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Need advice. $300-400 PC

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May 23, 2010 9:10:41 AM

I need advice on a build I'm doing for my main computer for school and it will double as a HTPC. I would also like to be able to play Starcraft II in an acceptable level. I picked out some parts and I was wondering if it looks solid.

BUDGET RANGE: 300-400 before rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the internet, HTPC (no HD but maybe soon), gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: hard drive dvd burner, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU. Most likely a either785g/790gx/880g/890gx.

OVERCLOCKING: Moderate if any. I might try unlocking a core.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The budget is not set. Spending less is better, but I could go a little over my budget limit.

Parts I have picked out:
Rosewill R223-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333B2G9-DRHA-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333B2G9-DRH
AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor

There is a combo deal on newegg with the case and motherboard. the total comes out to just under $300.

I chose 785g over 880g and 890gxsince it was a lot less will I regret doing that? Also I know that Biostar is not a very good brand, but the price seemed right and it had good reviews on newegg and I feel that if I don't need to overclock I should not need a very good motherboard.

I will see how SCII works out on it and if I need a separate GPU, I plan on buying one later.

Any advice would be great.

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May 23, 2010 11:55:45 AM

Agreed - even at the lower end of your budget you could nab a 440 and better case

For $95AR u could also hit this HD 5750
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May 23, 2010 2:51:12 PM

If you need a good gpu get a 5750 or 5770 those should destroy starcraft at 1600x1050
May 23, 2010 3:12:08 PM

130$ is like 40% of 300$. I doubt he could afford it.

And i can tell you right now, you won't be impressed at all by the onboard graphics. You would be better of maybe spending a little more and getting a card. Or, you could just build the computer and save a little more and buy one once you get the money, but don't expect the Onboard chip to do anything for you.
May 19, 2012 1:21:15 AM

Best answer selected by aznkaz.