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Need Advice on Ultra Budget ~$580 Gaming PC

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July 19, 2010 1:45:16 PM

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)
-Gaming
-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 http://www.newegg.com.cn , 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
or

ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5570 1GB

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

Thanks in advance,
Silent
July 19, 2010 3:05:09 PM

Sapphire 蓝宝石 HD5750 512M
http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/14-C29-184.htm

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

Get a ATX mobo:

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/13-c18-152.htm

or

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/13-c09-308.htm


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

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/24-c14-039.htm

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

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/19-c32-128.htm

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/19-c32-131.htm

Alternative for the PSU:

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/77-c15-166.htm

You also need RAM and a case (middle tower is good).






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July 20, 2010 4:42:51 AM

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)
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July 20, 2010 7:35:24 AM

I don't know your budget in ¥

Is this budget case too expensive?

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/11-c16-014.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lue7vlG8To

For the RAM you can get this one:

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/25-c03-070.htm

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

Here are some budget full HD monitors:

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/24-c11-189.htm

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/24-c12-257.htm

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/24-c26-010.htm

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

Try and get this video card if you can:

http://www.newegg.com.cn/Product/14-C29-191.htm

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July 20, 2010 2:20:10 PM

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?
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July 20, 2010 4:13:11 PM

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).
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July 21, 2010 3:49:32 AM

Okay. 5770 as in the Sapphire graphics card?

How would the AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz compare to an Intel processor?
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July 21, 2010 4:09:59 AM

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:

http://paulisageek.com/compare/cpu/

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.



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July 21, 2010 2:41:01 PM

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?
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July 21, 2010 2:55:57 PM

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.
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July 22, 2010 4:34:06 AM

How would the feature be accessed?
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August 4, 2010 9:55:21 AM

Mosox, what size hard drive can be used with the motherboard? Also, what RAM should be used?

Thanks,
SilentMemories
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August 4, 2010 11:35:14 AM

Yes. That WD HDD is a little slower but you should be fine with it.
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August 5, 2010 11:20:36 AM

It's good.
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