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$800 gaming build

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January 18, 2010 7:49:02 PM

--->a good friend of mine is building a new computer, seeing as I a new to system building, I would like to make sure this is a good build for his price range before reccomending<--

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month BUDGET RANGE: $800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:gaming, word processing, web browsing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none, hust a fast system

OVERCLOCKING: not sure Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure, most likely 1680 x 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: not possible to increase budget


parts choosen:

Case: Antec Two Hundred; 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P; 129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: HIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB; 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB SDRAM DDR2 1066; 94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec Basiq BP500U 500W; 49.27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 7200 RPM; 44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW; 21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

subtotal: $806.19

I would like this to be improved or approved before I recommend this to him, willing to go AMD, but please no fanboyism

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January 18, 2010 8:45:14 PM

Intel has discontinued Core2 in favor of its new i3, i5 and i7 series CPUs. DDR2 RAM production is falling off in favor of DDR3. While it would be a decent computer now, you might have a hard time tracking down used parts if you need to replace a bad memory stick or motherboard in a year or two.

I would go with an AM3 motherboard like a Gigabyte 770T-UD3P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and at least a 3 core CPU like the Athlon II x3 435.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
for the same price as that intel quad you could even get an AMD Phenom II x4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Then get a faster boot drive, (caviar blue = cool & quiet server data drive) like the Samsung F3 500 or a Seagate 7200.12 500GB and a 4GB (2*2GB) DDR3-1333 RAM kit and you are all set.

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January 19, 2010 12:56:59 AM

so this is what I have now;

Case: Antec Two Hundred; 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X; 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955; 165.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: HIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB; 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB; 93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec Basiq BP500U 500W; 49.27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 7200 RPM; 44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW; 21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total: $811.19
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January 19, 2010 5:22:51 PM

The Basiq is Antecs lowest quality PSU. The Antec Neo Eco 520C is $10 more and 80+ certified.

The Caviar Blue would not be my choice for a boot drive. A newer, larger, faster seagate 7200.12 500GB or Samsung F3 500GB is only $10 more
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