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Budget Light Gaming PC for < $825

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February 22, 2010 12:44:53 AM

My last build went so well I've decided to just replace my oldest machine with another budget build.

On newegg I've found some nice combo deals that will allow me to spend the same amount of money and have a better cpu, aftermarket HSF, and case.

This is what I'm looking at so far...

Antec 300 Case and Asus M4A785-M Motherboard (Combo):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AMD Phenom II x2 555 BE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStreme Pro 600W Modular PSU and Western Digital 500GB SATA Blue (Combo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Wintec 4GB (2x 2gb) PC6400 DDR2 800 and Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 1GB (Combo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Asus SATA DVD Burner and CM Hyper 212+ Cooler (Combo):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Windows 7 64 bit and a cheapy Logitech Keyboard & Mouse

With the monitor ($150, ordering elsewhere) I'm looking at a grand total of $822.21 after shipping, which leaves me $2.79 under budget.

I'm mainly worried about that memory working with that motherboard, and the motherboard being micro ATX fitting into that case. Also, if anyone has installed the Hyper 212+ into that case, how well does it fit? Thanks in advance.
February 22, 2010 1:09:00 AM

I dont know why you need a HSF, are you planning on overclocking? and why are you getting ddr2 ram? How much is your logitech keyboard and mouse? None of your links work either.
February 22, 2010 1:19:19 AM

squirrel15 said:
I dont know why you need a HSF, are you planning on overclocking? and why are you getting ddr2 ram? How much is your logitech keyboard and mouse? None of your links work either.


I do plan to try unlocking and overclocking which is why I want that HSF, the motheboard supports DDR2, which is why I looked for a combo deal that included DDR2 memory. The Logitech keyboard and mouse combo is $16.99 + $4.99 shipping. Links are fixed.
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February 22, 2010 1:26:31 AM

Is that $150 monitor a part of the $825 budget?
February 22, 2010 1:35:11 AM

yes, that budget includes everything.
February 22, 2010 2:26:07 AM

It hard to put a better build than that, I tried looking for combos but its hard. Everything on your build will work but its not the best. I wish you could get a ddr3 ram and mobo but thats a tight budget your on, you can trim some fat off of the case, but that keyboard/mouse, monitor, and OS is killing you, but if its only for limited gaming I guess its ok. I want to give you a better HD, ram, and mobo but that puts you over your budget and get rid of any combo discounts you had before.
February 22, 2010 2:41:23 AM

squirrel15 said:
It hard to put a better build than that, I tried looking for combos but its hard. Everything on your build will work but its not the best. I wish you could get a ddr3 ram and mobo but thats a tight budget your on, you can trim some fat off of the case, but that keyboard/mouse, monitor, and OS is killing you, but if its only for limited gaming I guess its ok. I want to give you a better HD, ram, and mobo but that puts you over your budget and get rid of any combo discounts you had before.



Thanks for the feedback.. I know I'm not getting the best, I didn't expect that going in. That machine will be replacing an old Emachines Pentium 4 3.0ghz single core with 512mb DDR memory, 160 gb hard drive and 256k shared video ram on a 17" LCD monitor.

My biggest concern is that everything works the way it should.
February 22, 2010 2:57:22 AM

What is the build for primarily? Its not for gaming I guess, its just for home and school i'm guessing?
February 22, 2010 2:57:22 AM

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136177
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$25.99


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$59.99
$54.99


GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128392
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$8.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$84.99



HIS H487Q1GH Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814161292
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$174.99


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
$84.99


AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model HDZ720WFK3DGI - OEM
Item #: N82E16819103652
$104.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
$29.99


Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371015
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129066
$124.98


Total- $677.91 w/out shipping+tax ($25 MIR)
February 22, 2010 3:01:33 AM

I would have done a similar kind of build dan4patriots, but Iggy needs everything. Including monitor (which he has already purchased and is taken out of the $825), an OS (which is $104) and a keyboard/mouse ($22). So that leaves $575 for a HD, case, GPU, PSU, RAM, Mobo, CPU, Dvd burner, and he also wants a HSF too. I'm not sure if his build is going to get any better than it already is.
February 22, 2010 3:09:32 AM

squirrel15 said:
What is the build for primarily? Its not for gaming I guess, its just for home and school i'm guessing?


very light gaming, older games primarily. Nothing that my old emachines couldn't handle, just the new build will handle it much better.

I want to overclock and possibly unlock, simply because it's possible.
February 22, 2010 3:22:28 AM

I see what you mean. Its a good build for the money, I honestly dont think you need a antec 300 case but it does look really cool. lol Well good luck with your build. You still should get some other opinions, maybe put up another post and say that you want a $575 build and see what you get. Good luck again.
February 22, 2010 3:25:18 AM

For the memory, I have Wintec amp 667 memory but on a gigabyte 785us2h. I don't have any problems and it booted on a first try.
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