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March 25, 2010 8:59:39 PM

I had been able to get a processor and build some nice computers... But newegg changed some stuff now I can't do anything.

I want the following:
quad-core
hd 4870
24X lightscribe optical drive
ummm... I don't know nothing about motherboards
120+ gagabyte Hard Drive
750+ watt power supply
4+ DDR3 1600+ RAM

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March 25, 2010 9:07:19 PM

You'll get more help if you post in the format found in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum. There's some basic information in there that is very useful when recommending a system.
March 25, 2010 9:10:42 PM

why do you want a 750+ watt psu for a single 4870 card? (which nobody in their right mind would buy anymore)

Anyhow fill out the basic questions as suggested by shortstuff so that we can an idea of what you want to do with your computer. Otherwise we'd tell you just to go buy an hp.
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March 25, 2010 9:29:26 PM

well that's why I asked for advice. I always thought a 4870 would be the best for my price range. Also I read somewhere I would need a 4870 for the pc I want. As for the other forum I didn't know it existed, sorry. Hope more people would help b/c I don't understand newegg anymore.
March 25, 2010 9:31:36 PM

We need to know what other uses the computer will be used for. We also need to know exactly what components are included in the budget (monitor, keyboard, mouse, Operating System, etc...). One of the most important things we need to know is your monitor resolution. That's why I asked you to fill out the information in the sticky. We can't recommend a good build without all that information.
March 25, 2010 9:39:58 PM

That (as in monitor, keyboard, mouse and all) is in the price. My friend has a spare windows XP disk i am going to use. I want the resulution to be HD 1080p, but will not mind a lower like 780 or something.
March 25, 2010 9:48:48 PM

Your expectations are a little high for your budget. You don't need a 750W PSU for a system like this. Here's a nice system for under $820:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $109.94 (Case + PSU combo)

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99

HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner Black SATA Model 1270i LightScribe Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $26.99

Acer X213HBbd Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 50000:1 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99

Total - $806.87
March 25, 2010 10:02:36 PM

Wow, now that's amazing.... All for under 820. Thank you for your support and FAST help. If you have more suggestens I would be happy to take them.
March 26, 2010 2:42:42 PM

If the budget has to include the monitor, then the $750 SBM PC won't work. I like shortstuff's build, BUT if he also needs to fit a keyboard and mouse in, even cheap ones (with shipping) will exceed the budget. Hopefully it has enough wiggle room, because there's not much to cut out of that build.
March 27, 2010 8:05:49 PM
March 27, 2010 11:00:10 PM

NO! Apevia PSUs are among the worst. Almost every one that jonnyguru has ever tested burned, melted, or otherwise choked. Any that didn't die outright were overrated pieces of garbage with bad regulation and lots of ripple and/or noise.
When I saw the power cord, I thought "Oh good, he's getting an Antec Earthwatts;" too bad that wasn't the case. Make it so, and you'll have an excellent build*.


*- noting that cases are a matter of personal preference...
March 27, 2010 11:27:22 PM

Went for the cheapest case
March 28, 2010 3:39:23 AM

Oh, well then this one is the same price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or, if you want cheaper, I've had good results from any of the low-end Rosewill cases, like this one I used for my secondary PC for $35 shipped: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Then, for a HD5770, get a 430W Earthwatts for $66 shipped: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or this slightly weaker Corsair for $51 shipped: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or even less if you play the rebate game and win.
March 28, 2010 6:24:38 AM

$729AR with free HDMI cable and Full HD 23 incher ^^ Free ship
March 28, 2010 12:49:57 PM

Nice build, but it includes $65 of rebates. Those are a crapshoot, and the money still has to be paid up front. Still, it comes in a little under, as long as shipping (was all of that free shipping? Nice!) and extortion aren't too high.
March 28, 2010 10:21:29 PM
March 28, 2010 11:04:06 PM

Coolmax is another BAD PSU brand. With the exception of Enermax, if a PSU has "max" in its name, it is a reference to the size of the pyrotechnic display or the number of components it will take with it when it dies. The PSU is not the place to be cheap, as the health of your entire system depends on it.
Choose a PSU with full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, and Enermax are among the better brands.
March 29, 2010 12:12:56 AM

Shortstuff_mt suggest a very high quality good PC for $800. Go with that.
March 29, 2010 1:22:18 AM

Yes, he did. Save up another $20-$30 for a KB and mouse if you have to.
March 31, 2010 6:20:48 AM

None of those are upgrades from the components listed above. You'll be disappointed with that PSU. The PSU is the one component to NOT try and save a buck on. A quality PSU is the key to a stable, long lasting system. I guess some people have to learn that lesson the hard way. I also don't see why you would ever use a dual core on a new build.
March 31, 2010 10:12:51 AM

Amazing...

Actually a little bizarre too. An Active PFC PSU should not have a little voltage switch on it like that one does. The label also shows it is a 600W PSU. Oh well...
March 31, 2010 4:40:11 PM

I will try to unlock the other cores, or should I go with a 2.8 Ghz quad....
March 31, 2010 6:45:23 PM

If you want a quad core, buy a quad core. There are no guarantees when trying to unlock cores. Buying a dual core and hoping to be able to unlock some cores seems silly to me when you can get a real quad core for so cheap.
April 1, 2010 4:55:59 PM

lol, is it really THAT stupid.... Ok I will get a quad. I also need to get a new PSU the price went up $50! This is why I ask you guys first.
April 1, 2010 4:58:02 PM

Once again appreciate the help
April 1, 2010 5:00:58 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Your expectations are a little high for your budget. You don't need a 750W PSU for a system like this. Here's a nice system for under $820:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $109.94 (Case + PSU combo)

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99

HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner Black SATA Model 1270i LightScribe Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $26.99

Acer X213HBbd Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 50000:1 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99

Total - $806.87


Searean just get this ^, it's the best you can do for your budget.

One thing you could change is change the CPU to the Rana 435 which IMO is better.
April 1, 2010 5:01:35 PM

You know what, can you guys pick a PSU out for me. I really seem to suck at this and it needs to be UNDER $30.... $35. Please?
April 1, 2010 5:03:15 PM

There are no quality PSU's for under $35. Using a cheap PSU will nearly guarantee an unstable system that could blow up at any time.
April 1, 2010 5:06:02 PM

What's wrong with the build I gave you? It will do everything you want and comes in at your budget. The case + PSU combo isn't available anymore, but here's one to replace it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $104.94 (Antec 300 + Antec EarthWatts EA-430D Green 430W 80 Plus Bronze PSU combo)
April 1, 2010 5:12:28 PM

wow, it's scary working with this much money... I pretty much have the same build as the one you mentioned. Except the RAM, Processor, Case, and PSU. The PSU is out of stock, and the case is no longer in combo so should I get it still (59.95)?
April 1, 2010 5:14:07 PM

Seareen can you post what you've selected so far?
April 1, 2010 5:16:29 PM

I took that Combo, but am probly going to use this RAM because it is $20 cheaper

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

unless It matters and I definently should go to that RAM. I also am going to that PSU. That build was perfect, but wanted to mess around a bit and try to get the price lower
April 1, 2010 5:17:18 PM

No, don't get OCZ ram. It is known to have a lot of voltage problems with a lot of motherboards.
April 1, 2010 5:19:59 PM
April 1, 2010 5:25:43 PM

That is too expensive, I am no longer getting a "free" OS anymore. So I'm getting one off of ebay, I prefer vista but can't find it at Microsoft.com
April 1, 2010 5:27:26 PM

Nevermind my last comment, except the OS part. You cut the price a lot thanks.
April 1, 2010 5:32:20 PM

Yay, no rebates!
April 5, 2010 9:52:59 PM

Ummm.... Should I increase Wattage because I plan to use this for 3+ years....
April 6, 2010 12:03:37 AM

I am definently going to upgrade with newer GPUs. I'll never get dual/crossfire GPU
April 7, 2010 1:48:15 AM

awww I can't pick this stuff. I suck especially at PSUs, can you try to pick a good PSU. Within 70$
April 7, 2010 1:56:40 AM

3 years... your computer is going to be *** in 3 years. Plan to build your computers to replace every 2 years max
April 8, 2010 10:16:28 PM

Yes well that's what I pretty much meant I will be 16 and be able to get a job in two years (finally), and my mom has given me the ok and now I am *** my pants. I need the PERFECT build for this budget. I need the ok from everyone here b/c my mom is spending $600!!! I'm pitching in $200 and could go higher.
April 9, 2010 3:26:03 AM

Rosewill power supplies are crap. The rana 435 is the best Processor in this price range. Quad cores slow down games, the 4th core is not needed at all.

For $600



For $700



For $800



There you have it.
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