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December 8, 2009 6:31:06 AM

Hey all,

Looking for my best bang for your buck barebones system from your usual sources...
Tigerdirect, newegg, or any others you might be familiar with.

This will be mainly for gaming, currently playing Dragon Age: Origins, and I'm usually into the RPG/MMO genre.

I used to build them from scratch, but I just don't have the time, I've been out of the game for a while, so I am looking for find the best performance:p rice ratio for a barebones system I can find. I've already got all peripherals, so I just basically need the box with CPU, graphics card, mobo, ram, HDD, etc...

Anyone have an Idea? I've been researching on the sites, but the problem is, the last time I built something I was working with single core athlons and cd burners! :) 

Some preferences:

I'm generally partial to AMD for it's performance on a budget aspects
Generally partial to ATI for graphics
Just looking for the best balance of reliability, performance, price, and quietness :) 

Thanks much in advance for any advice!


Ryan
December 8, 2009 7:24:07 AM

shaft9ii said:
Hey all,

Looking for my best bang for your buck barebones system from your usual sources...
Tigerdirect, newegg, or any others you might be familiar with.

This will be mainly for gaming, currently playing Dragon Age: Origins, and I'm usually into the RPG/MMO genre.

I used to build them from scratch, but I just don't have the time, I've been out of the game for a while, so I am looking for find the best performance:p rice ratio for a barebones system I can find. I've already got all peripherals, so I just basically need the box with CPU, graphics card, mobo, ram, HDD, etc...

Anyone have an Idea? I've been researching on the sites, but the problem is, the last time I built something I was working with single core athlons and cd burners! :) 

Some preferences:

I'm generally partial to AMD for it's performance on a budget aspects
Generally partial to ATI for graphics
Just looking for the best balance of reliability, performance, price, and quietness :) 

Thanks much in advance for any advice!


Ryan


If use this here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... I can configure a build for you or find you a bare bones system.
December 8, 2009 7:50:49 AM

not the cheapest build, but great value:

i5 + asus or gigabyte p55 (socket 1156) ddr3 mobo
hd 4870 or gtx260 or hd 5770
2x2gb ddr3 ram kit (corsair or g.skill or ocz or patriot)
500gb caviar black or spinpoint f3
antec 300 case
corsair 550w psu
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December 8, 2009 7:53:44 AM

tarquinbiscuitbarrel said:
not the cheapest build, but great value:

i5 + asus or gigabyte p55 (socket 1156) ddr3 mobo
hd 4870 or gtx260 or hd 5770
2x2gb ddr3 ram kit (corsair or g.skill or ocz or patriot)
500gb caviar black or spinpoint f3
antec 300 case
corsair 550w psu


He hasn't said what his budget is, and he was hinting at not spending a lot of money. Plus your avatar pic is creepy...
December 8, 2009 10:20:48 AM

MothMusic said:
He hasn't said what his budget is, and he was hinting at not spending a lot of money. Plus your avatar pic is creepy...


he wanted a balance of price and performance.

granted, my suggestion is overkill for the big MMO's - if the OP just wants a PC to handle world of warcraft and dragon age and not worried about the future then of course you can do a lot better price-wise.
December 8, 2009 10:31:52 AM

tarquinbiscuitbarrel said:
he wanted a balance of price and performance.

granted, my suggestion is overkill for the big MMO's - if the OP just wants a PC to handle world of warcraft and dragon age and not worried about the future then of course you can do a lot better price-wise.


A balance of price, and performance. :p 

You even admitted yourself that it was overpriced! But yea, if he doesn't mind spending the money a build based on what you suggested would be solid. But he still needs to use the sticky for us to do something specific.
December 8, 2009 5:14:51 PM

Well I wasn't looking for a specific build, merely if anyone had seen a pre-built Barebones system on Tigerdirect or newegg etc...that caught their eye and wasn't too crazy expensive. That's why I didn't use the sticky format, since I wasn't building anything from scratch.
December 8, 2009 5:34:06 PM

Alrighty, here's the format: Sorry, I figured since I had been looking for a pre-built, the format would be unneccesary.

Here you go :) 


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: approximately 500-600 dollars

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING, movies, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, sound system, don't need major burning abilities either.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I have worked with Newegg and TIgerdirect in the past, but am open to other sites

PARTS PREFERENCES: Generally partial to AMD for it's pricepoint, and ATI vid cards, but I'm not stuck on either.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not sure if I'd want this or not?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: looking for it to be fairly quiet, no real special requirements, just a basic setup for the price, with as much power as I can have for around 500-600 bucks. The possibility to upgrade in the future is also a nice feature if possible
December 8, 2009 9:51:13 PM

shaft9ii said:
Alrighty, here's the format: Sorry, I figured since I had been looking for a pre-built, the format would be unneccesary.

Here you go :) 


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: approximately 500-600 dollars

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING, movies, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, sound system, don't need major burning abilities either.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I have worked with Newegg and TIgerdirect in the past, but am open to other sites

PARTS PREFERENCES: Generally partial to AMD for it's pricepoint, and ATI vid cards, but I'm not stuck on either.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not sure if I'd want this or not?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: looking for it to be fairly quiet, no real special requirements, just a basic setup for the price, with as much power as I can have for around 500-600 bucks. The possibility to upgrade in the future is also a nice feature if possible


EDIT: I thought he said $700, sorry dont know how I missed that.
December 8, 2009 10:07:11 PM

MothMusic said:
Try this:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB
L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$166

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

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110 -After rebates

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 -Freeshipping

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

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ700FTY 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50 -After rebates, freeshipping

Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25 -After rebates, Freeshipping

Total = $726 -After rebates


More money then he wanted to spend, try dropping the 5770 to a 4870 or 4850, dropping the phenom quad to an athlon quad or a phenom 3 720 and try to unlock, maybe drop the psu to a lower wattage saving ~$100 closer to price point, also no OS unless you have a copy or that is not included in the budget
December 8, 2009 10:09:26 PM

wsupduck said:
More money then he wanted to spend, try dropping the 5770 to a 4870 or 4850, dropping the phenom quad to an athlon quad or a phenom 3 720 and try to unlock, maybe drop the psu to a lower wattage saving ~$100 closer to price point, also no OS unless you have a copy or that is not included in the budget


Here you go:

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 Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40

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

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

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

Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25 -After rebates, freeshipping


Total = $604
December 8, 2009 10:12:31 PM

shaft9ii said:
Well I wasn't looking for a specific build, merely if anyone had seen a pre-built Barebones system on Tigerdirect or newegg etc...that caught their eye and wasn't too crazy expensive. That's why I didn't use the sticky format, since I wasn't building anything from scratch.


The problem with bare bones systems is that there usually mediocre and overpriced, but thats not to say you can't find a good one for cheap, just that its unlikely.
December 8, 2009 11:15:02 PM

wsupduck said:
More money then he wanted to spend, try dropping the 5770 to a 4870 or 4850, dropping the phenom quad to an athlon quad or a phenom 3 720 and try to unlock, maybe drop the psu to a lower wattage saving ~$100 closer to price point, also no OS unless you have a copy or that is not included in the budget


I know, I know, its fixed now.
December 9, 2009 2:37:40 PM

I think some people here have different interpretations of the term "barebone"...

You might consider designing a custom build at http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/ Its not as cheap as if you built it yourself--but you can customize parts--and even order the build OEM for $100 cheaper. They are known for crappy support, but for someone with high technical competency and no time its worth it to select exact parts and have them build it.
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/AMD_Quad_Core_Config...

There are also some decent low-end systems for sale on newegg that you could get for ~500 then swap out PSU and Graphics.

With a real graphic card this $560 could be a beast:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 9, 2009 6:22:13 PM

deadlockedworld said:
I think some people here have different interpretations of the term "barebone"...

You might consider designing a custom build at http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/ Its not as cheap as if you built it yourself--but you can customize parts--and even order the build OEM for $100 cheaper. They are known for crappy support, but for someone with high technical competency and no time its worth it to select exact parts and have them build it.
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/AMD_Quad_Core_Config...

There are also some decent low-end systems for sale on newegg that you could get for ~500 then swap out PSU and Graphics.

With a real graphic card this $560 could be a beast:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Getting a good gpu will cost at least $100, and psu $50, that would push the the cost of the machine you linked to, to over $600!
December 15, 2009 11:17:40 PM

What about the RAM? DDR2 PC800? That's kinda old RAM isn't it, or am I out of the loop?
December 16, 2009 1:56:39 AM

DDR2 is about the same price of DDR3 and offers much higher performance, there fore better price to performance ratio
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