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July 27, 2010 6:40:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: Less than $400 AR

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, Surfing internet, watching tv

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: No hard drive, monitor, keyboard or mouse needed

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S

PARTS PREFERENCES: No real preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need a quick desktop that has a flashy yet functional case.

These are some parts I have been looking at:

Case+PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU+Mobo Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Anything else I need for the build? I am VERY new to building..

Please provide some advice, suggestions and thoughts on this build.
Help is appreciated!

Thank you!

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a b 4 Gaming
July 27, 2010 9:05:13 PM

Not a very good build. There's a lot of older, low quality parts in that one. Here's something that would be better:

CPU/GPU: X3 440 $75
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $80 after rebate
RAM: Crucial 2x1 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 9 $48
Case: HEC 6T Series 6T10BB $35
PSU/GPU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W and HD 5770 $160 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $18

Total: $416
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a b 4 Gaming
July 27, 2010 9:29:18 PM

Since he only listed the X3 440 im assuming he didnt mean to leave the combo with the CPU/GPU as the PSU/GPU combo is a better deal and saves you more.

I agree with madadmirals assessment that it isnt a good build, his is quite a bit better. The PSU that comes bundled with a case tends to be very cheap, and raidmax's arent good to begin with so a cheap raidmax with a case is a bad start to any build. The 5770 will also be quite a bit quicker than the 4670, its similar performance to the 4870.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 27, 2010 9:44:36 PM

I didn't mean to list two. I was in the middle of an edit.
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July 28, 2010 1:18:46 AM

Do you mind helping me get a build that is closer to $350 with a more interesting case?

Thanks
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July 28, 2010 1:31:47 AM

Cheaper ISNT better. That extra $50 can make a huge difference in gaming. Madadmirals build is a very good one for the money. Also, a flashy case doesnt mean its a good one. If you want flashy, you can make it flashy. Get a case with a window and get some lighted fans and throw some cold cathodes in there and it will be flashy. An example would be the NZXT m59.... But, its more expensive.
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July 28, 2010 1:51:19 AM

X-2 said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: Less than $400 AR

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, Surfing internet, watching tv

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: No hard drive, monitor, keyboard or mouse needed

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S

PARTS PREFERENCES: No real preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need a quick desktop that has a flashy yet functional case.

These are some parts I have been looking at:

Case+PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU+Mobo Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Anything else I need for the build? I am VERY new to building..

Please provide some advice, suggestions and thoughts on this build.
Help is appreciated!

Thank you!



Can Do gaming with 400 dollars unless an Xbox or PS3! I would bump up to a 4860 or 4890 is around $bucks you need to speed a littlemore for DX9 and Dx10 gaming
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2010 1:59:23 AM

The $416 above would be a decent gaming system. It certainly would be better than an Xbox or a PS3.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2010 11:33:21 AM

That's not a good build at all. You've got a lot of very low quality parts in there, specifically the motherboard. Also, you've got a very low performing GPU, which will only hold the build back. To be completely honest, you really can't get any cheaper than the build I posted without sacrificing quality in a major way.
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July 28, 2010 12:49:38 PM

Oh and why is the foxconn motherboard bad?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2010 1:08:08 PM

It's very low quality. I wouldn't trust it in the long term. Generally, I try to avoid any boards that aren't from the major brands. Asus and Gigabyte are preferred, followed by MSI, ASRock and EVGA. Any brand other than that shouldn't be considered.

That MSI one would be fine, as would the Asus M4A88TD-M, MSI 880GMA-E45, or ASRock 770 Extreme3. I tend to avoid micro ATX boards just because I like to have some extra room on the board, but that may not be a big deal to you.
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July 28, 2010 2:43:55 PM

Ok thanks MadAdmiral.. Is there anything else I need to change in the build besides the video card? Do I need to buy anything in terms of tools for the build? Will everything fit in the case that i had in my last post?

Thank you for your help!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2010 2:57:00 PM

The memory and the case really aren't the best. To be completely honest, I wouldn't want to spend any less than what I had in my first post. Trying to get a gaming build for less will only hurt performance. Of course, if you did go with that, I'd want to throw another 2 GB of RAM in it as soon as possible.

If you really want 4 GB to start with, here's a cheaper set: GeIL 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 9 $80.

As far as other parts/tools, you won't need anything except a couple of screwdrivers.
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July 28, 2010 8:07:07 PM

Is any sort of thermal paste needed for the CPU or will it be included in the package? Any cables I need for things like connecting the hard drive to the mobo?

Thank you MadAdmiral!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2010 8:13:49 PM

It will come preapplied. Aftermarket thermal paste usually isn't worth it unless you're trying for a massive overclock.
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July 28, 2010 8:17:31 PM

Are all the cables included that are needed to connect video cards, hard drives etc?
Do these motherboard's have IDE connections?

Thanks again!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2010 8:56:23 PM

Most boards have a single IDE connection. All the cables are included with the motherboard.
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July 28, 2010 9:22:40 PM

Best answer selected by X-2.
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July 28, 2010 9:23:34 PM

Thanks just one more question.. Do you recommend any wireless cards/adapters under $30?
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