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January 21, 2010 10:11:14 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Two weeks from now (31/1/2010 BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: $450-500)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Optical Drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Processor : Intel E5300 (2.6Ghz)
Memory : PC6400 2x1GB

HD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB
Casing/PSU: Antec NSK3480


OVERCLOCKING: NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have really set my eyes on these parts but I am confused on which motherboard to pick. I am only planning to play Warcraft's DoTA & Left 4 Dead (basic games in SE Asia). Could you guys please name me some Motherboards I could pick with good onboard VGA ~$100? I also have seen how cheap ATI Radeon HD4650 has become, how about also help me pick good motherboards without the onboard VGA also ~$100 so I may compare thoughts. I am currently pondering on Asrock's G41M-S but is its Intel GMA X4500 good enough?

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January 21, 2010 10:30:50 AM

go for an AMD rig man..

What parts do you have?
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January 21, 2010 11:16:19 AM

No Extra parts... It's just that this would be a client computer for a small LAN games shop. nothing hardcore. Hmm.. AMD build.. what basic parts do you have in mind? I am looking at Tom's Best Gaming CPU. Athlon II X2 250 or Athlon II X3 425.. I am so used to Dual Core, is it a waste to get a third one? Which board is it best to be fitted on?
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January 21, 2010 11:37:05 AM

CPU: Athlon II X2 240 $59
Mobo: MSI 770-G45 $80
RAM: Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 $54
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55
Case: Antec 200 $45
PSU: FSP 400W $40
GPU: HD 5770 $155

Total: $488. I really hope you don't need an OS with this, cause it's just not happening...
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January 23, 2010 1:20:04 AM

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January 23, 2010 3:23:03 AM

I have an issue with the PSU. FSP Group makes good PSU's, but you only have 23A on the combined 12v rails. It is also only >70% efficient, which means it runs hotter the closer to it's load limit. It might work on the 5770, but your cutting things close. I'd consider spending $15 more (initially) and get the Corsair 400cx PSU. It's $55 shipped - $15 MIRc = $40. You get 30A on the 12v rail and it's >80% efficient too.

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or you can get the Case/PSU combo:
$95 shipped!
Antec VSK 2000 case w/Antec ECO 400w PSU (30A on the 12v rail)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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