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First Time Build on a Budget

Last response: in Systems
March 8, 2010 6:10:02 AM

So I'm looking at building a new computer and haven't done so before so I was hoping to get a critique of the system that I'm looking at purchasing in the next 2-3 months. Just a little background only looking to spend around 500-600 dollars after rebates (this is including an operating system, windows 7 home premium), and I already have optical drives, hard drives, monitor, speakers, keyboard, etc. So anyways, my system as it is now:

Antec Three Hundred
cost: 55

Power Supply
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V
cost: 50

Graphics Card
Radeon HD 4850
cost: 107

cost: 95

Athlon II X3 335
cost: 75

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
cost: 112

Total System cost with windows 7: 594

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a b B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2010 4:09:17 PM

$566 AR featuring an 80+ 650 watter PSU, a USB/SATA 3.0 mobo ^^
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2010 10:14:23 PM

That's pretty decent for the budget. If you look for combo deals, you can sometimes get an AMD quad core and motherboard for about the same price as that triple-core and motherboard you picked. But not always.

I agree with going for a DX11 card with any new mid- to high-end build these days. 5770 would be preferable to the 5750 if you can afford the extra $20 or so.
a c 122 B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2010 1:58:46 PM

If this is your first build, take a look at the first part of this thread while you are waiting for parts to arrive.

Our standard checklist and troubleshooting thread:

It may keep you from making any noobish mistakes.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 13, 2010 10:05:32 AM

Well DX11 or not i'd look at raw frames first and they start pulling away from previous gen HD 4870/GTX 260 if one really starts looking at the HD 5830s and better tbh