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December 6, 2009 12:36:25 AM

Sorry I forgot to correct the title of the thread to $600! I apologize! :/ 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week (the sooner the better)

BUDGET RANGE: $600 USD Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, network adapter, dvd drive.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm familiar with newegg so I'd prefer to buy it all from there but I'm willing to buy parts from a reliable and trusted site if they have discounts/better prices.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't know the difference between the brand names and how to choose between them for different parts so it really doesn't matter to me as long as they are good, reliable parts that will last a long time. I've heard Intel is more expensive than AMD so I assume it's better quality but as I said if you choose an AMD part I don't mind as long as it's a good, reliable part that won't give out on me anytime soon.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future (like next year) but by then I might have already upgraded some parts..

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Hopefully but if you can't stay under the budget with it then it doesn't have to be..

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 37 inch lg tv 1920x1080p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My main aim is to keep the rig under $600 PLEASE! Also, I don't really care for aesthetics. My main aim in buying this is for the performance so I don't really care about how the case looks. Thanks in advance for all the help! :D 
December 6, 2009 1:10:26 AM

Well $600 is a very tight budget to do anything with. The video card alone for a decent gaming system is half of that budget.

$750 actually is a much better amount to work with.

Never the less- let's see what we can cook up.

$700...

Q8200
Asus P5Q Pro Turbo
5770 Video Card
Sonta III case w/ 500W PSU
640GB WD Hard drive
2GB DDR-2 G.Skill memory CAS4
assuming you dont need an OS.

If you want the links just reply and ask and I will make them. Everything is from Newegg my vendor of choice as well.
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December 6, 2009 1:13:38 AM

breaka89 said:
Sorry I forgot to correct the title of the thread to $600! I apologize! :/ 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week (the sooner the better)

BUDGET RANGE: $600 USD Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, network adapter, dvd drive.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm familiar with newegg so I'd prefer to buy it all from there but I'm willing to buy parts from a reliable and trusted site if they have discounts/better prices.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't know the difference between the brand names and how to choose between them for different parts so it really doesn't matter to me as long as they are good, reliable parts that will last a long time. I've heard Intel is more expensive than AMD so I assume it's better quality but as I said if you choose an AMD part I don't mind as long as it's a good, reliable part that won't give out on me anytime soon.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future (like next year) but by then I might have already upgraded some parts..

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Hopefully but if you can't stay under the budget with it then it doesn't have to be..

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 37 inch lg tv 1920x1080p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My main aim is to keep the rig under $600 PLEASE! Also, I don't really care for aesthetics. My main aim in buying this is for the performance so I don't really care about how the case looks. Thanks in advance for all the help! :D 



Try this:

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99 -Freeshipping

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70 -After rebate

A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1333GB2G8-AG - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55 -Freeshipping


SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$165 -Freeshipping


OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$45 -After rebates


Total = $579 -After rebates
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December 6, 2009 1:17:23 AM

shadowduck said:
Well $600 is a very tight budget to do anything with. The video card alone for a decent gaming system is half of that budget.

$750 actually is a much better amount to work with.

Never the less- let's see what we can cook up.

$700...

Q8200
Asus P5Q Pro Turbo
5770 Video Card
Sonta III case w/ 500W PSU
640GB WD Hard drive
2GB DDR-2 G.Skill memory CAS4
assuming you dont need an OS.

If you want the links just reply and ask and I will make them. Everything is from Newegg my vendor of choice as well.


Actually $600 is quite generous. I can configure a build that will play modern games at medium/high settings for just under $400. :) 
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December 6, 2009 1:36:34 AM

It appears I have been out of the loop for a while! Yey for falling prices!
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December 6, 2009 1:37:33 AM

shadowduck said:
It appears I have been out of the loop for a while! Yey for falling prices!


*High fives* :D 
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December 6, 2009 1:43:31 AM

Thanks for your posts guy.. I really appreciate it..

@shadowduck: I have $750 but it would have to be for everything except for a monitor so I went ahead and picked thoose out so you guys wouldn't have to do it and ended up with exactly $600.. but thanks anyways.. If you can figure out a build for around $600 then it would be greatly appreciated otherwise thanks for your help..

@MothMusic: Looks like a good build man.. Thanks for all your help and time!
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December 6, 2009 1:44:58 AM

breaka89 said:
Thanks for your posts guy.. I really appreciate it..

@shadowduck: I have $750 but it would have to be for everything except for a monitor so I went ahead and picked thoose out so you guys wouldn't have to do it and ended up with exactly $600.. but thanks anyways.. If you can figure out a build for around $600 then it would be greatly appreciated otherwise thanks for your help..

@MothMusic: Looks like a good build man.. Thanks for all your help and time!


No prob! ;) 
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December 6, 2009 1:46:40 AM

MothMusic said:
Actually $600 is quite generous. I can configure a build that will play modern games at medium/high settings for just under $400. :) 



REALLY?! wow that's amazing.. If you have some free time on your hands can you please tell me about the build that you posted for me.. What is it capable of doing exactly? And why you chose the parts?

Thank you very much!
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December 6, 2009 1:50:00 AM

breaka89 said:
REALLY?! wow that's amazing.. If you have some free time on your hands can you please tell me about the build that you posted for me.. What is it capable of doing exactly? And why you chose the parts?

Thank you very much!


Hold on, give me a bit to type my explanation..
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December 6, 2009 1:57:25 AM

breaka89 said:
REALLY?! wow that's amazing.. If you have some free time on your hands can you please tell me about the build that you posted for me.. What is it capable of doing exactly? And why you chose the parts?

Thank you very much!


The cpu is a quad core model, and all new games will support that in the future, and many of the latest ones already do, like Resident Evil 5 for example. This allows you to play modern games at high settings with great fps.

The Antec 300 case has great expandablity, up to 9 hdd bays, 120mm fans on the top and back of the case with room for 3 more.

The GIGABYTE mobo is just really solid and use Japanese capacitators so it will last a long time.

The A-DATA ram offers solid speed at a good price.

The Samsung Spinpoint f3 is simply one of the fastest drives out there. Faster than a WD Caviar Black.

The Radeon HD 5770 will let you play all modern games at high settings at 1900 resoultion. Plus it supports dx11

The OCZ psu is a great reliable brand and offers some headroom for expansion.

Finally the LITE-ON DVD reader is just a dvd reader. And its cheap. So there you go! :) 
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December 6, 2009 2:06:05 AM

MothMusic said:
The cpu is a quad core model, and all new games will support that in the future, and many of the latest ones already do, like Resident Evil 5 for example. This allows you to play modern games at high settings with great fps.

The Antec 300 case has great expandablity, up to 9 hdd bays, 120mm fans on the top and back of the case with room for 3 more.

The GIGABYTE mobo is just really solid and use Japanese capacitators so it will last a long time.

The A-DATA ram offers solid speed at a good price.

The Samsung Spinpoint f3 is simply one of the fastest drives out there. Faster than a WD Caviar Black.

The Radeon HD 5770 will let you play all modern games at high settings at 1900 resoultion. Plus it supports dx11

The OCZ psu is a great reliable brand and offers some headroom for expansion.

Finally the LITE-ON DVD reader is just a dvd reader. And its cheap. So there you go! :) 



LITE-ON DVD reader? lol I don't think that was in your post :p 

Thank you so much for all your help and patience.. I'm just trying to learn more about building a pc :)  Your explanation was really helpful!

Thank you!!! :D 
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December 6, 2009 2:07:55 AM

breaka89 said:
LITE-ON DVD reader? lol I don't think that was in your post :p 

Thank you so much for all your help and patience.. I'm just trying to learn more about building a pc :)  Your explanation was really helpful!

Thank you!!! :D 


LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20 -Freeshipping

This will make the build go to $599

And thanks! :) 
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December 6, 2009 2:12:24 AM

Nice build, Moth. But instead of that ram I would opt for this:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$91.99 w/ free shipping

The free shipping will make up for the $3 difference, and IMO G Skill is a better brand.
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December 6, 2009 2:18:05 AM

blackjellognomes said:
Nice build, Moth. But instead of that ram I would opt for this:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$91.99 w/ free shipping

The free shipping will make up for the $3 difference, and IMO G Skill is a better brand.


All very true. But I take budgets very seriously. So that would put $3 dollars over budget! :kaola: 
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December 6, 2009 2:34:35 AM

Haha, I see. Then would you consider this case in place of the Antec?

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
$50 AR

Top-mounted PSU, as I've heard OCZ's cabling is somewhat short, and with firewire. I think this puts us back at $596 AR (;
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December 6, 2009 2:38:13 AM

blackjellognomes said:
Haha, I see. Then would you consider this case in place of the Antec?

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
$50 AR

Top-mounted PSU, as I've heard OCZ's cabling is somewhat short, and with firewire. I think this puts us back at $596 AR (;


That case would be excellent! If you want it, get it! ;) 
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