New built help

so i want to replace my PS3 with a decent Gaming/Home theater system

BUDGET RANGE: $500 (no tax)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Home theater,Gaming,Encoding,Internet,Random stuff....

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Just a working CPU kay? (no OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any reliable site/store




MONITOR RESOLUTION: dunno,im hooking it up to a 52" TV

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i dont want it to heat up alot and it must be quite

About the part,i got no ideas what to get and what work best so please help me out :bounce:

Thanks :D
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  1. With a $500 budget, you're probably better off buying a prebuilt. The best you can get is in that link rolli pointed to.
  2. how about $600 after rebates?
  3. That we can work with.

    Start with the cheapest in the Recommended Builds by Usage, and we'll build from there.

    I don't have time to find all the links, but they're all Newegg prices.

    CPU: Phenom II X2 550 Callisto $99

    Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO $110 after $10 rebate

    Combo: CPU+Mobo Saves $15

    RAM: OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1066 CAS Latency 7 $80

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55

    Optical: LG 22x SATA DVD burner $28

    Case: Coolermaster Elite 330 $40

    PSU: Antec Earthwatts 500W $70

    GPU: HD 5750 $140

    Total: $607
  4. heres a few thing im not sure about:

    how bout this instead of Phenom II Callisto?

    How is the G.skill ram compare to OCZ?

    Is there any GPU i should consider other than the GTS 250?

    Is this including everything like cable/screw.all that tiny stuff?

    Thanks for your help :D
  5. The 955 is a better CPU, but it's also a lot more expensive ($66). If you've got the extra budget, then go for it.

    On the RAM: Both G.Skill and OCZ are great companies for RAM. In this case, the OCZ is cheaper than the G.Skill sticks with the same specs. If you were to step it up to 1333 mhz sticks, there's a good pair of Ripjaws with CAS Latency 7 for $100 that I recommend a lot. However, the OCZ sticks meet the specs and are cheaper, which is good for the budget.

    I would check out the December GPUs by price. It's in the articles, under graphics. To be honest, I figured that you had about $125 to spend on it, and choose the one the article recommended. I would have liked to put an HD 5750 ($140) or 5770 ($155 for the cheapest) in it, but the budget wouldn't allow.

    The case should have all the screws for mounting. The M4A79XTD EVO board comes with 4 SATA cables (2 straight cords, 2 90 degree bent cords) and one IDE cable. That should be enough for the general build. To be sure, just take a look at everything, and count what comes with it, and what you need. You should have everything there.

    I added the last of the links.
  6. Updated build.

    I found a combo with a slightly better Callisto CPU and the same board. I also squeezed in an HD 5750. You're a little over budget at $607, but I think this build is a lot better for only $6 more than the previous one.

    I didn't spend a lot of time looking for combos, but there could be something else out there to lower the price even further. If you lower it by $22 more, you could squeeze in an HD 5770, which is an excellent gaming video card.
  7. Thanks for the input :D

    so heres what i gonna get so far

    Rosewill case

    F3 hard drive

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 + ASUS M4A79XTD EVO combo

    so right now im looking at $250 give or take for ram + Graphic card + PSU
  8. Here's another good 500W PSU for $60: XCLIO StablePower

    That RAM I posted above is the best and cheapest you can get.

    Leaves $100 for the GPU. The GTS 250 512 MB is $110.

    I personally think that for gaming/video the first build is better. It's also a cheaper upgrade to buy a new CPU than a bigger video card at the moment. But the final decision is up to you.
  9. but i heard that OCZ line have a bunch of issue and since this is my first built,i dont think i wanna take that risk.So i think i gonna get a G.skill

    For GPU,i gonna get a Phenom II + HD5750

    and i think thats all i need right now,maybe a bluray burner later on.


    BTW,how long does you think this system last? (Casual gaming + Home theater)
  10. For as long as you are happy with it. You never know what comes out in games take Crysis as an example which forced many people that thought they had good rigs to upgrade.
  11. cool,thanks ;)

    how hard is overclocking for this system anyway?
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