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Need a budget built for vm, server and basic gaming

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September 29, 2010 6:20:11 PM

Hi guys, I now need a desktop with better CPU and larger RAM for my virtual machines. At least 2 to 3 cores will be real busy. I also need to run some servers and use this rig on the remote desktop, which probably means 24hr running. Finally, I hope it could run latest games in mid or low :p  . I don't have many ideas, except considering the amd x3 or x4 for cpu, and ATI 5770 for gpu, 4GB RAM. Really need your advices, thank you~!

Approximate Purchase Date: before mid oct.

Budget Range: around $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: virtual machines and servers, gaming.

Parts Not Required: monitor/speaker/keyboard/mouse/

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 7:16:04 PM

for vM's you'll want to try to get a quad core. the AMD Athlon II X4 Model 620 (2.6 GHz) is the same price as an X3 450 (3.2 GHz). for only $10 more, you could get the X3 640 at 3.0 GHz. The 640, 4 GB, a 500 GB HD, and a 550W Modular PSU, and a 5750 or GTS 450 with an inexpensive case like Rosewill Challenger or Destroyer, shoudl come out with combos around $500

Sometime in the next week or two, The AMD 6XXX should come out. If pricing stays similar, the 6750 and 6770 will be great deals.
September 29, 2010 10:45:44 PM

Thanks for your review. I'm trying the phenom x4 955 thus hope the rig can go under 550 with video card or 450 without the video card(and wait for the 6xxx series). Obviously the built I gather went over budget. Where can I reduce the cost?

$84.98 Combo:
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$69.99 COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$89.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$16.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$239.98 combo:
1. GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
2. GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$130.48
1. Nippon Labs eSATA Bracket Two SATA II internal cable to 2 port ESATA bracket for SATA I and SATA II Hard Drive Model ESATAB-2P
2. AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

total: $632
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 11:06:08 PM

a few suggestions: go back to a 640 X4 or 445 X3 processor. you don't need the eSata brackets

try an AS Rock 880G Mobo, its lacks USB3 and SATA 3, but its only $59. one with both is $79

try a less expensive Sapphire 5770, or even jump down to a GTS 450

a 450 to 550W power supply should be enough.
September 30, 2010 7:19:55 PM

Thanks for your time and advice. Then maybe I should sacrifices some gaming for CPU and MOBO. I would need more CPU Power and a stable motherboard than good video card. And I'm considering upgrading this rig rather than dumping it after two or three years. Would this MOBO be to much for my built?

$106.98
1. ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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2. ASUS CD/DVD Burner Black E-IDE/PATA Model DRW-22B2S/BLK/B/AS (Bulk) - OEM
show details
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$84.98
1. Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
show details
2. Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
show details
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$124.98
1. Diablotek PHD Series PHD550 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply
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2. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
show details
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$204.98, includes a $20 mail in rebate
1. AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
show details
2. XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
show details
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$521.92 total, includes a $20 mail in rebate
a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2010 7:39:33 PM

thats not a very good PSU. Let me hunt down a bit better setup, but you're pretty close.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 30, 2010 8:50:06 PM

I've done some hunting, and I can't find much else different. but I did get a $520.92 build using a GTS 450 and an Athlon II X4 640.

Athlon II 640 and Asus 870 Mobo: $179.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ modStream II 600W PSU and Spinpoint F3 500GB Hard drive: $104.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
and there's a $20 rebate

4GB Dual-Channel Mushkin Essentials DDR3-1333 RAM: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Blackbone case and 22x DVD burner: $45.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Sparkle GTS 450 1 GB: $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total: $520.92, $500.92 after rebate.
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