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~$500 budget build advice

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August 9, 2010 4:11:47 PM

Hi guys, this is my first build so be gentle. I'm considering these components for a budget build. This rig will be used for some moderate gaming, nothing too crazy (starcraft 2, team fortress 2... things that aren't too terribly graphically demanding). I'm more concerned with pricepoint at this point than being able to max out crysis 2 when it comes out. I'm also interested in getting into overclocking a little bit, and I read that these components are OC-friendly (esp. the cpu and mobo).


ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2
ASUS ENGT240/DI/1GD3/A GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Western Digital 1 TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0036QF0BE?tag=slickdeals&prv=...

Also, the mobo that I found is open box from newegg. Is this a good idea? I mean, I figure if it doesn't work I can always ship it back for a refund, and it's about 40% off from its original price.

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August 9, 2010 5:18:45 PM

1. You need an after market CPU Cooler for that OEM 720BE
2. No to OCZ RAM
3. No to GT 240 even in el cheapo gaming rigs @@ (Merely trades blows with previous gen 9600GT)
4. Also not too hot on open box gambles

August 9, 2010 9:17:23 PM

You might consider getting less than a 1TB Hard drive if that much space isn't needed. That would save you a little money.

Second, you could take a look at better GPU for just a little more money. A Geforce GTS 250, Radeon HD 4870 or 5770 may be all that you need for your games.

An open box is a gamble. It could turn out to be a bad mobo and would be a pain in the butt to get it taken care of. But that is a good mobo otherwise.
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