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[New System] Bargain/Budget System under $600

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May 14, 2010 4:53:15 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: Under $600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: World of Warcraft, Movies, Office, General internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Frys, anywhere that's cheap and reliable COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: No real pref.

OVERCLOCKING: No, but capability would be nice if I feel adventurous

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The PC will mostly be used for work-at-home and will not require a whole lot of umph. It's secondary use will be for world of warcraft and movies.

Here are the parts I've slapped together randomly and came up with a $529 build. No idea if it's even a good start or not, but we'll see.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

ASRock M3A785GXH/128M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EN9500GT/DI/1GD2/V2/A GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 14, 2010 6:12:36 AM

Welcome to the forum. Yes, you've got a good start there. One note, you are going to want DDR3 for that AM3 motherboard. Here's a build that totals $590, it's using some different components but it's still based on an AM3 Athlon II.

CPU:
  • AMD Athlon II X3 440 -$75-
    MOBO:
  • ASRock M3A770DE -$60-
    RAM:
  • G.Skill Ripjaws -$116-
    GPU:
  • XFX Radeon HD 5750 -$130-
    HDD:
  • Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB -$55-
    PSU:
  • SeaSonic S12II 520B -$70-
    Case:
  • Antec 300 Illusion -$60-
    HSF:
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus -$27-
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    May 14, 2010 7:37:47 AM

    Good build by jbaker as always, i put this alternate build together that comes close to the $600 budget (makes it if you include rebates...i hate rebates)and includes the windows7 64 OS. I went very cheap on the case and substituted a HD4850 for the 5750. Some good combo deals.

    Case - $33 Rosewill budget special, has a single 120mm fan.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    CPU/PSU - combo deal $120 AthlonIIx3 440/OCZ 500w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

    mobo/GPU - combo deal $198 with a Gigabyte 770 AM3 and a Gigabyte 4850 (no DX11/eyefinity)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

    RAM - $109 2x2 GB DDR3 1333 G.Skill
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    HD- $55 Seagate 7200.12 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Burner - $2 LiteOn SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    OS - $100 Windows7 premium 64
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    about $640 with $45 in rebates...if you send them in, jump through the hoops and get the checks back.
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    May 14, 2010 7:43:02 AM

    ^+1, nice combos. The Gigabyte board + 4850 is especially good.
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    May 14, 2010 8:06:45 AM

    $569AR including ship
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    May 14, 2010 8:09:09 AM

    Not digging the Powercolor GPU, OCZ RAM, or Biostar MOBO. There's no need to sacrifice THAT much quality.
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    May 14, 2010 8:15:08 AM

    Have gotten my hands dirty which such a build - nothing but smiles from clients when they see price/performance and do drop by Extremesystems forums for the feel of current AM3/785 Biostar chipset ^^ OCZ i wouldn't go with the Gold/Obsidian series RAM but AMD Black series good to go
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    May 14, 2010 8:39:49 AM

    I've been very happy with Biostar motherboards in the past, no problems and they're all still running. It's a good thing to be able to see different options available.
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    May 14, 2010 8:46:38 AM

    Yes and i would add Asrock along on that list of ever improving mobo makers but ECS...well their BIOS needs more work!
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    May 14, 2010 1:35:56 PM

    Thanks, guys! It's only my second build so I'm still learning and I'm glad to see that I've got a decent start =)

    Will note that about the DDR3 in the future.

    I don't need the OS, though, and completely forgot to put that up there. Is there something you could upgrade with that build, dirt & Batu??
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    May 15, 2010 1:36:08 AM

    Still poking about =)
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    May 15, 2010 8:45:12 AM

    For an extra $40 the same motherboard with a 5770 GPU.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

    or maybe a OS+ sized SSD for about $100

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

    or a larger case with better cooling.

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

    or a cooler for eventual overclocking.

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


    *EDIT* You can cut the installed size of windows7 to about 8GB and WoW is about 15GB iirc.
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