First pc build


BUDGET RANGE: $500-700


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, or anywhere thats cheaper.


Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $39.99

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

MotherBoard: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $99.99

Video Card: Recertified: MSI 81690906714 GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $49.99

RAM: OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail $94.99

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $55.99

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - Retail $31.99

PSU: APEX AL-D500EXP 500W ATX12V Power Supply - Retail $44.99

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Is this setup ok or do i need to change anything.
Thanks for your help.
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  1. Looks good, should be able to keep up with most store bought pcs. Don't expect any wonders however.

    What games do you plan on playing? If possible I would invest in a better video card, possibly even a better processor.

    However, you can get carried away with those types of things, so know your financial limit and realize that prices drop all the time. If you upgrade those components a case with better cooling (and price...) would help, these things get HOT.

    And if you are on a tight budget, I would consider overclocking. It's basically more performance for less money!
  2. Id use a better PSU and case.....$44 more but of reputable quality.

    Better HD for same price
  3. Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

    Take a look of this:

    CPU 95.99 Athlon II X4 620
    MOBO 119.99 M4A79XTD EVO
    RAM 113.99 Crucial 1333
    GPU 159.99 HD 5770
    HDD 54.99 Seagate 500GB
    COOLER 34.99 Hyper 212+
    COMBO 104.98 Case + PSU
    Dvd Drive 31.99 DVD drive

    Total: $ 716,91 + SHIPPING and $20 MIR
  4. Thanks to everyone that replied.

    To Autiep03, The main games I want to play right now is fallout 3 and a couple of other I bought awhile back, but couldn't play on my old system. The reason I chose that video card is b/c I already ordered it for an upgrade to my HP and a friend told me it might not work. So if it does work, I will select a better one for this build. Also I don't know how to overclock yet and I certainly don't want to learn on these parts and take the chance on killing them.

    To JackNaylorPE, Thanks for the case suggestion and for $44 dollars more, it looks like the better choice. As more cooling is always a plus.

    To saint19, That does look like a good build, but seeing as this my first build ever. I am trying not to spend too much and get in over my head. May try that build after I get more comfortable with touch a $100+ dollar fragile object.
  5. Saint's build is great, and for the most part these days it's fairly difficult to fry parts unless you're being careless. The only parts that I am always really cautious with are the CPU and mobo, and as long as you hold them properly/make sure you're grounded before touching them you'll be fine. This is not to say not to take care when handling all parts, it's just that I always have the feeling that the CPU and MOBO are a lot more vulnerable then they really are.

    If you can afford the $17 over your budget for Saint's build then take it. It will be difficult to come up with one much better.
  6. Best answer
    jeremy728 said:
    Thanks to everyone that replied.

    To saint19, That does look like a good build, but seeing as this my first build ever. I am trying not to spend too much and get in over my head. May try that build after I get more comfortable with touch a $100+ dollar fragile object.

    Well, I understand that, but:

    1- The price of your rig is $513, but you build the rig with a 9500GT that's a old GPU.
    2- The RAM speed is 1066, same speed that I have but in DDR2, isn't a good deal for $94.99, you can add $20 more and get DDR3 1333.
    3- The HDD is good, but with a little less, you can get the Seagate that i suggest, that have similar performance as the Spinpoint F3 500GB, and is a better HDD that the WD that you want.
    4- APEX don't make good PSU, if you want a good PSU, get a Silverston, Antec, PC power and cooling, Thermaltake, OCZ, Corsair...
    5- The price of the rig that i suggest to you is only $16,91 more that your budget and is before rebates, with rebates the price is :$696,91
    6- If you want speed a little less in my configuration, don't buy the cooler Hyper 212+, so, is $34.99 less. Total: $ 681.92 before rebates and shipping.
  7. Its pretty difficult to overclock something to death, im still using the same components that i first learned to oveclock on, even after multiple BSODS and forced shut downs. All components will shut down automatically if damage begins to occur, unless there is a malfunction or you have certain settings disabled (pretty rare). Read through tutorials first and be sensible, don't try to overclock you cpu to 8Ghz for example...

    I believe that if you follow these rules, you can overclock no problem, is really easy.
  8. Best answer selected by r_manic.
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