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February 23, 2010 3:02:20 AM

Im going to be building a PC for my friend and he said he is only willing to spend around 600 bucks so theses are some things i thought would a ok build.

Give me some advice on some stuff


1.Rosewill R230-P-BK Black 0.5mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

He said he just wanted a really cheap case.

2.Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3.MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr 1G GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4.Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5.G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6.GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7.Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


This is the Build i didnt put much time in looking for the parts only about 30 mins if you have any advice or changes to this build that would help me alot. Also he is probably going to be buying this computer by this weekend.

Thanks.

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February 23, 2010 3:27:59 AM

Get earthwatts PSU not the basiq series... and also for 20$ less you can get a 4850, or for 30$ more get a 5770, either are good choices
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February 23, 2010 3:48:09 AM

Good choices ( though personally i would go AMD in this price range, like for the same price you could get an AMD PII X3 clocked at 2.8ghz, so you get an extra core, and quite possible unlock it it for 4 cores at 2.8ghz for the same price as that dual core, if not cheaper ). Also that ram is fantastic, i got the timings lower then the stock settings and it runs great :) 
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February 23, 2010 12:07:32 PM

If you OC the Phenom X2 555 and try to unlock the cores, do you need to buy an aftermarket cooler? If so, can you meet or surpass x4 speeds?

Which is a better bang for the buck?

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Deneb 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision - Retai ($103.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail (29.99 + 7.56 = 37.55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $141.54

OR

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail ($139.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor - OEM ($130.00)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the x2 + cooler, I am assuming that you would at least get 1 core unlocked... and NOT pushing the cpu and cooler to the limit.
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February 24, 2010 3:56:00 AM

If you can unlock the cores of the PhenomIIx2 555 you don't need an aftermarket cooler unless you overclock it. I think the PhenomIIx4 940 is still only AM2+ not AM3 compatible.
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February 24, 2010 10:57:41 PM

Ive decided to switch to the AMD since the motherboards r cheaper for the value and idk which CPU from AMD to get for the best value for around 120ish
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February 24, 2010 11:11:58 PM

kpnamja said:
Ive decided to switch to the AMD since the motherboards r cheaper for the value and idk which CPU from AMD to get for the best value for around 120ish


Any of the X3's have great performance /value ratios, or for a quad a 620. If you can try to find an X3 720 BE.
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February 24, 2010 11:28:52 PM

Things ive changed to my build

1.ECS BLACK SERIES A790GXM-AD3 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2.AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3.Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

does anyone know if the PSU in my build is good enough for my build? im having a GTS 250
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February 25, 2010 12:09:18 AM

Yes it should be more then enough. And that CPU is a great buy, especially if you get a MOBO that can unlock it.

But if i were you i would spend the extra bit of money to get this mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As it supports crossfire/sli for a future upgrade if you ever decide to go that route. But im not sure if the ECS model does or not, it doesnt say, so it probably doesnt. BOTH MOBO's are quite similar, just one offers better longevity and options for the future. Plus i know the EVO comes with ACC, the ability to unlock cores so if you want to try it on your callisto, you can see if it will turn into a quad core.
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February 25, 2010 10:20:11 AM

$614 AR
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