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October 11, 2009 12:30:15 AM

Hello all,

I was hoping some could help me with a tight budget build. I want the cheapest that can run Counter-Strike Source, WoW, and Starctaft2 when it's out. I also want to look for upgrade ability so I can dump more money into it later (like more ram, better GPU, etc.)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $400 to $500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboad, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS (I wouldn't mind getting Windows 7, but since this is such a budget build i can use XP for now which i already have)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, not a fanboy of anything in particular as long as it works :) 

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quite PC would be nice, also at least 4GB ram for now.

I like this case, but have no idea if the powersupply is worth a darn. I don't really care if it has fancy LED's or anything, plain is fine with me.

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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October 11, 2009 12:41:00 AM
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October 11, 2009 12:46:02 AM

I noticed that motherboard has a max memory of 4GB, so if i needed to upgrade in the future i'd probably be looking at a new mobo unless you know of a mobo with more max supported ram?

Edit: Thanks for the reply!
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October 11, 2009 4:12:05 AM

Also, that PSU is discontinued on newegg.
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October 11, 2009 6:40:11 AM

Alright, I added the new PSU, and the second Motherboard you mentioned, and upgrading the GPU to
XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

my total comes to $563.92. Over budget but worth it I think. Thanks for the help Tecmo!
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October 11, 2009 12:35:44 PM

Wise move on the video card upgrade!! It will be worth it for you! :) 

Your are welcome for the help! I'm glad I was able to help you out.
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October 11, 2009 10:50:09 PM

that cpu is better for the long run(the quad core)
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October 11, 2009 10:50:46 PM

unlimited said:
what's your opinion on this for $10 more?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I would spend the 10 dollars more just because it's a quad core :D  , think about it its only 10 dollars. if you can overclock it to 3.0ghz at least, would be a good boost to it
although you might not need the boost because of the games you play
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October 11, 2009 11:04:56 PM

Actually, gaming wise the 545 would be better due to the higher clock speeds. The games the OP has listed won't benefit from a quad. I'm not a fan of the 620 for a gaming rig...
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October 11, 2009 11:09:59 PM

tecmo34 said:
Actually, gaming wise the 545 would be better due to the higher clock speeds. The games the OP has listed won't benefit from a quad. I'm not a fan of the 620 for a gaming rig...


yah that's why i mentioned overclocking it to 3.0ghz , but i agree with you.
the quad core will be better if he multitasks..
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October 12, 2009 12:12:26 AM

I'll be adding a tv tuner card to this PC. Will playing games while watching TV via the tuner card require the quad core or will the dual core be sufficient? I wouldn't mind OCing the quad, I've just never done it so would have to learn.
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October 12, 2009 1:09:06 AM

unlimited said:
Alright, I added the new PSU, and the second Motherboard you mentioned, and upgrading the GPU to
XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

my total comes to $563.92. Over budget but worth it I think. Thanks for the help Tecmo!


For $10 more you can get the 4870...which is a much better choice than the 4850 and definitely worth the small increase in price.
I would choose this upgrade before I got the upgraded cpu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 12, 2009 1:12:26 AM

That quad didn't have a very good cache size to it. Then again that depends on the total OC you are looking to reach. So, edit that I guess it's in reason if you only plan to do a light OC.
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October 13, 2009 4:19:55 PM

unlimited said:
I've been reading that the AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDX545WFGIBOX - Retail actually has 4 cores, but 2 of them are locked, and can be unlocked. I think this requires a Gigabyte board to do it, not sure though. Has anyone done this, is it in fact true and if so what board would I need?

Read on and enjoy... http://www.computerforum.com/160985-unlocking-phenom-ii...

Yes, you can unlock to four cores but it is not 100% guarantee though...

I agree with Cory1234... get the 4870 over the 4850 for $10 more.
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October 13, 2009 4:50:47 PM

Just remember... this board is DDR2 memory, so you'll need to switch your RAM out to DDR2 1066.
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October 20, 2009 5:09:43 PM

OK, so my current PC's HDD failed. I'm going to go forward with this new PC, I just want to do a final compatibility check before I buy. Can anyone take a look and see if I need to add anything, or if something may be incompatible? Here is what's in my shopping cart at newegg:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDX545WFGIBOX - Retail
Motherboard: ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Combo deal - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
GPU: XFX HD-487A-YWFC Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail
CD-ROM: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
CASE: COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
EXTRAS:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
APEVIA CF12S 120mm Case Fan - Retail

Sub-Total: $569.40
Shipping: $32.27
Total: $601.67

First off, That's far over what I wanted to originally wanted to spend. I may go for a lower end GPU to save some money, not decided yet. I already have a HSF for an AM2 socket, if it doesn't fit i'll buy a different one. Anything else I need to add or subtract from this? Thanks everyone!
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