Need Advice on Ultra Budget ~$580 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: None, really. Just really considering something that would help me as well as game for a few years.

Budget Range: ~$580. Can't use rebates/discount offers/coupons as I currently don't live in US. Can go up to $600 but this is a tight budget.

System Usage From The Most To Least Important:

-Designing (Illustrator + Photoshop CS5)
-Surfing the Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers and OS.

Preferred Website for Parts:

The only one that I know of that is local is , but unfortunately I can't read that either. :| (Just use default prices)

Current Country: China/Hong Kong

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440 x 900 (Or most likely another 16:10 monitor)

Additional Comments:
I asked a friend and he said that this was a good build, but I wasn't really sure about it so I thought you guys could give me an insight on a ultra budget gaming PC.

-Motherboard: ASUS M4A785T

-Processor: Either AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz, AMD Phenom II X4 925 2.8GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz

-Graphics Card:
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 512MB

ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5570 1GB

-PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus (500W)

Thanks in advance,
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  1. Sapphire 蓝宝石 HD5750 512M

    If you can get the HD 5770 get it but the HD 5750 should be good for that resolution.

    Get a ATX mobo:


    If you want a 16:10 monitor get a 1680x1050 one like that one:

    If that's over your budget you can get a cheaper CPU like the Athnlon 2 630 or 635 or Athlon II X3 440

    Alternative for the PSU:

    You also need RAM and a case (middle tower is good).
  2. Hi Mosox, thanks for the reply.

    Which ATX motherboard should I get and what case should I get from NewEgg CN? (I'll just get one of the default RAM)
  3. I don't know your budget in ¥

    Is this budget case too expensive?

    For the RAM you can get this one:

    or you can start with only one 2G stick and add later another one.

    Here are some budget full HD monitors:

    Both mobos are similar, it's about brand preference.

    Try and get this video card if you can:
  4. Hello Mosox, thanks again for your reply.

    I think for hard drive, monitors and RAM should be covered. I'm quite familiar with them and it should be no problem for me. :)

    About the motherboard, I'm not sure whether I should go with Gigabyte or Asus. I'm not quite familiar with any of them.

    The case is perfect-It should be great. Do I need to buy any extra fans or are there already some included in the case, or on the motherboard/CPU?
  5. I would get the Gigabyte it's good and cheaper and for the difference I would get the 5770.

    You have two fans with the case, you can add a front intake fan (120mm).
  6. Okay. 5770 as in the Sapphire graphics card?

    How would the AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz compare to an Intel processor?
  7. No Intel CPU in that price range or even somewhat close to it can beat the 630 except for the i3 in some applications but that's a dual core. For a quad the next thing Intel is the i5 750 which is 2x the price.

    Here's list with the best bang for the Yuan:

    For the GPU they don't have much, 5 cards: 3 never heard of them Unika, Dataland and Maxsun and the Sapphire 512 at 978.00 And the Asus Cucore 1G at ¥1259.00.
  8. Are all the items that you have suggested compatible with each other?

    How would I get the drivers for each of the components after I have built the system, and would the computer automatically regulate temperatures by speeding up and slowing down fans or do I have to get drivers too to manage the built-in case fans?
  9. Yep, they're compatible. The mobo and the GPU come with drivers on CDs. Yep, the mobo has a "cool&quiet" feature for the CPU fan and for the fans that are connected to the mobo.
  10. How would the feature be accessed?
  11. Mosox, what size hard drive can be used with the motherboard? Also, what RAM should be used?

  12. For the C&Q see the mobo manual, it's in the BIOS. Any size of HDD.

    RAM, you can get two of those:

  13. Would this fit on the motherboard?:

    Also, how would this work for the desktop configuration? I prefer Western Digital when choosing hard drives.
  14. Yes. That WD HDD is a little slower but you should be fine with it.
  15. How about the rAM?
  16. It's good.
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