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Ordering tonight! Please review

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December 12, 2009 11:46:01 AM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a couple weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $400-$500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Moderate gaming/videos. Won't be playing Crysis or anything anytime soon

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)



PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD CPU and Nvidia Video Card


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Doesn't have to be the best, or flashy. Just need it to do what I want, be reliable and run at a respectable FPS. Not looking for top of the line and I know my budget doesn't leave much room.
Ignore the below specs, go to my last post for final parts list

So I'll be building my first custom pc on my own, rather than with help like the last couple I had. So trying to piece together a decent gaming machine to upgrade over my current one (AMD X2 4400+ Nvidia 7600 GT 2 gigs of ram)
My budget is pretty low $400 to $500 tops and I've put together everything I need on newegg which came to $398 but I decided on a slightly better video card and pushed it to $460.

Basically, I'd like to know if this setup seems decent, that everything is compatible and will be sufficient, (i.e. Mobo and CPU compatible, PSU enough etc)

Broadway Com Corp Sonic Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

---Combo Deal Mobo/CPU---
ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

This next part I went with this for the combo bonus/price discount
RAM- WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Video Card- XFX PVT98GYDLH GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0
With some free Tv/Radio Adapter I won't use lol

hec X-Power Pro 600 600W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail


Rosewill Green Series RG430-S12 430W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply - Retail
This one at least has Active PFC


Rosewill Green Series RG530-2 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified,ATX12V v2.3 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply - Retail

All of this, with a some freebies/bonus'/free shipping on some etc
(Call of duty 4/Stormrise, thumbdrive/card reader and the tv/radio adapter)

Comes to $460 Shipped. Little over what I wanted to spend, but choosing the 9800 GT over the Geforce 220 I had originally seemed like a good investment.

So, any tips, ideas, comments, or anything helpful at all, I'd be very appreciative.

Thanks in advance!

~~Edited 2 more PSU options after looking around a bit Both rosewills are the same price, yet one is more wattage and 4 rails vs 1 and I'm not too sure what that means!~~
December 13, 2009 3:38:42 AM

Just an update.
Think I decided on a psu. I keep hearing that rosewill psu's are no good, and that the Hec 600w I chose is iffy. So probably going with this

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Just worry that 400w may be a little low.

Still looking for some reviews of this setup, compatibility etc. Thanks
December 14, 2009 10:05:58 AM

Anyone have some input on if this will all be compatible and such?
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December 14, 2009 12:29:24 PM

The 400W just meets the bare minimum. It will work, but you'll have to replace it with a beefier one when you upgrade the gpu.

Minimum System Power Requirement (W) 400 W

Are you sure you want the DDR2 + DDR2 MOBO? You can get DDR3 for a bit more & a DDR3 mobo.

BIOSTAR TA790GXB3 AM3 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Your Price:$74.99

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Your Price:$79.99

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail

* Timing: 7-7-7-16
* Voltage: 1.5V – 1.6V
* Your Price:$74.99

That way, you won't have to ditch the DDR2 on your next cpu/mobo upgrade. DDR3 will be around for a long while.
December 14, 2009 11:22:01 PM

Well, upgrading isn't something in my near future, and when it comes to that I'll probably have more options available as well as a larger budget. So the DDR2 for now will be more than enough for me at the moment. I am however looking into some DDR3 mobos to work around my budget, so thanks for that input. Work in progress. Finalizing my details tonight then placing my order.

I did however, listen to my gut and upgrade the PSU.. I managed to work in a little more to my budget and I will be going with:
550w Corsair PSU
December 15, 2009 1:33:43 AM

OK! Scratch everything else I had listed.. this is my new invoice. I was able to squeeze a bit more out of the budget, got some higher quality parts, beefier CPU/Mobo/PSU/Ram For a pretty hefty machine I'd imagine. This is the final verdict. Will order tonight, so please ANY feedback, please please please let me know. THANKS!

HIS Gift - Stormrise Game Coupon Bundle - Retail
Item #: N82E16800999372

Standard Return Policy



Broadway Com Corp Sonic Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811162045

Standard Return Policy



ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131402
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card13-131-402

Standard Return Policy



ASUS EAH5750 FORMULA/2DI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814121356

VGA Replacement Only Return Policy



CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139004
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-139-004

Standard Return Policy



AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103681

CPU Replacement Only Return Policy



OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227346

Memory Standard Return Policy



Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136098

Standard Return Policy



Open Box: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222L LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827151176R

Open Box Refund Only Return Policy


Shipping Method: $30.36




Subtotal $565.93
December 15, 2009 1:54:09 PM

Looks great to me.