$400 daily use/minimal gaming build.

I've been trying to decide what I really need in a computer lately and decided to just stick to the 360 for gaming and leave my computer to browsing, light gaming (i.e. CS:S), and music. I need a build that will be future proof for a couple of years until something life changing really comes out worthy of buying all while not going over my budget.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web browsing, Light gaming, music, anti-virus

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, Video card (8800 GS 384MB), PSU (PC Power and Cooling 370W), DVD Drive


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD processor, LED Fans with side windowed case

OVERCLOCKING: Not for now but possibly for the future



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: If possible triple or quad core

What I have in mind so far..

Case: CoolerMaster Centurion 5 - $59.99

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB - $54.99

Mobo and CPU Combo: Phenom II x3 710 + GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 - $165.99

Memory: G-Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) $79.99

CPU Heatsink: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $33.98

PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS370X 370W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Already purchased

GPU: EVGA 8800GS 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 - Already purchased

Media Drive: Lightscribe DVD Combo Drive - Already purchased

TOTAL: $402.22 no rebates.

Will this system be future proof for a good 2-5 years?

Would it be better if i went with DDR3 memory?

Also an AM3 only mobo?

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  1. Best answer
    Some suggestions...

    1. CPU + Mobo - Why not get a Quad ?
    X4 620 + Gigabyte 770

    This Quad would be very good for general tasks and even though it doesnt have the L3 cache, I dont think for usage they would matter much.

    CASE - Check out this case...
    NZXT Alpha Black
    ($39.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate )
    Free Shipping*

    Change HDD to this...Would be similar to F3 and this has free shipping.
    Seagate 7200.12

    Corsair DDR3
  2. CPU cooler
    Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm Sleeve "KATANA3
  3. here is G.Skils DDR3 ram which costs 1$ less then the one you've wanted.
  4. If you want to save a little, you could get this mobo cpu combo for $164, and get the RAM from your OP. DDR3 RAM currently doesn't have very many benefits in the low end, so you'd be better off with faster DDR2 for less money.
  5. Alright so I just ordered the deal of the year for budget builders.

    CoolerMaster RC-690 + WD Caviar Black 640GB

    Not too shabby aye? :]

    Well now I got the motherboard, cpu, and memory left.

    Thinking of a...

    Phenom II X3 720 + ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard Combo - $181.99


    Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - $74.99

    Total: 264.54

    If I got some spare money left over i might also throw in this CPU Cooler

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - $27.98

    Or will the stock cooler be okay if I don't plan on overclocking?

    Whats the difference between thermal compound in a tube compared to a bottle like this one?
    for the price seems like a great deal and easier to apply.
  6. ^ You should take a look at the AM3. For the money you are spending, might as well spend a few $$ more and get an upgradeable platform.

    And as for the thermal grease difference, it is the quality and performance...

    As for the CPU cooler, get this one...
    It comes with thermal grease and performs far better than that Artic. It is BIG but would fit that CM 690 without issues.
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