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($500-600) Budget Gaming PC

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March 28, 2010 5:01:58 AM

This is my first time building a gaming computer..I hope it goes well.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (in a month or two) BUDGET RANGE: (500-600$) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (United States)

PARTS PREFERENCES: none, as long as it works and works for a long time
OVERCLOCKING: YES! SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in a few years when needed

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Minimum lights and noise as possible.

I already did my research and found some few parts:
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100295HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail & Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail COMBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS 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 Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also I am going to use my plasma tv as a monitor. I'm going to need a wireless keyboard and a wireless adapter as this computer is going to be in my living room. Since I'm going to use the tv as a monitor I will need an hdmi cable. I need some recommendations to reliable wireless keyboard, wireless adapter, and a hdmi cable.

I think thats it..since I'm going to buy in a month or so I know prices will change and I will take a look at the prices once in a while. That all totals to $559.77.
Thanks for looking at my build!

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March 28, 2010 5:27:53 AM

Hmm $57x without OS ^^
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March 28, 2010 5:45:28 AM

That looks incredible, except the motherboard doesn't have a hdmi port. Also I don't need the OS disc I already have one.
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March 28, 2010 6:17:28 AM

Oh, I see now I thought the mobo needed to have an hdmi port to have the hdmi cable work :D .

Since this is my first time build, I don't really know how to overclock. Do you have a beginners' guide to do this? Since I am overclocking do you recommend a heatsink? Also that athlon cpu can be unlockable correct? How do I go about doing this?

If all possible do you know any good wireless adapter that can receive wireless signals of about 20ft away?
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March 28, 2010 6:46:37 AM

1. The best way is to stick to stock HSF/settings 1st , learn slowly and if you confident nab an after market HSF and clock away - no rush and you get better acquainted with your hardware :p  However this is a specific thread on Rana OC
AMD Athlon II X3 OC Club
http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/595380-amd-athlon-ii-...

2. Unlocking is a bonus not a given as variables like batch of chip unlockable/mobo BIOS supporting unlocking , etc all are contributing factors

3. Go with a wireless N USB adapter?
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March 28, 2010 7:01:26 AM

Later on in the year when I have funding I will purchase this monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The max resolution is 1440 x 900 wouldn't a 4670 be good enough? I want to be able to play crysis, assassin creed 1 & 2, mass effect and other modern games. Wouldn't the 5770 be overkill? I've seen the 4670 bench marked and I'm not really interested in the Directx11 of the 5000 generation.

I want this build to last for at least 5 years+. Would the build you posted last that long? And if it does, in the future can I replace some parts; I may be looking to upgrade this build.

I forgot to mention a wireless keyboards. Do you know any good gaming keyboards with at least 10ft range?

Thanks for answering my questions soo far!

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March 28, 2010 7:38:31 AM

At 1280 x 1024 and/or 1440 x 900 HD 4670 is fine on medium settings for Crysis but if you want to cut down costs i would still at least hit a HD 4770/GTS 250 as these cards will be awesome for those resolution yet be wallet friendly ^^ Actually for gaming i reco a wired/USB keyboard/mouse ^^
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March 29, 2010 4:07:22 AM

Hmm.. I still like the hd 4670 as it is the best bang for the buck in my opinon. As long as it can last for a few years then I will be upgrading it to the 5770 perhaps.

I'm still undecided on as to buy ATI or NVIDIA but I hear ATI right now is the best company due to their price/performance cards. But I'm willing to buy NVIDIA if there price/performance is better than ATI.

Also I want my case to be nice and clean in the inside. Are there any cables that would make it tidier?
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March 29, 2010 8:55:31 AM

For now even after so called 'Cypress Killer' Fermi is out ATI has the upper hand bang for buck not to mention cooler running and lower power consuming You can learn cable management in hardware forums/sites
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March 29, 2010 6:58:18 PM

My tv resolution is 1024x768 and it can only display 30fps limited. I don't want to spend too much on the video card as I want it to last for a few years since I'm sticking to the tv as a monitor.

I've looked up the hd radeon 4770 but the one on newegg doesn't seem to have a hdmi :(  . Instead I saw a 9800 GT with native hdmi :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Right now that's the best for my budget I can always purchase the hdmi cable separately.


Also I noticed that burner you suggested isn't really good and I would swap that 19.99 one for a few bucks get a better one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I compared the ADATA ram to the gskill and I'm just curious that the adata does not have heat spreader would this matter at all?
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March 31, 2010 6:01:06 AM

Sorry, my situation has changed and my new thread is here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283704-31-budget-gami...

I've changed things up a bit since my budget will be under 500$. I think the 4670 is the best video card as I'm looking at great reviews and benchmarks. I also think the PSU recommended is overkill. Please look at the new thread for my updated build as I'm getting this in a week timed!
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