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October 9, 2010 2:33:44 PM

Hey guy's, I'm looking to build a new AMD based Gaming rig. My current rig performs average but the rig itself is quite dated, and rather then upgrading it, I thought i'd just save up and rebuild an entire new system. I have Windows 7 Ultimate, so OS is solved. My budget for this is about 300-550 AUD (about 275-500 US dollars). I don't have alot of money, and this amount I've saved over 6 months.

I was looking at the AMD Anthlon / Phenom ranges, they are all very reasonable priced, but want some opinions on what would be the best budget CPU that can perform well. I've had alot of suggestions that the best card is a HD 5770, because it performs the best and is very reasonable price. Anyway guys help me out, I need to replace my current rig which has had it's run. Also I live in Australia, so American buying sites like Amazon or Newegg would cost me more (shipping costs), please take that into consideration.

Also unrelated, I know how to build a PC, except how to place a motherboard onto a case. I'm sure it's rather easy, but i've never done it, and it is my only concern. Any guide's are highly appreciated. I've been reading quite a few guides.

Also for anyone interested, my current rig I deem not worthy of upgrading:

Processor: AMD Anthlon x2 4800 2.5GHz
RAM: 2GB Kingston 800Mhz Ram
GFX Card: Nvidia 9600gt
Motherboard: K9AGM2 MS-7327 Mainboard
PSU: Unknown No Name brand, 550 W

Also some screenshots of my current machine's performance, judge for yourself.

http://img203.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=terriblecomputer....

Thanks I highly value any input and help.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 - 4 weeks.


Budget Range: 250-500 dollars


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Internet, Music


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, newegg, any Australian based website.

Country of Origin: Australia


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: AMD


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Additional Comments: N/A


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October 9, 2010 2:53:45 PM

An Athlon X3 with a AMD 8xx chipset motherboard would be my basis for a budget system. HD5770 is a solid choice in GPU. Getting the old board out of the case will tell you how to put the new one in.
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October 9, 2010 3:10:49 PM

rolli59 said:
An Athlon X3 with a AMD 8xx chipset motherboard would be my basis for a budget system. HD5770 is a solid choice in GPU. Getting the old board out of the case will tell you how to put the new one in.


If only I knew how to get it out. Ok so HD 5770 is probably my choice of card, but for the rest of the rig I have no idea.
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October 9, 2010 3:24:02 PM

It is screwed into the case on standoffs it is a matter of removing 6 - 9 screws (based on form factor) that hold it down. There is usually an illustration in the motherboard manual.
These are US links you will have to go local;
CPU X3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard single GPU one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-651^13-131-651-TS%2C13-128-443^13-128-443-TS%2C13-130-275^13-130-275-TS
If you want Crossfire go with a 890GX chipset board from the same manufacturers.
Ram 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333Mhz or 1600Mhz I would just go with best price there.
PSU 400-550 watt from Antec, Corsair or Seasonic.
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October 9, 2010 3:46:35 PM

rolli59 said:
It is screwed into the case on standoffs it is a matter of removing 6 - 9 screws (based on form factor) that hold it down. There is usually an illustration in the motherboard manual.
These are US links you will have to go local;
CPU X3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard single GPU one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-651^13-131-651-TS%2C13-128-443^13-128-443-TS%2C13-130-275^13-130-275-TS
If you want Crossfire go with a 890GX chipset board from the same manufacturers.
Ram 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333Mhz or 1600Mhz I would just go with best price there.
PSU 400-550 watt from Antec, Corsair or Seasonic.


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

This is the perfect board, and I will try buy one soon.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Does it really matter which brand HD 5770 I buy? their all the same I suppose or very similar. The ASUS one looked nice.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 9, 2010 3:50:39 PM

CPU : AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX

MOBO : ASUS M4A87TD/USB3

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB

PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

DVD: LG/Samsung/Sony SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support (Dual-Layer, Re-Writable media support)

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Try to get the exact RAM & GPU if they're available as they've a million variations of the same chip.

This'll be at the highest end of your budget though :p  . If you wanna save some money for now, keep your Case+PSU from your last build.
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October 9, 2010 3:54:07 PM

calguyhunk said:
CPU : AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX

MOBO : ASUS M4A87TD/USB3

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB

PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

DVD: LG/Samsung/Sony SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support (Dual-Layer, Re-Writable media support)

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Try to get the exact RAM & GPU if they're available as they've a million variations of the same chip.

This'll be at the highest end of your budget though :p  . If you wanna save some money for now, keep your Case+PSU from your last build.


My old case has the side panel broken, so it's always open from the side. The PSU is a 550 W but a cheap no name I got from a computer market 6 months ago for like 45 dollars. I could reuse, but I can save up 100-200 more just for the better case and PSU. Also I plan to keep my current machine just for casual use. Thanks i'll search up these parts.

And I can also save up way later and get something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 9, 2010 4:00:26 PM

You'll have to look for those Mobo screws under light. They almost merge into the Mobo. Disconnect the Cables from the Case, take the side-panel off, lay it on it's other side, and you'll see the screws at all odd places on the mobo (not necessarily at the corners).
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 9, 2010 4:06:52 PM

FearlessGX said:
And I can also save up way later and get something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hi fearlessGX, the only problem with planning for "way later" in tech is that by the time you'll be able to buy it, you'll no longer want to buy it, 'coz something much better would have come along & what's hot today will be consigned to the bins of tomorrow :( 
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October 9, 2010 4:28:30 PM

Best answer selected by FearlessGX.
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October 9, 2010 4:30:06 PM

calguyhunk said:
Hi fearlessGX, the only problem with planning for "way later" in tech is that by the time you'll be able to buy it, you'll no longer want to buy it, 'coz something much better would have come along & what's hot today will be consigned to the bins of tomorrow :( 


Totally agree, technologies move fast.

Anyway guys thanks for the suggestions, the Best answer above, i'll be going to my local computer markets today to just scan some prices. I don't plan on buying any parts until another 2 - 4weeks however. Thanks guys for your input.
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October 9, 2010 4:43:21 PM

Thanks man, I appreciate that :) 
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