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$600 budget gaming build! Let's do this.

Last response: in Systems
January 29, 2010 8:28:16 PM


BUDGET: $600 max, after rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, multimedia, general use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


PARTS PREFERENCES: The highest quality gear available within this price range. Wants to keep the HD 5770 in the build, but I can try to convince him otherwise if there is a compelling reason to put the money into other parts.

OVERCLOCKING: If we can fit the budget. CROSSFIRE: Probably not.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This build is for a buddy of mine. His original list of parts had some pretty questionable stuff, I'd like to help him improve it. My knowledge is sorely lacking when it comes to AMD-based systems, but I know enough to know that there are better alternatives to some of this hardware. I'd like to help him get the best performance possible with his build, given his limited budget.


His parts: Newegg Wish List.

MoBo: ECS BLACK SERIES A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - $64.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ940XCJ4DGI - $140
Optical: LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22LS50 LightScribe - $24.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB - $54.99
PSU: Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 - $59.99 (I'm concerned about this one in particular)
GPU: Radeon HD 5770 1GB - $164.99 (He was looking at the HD 5670 before)
Case: NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $69.99
RAM: WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - $75.99 (There's got to be a better kit than this)

Total: $655.93. Need to find better parts at lower prices. Eep.

Right now, the build doesn't include a HSF, as I don't think he has considered overclocking. If it's possible to fit a Hyper 212+ and anything else necessary into the budget, might as well try. If not, no big deal - bottom line, I'd like to find him the highest possible performance for his budget.
January 30, 2010 2:10:18 AM

The 5770 can play modern games at high settings at a 1900 resolution so it will be over kill for your friend's current monitor. The Athlon II 620 can be just as strong as a Phenom II 955 once over clocked to over 3GHz.

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
$95.99 - Free Shipping

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9A G - Retail
$79.99 - Free Shipping

POWERCOLOR AX5770 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
$144.99 - Free Shipping

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$84.99 - Free Shipping

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$54.99 - Free Shipping

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM
$23.99 - Free Shipping

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
$59.99 - Free Shipping

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$59.99 - Free Shipping

Total = $603