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Semi-budget gaming PC, ~650.00

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 3-5 days

BUDGENT RANGE: 600.00-750.00

USAGE: surfing, gaming, music

WEBSITE: no preference, newegg is fine

COUNTRY: USA

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, hard drive (have a 320 gb sata disk), OS (i already have a copy of windows 7 i haven't used yet)

PARTS PREFERENCE: no preference wrt intel or amd, but i prefere stability over performance when it comes to motherboard decisions. i will not be overclocking.

basically i need a black case (all my peripherals are black) with decent cooling, minimum 550 w psu, motherboard (going with onboard sound), cpu, 4gb memory, a graphics card/configuration that is decent now and is easily upgradeable (probably the most graphic instensive game i have now is dragon age), and an optical drive.

thanks!
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  1. Best answer
    EDIT: The build didn't copy right. See the post below. This is a very cheap option though.

    CPU/GPU: X3 440 and HD 5770 $210 after rebate
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $84 after rebate and promo code
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and TruePower 750W $125 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $21

    Total: $550
  2. MadAdmiral said:
    CPU/GPU: X3 440 and HD 5770 $220 after rebate
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $105 after rebates
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $120
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

    Total: $741



    Um. I get $585
  3. Sorry. It didn't copy right...

    CPU: X3 445 $75
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $84 after rebate and promo code
    RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
    GPU: HD 5850 (w/ free surge protector) $287
    PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 650W $140 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $21

    Total: $717
  4. MA maybe included tax and delivery, or did some fancy copy and pasting from another post to end up with that number.
    Also, the combo deal on the 650W is gone, but there's another one here with a 750 Antec PSU with that case.

    Excluding MIRs that will bring your price to only $613 before tax.
    I live in Canada so I won't bother trying to include tax, etc. (And yes I made sure to look at Newegg.com)
  5. It was mostly that I was in the middle of getting it fixed and the changes didn't post right.

    I actually grabbed that case/PSU combo in the edits.
  6. You should fill out the whole form...

    Resolution? xfire/sli?


    Think Mad added wrong in his build, it's low end of your price range, and actually only $564 after rebates and promo codes.

    At the upper end of your budget is a phenom ii x4 and 5850 build.

    CPU/Mobo
    Phenom II x4 and GA 790 ud4 $250
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.405957

    PSU/GPU
    OCZ 600w 80+ and xfx 5850 $350
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.420019

    RAM
    G SKill Eco 1600 cas 7 $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    Case
    Antec 300 illusion $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Optical $21
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    Use promo code: MBTEN

    Total: $745 after MIR before shipping
  7. wow you guys work fast.
  8. eta my monitor is 1600x900

    as far as crossfire/sli, i have no clue or preference, to be honest.
  9. Then you don't need a 5850. The first build (or one with banthracis' CPU/mobo combo and a 5770) would be perfectly fine.

    I'd leave the option to Crossfire (adding a second GPU) open in case you get a higher resolution monitor down the road.
  10. is there anything specific i need to do/not do to leave that option open?
  11. Just keep mobo and PSU's we recommended and you'll be able to xfire.
  12. Basically, to leave the option of Crossfire open you need to buy a Crossfire enabled board (at least 2 PCIe 2.0 16x slots at least running at 8x/8x), a case that can handle the heat of a second GPU and a PSU that can handle the power load.

    With the 5770, any decent case would handle the heat and you'd only need a 650W PSU. The first build is perfectly capable of handling Crossfire down the road.
  13. sweet, because i'm liking the pricetag and 750 w psu on that one.
  14. ok i think i'm going to put in this order today, any last second changes or suggestions?
  15. got it all assembled, it looks great!

    won't post though :(
  16. Best answer selected by aquinod.
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