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January 21, 2010 5:03:15 AM

So this will be my first build and I am just seeking advice. I think I have a set up that will be good for me as I only have a budget of $500 right now. My little brother pieced together the computer I am using now and it has died. I plan on using a few parts from it ( Case, psu, video card ). So here's a list of parts I have put together. I use it mainly to surf the net check mail and game. I'm not a huge extreme pc gamer but when I see a game I like I want to be able to play it with no troubles. Will this be a good build that will last a couple years?

ASUS P5E3 PRO LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel

400w psu

Xfx 4350 1 gb

ATX Mid Tower

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

LG Black 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support

Windows XPx64

When I get the chance I will add the following:

1 - Xfx 4350 1 gb ( For Crossfire )

1 - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

1 - LG Black 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support

1 - hec ZEPHYR ZEPHY580MX 580W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.3 / SSI EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Certified active PFC Power Supply ( For when I add 2nd video card )

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January 21, 2010 5:28:18 AM

This config will be better...LGA 775 socket is not a good option to consider...
AMD X3 425


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Total - ~$248

And doing crossfire of a slow card is not worth it IMO...switch to a single more powerful card...

And as for PSU - Quality is important...anything from Antec/ Corsair/ Silverstone/ Seasonic/ PCP&S will be better...
January 21, 2010 2:40:13 PM

1. You do not want to crossfire 4350s. Its not powerful enough to really leverage crossfire well. The 4350 is a low-power card intended for HD video and the like. You should sell or give it to some else when you have the money for a new card. The 4350 only gets a windows score of 3.6ish.

The minimum gaming card you should consider is a 4650--although I would advise you to push up to a 4670($70)/9800GT($80) at least. In a gaming system the single most important component is the graphics card.

2. You can also get a better deal on your PSU upgrade with a name brand. Currently at $39 this OCZ 500w would be a good choice for your system. (once again: Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, OCZ(which owns PCP&S))

3. I agree that you can get much better power for the price with an AMD build. In your price range you could get a triple core Athlon that would age much better than a dual core. (or the athlon II x4 is a good option too)

See tom's best CPU's for the money article:,252...
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January 23, 2010 5:26:55 AM

thanks guys i think i will go with an amd setup. how bout this one?

-MSI 790X-G45 AM3 AMD 790X Motherboard $99.99

-AMD Phenom II x2 550 Black Edition $99.00

-G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4gb (2x2gb) 240 pin DDR3 1600 $93.99

-Xfx Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128bit $79.99

-Antec 410w PSU ( Already have )

-Sony optical drive w/ lightscribe ( Trading for old 4350 )

-Hitachi Deskstar 7200rpm ( Trading for old 4350 )

-Midtower ATX case with side window ( Already have )

Will this be a good setup? Probably gonna run windows xp x64 for now, but i think im gonna get Windows 7. I usually play older games but am thinking of getting dragon age origins, how well will it run on this setup? Also will this be a good card to go crossfire with along with an antec 650w psu?
January 23, 2010 6:22:31 AM

^ Get the X3 425 and the 770 mobo that I had suggested, so with the money saved there, get a better graphics card...
Going crossfire with cards like the HD 4770/ 4850 and above only makes sense...
January 23, 2010 7:22:09 AM

I would go triple core at the minimum if you want it to last. Sure the dual core is faster now, but more and more programs take advantage of multi-core.