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Suggestion - Budget PC build

Going through Tom's for nearly two weeks, I have decided on the following based upon the guys' suggestions. Please check the build & let me know if it is good.

Main uses include as basic HTPC, gaming rig & video processing equally well.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (this week)

BUDGET RANGE: ($300-400)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, Folding@Home)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com)

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU/ASUS MoBo

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080)

CPU & Mobo Combo: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX, AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz w/ MDW2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.436107

PSU Corsair 450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003
Price after Mail in Rebate $168

POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131327

Can you confirm if it is possible to
overclock the processor?
unlock the multiplier?
connect IDE hard disk?

Also is there a graphics card that also acts as an inbuilt TV tuner?
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  1. 1. Yes it's possible to OC
    2. Chip is a non Black Edition i.e multiplier is locked so no
    3. Yes it has an IDE port
    4. Price for an 700 series 8/8 board seem kindda steep if u ask me :P

    $0.02

    Have built HTPCs/light gamers for peeps and in the living room/beside the LCD TV most would want a smallish/stylish case and do elaborate if your display is Full HD or the "HD Ready" sort
  2. OC yes
    unlock multiplier, no
    Connect IDE, yes, but why would you?
    Yes, ATI All in wonder, but those are old.

    I wouldn't use powercolor. Their GPu's are cheap for a reason.
  3. MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1980x1080
    MONITOR: Acer H235Hbmid Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009201

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

    @banthracis: <<I wouldn't use powercolor. Their GPu's are cheap for a reason.>> Any other suggestions? looks like its a steal for that price.

    @batuchka: <<Price for an 700 series 8/8 board seem kinda steep if u ask me>> Any other suggestions please??
    <<do elaborate if your display is Full HD or the "HD Ready" sort >> The monitor specs are given above. Can you check and shed more info?

    ** What are the advantages of having an unlocked multiplier & overclocking to that of just overclocking it without being able to up/down the multiplier?
  4. Sapphire, XFX, Asus, Gigabyte are all good GPU makers on ATI side.

    It looks like a steal because they cheap and skimp out anywhere possible to keep the cost so cheap^^.


    Unlocked multiplier is mostly just a convenience feature in OCing. There really isn't much difference. Doesn't affect OC potential unless they're separately binned.
  5. Are these compatible cuz newegg doesn't show Athlon in the specs of the motherboard.

    ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX, AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz w/ MDW2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.436107
  6. deppfx said:
    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1980x1080
    MONITOR: Acer H235Hbmid Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009201


    @batuchka: <<Price for an 700 series 8/8 board seem kinda steep if u ask me>> Any other suggestions please??
    <<do elaborate if your display is Full HD or the "HD Ready" sort >> The monitor specs are given above. Can you check and shed more info?



    Asrock 870Extreme3 @ $90 with SATA/USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198

    That resolution i would look to hit a HD 5830 or better
  7. batuchka said:
    Asrock 870Extreme3 @ $90 with SATA/USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198

    That resolution i would look to hit a HD 5830 or better



    Err...Thought the specs of the board suggested look stunning, I am looking for one with Onboard graphics as I am plannign to buy the Video Card a little alter due to my budget constraints. Anything else please? :bounce:
  8. Best answer
    For your budget of $600-800 you definitely can fit in a discrete GPU ^^ Eg: Me $642AR config
  9. batuchka said:
    For your budget of $600-800 you definitely can fit in a discrete GPU ^^ Eg: Me $642AR config
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-1862.jpg


    My Bad!!! Its $300-400, and not more than that. And the idea is to first get a mobo with Onboard graphics alongwith the CPU & then buy a Video Card a little later.
  10. Hmm at that price point have a look at the 785G/880G with SB710 mobos
  11. Luckily for me I went for the Athlon II X3 425 [since that's the only available option in Athlon II X3] & enabled the Core Unlcoker feature in the BIOS & voila :bounce: it turned into a Phenom II X4 B25 processor. Now all I have to do is understand & fine tune the motherboard [MSI 880G-E 45] settings with that of the processor. I have asked the same question in a different thread.[MSI 880G-E 45]


    Athlon X3 425 2.7 GHz
    Corsair 2GB RAM 1333 MHz
    MSI 880GMA-E45 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  12. Congrats on your new buy and seemingly successful unlocking adventure hehe
  13. Best answer selected by deppfx.
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