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May 27, 2010 1:55:45 PM

Okay so i just finished building my new rig, and my girlfriend who is also an avid gamer wants me to build her something. Now the budget for my rig was 1400 so i was set, but her budget is 600-700 AND she doesn't have a monitor.

As of right now what i have picked out and im at 750 without shipping.

Case with Power Supply
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mouse, keyboard, speakers
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

4GB RAM memory
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

cd/dvd drive
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

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



I picked these because she wants it to last at least 3 years, and with the usb 3.0 and sata 3 on the mobo, she should get that. Also since it is an AM3 socket that should future proof it at least a little. The tiny HDD is because she has a terabyte external. ANY suggestions would be wonderful

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May 27, 2010 2:47:35 PM

Negative on free PSU with case - an accident waiting to happen me thinks @@ The Gigabyte 770 being ATX is also incompatible with that mATX Apevia case. For 1680 x 1050 you could cut it with a HD 4850/GTS 250 so @ 1600 x 900 on a 20 incher these would be more than fine 80+ certified PSU with active PFC in ^^ $639AR (includes $9.67 ship)

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May 27, 2010 3:33:53 PM

Hey thanks so much guys,

@ Alvin Smith - The processor was a go, but the ram i steered clear from because of the necessary bios tweaking seeing as its a AMD machine, but thanks so much.

@ batuchka - i only changed the case, hdd, processor, and wireless adapter because this probably wont be bought for another month, so the combo deals probably wont be there. I greatly appreciate it though. Also the graphics card? how does it match the HD 5770?
May 27, 2010 4:15:25 PM

That is one sweet build by batuchka. The GTS250 isn't a match for the 5770, but at the combo price with the PSU it's very, very good.

*EDIT* to repeat myself, that build by batuchka is a damn fine build.
May 27, 2010 8:22:28 PM

I'm actually planning something similar to OP's build. Upon cruising around and seeing what I can find today I have:

Case and HDD (Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 500 GB) combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard (GIGABYTE GA-770TA) and processor(Ath Athlon II X3 440) combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM and video card (ASUS Radeon HD 4870 1GB):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Any advice/anything stupid I'm doing or overlooking? Is that motherboard going to be a limiting factor in the future (one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot)?
$503 so far with shipping.
May 28, 2010 2:00:51 AM

bdbeall said:

@ batuchka - i only changed the case, hdd, processor, and wireless adapter because this probably wont be bought for another month, so the combo deals probably wont be there. I greatly appreciate it though. Also the graphics card? how does it match the HD 5770?


The point is: never skimp on the PSU cos if it blows it could take out more key hardware in your rig :ouch:  As said for 1600 x 900 a GTS 250 suffices but HD 5770 is a better GPU
May 28, 2010 2:08:04 AM

paul m said:


Motherboard (GIGABYTE GA-770TA) and processor(Ath Athlon II X3 440) combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM and video card (ASUS Radeon HD 4870 1GB):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Any advice/anything stupid I'm doing or overlooking? Is that motherboard going to be a limiting factor in the future (one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot)?
$503 so far with shipping.


At that pricepoint no point going for 700 series mobos. In Intelspeak it's like buying a P35 when the P45 is out and one is paying nil to little premium for the latter. Outside native SATA 6GB/s support (no crude 2 x SATA 6GB/s port via Marvell Controller) the SB 850 on 800 series has also ironed out some kinks on SB750/710 as well HD 5770 i would say makes more sense then a HD 4870 as well
May 28, 2010 5:09:38 AM


Take a hard look at the 4890 ... if you can find one ... needs power, tho.
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