$500-800 advice please

BUDGET RANGE: $500-800


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse and Keyboard suggestions would be nice but don't need to be included. Also dell 2209wa will be purchased later



PARTS PREFERENCES: I was thinking AMD/ATI but am not positive


MONITOR RESOLUTION: The dell I plan to buy is 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I can get windows 7 for free so that does not need to be included

I'm struggling between two different builds but am open to other suggestions

I was thinking something like this build http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17527548 without the windows 7. But i do not like that case and was thinking possibly a different power supply.

The other build i was thinking of includes:

AMD Athlon II x4 630 108.99

Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 94.99

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3-1333 57.99

Radeon 5670 99.99

Cavier Black 640gb 74.99

Im not sure which motherboard to choose. I like the 630 from the second build with the 4gb and 5770 from the first. I am thinking about the 690 II for the case but am open to suggestions.

Thanks in advance for the help
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  1. alright i would recommend this:
    processor: intel core i3 2.93
    motherboard: EVGA 111-CD-E630-TR LGA
    ram: Kingston HyperX 2GB
    Power Supply: Antec BP550 Plus 550W
    Video Card: EVGA 9800gt
    DVD Burner: Lite-On Burner
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 750GB
    (i have two of these HDD from geeks)

    it will be almost 600 without monitor or peripherals or os
  2. That doesnt include a case so that would be an additional expense..The other thing is that motherboard is upgradeable but the am3 is. Why would you recommend that over the other out of curiosity?
  3. sorry about the case! that was dumb.
    i chose the COOLER MASTER Elite
    and i guess i don't understand your question about the mb and processor?
  4. Well the socket on that motherboard is not going to have anymore new processors. The AM3 has an upgrade path. Do you have that build?
  5. i suppose you are right on the upgrade path, but when i upgrade processors i want a great mb to accompany that. i chose the new i3 processor from intel because it is right in the middle of price for performance. they are great, and i would rather have a great dual core than a poor quad (athlon 2's, which i have currently) that's just my opinion tho! besides i believe that EVGA has the greatest quality mbs and video cards out there. bar none. so i think going for the build i suggested would give you a better performance. the build that you had a link to has a great processor, but outdated (or soon to be) parts. the other one you posted has the athlon quad isn't very good because i don't like athlon 2's if you're doing to go AMD (which i do recommend, don't get me wrong) then go for the new Phenom 2's. i know budget is huge, so i would think about my build i suggested. again it's my opinion, and this is the build i will get unless someone points me in a better direction! lol.
  6. i meant the first build with the link has a great video card, not processor. sorry.
  7. Thanks for your opinion and Ill look into it. Anyone else have suggestions?
  8. sorry to keep butting in, but if you want amd, and am3 mb then try the same parts i listed before but use the
    GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (motherboard)
    and the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz processor
    both at newegg
  9. well the 9800gt in brett's build is pretty underpowered. your first choice, the 5770, is a great card, and you'll be able to play pretty much any game at 1600x1080 no prob. as far as the i3 is concerned, i think your response says it all really. :)

    the best part of the TH forums are the build-wizards who can make magic out of a newegg shopping cart.

    see if you can get one of them to tweak your newegg wishlist build. probably want to get different ram, maybe a cm690 II, maybe go to the x3 435 chip.
  10. Phenom X2 555 will almost certainly unlock to be a 3.2 gig quadcore and have the latest AMD stepping
    $105 . Now you suddenly have the exact same cpu as a phenom quadcore

    the UD3P is a great board that will unlock those cores with a simple BIOS change

    save a bit of money by buying a samsung F3 500 gig hard drive . Cheaper and faster than the WD

    Newegg has great deals on the antec 300 and PSU's . You wont need more than 500 watts to run that rig with a 5770 in it

    Thats a very decent card for a 1680 x1050 monitor
  11. 500-800 is a pretty big range, I went with 650$ and this:

    DVD Burner: Lite-On Burner

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB

    Processor: AMD Athlon II x3 rana 440 3.0 ghz

    Graphics Card: Sapphire 5770
    (A 5850 is also a possibility)

    RAM: 4gb ddr3 1600 crucial baliistix
    (The ram could be changed, never really sure about AMD ram :P )

    Case: Cooler Master Elite
    (Another thing that definitely could be changed, I just chose it since some other guy did earlier)

    PSU: 500w OCZ ModXStream Pro
    (You could change this to a better quality PSU and perhaps also a 650w PSU if you think a lot of overclocking and/or a big graphics card that takes up more power are in your future)

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3
    (Chosen since it was on your other build, this could be changed if you want to do crossfire along with the PSU)

  12. this isn't a reply on the build, but how can i post my newegg cart and have the th build wizards take a hack at it? it want to keep it at around $500 without shipping, thoughts?
  13. Thanks for the responses. Is the core unlocking a guaranteed thing? Also, How would you go about doing something like that? I just wouldn't wanna buy the dual core and then be stuck with that. Also the tri-core might work. Is that unlockable?
  14. Dude the sollution for you is just spend kindia like more 150 usd to make ur rig much better

    PC Case 
    Cooler Master HAF 922

    Hard Drive
    Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB

    CD-ROM Drive
    LG 22x DVD

    Core i7 860 2.8GHz

    MSI P55-GD80

    Memory Modules
    Transcend 2GB DDR3 1333MHz C9(2*2)

    Power Supply
    Cooler Master GX-650W

    Video Card
    MSI HD5850 OC 1GB GDDR5

    This rig will even be future proof and really sweeet for gaming and video uses
  15. Eh..thanks for your reply but AMD/ATI is better bang for the buck. Any other suggestions or more info on unlocking cores?
  16. Devam, go with the 750 and get 4 gb ram.
  17. Forgot to mention i was gettin 4gigs of ram (2*2)
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