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Choosing processor on this cheapo newegg build

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December 13, 2009 6:32:15 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today or tomorrow.
BUDGET RANGE: ~500 before rebates.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General usage, low-mid gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: -
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: -
OVERCLOCKING: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'll find out later when I find a spare monitor :??: 
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would hope this would last at least 3 or 4 years.

I'm trying to build a low budget computer for a gift, hoping it'll be for ~500. Could someone check if the following will have any incompatibilities? I'm also not sure which processor/motherboard to select which will not bottleneck with the card.


Case: $25
APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $50 (Not sure if this is sufficient power)
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: $140
XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 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...

RAM: $84
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $40
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..."

DVD: $19
LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-08 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Missing CPU, Motherboard, Keyboard, Mouse. Total so far: ~358 Might have to buy a few 80mm fans if I can't find any spare ones lying around. As for the OS, I will try to get a student discount on W7 somehow.
December 13, 2009 7:25:49 PM

Go for a combo with X2 athlon and a 785G mobo. I would go with ddr3 low latency ram as its the same price as 1066 ddr2 ram. I wouldn't get the ddr2 800 just to save a few bucks.

Also I would get a dvd burner for 5 bucks more. And I would look at the Samsung 500 GB drive for $55, a much better buy than that ooollllddd WD 160.

Looks like newegg is out of the samsung currently but you could look elsewhere.
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December 13, 2009 7:41:01 PM

buzznut said:
Go for a combo with X2 athlon and a 785G mobo. I would go with ddr3 low latency ram as its the same price as 1066 ddr2 ram. I wouldn't get the ddr2 800 just to save a few bucks.

Also I would get a dvd burner for 5 bucks more. And I would look at the Samsung 500 GB drive for $55, a much better buy than that ooollllddd WD 160.

Looks like newegg is out of the samsung currently but you could look elsewhere.


Mobo: 80$
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: 67$
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Athlon 240 is a bit cheaper than it

Alt CPU: 58$
AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 93$
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total after replacing RAM and with Athlon 250 regor: 514$. As for the hard drive, I guess I'll try to look for an alternative, would prefer it from newegg so I can save some money on shipping.

As for DVD burner, I'll think about this:
29$
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are those parts fine?
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December 13, 2009 8:10:46 PM



Is the triple core significantly better?

As for the PSU, I have no idea if the original one I listed is sufficient. There is a slightly higher power one here though, a bit more expensive:
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 13, 2009 8:29:20 PM

15 bucks is too much to pay for 50watts, stick with the 400, the x3 is not much better, but for $15 u get an entire xtra core, and as i always say, get more cores
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December 13, 2009 8:53:28 PM

xaira said:
15 bucks is too much to pay for 50watts, stick with the 400, the x3 is not much better, but for $15 u get an entire xtra core, and as i always say, get more cores


Does it use more power from the PSU? I might be pushing the PSU here, so if it does I might just go with the dual-core.

Changed the motherboard since I noticed the memory standard of the previous one is DDR2...
Alright, to review:

Edit: Ugh, I just noticed that the financing for 6 months is 500$ minimum on Newegg. Are there any alternative hard drives that are ~50-55$ than the one I listed below from Amazon?

Mobo: 90$
MSI 785GM-E65 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: 67$
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $25
APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $50
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: $140
XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 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...

RAM: $92
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...

HDD: $55
Samsung 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive HD502HJ
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SATA-Hard-Drive-HD502HJ/d...

DVD: $19 / 27$
LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-08 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 538$ I'd like it to be lower, but oh well. Are there any incompatibilities here? GPU may be too big in size to fit in case? Anything else?
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