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January 5, 2010 5:16:26 PM

I'm trying to build a budget gaming computer for a client who has at max $350 to spend on the computer. At the moment I'm at $311 with $26 shipping giving me a total of $337.

Thoughts/suggestions?

Sony DVD Burner $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte gz-kx9 Black case $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ AM2 $54
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Foxconn A6VMX2-K AM2 Micro ATX $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gskill 2GB DDR2 $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolmax 500W $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Zotac Geforce 210 512MB $43
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 5, 2010 5:41:22 PM

To start, you don't have a CPU cooler. That CPU doesn't come with one.

Optical: Samsung 22x Sata DVD Burner $27, free shipping.

CPU: One with a cooler: AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz $59, free shipping.

Mobo: ASUS M4A77D AM3/AM2+/AM2 $60 after rebate, free shipping. Much better board.

PSU: I really don't trust that PSU. Here's a case with a PSU: ENERMAX PANDORA 185 ECA3070BS Black/ Silver SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply $40 after rebate, $13 shipping.

My changes make the total $328, with shipping $353. Got really close.

Side note: I didn't get your $26 shipping. I got ~$46 for all of your items.
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January 6, 2010 4:30:19 PM

Resolution probably 1280 x 1024 -> 1600 x 1200

After taking into account a number of suggestions I've altered the parts slightly...

Couple questions

How big of a difference is 2GB compared to 4GB in terms of the parts I'm looking at? Will the CPU/proc be the bottleneck so that the increased ram isn't as significant?

What's a reasonable low-mid gaming gfx? What about a 220 GT? HD 4670?

220 GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD 4670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm going to be talking to him later today to see how flexible his price range is. I'd like to have him spend a little more $$ for 4 GB RAM and a slightly better gfx.

Revised

Sony DVD Burner $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte gz-kx9 Black case $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8 Ghz $53
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 500GB $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Elite Group ECS MCP61M-M3 AM3 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gskill 4GB DDR3 $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolmax 500W $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Zotac Geforce 210 512MB $43
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $325
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January 6, 2010 4:40:17 PM

CPUs are hardly ever the bottleneck. I would say the most likely bottlenck in the system would be the GPU, then maybe the RAM.

You still don't have a CPU cooler. And you won't find one cheaper than $6, the difference between the version that has a cooler and the one that doesn't.

You should switch the DVD burner to the one I posted. You'll save $10 one the price+shipping and lose absolutely nothing in performance.

Switch the Seagate for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB for the same price. The F3 is slightly better. If that's sold out, the Seagate's the best alternative.

I still hate that PSU. I use this ranking system for all PSU recommendations. It's generally not advised to stray below tier 2. Coolmax 750W+ units are tier 2, but all others are tier 5 (the worst). If you can squeak an extra $25 out of the build, the OCZ StealthXStream 700W is very powerful, quality, and cheap at $50 after rebate.
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