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My New Computer Build [i need a little help]

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November 7, 2010 7:55:05 PM

Hey im building a budget gaming system this christmas and i only have $500
this is what im thinking so far:

processor: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0ghz

Motherboard: Asus A78LT-M LE Motherboard - AMD 760G, Socket AM3, USB, PCIe, RAID, LAN, DDR3

RAM: Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM

GPU: HIS H567Q512 Radeon HD 5670 Video Card - 512MB DDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX, DVI, VGA, HDMI

Disk Drive: i dont even know any ideas like a good one for $20?

with all the tax on that plus shipping at compusa.com its about $399.95 leaving me with about $80 for a nice case and power supply.

im not sure how much power i will need i was thinking maybe 450-550 watts? please comment.


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November 7, 2010 8:38:52 PM

For that build a 400W corsair should suffice easily.
450-500 if you want to cheap out on the PSU (NOT recommended).

Antec/Seasonic
PSu's @ 400W also good (Except Antec Basiq)
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 7, 2010 10:39:20 PM

If by the 500AAKS you mean this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Although it wouldn't make a huge difference, I recommend getting a Samsung F3 500gb, it runs a bigger platter size so you'll get a faster boot on Win7 (or whatever your OS is). Plus F3's are realy beasts.

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

As for your disk-drive, any will do. Lite-On is good, Asus is good, Sony makes some of that price to as well as LG. So anything will do.

Your memory very bad decision, not to say that Corsair is a bad memory company. But that ram is a single channel and will not perform as well as Dual channel memory. the Cas Latency is also really high for that kind of ram and although you won't notice it that much. During things like Archiving (Winzip) or things like that you'll see a difference. So I recommend going with this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it's 10$ more but it's a faster speed of 1600 and lower Cas Latency (7) and mushkin is a real solid company. Plus it's dual channel.

As for power, Vibhas is right, you'll only need like 400 or 450. I mean this is good enough for what your doing. It's 45$ but only 34$ after the MIR and Corsair really honors that kind of stuff.

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

That's all for my suggestions, as for case. IMO go with a Cooler Master case. Oh and, I wouldn't go with that mobo, CompUSA is more like stealing your money for that price. At 70$ plus a MAYBE rebate. You could get a way better mobo than that piece of crap.

I suggest going on Newegg. Not CompUSA, putting a little more into your mobo budget goes a far way on future proofing, and I'm pretty sure you want to future proof. Here is an ATX mobo with USB 3 slots and Sata 6 slots. Way better choice.

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