1. CPU & MOBO combo $140

AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDX545WFGIBOX


2. LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM $25

3. SAPPHIRE 100254HDMI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express - $55

4. Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal [...] 6822136074 - $50

The estimate price is $278.98 including shipping.

I need your advice whether this direction is worth to throw the old P5NSLI mobo away and build a fresh build with the case.


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August 10, 2009 6:21:54 PM

well i'd say the p5nsli board seen its day from what i've seen the p5n boards dont have a pci 2.0 slot an for your choice of graphics card you could add a 4670 in it would perform a bit better andcould you post the power supplies make and spacifications
August 10, 2009 8:59:06 PM

I will go and check the PSU spec. Meanwhile, would there be a no problem putting the Micro ATX AMD Motherboard to my full case?
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August 10, 2009 9:02:00 PM

no problem at all only problem would be vice versa
August 11, 2009 5:15:48 AM

The PSU installed in the barebone is Logisys PS575XBK. It says that the total power is 450W and the max output is 575W. Is this a decent one that I can keep or not?
August 12, 2009 5:25:01 PM

bump. I guess the PSU isn't good one at all.