New budget build look over please

Greetings one and all.
It has been many years since i guilt a new PC and i am way behind in the times. ive done some reading and think ive got the basics of whats went down since i build my last PC. so here goes the plan, ive started with a budget of 750$ to build a new box. i wish to overclock a bit on the CPU, but thats about it, any other overclocking to memory and video will be ok but not necessary.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: , gaming, internet, movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,
PREFERRED WEBSITE newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Nvidia chip

OVERCLOCKING: Yes Prossesor

MONITOR RESOLUTION: max 1440x900, but may upgrade in a few months


heres what i got so far all this is from newegg glad to see some things haven't changed :)


Possessor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz
CPCooling: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L
Memory : 2X Mushkin 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Model 991599
Video Card: MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv3 GeForce GTX 260
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

what do you guys think.? what should/could i do to tweak this and still stay in budget

these items put me at 680.00 Apox
so that leaves 70.00 for a PSU and a Case

im not picky on cases although i do want somthing smaller than my current case which is to large for my needs
PSU is an issue i need to research more but if i can get by with a mediocre one i will

Thank you all for your time and attention
8 answers Last reply
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  1. its hard to get a case and PSU with only 70, because you never want to get a mediocre PSU, take a look at this video to see why, btw its a 450 watt raidmax
    http://www.corsair.com/cinema/movie.aspx?id=622747

    What are you going to be using this box for? Mostly gaming? If so at what resolution? I wouldnt go for an E8500 its significantly more than the E8400 for a tiny increase in clock speed.

    I would actually suggest this setup instead, it will save you a little bit and give you a high clocked quad instead of a dual core which will be more useful in the future.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103696
    you would need DDR3 ram instead but you should still be well within your budget.
  2. Can you figure out why the MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv3 is $22 more than the MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv4?
  3. hunter315 said:
    its hard to get a case and PSU with only 70, because you never want to get a mediocre PSU, take a look at this video to see why, btw its a 450 watt raidmax
    http://www.corsair.com/cinema/movie.aspx?id=622747

    What are you going to be using this box for? Mostly gaming? If so at what resolution? I wouldnt go for an E8500 its significantly more than the E8400 for a tiny increase in clock speed.

    I would actually suggest this setup instead, it will save you a little bit and give you a high clocked quad instead of a dual core which will be more useful in the future.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103696
    you would need DDR3 ram instead but you should still be well within your budget.


    +1

    I would try this build add GPU depending on your rez, leaves you 170 for a GPU





    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129066
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant $69.95
    $59.95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066



    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    -$5.00 Instant $54.99
    $49.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181



    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128392
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    -$5.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $84.99
    $79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392



    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817341022
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    -$15.00 Instant
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $84.99
    $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022



    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231189
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $84.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189



    AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945WFGIBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103696
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant $179.99
    $169.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103696



    Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835185093
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    $34.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093
    1
    Scythe SY124010L Fans - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835185039
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$6.99 Saving $6.99
    $0.00
    Subtotal: $581.88

    I was in the middle of this when hunter posted, but he always seems to be right on with his posts

    gl m8
  4. Thanks for all the Ideas, i edited my first post for more clarity pefer an intel build over an AMD ive had trouble in the Past with AMD systems and am now very gun shy of them sorry :(
  5. well i will sell you my mobo ram cpu and GPU and HSF for 450 :) if your in SoCal
  6. This build puts you a tad over budget, but its alot better then a EOL socket. This will run games mid to high setting on most games with a rez of 1680x1050





    SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
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    $31.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188



    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129042
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$15.00 Instant $69.95
    $54.95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042



    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    -$5.00 Instant $54.99
    $49.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181



    XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814150436
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $149.99
    $144.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436



    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817341022
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    -$15.00 Instant
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $84.99
    $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022



    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835154003
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$2.00 Instant $6.99
    $4.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003



    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231276
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $88.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276



    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128405
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $109.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128405



    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115215
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    $199.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215



    Thermaltake Silent 1156 CLP0552 92mm CPU Cooler For Intel Socket LGA1156 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835106139
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    $29.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106139
    Subtotal: $785.86

    buy this combo and save 10 bucks on MOBO/CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.270438

    If you really want a GTX 260, buy the HSF latter and you will have the 30 bucks more it will cost over the 4870.

    I would really pass on the 775 socket its EOL

    gl m8
  7. Niklas_13 said:
    This build puts you a tad over budget, but its alot better then a EOL socket. This will run games mid to high setting on most games with a rez of 1680x1050





    SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151188
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $31.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188



    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129042
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$15.00 Instant $69.95
    $54.95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042



    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    -$5.00 Instant $54.99
    $49.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181



    XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814150436
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $149.99
    $144.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436



    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817341022
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    -$15.00 Instant
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $84.99
    $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022



    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835154003
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$2.00 Instant $6.99
    $4.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003



    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231276
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $88.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276



    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128405
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $109.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128405



    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115215
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    $199.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215



    Thermaltake Silent 1156 CLP0552 92mm CPU Cooler For Intel Socket LGA1156 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835106139
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $29.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106139
    Subtotal: $785.86

    buy this combo and save 10 bucks on MOBO/CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.270438

    If you really want a GTX 260, buy the HSF latter and you will have the 30 bucks more it will cost over the 4870.

    I would really pass on the 775 socket its EOL

    gl m8



    Intresting Build
    change out the Radon for an Nvidia Card and a full size ATX Mobo i would consider somthing like this. i never gave much thought to my build being end of the line. we can drop the dvd burner and cpu compound i have those :) so it saves some money.
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