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January 9, 2010 11:04:13 AM

Can somebody give me an advice about a gaming computer with limited budget? Only CPU and about 700$ i guess..

As far as i got like this combination

Processor : Intel® Core™2 Duo Desktop Processor E7500 for 120$
Motherboard : Wondering what motherboard suit me best at low price
RAM : 4gb DDR2, although that i want a DDR3 ones, the mobo bottlenecked me.. 100$ for 4gb
VGA : ATI HD 4870, DDR5 1gb 256 or 128 bit.. about 170~200$
Harddisk : Seagate 320gb.. there are only V-gen, seagate and kingston brand in my place about 50$
Case : Simbadda SIM-C, 35$

I dont need monitors, keyboard or mouse, i got my old ones still working well..
Does it sounds good with limited budget?
I still wonder what motherboard can i got
January 9, 2010 1:15:43 PM

You don't say where you're from or where you're shopping. I assume you're in the U.S.

My specs:
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quantity of item 1


Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy



$25.99

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy



$54.99

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POWERCOLOR AX5770 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

POWERCOLOR AX5770 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814131328
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

Protect Your Investment (expand for options14-131-328|hide options14-131-328)

Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info14-131-328.0.18)

* 1 year: $16.99
* 2 year: $25.99



$149.99

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

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
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant


$89.99
$79.99

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AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX925WFGIBOX

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX925WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103656
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy



$140.99

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OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

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OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817341019
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128392
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Protect Your Investment (expand for options13-128-39210|hide options13-128-39210)

Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info13-128-3921.0.18)
o 1 year: $9.99
o 2 year: $16.99

-$25.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-341-019
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card13-128-392

$184.98
$139.98

Subtotal: $591.93
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The PSU is good quality at a great price. The mobo is ATX and is budget. The HD 5770 is good for gaming even on DX11. I don't know what games or kinda games you play. If you switch the GPU out for HD 5850, you'll be at $650-ish, excluding a case, tax & shipping. You'll be over budget. If you can get $800, it's enough for a high-end AMD gaming build. Maybe borrow a hundred. After rebates, you can pay back some of it. Or even sell your old rig.

You have to pick out a case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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January 9, 2010 1:41:14 PM

I would go with the AMD phenom II 955BE and a 5770 GPU. Dual core CPUs are certainly not for gaming builds. With a 500GB Samsung spinpoint F3 HDD , 50-$60 case , a ASUS M4A79XTD EVO mobo and a Hyper 212 heatsink for overclocking added to that the tower would cost you around $720.

The OCZ PSU you chose is pretty good although it's overkill. A nice brand PSU (corsair ,antec,ocz) at 550W would be sufficient although I would go with a 600W for overclocking headroom/Crossfire just in case, not to mention that I could use it for future builds.

If you're not going to crossfire/oc you can go with a cheaper $90 mobo and a 550W PSU to fit your $700 budget.
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January 9, 2010 11:44:39 PM

First, i'm sorry that i forget to said where i am.

I'm in Indonesia, Kalimantan Barat Province, at Pontianak City.. This limit me with hardware that i can get here..

I also forget that for 700$ budget, i still need some maintenance purpose things like voltage stabilizer (about 30$) and UPS (about 40~50$)

For VGA, i have choose HD 4870, It suits me best. I don't want to change any VGA or RAM soon

About the processor,I'm gonna get a inexpensive one and i think that i am gonna upgrade it later about 3-4 years forward so i am looking for a motherboard comes from branded ones (like gigabyte) but compatible for any processor. I'm looking for upgrade it till Quad Core Processor later..
Which better for limited price? AMD or Intel?

About the RAM, i wonder should i choose DDR2 or DDR3, since most of DDR3 Motherboard cost me highly at the price for my location. The price of the ram itself just different about 5~10$ between DDR2 and DDR3

For Optical Drive, i get a DVD RW for 25$. You won't get any Blue ray optical device and disc here

Note : I'm not interested in overclocking since i don't understand well how to set and maintain OC.

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January 10, 2010 1:36:04 PM

Could you post a link to your e-store or a price list of the local store?
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January 12, 2010 12:53:07 PM

Core parts:
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GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3, 770X, Triple DDR3 1666 x4, SATA 3Gb x6, 7.1ch HD, ATX 128
OCZ AMD Gold DDR1333 2X2GB 9-9-9-20 106
Palit HD 4870 Sonic 512MB DDR5, 256bit, DVI, HDCP 147
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They don't have the rest. Look a AM3 X2 or X3 CPU, Samsung F3 or WD Black 500GB HDD, Samsung/Sony DVD burner, ATX case and a 450W+ PSU by Antec, Enermax, Fortron, OCZ, Sparkle.

http://ati.amd.com/products/Radeonhd4800/requirements.h...
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January 14, 2010 8:35:13 AM

even i'm still hard try to finding a price list for my country on the web..

I've choose intel processor, not an amd ones.. i'm not a intel fan boy, but i've used intel for many years without problem and low voltage system..

I wonder should intel c2d e7500 should fit me well..
my budget for CPU are 100~150$

I got a motherboard with gigabyte brand, p45 chipset and can support DDR3 with 160$ price.. sounds good for me..

I just found a simulation site with my local pricelist.. it took me 4 hours to find this site!

http://rakitan.com/simulasi.php
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January 14, 2010 12:11:46 PM

You don't have to use official website links. You can scan a price list, host the picture at imageshack.us, then post it in here.

LGA 775 is a dead platform. You won't have much upgradability other than the faster processors if they're still around when you upgrade. Intel is replacing LGA 775 with LGA 1156 i3 & i5.

Post your specs.
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February 4, 2010 12:02:24 PM

Sorry late to reply..

well.. even procs i3 and i5 are still new in my place (reminder : my place are not in capital city, you can think about a small village in middle mountain of alaska, and not in the large city in alaska) and i can't get any review best from my friend etc.. None have tested used i3 or i5 in my city and If it get broken, it will be long time to repair because it need to be send..

that's why i still use LGA 775 here..

Here are my specs:

Procs : Intel Core 2 Duo e7500 2,95ghz
Mobo : Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3LR
RAM : DDR3 4gb V-Gen
VGA : HIS ATI Radeon HD 5750
Casing : Libera 600VA
HDD : Western Digital 500GB SATA II
ODD : DVD RW LG (forgot the speed, maybe around 24x)

My sis get this from Jakarta, the Capital city of Indonesia. She needs a day for search this things even in most largest city in my country, and a week to send it to my place with $35 sending fee.. Tough Life..

Not tested yet with any benchmark program, this should be posted in a while..
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June 28, 2010 6:20:54 AM

caffarella said:
Sorry late to reply..

well.. even procs i3 and i5 are still new in my place (reminder : my place are not in capital city, you can think about a small village in middle mountain of alaska, and not in the large city in alaska) and i can't get any review best from my friend etc.. None have tested used i3 or i5 in my city and If it get broken, it will be long time to repair because it need to be send..

that's why i still use LGA 775 here..

Here are my specs:

Procs : Intel Core 2 Duo e7500 2,95ghz
Mobo : Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3LR
RAM : DDR3 4gb V-Gen
VGA : HIS ATI Radeon HD 5750
Casing : Libera 600VA
HDD : Western Digital 500GB SATA II
ODD : DVD RW LG (forgot the speed, maybe around 24x)

My sis get this from Jakarta, the Capital city of Indonesia. She needs a day for search this things even in most largest city in my country, and a week to send it to my place with $35 sending fee.. Tough Life..

Not tested yet with any benchmark program, this should be posted in a while..


hi! i'm from indonesia too btw...

i think e7500 best suite for you if you just want to play game like cod... and e7500 is already core2duo which faster than the ordinary pentium like dual core (e5300)...so i think it's a good choice for your need... ;) 

i'm planning to buy that procie too today btw.. ;) 

anyway, but please consider if you'd like to buy a long last pc.. coz e7500 is using LGA775 socket which intel not support anymore.... and e7500 is using only 2 core which i think in the feauture will be a handicap for gaming purpose, because today the newest are already using more than 2 core.. :D 

so all thing is depend in what you need and purposes... ;) 
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