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For every time you help me, you get to throw rocks at a newb!

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March 1, 2010 5:13:47 PM

Hi, I've got a build and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions, comments, or other things. It must be under 1000 dollars.







ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Under $1000, fast, cheap


CPU: $180
RAM: $180
Operating System: $105
Monitor: $110
GPU: $83
Motherboard: $80
Hard Drive: $55
Optical Drive: $24
Network Card: $23
Case: $30
Power supply: $27
Keyboard: $15
Sound Card: $13
Card Reader: $10

So, about the title... Every time that you give advice, you get to throw projectiles at me. Sound fun?

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March 1, 2010 6:02:17 PM

for the power supplly alone you deserve no less then a billion tons of bricks on your balls
March 1, 2010 6:07:24 PM

obsidian86 said:
for the power supplly alone you deserve no less then a billion tons of bricks on your balls


Yea your build pretty much is horrible.

Give me a minute and I will try to put one together before Mad Admiral or Shortstuff copy and paste

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March 1, 2010 6:08:11 PM

Agree. To be honest, there isn't anything in that build I would consider for a gaming build.

Here's what I would build (still working on getting it under $1,000):

CPU: X3 425 $72
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $85 after rebate
RAM/GPU: HD 5850 and OCZ Platinum 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CL 7 $406 after rebate
HDD/PSU: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and OCZ StealthXStream 600W $85 after rebate
Case: Coolermaster Elite $40
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24
OS: Windows 7 Home OEM $105
Monitor: Asus 21.5" 1080p $160

Total: $977.
March 1, 2010 6:17:23 PM

There he goes again....Damn you

Mad's build is exactly what I was going to post but with the corsair ram.

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March 1, 2010 6:29:10 PM

Sony Optiarc Black

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Hanns·G HH201HPB Black 20" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monito

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, 3x USB power

MSI R5770-PM2D1G-OC Radeon HD 5770 1GB

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

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builder


i went with a lil more cpu power

you dont need a sound card specially not a cheap one
March 1, 2010 6:55:34 PM
March 1, 2010 7:03:56 PM

I'll just say that my build is the best at gaming. I sacrified the CPU in order to fit in the HD 5850. The lower CPU will not affect gaming, while the larger GPU is the difference between being able to game at 1900x and not. The board I used also has USB 3/SATA III ports, making it much more future proof.

The only two thing I would change in my build if there was some extra cash is the RAM and the PSU. OCZ RAM has some issues because it requires a lot more volts than other sticks to run perfectly. This isn't a huge problem as long as you manually set the specs in BIOS. The PSU isn't one of the highest quality. It's good quality, but not great. That's the reason I went with a larger unit than necessary.
March 1, 2010 8:22:01 PM

Admiral..... I'm not mocking your build. As a matter of fact I didn't even read through it. I just tried to give the man what he was asking for and stay in his budget with the best I could provide. Cudos for tossing in a 5850 but it didn't fit in my "budget". I find it difficult to compromise components.
March 1, 2010 9:28:41 PM

I know, I'm just pointing out the differences. Your build is what I would put together for a multipurpose build. I really didn't want to drop to the OCZ PSU, but to make it a better gaming build, it really needed the 5850.
March 2, 2010 2:40:13 AM

zaixionito said:


CPU: $180
RAM: $180
Operating System: $105
Monitor: $110
GPU: $83
Motherboard: $80
Hard Drive: $55
Optical Drive: $24
Network Card: $23
Case: $30
Power supply: $27
Keyboard: $15
Sound Card: $13
Card Reader: $10

I think its worthwhile to also point out what was wrong with your initial build, purely as a learning exercise.

- very lopsided, good cpu and alot of ram and everything else is much weaker.
- very weak video card for $1000 build, as you can see from madadmirals build for a gaming build you get the best possible video card for your budget and get the rest of the parts to support it, CPU can be weaker as long a it doesn't bottleneck the card.
- DDR2 ram on a DDR3 motherboard, just won't work. also 8 gigs is too much for your budget.
- doesn't need a sound card. the mobo has onboard sound, and it probably much better than a $12 card
- don't buy the cheapest PSU, if it goes it could fry your whole system. play it safe and spend a little more on a good brand
- monitor is tiny. its tough to fit in a monitor on a budget but its totally worth downgrading other components to get a bigger screen as it has a big impact on the gaming experience.
March 2, 2010 1:40:23 PM

Thanks everyone...

I now understand my past mistakes and will not repeat them...

When do I get to be a jedi?
March 2, 2010 6:51:55 PM

when you validate an overclock you will be a jedi young grass hopper but till then wax on ,wax off
March 3, 2010 3:24:00 PM

Best answer selected by Zaixionito.
nThanks everyone. Everyone had good answers, just obsidian had the most painful.