$600 Build Advice

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Aug 13, 2010(Friday)

BUDGET RANGE: $600ish

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, work.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Whatever works, have had good exp with newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever I can get the most out of for the next few years.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes a bit

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Future?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Preferably: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: New top-of-the-line laptop got stolen a few months ago when I was living in a community of guys without any real morals>_<. I am just starting to get back on my feet, freedom in 2 Sundays(!), so I was looking into building a desktop that will get me started until I can afford to upgrade or replace into something with a bit more ummmphh..! Thanks for your help in advance. This present(thanks family) should make the transition back into life a bit easier.
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  1. Check out Microcenter.com, was just in one of their stores today, you can pick up an AMD chip with a free motherboard. So you could end up with like an Athlon II x4 for 100 bucks with a board. No crossfire most likely, but hey, use the cash saved for a better video card. Two camps on SLI/crossfire. One says SLI crossfire for the future, however, you likely might spend more up front for a better power supply and the board to run it, and who knows if you'll ever use that capability. The money saved on those things, you can get a single card that may last longer.
  2. In that budget is hard to get a full HD monitor and a decent video card and mobo.

    You can get a mobo with onboard video and game on that (on lower resolutions) until you'll have the money to get a video card.

    ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO + AMD Athlon II X3 440
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.455972
    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 + NZXT M59
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.469344
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.466067
    SAMSUNG Black DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175
    ASUS VH236H Black 23"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

    $602.92


    Option 2

    ASUS M4A77TD + AMD Athlon II X3 440
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.478156
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.469099
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 + NZXT GAMMA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.469016
    LG Black 22X DVD+R
    SAPPHIRE 100296HDMI Radeon HD 4670
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102855
    ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

    $647.91
  3. http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/0810_AMDbundle.html

    Check this page out man, here are the links for the combos I told you about. On there you can get the x4 and board for 99.99. No x3's, but they also have the Athlon II dual cores, the 250 specifically at 3.0 ghz for around 70 with an MSI board.
  4. I would always advocate single GPUs even with higher budgets after the trend of lots of peeps buying pricey CF/SLI boards but realising how fast tech moves, how inefficient their original CF/SLI ideas become with the bigger , better GPUs of tomorrow @@ I'd grab the best single GPU my $$ allows me rather than work with 'maybes' and possibly end up with a white elephant of a pricey mobo - which again get obsolete with the kind of cutting edge storage/audio/pcie lanes solutions they slap on in the mobos of tomorrow.....
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