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June 3, 2010 9:40:20 PM

I have been looking all over forums and websites to get idea's for a custom built computer. My friend has a computer right now but not sure what is exactly wrong with it I have not been able to get a list of parts yet from taking the computer apart. I do have a little experience with building my own PC as I did take a computer maintenance class in high school. The only problem with the one I built before it only lasted 6 months before it fried or something... and so before he goes out and spends his money on this I want to make sure what ever happened to me doesn't happen to him. My friend is into gaming probably the newest game he likes to play is Team Fortress 2. He would also like to just have a good stable computer since the one he bought off a person is a custom built pc but not sure what kind of shape or parts its in. I will post up a list as soon as he brings it over and we take it apart as he can not find the list of it anymore. but if it is worth the money maybe to just upgrade that system instead of starting fresh. What Is a good build that just would be able to run Team fortress 2, left 4 dead those kind of games. I figure as long as it can run those it can run everything else that he may need for college like msword ect... Thanks for taking the time to read this I would sure appreciate all the input
June 3, 2010 9:49:07 PM

Did he buy a cheap PSU? Also it's gonna be hard to build a decent gaming rig for 500$.
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June 3, 2010 9:53:12 PM


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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XFX HD-567X-YNFC Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

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CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

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G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-2GBNQ

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AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model ADX635WFGIBOX
XFX HD-567X-YNFC Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

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Should play all his games on max and on top of that the parts are high quality.
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June 3, 2010 9:53:17 PM

To be honest not sure what he got in the deal with that computer as it was a custom built computer for gaming but the person had upgraded so he was selling it. As soon as I can get ahold of him to bring it over to my house so we can see what he has I will put a list of the parts he does have. Also can probably go to maybe 700 or 800 if its worth it.
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June 3, 2010 9:54:55 PM

What do you think of the one i just did off Newegg?
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June 3, 2010 10:19:11 PM

This is a set up that I saw on another forum how does it compare to yours?

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan,1x Top 120mm Fan,1x Bottom Fan
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SAPPHIRE 100289L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ATI ...
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CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
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AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX
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$62.00

Subtotal: $423.96
Shipping: $18.12
Grand Total $442.08
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June 3, 2010 10:26:56 PM

The thing is the Antec Three hundred is a better built case. The motherboard I chose can do crossfire (two cards ruining of one motherboard) at 8X/8X or a single card at 16X/0X and it has USB 3 and 2 and Sata3 (6Gbs) while that motherboard only has USB 2 and Sata 2 (3Gbs) and it can only have one card on not 2 like the one i picked. The RAM is fine I just pick Gskil usually. The Athlon II X2 is fine for VALVe games (they only use two cores) if you want it go for it it's just the X3 will perform better in some games plus there's a chance the X3 will have a forth core disabled that you can turn on (but it's not 100%). Also were is the power supply? You need a good quality power supply.
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June 3, 2010 10:41:56 PM

Theres definitely some missing parts in that price.
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June 3, 2010 10:42:11 PM

I might have forgotten to copy the power supply but I can not find it

On your build do you have it priced for two 500Gig HD's? and 2 1Gig Ram sticks. sorry i just keep seeing some stuff come up twice in the text so i wanna make sure I under stand how many of each part there is in the price

and also for the crossfire thing other than extending the life of having two video cards at half speed what would be the other pluses to that better FPS?
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June 3, 2010 10:46:08 PM

Sorry it was a problem this is the real build:


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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$69.95
$59.45

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
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G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-2GBNQ
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XFX HD-567X-YNFC Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Item #: N82E16814150466
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$189.98
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Subtotal: $495.39
Heres one with 4Gb of RAM:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129042
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-$10.50 Instant


$69.95
$59.45

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395
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$54.99

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ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139008
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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
Item #: N82E16820231253
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$96.99

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AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model ADX635WFGIBOX
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XFX HD-567X-YNFC Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Item #: N82E16814150466
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-$17.00 Combo


$189.98
$172.98

1



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Subtotal: $529.39
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June 3, 2010 10:48:47 PM

Bluetexan said:
and also for the crossfire thing other than extending the life of having two video cards at half speed what would be the other pluses to that better FPS?

Sorry what?
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June 3, 2010 11:01:32 PM

When i put your build in to newegg with those part numbers it gave me a subtotal of 512.39

Subtotal: $512.39
Shipping: $8.71
Grand Total: $521.10
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June 3, 2010 11:03:46 PM

Userremoved said:
Sorry what?


The Crossfire that you were explaining on the motherboard having two video cards in one computer why would that be good to have?

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June 3, 2010 11:08:21 PM

Bluetexan said:
The Crossfire that you were explaining on the motherboard having two video cards in one computer why would that be good to have?

So later if he wants to upgrade he will be able to use two budgets cards will create one good card.
Example:5770+5770=5850
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June 3, 2010 11:13:24 PM

ahhhh ok and yes thats good sorry i was reading the price of the from the one i put on there i thought there was something wrong with the list I made my Mistake.

I think I will show him this build you came up with and go from there and see what parts he has in his computer to where maybe he doesnt have to buy something and just replace it maybe thanks for your help it gives me a place to start and when I take his apart I will list them and see where to go from there
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June 3, 2010 11:35:56 PM

Wait maybe he can reuse the case?
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June 4, 2010 12:03:00 AM

Userremoved said:
Wait maybe he can reuse the case?


Possibly but not sure i will get a list as soon as i can
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