Budget PC build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Asap
BUDGET RANGE: $400-500 US
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (World of Warcraft with a sweet UI, maybe some SF4, and Starcraft 2 if it ever comes out), some photoshopping, and idiotproof web browsing for my little cousin
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I would prefer newegg.com, but am open to other reputable sites.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Nice quality parts I won't have to worry about for a few years :D
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 1280, I may upgrade to a new monitor some time if/when my A90 dies on me.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I <3 this forum
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  1. I'd suggest going AMD for that Price Range. Let me list a recent $500 build for you to consider (and then modify to fit your needs)

    Athlon II X2 250
    Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P (or non T version for DDR 2)
    1066 or Greater DDR3 (or DDR2 800)
    Sapphire ATI 4650 DDR3 (would prbably change to 4770 or 4830 or 4850)
    OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W PS
    Hard Drive: whatever you like, I got a WD Black 500GB
    DVD: likewise, I got a Samsung SATA
    Case: personal preference, I got a Cooler Master Centurion 5
    If you plan on OCing, you'll want an aftermarket cooler. Also, you may want to switch to a Phenom II X2 550 if you plan on OCing.

    All of those can be found on Newegg for decent prices (that is where I got my parts from).

    Again, this is just to start a basis for discussion.
  2. Found a nice combo on newegg I think I could use as a starting point. I'm liking the reviews I'm reading on both the CPU and mobo (AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz and GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.254097]
    And possibly this video card SAPPHIRE 279L Radeon HD 4870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102850]
  3. AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz $102
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $84
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220278

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    $461

    and you need a dvd drive

    All the latest AM3 hardware with a fast hard drive .
    Upgradeable by swapping in an AMD Phenom and/or a stronger graphics card
  4. Not too bad for the build in the 2nd post, however, I personally would not get the Cooler Master case. It's not that I'm saying it's a bad case, but it appears to be 45 bucks. If it were me, I'd grab something cheaper, maybe this for example.

    Only 25, rated ok
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147073

    Here's another at the same price

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147109

    You get the idea. Take something like that, don't really like paying 70 bucks on that hard drive.

    Here's one for 57.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

    Haven't used that particular drive, but seems rated very highly, others here may have more information.

    Also, the 4650 seems to run about 50 bucks give or take.

    Maybe pick this up at 55, send in the 20 dollar rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121320

    Counting the rebate, we've saved 53 bucks.

    Grab this chip and dump the 250.

    Or, if you like the cooler master case, there's actually this combo with the same cpu on special.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.244566

    So realistically your cost with these changes should stay around the 500, but I'm thinking it would do a lot better with your games. And the black edition should allow more OC headroom should you decide to do that.
  5. The OP doesnt need a case
  6. Ah, my mistake for not reading more thoroughly. In that case, you may even be able to pick up a 4850 if you stretch the budget a little. Which I would recommend due to your resolution.
  7. I think I'm satisfied with the case I'm currently using, an old school PowerUp ATX case, so I can save a few bucks in that department.
  8. Yeah, I didn't read everything and didn't realize you already had the case. If you've got the old case, save the $$, that's the way I am as well.
  9. The build I have suggested has a stronger cpu , faster RAM , much faster hard drive , better gfx card
    all the latest technology
    It should be fine for a few years , and is upgradeable
  10. Thanks for the suggestions! I'm leaning towards Outlander_04's build, maybe with a better GPU.
  11. mdc said:
    Thanks for the suggestions! I'm leaning towards Outlander_04's build, maybe with a better GPU.



    the 4850 is stronger than any of the other suggestions in the thread
    Keep in mind a dvd drive will cost you $30 if you need one , but if you get on newegg and search gfx card and have a look at 4870's .search by lowest price ..... you may see some listed around $125

    Its worthwhile reading the charts section of this site to see how hardware compares
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