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April 22, 2010 10:29:08 PM

Alright I'm trying to piece together a good system for myself, and a lesser but still able system for my brother.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully this month (just over a week) BUDGET RANGE: ABSOLUTE MAXES- $400 for me $200 for the other build Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE: gaming, basics (ms office, web, etc.), watching movies in no particular order

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD Drive, Hard Drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Anywhere that I need to go to get the best deals
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI/CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 for the better of the two, 1280x1024 for the lesser unless I get a good deal on a monitor

CURRENT PARTS
Need to reuse: Sapphire HD4870 1gb, Antec Nine hundred Two, GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P I have a bunch of sata drives I'm going to use unless I really need something else.
Have available: Core2duo e6420, OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB DDR2
I'm hoping this is doable, even if I have to go cheap now on the 2nd computer (mine is of most importance) and upgrade it in a few months then that's fine.

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April 22, 2010 11:51:26 PM

You could take those parts that you have available and need to reuse and build a rig right there. All you'd really need is maybe another 2 sticks of the same RAM if you have a 64-Bit OS and a PSU.

I'm pretty sure that 4870 will run games fine at that lower res.
April 23, 2010 12:16:32 AM

your scrwed. I suggest building an amzing system for yourself and have your brother muster up the money for his computer. Also i might suggest building yours maybe spend 550 and then use the other 250 on a prebuilt from walmart. I would reuse the case antec and video card. Therefore for yourself you need ram, cpu, mobo, cpu cooler/cooling stuff, and psu. Heres what i would reccomend for you http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
for your brother
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 23, 2010 7:37:27 PM

I forgot to mention I do have a psu for him, and a 320mb 8800 gts if thats enough.

143miah said:
You could take those parts that you have available and need to reuse and build a rig right there. All you'd really need is maybe another 2 sticks of the same RAM if you have a 64-Bit OS and a PSU.

I'm pretty sure that 4870 will run games fine at that lower res.

I was thinking about doing something like that for him, the problem is I think the cpu is holding this comp back as well.

irule9000 said:
your scrwed. I suggest building an amzing system for yourself and have your brother muster up the money for his computer. Also i might suggest building yours maybe spend 550 and then use the other 250 on a prebuilt from walmart.

My brother is 10 so he's not going to be getting much. I was just cutting into my budget to try and get him an ok machine to play some games. Mostly he wants to play sc2 on decent settings, but other then that I just want it to be upgradable for him.

irule9000 said:
I would reuse the case antec and video card. Therefore for yourself you need ram, cpu, mobo, cpu cooler/cooling stuff, and psu. Heres what i would reccomend for you http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
for your brother
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That PSU worries me, as it's only 400watt. also, the 5770 only really offers DX11 other then that it doesn't have that much improvement on my 4870. I like the mobo, cpu, ram I think. Hows the OC capability with that setup?

How well would the 8800 i mentioned at the top of this post, the cpu, ram, and mobo preform together? Is there any OC ability that I should look into instead of upgrading to save the money? In that build, what is needed to make it preform ok? I understand that the socket I'm on with the core2duo is a dead socket, so an upgrade there will most likely require a new mobo as well i assume?
April 23, 2010 8:40:34 PM

I would say Snag an I7 or Phenom (depending on your Processor preference) a nifty Mobo, a DX11 card on the cheap, and an extra stick of the same ram. Sure you may spend slightly more than 800, but well under 1,000.
April 23, 2010 11:24:51 PM

I've decided $400 is my budget, and $0-$200 is my brothers budget. What do you guys think? Are these budgets do able?

I'm going to be using my 4870, and my brother the 8800. I've also got cases and hard drives for both of us. So I think we are looking at mobo/cpu/ram/psu for me, and whatever needs to be done to his build. His build is:
Core2duo e6420
OCZ Platinum Revision 2 (2x 1GB) DDR2
320mb 8800 gts
Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL

My biggest thing is I want a little better performance with the opportunity to do some major upgrades once I get a stable job. For him I want him to be able to play most games on LOW settings, and if possible Starcraft 2 on decent settings.


I'm thinking AMD is the way to go with my price, what would you guys suggest between the 790X and the 790FX chipset. I don't care at all for the on board graphics so the 790GX will do as well, but not something I care for. is there a better chipset I should get?

Looking at processors, I'm debating whether I should go with the Athlon II X4 635, Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition, Phenom II X4 955/965 Black Edition. We are supposed to be seeing a 6core from amd soon right? So will that drop the prices of the 955/965? Also if I decide to OC with these, whats going to be best for my tight budget?

What I've pieced together so far:
MY BUILD
ASUS M4A79XTD and OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP -$189 ($35mir)
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition and OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB - $277
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition and OCZ Platinum 4GB - $253 ($20mir)
for an extra $21 I can get the 965 in either of those combos.
total - $466 ($431 after mir) or $442 ($387 after mir)
It's just outside my price range, so I'm not sure where I could cut down and not screw myself. I'm thinking maybe go with an AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana -$85
which drops it to $406 ($371 after mir) or $382 ($327 after mir)

What do you guys think?
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