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April 20, 2010 3:46:55 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next couple of weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $500-$650 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, RAM, DVD Drive, Hard Drives.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg I guess

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A., Texas

PARTS PREFERENCES: It doesn't matter, I've always used Intel brands but whatever is best bang for my buck.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Nah, I think 1 decent video card will suffice.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (I think)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't need the top of the line, brand new stuff. I just need affordable parts. I primarily play MMORPGs and I'm okay with a good resolution and don't need the highest settings. I'm more concerned about loading times and FPS compared to resolution.

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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2010 3:54:16 PM

Whats your current RAM? If it's DDR2 then you're better off with new RAM.

Whats current HD? If it's more than 2 years old, newer ones have advanced drastically in performance. Mainstream cheap drives no outperform the original velociraptors.


Offhand, I'm thinking Athlon II x3 and 5770, though need answers to above questions to figure out how much we have to play with.
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April 20, 2010 4:02:04 PM

I have 2GB 1666 MHz DDR2 ram, and I have 2 500GB HDs that are prob like 3 years old or so..

So in that case I guess maybe a 300GB HD? or something. I've never needed more than 500.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2010 4:27:11 PM

The cheapest build I'd go for would be at the upper end of your budget.

Optical
Sony $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Spinpoint F3 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 $85 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Athlon II x3 925 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU/Case
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W and HAF 922 $145 w/ $35 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM/GPU
Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 and 5770 $260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $647 before $45 MIR and shipping
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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2010 4:31:21 PM

If you really want to drop the price you can grab this Case/PSU combo instead. It's $50 in savings but a not as good case. Either PSU will run the system, though the Fatality one does have more headroom and a lot more 12v rail amperage.

Centurion 5 and OCZ Modxstream Pro 500w $94.98 w/ $ 35 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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April 20, 2010 5:05:05 PM

What about this?

Case
APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
AMD Athlon II X3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM/GPU
HD5770 & RipJaw DDR3 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: $559.94 After Instant RB.

I'm taking your advice on the hard drive, I guess I've been using these two for so long I don't know if I could be running/install much faster.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2010 5:44:26 PM

Rosewill is not a good PSU company. Incidentally, it's also more expensive than the fatality thanks to combo deals and MIR.

Open Box is not something I'd recommend.

No idea about that case. It's neither a quality company nor a well known case.
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April 20, 2010 5:51:13 PM

The Fatality combo is currently out of stock I believe, it wouldn't let me add it to my cart.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2010 5:54:15 PM

That was fast. Well guess it was a really good deal.

Anyway, just grab the Centurion 5 and OCZ 500W PSU combo instead then.
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April 20, 2010 6:12:47 PM

Best answer selected by Difinitus.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2010 7:45:24 PM

The new Rosewill Green PSUs have received favorable reviews; I think the last one I saw was at hardwaresecrets.com. They are a far sight better than the old Rosewill PSUs which destroyed their reputation.
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April 22, 2010 2:51:45 PM

What about any additional cooling like a Heat Sink?
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April 22, 2010 2:58:01 PM

In terms of the case i actually use it. It is definately not the most well built case but its decent. It serves my purpose even if it is a little flimsy. It is definately higher quality and most of the other cheaper cases. If you are afraid to use the vortex i would use this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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