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Gaming Computer for 510 Dollars, Please review before I buy

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September 6, 2009 8:20:23 PM

Wanting a budget gaming computer, that has room to grow. Wondering how I did because this is only the second computer I have ever built.


Got Everything off newegg.com

Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD $109
Memory:G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 $60
Video:XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $144
CPU:AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor $89
DvD:LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-04 - OEM $18
HardDrive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 $37
Power/Case: SIGMA La Vie ASWBP Silver/ Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
September 6, 2009 8:55:13 PM

Everything looks good... But the Power supply... u may want to do some research on it... even tho, i looked at the Amps on the power supply... that may not be good enough for the Vid, and CPU... try looking up some reviews on the power supply...

(Just my thoughts) good luck...
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September 6, 2009 9:01:11 PM

I agree that its weak, also has awful reviews but I only need to to last a couple of weeks till i get more money.
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September 6, 2009 9:05:00 PM

ok if you are getting more money soon then thats different

buy a 790g series AM3 mb and use the onboard gfx with the computer in a decent case and with a decent psu . In a couple of weeks then buy a gfx card
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September 7, 2009 5:02:59 AM

Why would a seta be needed for a dvd? Also I plan On getting another Dvd writer in the months to come. As far as cases, I see no need to buy a better one, I never move it and how my desk is, it will never be touched with feet ect,being its in its own incloser. I would buy a card board box as a case if they had em for sale:) 
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September 7, 2009 5:19:54 AM

okay dude hold up, dont buy anything yet, the market will drop the prices these 2 weeks, let the prices settle then buy your stuff. i5s coming out.
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September 7, 2009 5:21:20 AM

IDE ribbon cables are going to block most of the air inflow, making air circulation in your case pretty bad. Also, SATA dvd is around the same price as DVD and I believe its data transfer rate is faster than legacy IDE. So, the question is, why not sata? As for the case, if you insist, you can actually build your own card board case at a few bucks and see how it holds up. It is really a bad idea to spend on things now, and wait for money, then throw away current ones to make way for new ones. It's just a waste of money in my opinion. However, it's your money and we're here only to make recommendations. At the end, it's your call.
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September 7, 2009 5:29:40 AM

the sata cables are easier to manage in a case . Theyre small and tidy not like large IDE ribbons .


Case wise , you need to consider cooling . Older , or lower quality cases have small noisy fans , often with no inlet anyway . A quality PSU is always a good idea because they blow up and start fires , or short out and destroy your computer way less often

By all means mount your components in anything that keeps the dust off , and protects from stuff falling in .
A few weeks ago a guy who had lost his job b4 he could buy a case for his new computer asembled it in a milk crate he was going to hang on the wall . The cooling would have been fine
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September 7, 2009 5:39:43 AM

Outlander_04 said:
the sata cables are easier to manage in a case . Theyre small and tidy not like large IDE ribbons .


Case wise , you need to consider cooling . Older , or lower quality cases have small noisy fans , often with no inlet anyway . A quality PSU is always a good idea because they blow up and start fires , or short out and destroy your computer way less often

By all means mount your components in anything that keeps the dust off , and protects from stuff falling in .
A few weeks ago a guy who had lost his job b4 he could buy a case for his new computer asembled it in a milk crate he was going to hang on the wall . The cooling would have been fine


haha man thats so ghetto milk crate

and again ill mention this, wait at least two more weeks to buy anything, prices will drop period.
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September 7, 2009 5:46:11 AM

overshocks said:
haha man thats so ghetto milk crate

and again ill mention this, wait at least two more weeks to buy anything, prices will drop period.



It was awesome . He just cable tied everything in place so he could get the pc running . It was all tidy and well thought out .I wish Id saved a pic .
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September 7, 2009 8:06:59 AM

Outlander_04 said:
the sata cables are easier to manage in a case . Theyre small and tidy not like large IDE ribbons .


Case wise , you need to consider cooling . Older , or lower quality cases have small noisy fans , often with no inlet anyway . A quality PSU is always a good idea because they blow up and start fires , or short out and destroy your computer way less often

By all means mount your components in anything that keeps the dust off , and protects from stuff falling in .
A few weeks ago a guy who had lost his job b4 he could buy a case for his new computer asembled it in a milk crate he was going to hang on the wall . The cooling would have been fine



I do plan on upgrading the PSU in the very near future, just out on a computer right now only a work laptop i been using. What would you suggest as far as the PSU? Try to keep under 100 dollars
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September 7, 2009 8:20:22 AM

This is what I have just chosen for my cheap rig.
CPU: X2 550 BLACK EDITION (Overclocks well)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H (it can unlock the 550 to a quad core in most cases!!! .)
PSU: Antec's are good. you can get some cheap, good Cooler Master PSU's as well.
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September 7, 2009 10:12:33 AM

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I do plan on upgrading the PSU in the very near future, just out on a computer right now only a work laptop i been using. What would you suggest as far as the PSU? Try to keep under 100 dollars



you need about 550 -650 watts on a build like that . gives you some headroom and
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is good quality for the price
$79.99
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September 7, 2009 2:29:45 PM

Outlander_04 said:
you need about 550 -650 watts on a build like that . gives you some headroom and
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is good quality for the price
$79.99


WTF. You could toss a 4890 in there and the Antec EA will eat it up. No, all he needs is something like this:

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99 with $20 rebate = $39.99

You could even go with the 400w stuff from Corsair or 370w from PC&P and You'll still be fine even after adding a high-end graphics card (except dual-gpu stuff)

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September 7, 2009 9:13:38 PM

Outlander_04 said:
you need about 550 -650 watts on a build like that . gives you some headroom and
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is good quality for the price
$79.99


Judging at his first post he mentioned the 4870, he will only need about 500-550W max( i doubt he'll hit this point unless dual gpu), seeing his other components like AMD cpu isn't a big deal.

I agree with mlcloud for the PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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