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If sKora had...to build a $400 gaming rig

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August 15, 2009 3:51:11 AM

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This was a tough one to get in under $400. I make all my design builds to include an OS but no monitor. If you need a monitor also, your better off buying a pre-built and upgrading the GPU and maybe PSU if needed.

This build was largely based on sales, free shipping, and just enough to get the job done. It's not really upgradeable, nor will it have an extremely long life. The best you can hope for is playing at 1280x1024 or 1440x900 with high details, or 1680x1050 at lowered details. Anything more and you'd need a bigger GPU to have any kind of details turned on. This started off when I found the GPU 9600 GSO for $35 amir and picked the rest of the parts around it getting as much as I could but staying in budget. To get any kind of quality PSU, $40 was the lowest price I could find. There are PSUs that are half the price, but twenty times the risk of failure. Picking the mobo just required it had the right socket really. Once I had everything else picked, I took the rest of the money and used the rest on the CPU. So here's the build. Any questions, comments, suggestions, or respectful flaming are welcome.

GPU: 9600 GSO DDR3, Asus $60-$20 mir - $5 promo code EMCLWMM88 w/ free shipping
$35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Athlon II x2 245 2.9 ghz dual core http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: Geforec 8200 AM2+, Zotac http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Combo: $111 - $20 mir w/ free shipping
$91 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram: 4gb DDR2 1066, OCZ Reaper $67-$25 mir w/ free shipping
$43 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 400wCX $50-$10 mir w/free shipping
$40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Apex Micro ATX case $34 - $9 promo code EMCLWMM67 w/ free shipping
$25 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: WD 320gb Caviar Blue Sata http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS: Windows Vista home premium w/ win 7 upgrade http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$145 Combo w/ free shipping and 15% off HDD promo code HDDSALE15 (this was applied at the end): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Optical: DVD Burner Sata w/ free shipping from Zipzoomfly.com
$28 https://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Produc...

Total: $400!!! amir delivered!!!!!!!!!!

Yep, its possible. Not the greatest system, but should do well enough. Now some upgrade options if you do have a few more bucks to spend.

CPU/Mobo:
CPU: AMD Phenom II x2 545 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: Gigabyte 785G AM2+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$140 Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
This cpu/mobo can be attained 2 ways. Spend the extra $49 and get the 9600 GSO or only spend an extra $14 but not buy the 9600 GSO. The onboard graphics for the 785G are the best avaible and are able to play most modern games with lowered details at the low target resolutions. See this review for benchmarks. If you compare the results to the charts and use the 4670 (close equivilant to the 9600 GSO), you can see that the 9600 GSO will do much better than just the HD4200 IGP. http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-card...

Case: +$15 This case is a mid ATX giving better airflow. Free shipping w/ promo code EMCLWMM55
$40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Promo codes are set to expire on 8/16/09 for the HDD and 8/17/09 for the rest.

Hope this helps someone. If it does, please leave a note below.



August 15, 2009 5:02:34 AM

Broadway Com Corp R-310 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill RG530-2 530W 80Plus Certified, ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply, UL,FCC,CE,TUV,ROHS
HITACHI Deskstar 7K160 HDS721680PLA380 (0A32727) 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX AMD Motherboard w/2 year warranty
AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor Model AD775ZWCGHBOX w/2 year warranty
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30


379.75
August 15, 2009 5:25:04 AM

codaman12 said:
Broadway Com Corp R-310 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill RG530-2 530W 80Plus Certified, ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply, UL,FCC,CE,TUV,ROHS
HITACHI Deskstar 7K160 HDS721680PLA380 (0A32727) 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX AMD Motherboard w/2 year warranty
AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor Model AD775ZWCGHBOX w/2 year warranty
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30


379.75


Thanks for the suggestions codaman. I personally have little faith in Rosewill PSUs. They use different manufactures for different models and its very hit or miss for a good product or a more likely, sub par.

Now the trick is, can you get the OS and GPU in there for $20.25?
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August 15, 2009 7:38:59 AM

skora said:
Thanks for the suggestions codaman. I personally have little faith in Rosewill PSUs. They use different manufactures for different models and its very hit or miss for a good product or a more likely, sub par.

Now the trick is, can you get the OS and GPU in there for $20.25?


HAHHAHAH!!!!! This made me laugh. I'm sure I could.

Spend the 20 dollars on a crowbar, terriost mask and some leather gloves
August 15, 2009 5:29:00 PM

@OP: Good build. Glad you didn't skimp on PSU. Thanks for the link to the 9600GSO. I'v been looking for a GPU to replace a old x1900 and the 8400GS on my sig.
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