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August 12, 2010 5:43:25 AM

Hey guys, i am a complete noob at this... I know just enough to.. who am i fooling here? i do not know anything, i have a 4 year old Pentium4 3.2Ghz with 2Gb of RAM :D  I want a desktop that will allow me to play games like SC2 and hopefully Diablo3 (whenever it comes out if ever...) and browse the web quickly all at an affordable price. I already have monitor, keyboard/mouse... which are my old monitor and recently purchased wireless keyboard/mouse (microsoft... cheap) I was thinking of making my own by getting parts off from newegg... I read a few guides and have compiled this, please be kind to me :) 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: 500usd, Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, gaming, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ncix.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA, cali

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: my current resolution is1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: cheap and efficient, do not care for brand names/looks/etc



Thanks in advance. I will be waiting on replies. Build this machine for me please... I will follow everything advised.

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August 12, 2010 6:20:37 AM

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August 12, 2010 6:25:28 AM

zooted said:
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What is that supposed to mean?
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August 12, 2010 6:27:09 AM

Well the mobo combo is not available now...Here is one...

X3 440 + Biostar 770 - No SATA 6GB/s or USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

X3 440 + ASUS 880G -SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GSKillz 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU + DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD -
F3 500GB
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD502HJ&title=Sa...

HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the performance of this HD 5770, check this
http://www.guru3d.com/article/starcraft-ii-wings-of-lib...
GTX 460 would be my choice of card, but for low resolutions, IMO it is not required...
But if you might upgrade your monitor, then maybe...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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August 12, 2010 6:33:57 AM

gkay09 said:
Well the mobo combo is not available now...Here is one...

X3 440 + Biostar 770 - No SATA 6GB/s or USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

X3 440 + ASUS 880G -SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GSKillz 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU + DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD -
F3 500GB
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD502HJ&title=Sa...

HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the performance of this HD 5770, check this
http://www.guru3d.com/article/starcraft-ii-wings-of-lib...
GTX 460 would be my choice of card, but for low resolutions, IMO it is not required...
But if you might upgrade your monitor, then maybe...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



Thank you sir. I really appreciate your help. I will wait a day for anyone else to pitch in on this, if not then that is what i will be purchasing. One quick question: what do you think about that build i posted earlier in the image format? It was made by Batuchka in this thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/291371-31-starcraft


Thanks again for any help. I really appreciate it. It is hard to get a decent quality machine on such a low budget.
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August 12, 2010 6:40:20 AM

^ Thats what I said, the combo deals are not available now especially the RAM and the mobo combo, so it would make the cost higher...else there is no problem with that build...
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August 12, 2010 6:43:19 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Thats what I said, the combo deals are not available now especially the RAM and the mobo combo, so it would make the cost higher...else there is no problem with that build...


Okay got ya... excuse my ignorance i did not know what mobo combo meant. :na: 
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August 12, 2010 6:58:33 AM

What if i stretch my budget to another $100 for a total of 600 after rebates. Would there be any significantly better parts available within that range? Is it worth it? If it will give me a mere 5-10% performance boost then i would rather stick with the 500 budget. Thanks.
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August 12, 2010 7:12:25 AM

^ I doubt it would because of your screen's resolution...
Maybe a Quad core ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Maybe stick with the Quad and get the GTX 460 - which would total to around $580 not including rebates...So even if you upgrade your monitor, you will be able to play SC2 @ 1080p - high settings without any issues...
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August 12, 2010 7:41:28 AM

Best answer selected by Klimentiy.
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August 12, 2010 8:21:48 AM

^ Well you get a lot better quality, more features, newer chipset, will allow for easy overclock...
But if you want to keep the build cost low, then stick with the Biostar...
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