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$400-450 Build everyday use and causal gaming $388 After Rebate !!

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June 6, 2010 12:27:33 AM

Hi community

I Need your wise opinions and suggestions on upgrading my P4 3.0ghz 256mb nvidia 5700 LE.



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $ 400-450

SYSTEM USAGE: Folding@Home, causal gaming want to be able to play most games at low-medium quality, surfing the internet, watching movies and basic CAD.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, optical, case, no HD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No!, no money.

Graphic Card: HDMI plz.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need a HDMI cable aswell.
i would like a PC to be able to handle BASIC CAD usage, but i also dont have much money at this moment so i would like to spend the less possible. I already made a build which i think meets my needs, but im really not sure if the graphic card will be able to handle CAD.


The system i build comes to $388 , which is GREAT cause i dont want to spend lots of money.

MOBO $94.99 $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU $159.99 + Free HDMI cable (Rosewill 6 feet)
AMD X4 955 3.2GHz


COMBO GPU+PSU $93.98 $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $30.00 Mail-in Rebate
GPU (MSI 9400 GT 512MB) +PSU (OCZ Fatal1ty 550W) (

RAM $114.99 $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
OCZ Reaper HPC (2 x 2GB) DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)


Subtotal: $463.95
after rebate: $388 approx
June 6, 2010 12:34:56 AM

DDR2 RAM and DDR3 motherboard are not compatible.
GPU 9400GT is a step or two below what we'd like to see for 'games at low-medium quality'
PSU is oversized for the other parts. And we seem to be missing a hard disk.
You have one to carry over from your old system?
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June 6, 2010 12:39:01 AM

I'll take a look around and see if I can't find some alternate parts for you.
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June 6, 2010 1:18:40 AM

Here is an option that could get you into a much better graphics card.

BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 785G M-ATX MB and A-DATA 4GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) RAM combo deal $154
Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz CPU $71
HIS H567Q512 Radeon HD 5670 $90 plus $10 rebate
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W $50 plus $20 rebate
$360 and $30 in rebates

If you need a hard disk drive:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 320GB $48

Moving up from a 9400GT to HD 5670 video card will get you gaming performance similar to this chart.
9400GB and 5670 GPUs (HD 5570 review)

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June 6, 2010 1:55:46 AM

Thank so much !!!!

i forgot to put that i dont need a HD thx

Im so glad that this build is even cheaper than the one ealier and i still can get pretty much the same performance than the previous, as far as i know. I read that the CPU is easy to overclock and it can be similar to a AMD X4 955. The graphic card is just what i wanted, a cheap and good performance medium card that can play old generation games at acceptable settings.

thanks again.


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June 6, 2010 3:33:49 AM

Your welcome.

A BIOS update and you'll have a decent chance to get your 4th core unlocked. Just remember - it's the luck of the draw as to whether or not it works.
The A-Data RAM is a good match for the motherboard too.



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June 6, 2010 4:00:13 AM

Does anybody has some more suggestions ?
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