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December 3, 2009 2:26:07 AM

Im planning on building a friend a decent little computer with:

an Athlon II x2 240 @ 2.8 ghz with a PII x 4 stock cooler i dont use- 58.99

An ATI Radeon HD 4670 (gigabyte one, 512 mb) - 69.99

Not sure which mobo to get but the EVO one looks good

G.Skill 4gb DDR3 1600 - 94.99

a Samsung Spinpoint f3 7200 RPM 500GB HDD- 54.99

a 30$ dvd drive

and a xigmatek 400w PSU -64.99

Total without mobo is 373.95

Suggestions for everything welcome but i am really looking for a good but cheap mobo, under 100 USD.

Help will be appreciated :) 
December 3, 2009 4:06:11 AM

Thanks, nice mobo and PSU it seems :) 

Ok so here is the revised price (i chose got the MSI 770 instead of the Gigabyte one, same price, but i just like MSI boards)


Athlon II x2 240 OEM- 55.99

Gigabyte case- 27.99

Corsair 400w PSU- 49.99

G.Skill 4gb ddr3 1600- 94.99

Samsung 500gb 7200 rpm HDD- 54.99

LG dvd burner- 27.99

MSI 770 ATX mobo- 79.99

MSI ATI Radeon HD 4670 GPU- 69.99

AOS 22” HD monitor- 159.99

Windows 7 64 bit home premium- 104.99

Total: $727.90

Its a good PC, but the price still seems a bit high. Maybe i chose too expensive RAM?

EDIT: also you asked what he would use it for, im guessing some light gaming (HL2, CS:S) and then basic uses like internet, music, video
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December 3, 2009 4:22:01 AM

^ No the price is not high...the LCD and the OS is only adding up to the extra price...
And I have heard that if you are a student, then you can get the OS for cheap through college...
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December 3, 2009 8:41:08 PM

You think its good for the money?
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December 4, 2009 2:06:09 AM

^ If you want Full HD, then I think its OK...
It will be good for watching movies but for gaming, he would have to reduce the resolution as the video card is not powerful enough to run the recent games at that resolution...
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December 4, 2009 2:25:51 AM

gkay09 said:
^ If you want Full HD, then I think its OK...
It will be good for watching movies but for gaming, he would have to reduce the resolution as the video card is not powerful enough to run the recent games at that resolution...


I was thinkin that. I think i could save his money and get a 1680x1050 monitor
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December 4, 2009 3:09:28 AM

^ A faster graphics card like the HD 4770 would be a good option...
Or how about this ?
Drop to a 2GB RAM...Am sure 2GB would suffice as he wont be doiung any intensive memory intensive tasks...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or a single 2GB stick...So upgrade would be easier...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So now you would have saved about $80 altogether...
So with the money saved, get the HD 5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Am sure he would be very happy...So later on, he can add 2GB more when he wants to...
But if your friend is tight on budget, then stick with the HD 4670 and save him some money...And it will be able to to play HL2 at that resolutions but he might have to turn down AA/ AF...
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December 4, 2009 3:37:18 AM

gkay09 said:
^ A faster graphics card like the HD 4770 would be a good option...
Or how about this ?
Drop to a 2GB RAM...Am sure 2GB would suffice as he wont be doiung any intensive memory intensive tasks...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or a single 2GB stick...So upgrade would be easier...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So now you would have saved about $80 altogether...
So with the money saved, get the HD 5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Am sure he would be very happy...So later on, he can add 2GB more when he wants to...
But if your friend is tight on budget, then stick with the HD 4670 and save him some money...And it will be able to to play HL2 at that resolutions but he might have to turn down AA/ AF...


Wow that looks alot more reasonable than what i chose. I think i'll go with 2 gigs and the 5750. I appreciate you taking the time to find all those parts for me. You saved me time and money :) 
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