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$600 Build Advice

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August 11, 2010 10:43:14 PM



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


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



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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August 11, 2010 10:49:43 PM

Check out, 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.
August 11, 2010 11:34:12 PM

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
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 + NZXT M59
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
SAMSUNG Black DVD Burner
ASUS VH236H Black 23"


Option 2

ASUS M4A77TD + AMD Athlon II X3 440
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 + NZXT GAMMA
LG Black 22X DVD+R
SAPPHIRE 100296HDMI Radeon HD 4670
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms


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August 12, 2010 3:15:34 PM

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.....