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April 1, 2010 2:20:55 AM


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS maybe-have xp home 32 bit



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will these components work with each other ?

Like most of my questions this system is for a friend who does not want to post but would like to know if these parts are ok for a low quad gaming build ?

Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply -$180.00

GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard -$90.00

AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor -$120.00

32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner -$23.00

HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card -$85.00

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -$50.00

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK -$107.00

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders -$105.00

Total = $760.00 + $30.00 s/h

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April 1, 2010 3:16:10 AM

buy the quad core! oyu will notice the difference!
April 1, 2010 3:26:15 AM

discboy321 said:
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

For gaming, the best value cpu right now is the athlon ii x3, as most games only use up to 3 cores. So if the purpose of the build is primarily for gaming, check out the Athlon x3 435 & Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 Motherboard. It is around $150 after rebate, and the motherboard has USB 3.0 and SATA 6gb/s.

Also, for $5 more you can get a Seagate Barracude 500gb
April 1, 2010 3:26:43 AM
April 1, 2010 3:31:24 AM

A much better build. $778 after shipping =)

*EDIT* Mosox the EA650W PSU he selected is not overkill, it's a very good quality PSU that he found with a combo. The Coolermaster 460W is NOT what you would want in a $750 build, it's a low end PSU for people on extreme budgets.
April 1, 2010 4:17:05 AM

mosox said:
I like your whishlist but that rig doesn't draw more than 300W at full load, mine is much more powerful and I have a 450 W PSU. Here are some very good and cheaper alternatives:

Here's a PSU calculator:

Also you would go for a WD or Samsung instead of Seagate.

IWWW 430W PSU by antec basiq? Stick to 550+ PSu's for future upgradability + stability. And stay away from Basiqs.

Earthwatts 650/750, eco neo 520/620, Corsair 650/550 are all quality PSu's in your budget.
April 1, 2010 8:34:06 PM

So thanks for all the help. My next Q is do I switch back to a quad core and which one ?
April 1, 2010 8:41:46 PM

and should I stay with the video card I originally had ?
April 1, 2010 9:48:58 PM

No, the 4670 is not a very good gaming video card and the propus 2.6 ghz is not as good as the rana 435 2.9 ghz triple core.

Go with my build if you want the best bang for the buck for gaming.
April 1, 2010 9:57:13 PM

I have to agree with whitefang.

AMD triple-core is the best bang for the buck right now. Some games use 2 cores, very few can use more. The additional core can be used for background tasks.

For a gaming machine with ATI graphics, a 5770 is pretty much as low as you want to go. That should do medium settings at 1920x1nnn, and high settings at lower resolutions. Any of the 46nn or 56nn series cards are going to be very poor at high resolutions, as they're really HTPC graphics cards, not gaming cards.