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August 31, 2010 12:19:59 AM

Ok my xbox 360 just broke and I decided to do an extremely cheap build that can handle some of the games (mostly rpgs dragon age, mass effect etc) and leaves room for improvements extra ram hd space etc...



Specifications

C283-3140 ::Cooler Master DK9-7E52A-0L-GP Socket AM2/AM3 CPU Cooler - 65 Watt(0.45 lbs)

C13-8268 ::Corsair Value Select PC10600 RAM - 2GB, DDR3, 1333MHz(0.05 lbs)

B69-4455 ::ECS MCP61M-M3 Motherboard and AMD Athlon II X3 440 Processor Bundle (1.71 lbs)

A406-2014 ::XION XON-160P ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - MicroATX, 500W PSU, Blue LED, USB, 5x 120mm Fan Ports(17 lbs)

L12-1334 OEM ::Lite-On IHAS22406 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, SATA, Lightscribe (OEM)(1.8 lbs)

TSD-500AAKS ::Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM(1.55 lbs)

So basically its a Amd Ahtlon II triple core at 3.00 Ghz ,500 gb, 2gb ram, cheap case with light :) , needed fan. And I would add a Video card from Ebay later on. Any thoughts? Would it work?

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August 31, 2010 12:33:02 AM

6100 graphics are near the bottom of the barrel. Im not sure any of those games will run until you do get a graphics card. The integrated 4200, 3200, 9300, etc are all far superior and should play some games at low resolutions. That motherboard has the weakest onboard graphics I have seen on an AM3 motherboard.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-rad...
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August 31, 2010 12:42:55 AM

I wasn't planning loading anything big with out the video card. What card would you recommend in the 40~60 dollar range.
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August 31, 2010 12:47:10 AM

A GT 9600, GT240 or 4770 or 5670 is as low as I would go. See what prices you can get those for if you can find them.
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August 31, 2010 12:59:17 AM

Ok thanks is there much difference b/w 512 and 1gb I mean performance speaking
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August 31, 2010 1:09:53 AM

Yes, with less than 1GB you usually have to turn antialiasing and antrisopic filtering off of the card will bog down. Those are features that create blurr to minimize the jagged lines graphics display when there is a straight line at an angle. Its a sacrifice in image realism, you have to decide if its worth the extra money for you.
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