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November 17, 2010 5:24:06 AM

Hello, everyone and thanks in advance. I am building a PC for my friend because he is ignorant on the subject, and I have a good bit of experience, although I am no Guru, thus you find me here, seeking your cyber-approval of said proposed build. I am aiming for 600-800$ max, and I have already filled the "what if" holes, if he needs to downgrade slightly to be within the budget. Main purpose for getting this computer is GPU/CPU intense gaming, multitask browsing, etc.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Christmas

Budget Range: 600$-750$ Final

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Multitasking, Browsing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard & Mouse Combo / OS

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com only preferrably.

Parts Preferences: No preference although I prefer AMD/ATI Combo over nVidia/Intel

Overclocking: Yes, most likely.

Crossfire: Possibly in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 is a must.

Additional Comments: P.S! The main thing I am unsure of is if I am going to have all of the required cords I need to be able to hook up all of the components I am ordering. Also, compatibility issues, if there are any, I would greatly appreciate if you pointed those out.

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Proposed Build


Computer Case: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Computer Monitor: ASUS VH222H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers - 160$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC - * I plan on using this combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... * - 45$ (PSU/GPU Combo)

MOBO: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX - 90$ (CPU/MOBO Combo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEM: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel - 67$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core - 74$ (CPU/MOBO Combo))
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD-583X-ZAFV Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity - * I plan on using this combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... * - 165$ (PSU/GPU Combo)

HD: HITACHI 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 50$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OD: 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 SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM - 17$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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707$ Final Cost Before Shipping

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Thanks to everybody who helped me make this awesome 700$ Build! As you can see I took your advice, changed my OD to save 10-15$, changed my MOBO/CPU Combo to have CF Support and USB 3.0 for 10$ more, likewise with the PSU/GPU Combo, giving me 120W more for 5$ more, and a more reliable brand name. Another thing I did, was change the Monitor from Acer to ASUS, which ASUS is very reliable, and it came with build in speakers and better reviews, thus nulling me having to buy seperate speakers, evening out the price to exactly the same. Great suggestions.

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November 17, 2010 7:14:24 AM
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^ Soem suggestions
1. Mobo - It is not a Crossfire board, hence that 650W is not needed, but it is a very good deal though. So why not go with a Crossfire board for about ~$20 more(~$10 if combo available by the time you buy) ? Would give USB3.0 and SATA 6GB/s as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. RAM -
This is one of the best budget overclocking RAMs out there...I guess you could run this even at the speeds of that RAM you have listed
Crucial
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. CASE - IMO this case would be good
HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

4. HDD - Samsung F3s have got rave reviews all over...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. Monitor - Why not a better one ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 17, 2010 4:51:51 PM

I don't have time to put together an $800 system for you right now but that power supply is the biggest P-O-S that I've laid my eyes on lately. Not only does it NOT have enough power to run the mess you put together but it would never run an X-Fire rig. If this is still running in a couple of hours I'll try to build something respectable.
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November 17, 2010 5:52:55 PM



I made this build for another thread, if you don't need the os it will be around $650
November 17, 2010 6:21:42 PM

ere are a few things. I don't have time to refine this right now.... about $855 before rebates. You can sub the 5850 for a 5770 if you xfire in the future.... not quite the same as a 5850 performance wise though.

case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
video
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mobo/proc combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
November 18, 2010 6:54:07 PM

swifty_morgan said:
I don't have time to put together an $800 system for you right now but that power supply is the biggest P-O-S that I've laid my eyes on lately. Not only does it NOT have enough power to run the mess you put together but it would never run an X-Fire rig. If this is still running in a couple of hours I'll try to build something respectable.


Why is that PSU a p-o-s? I am just curious? Also, I stated before that CF is not required for this build. Another thing, I beg to differ that the 530W PSU will not be enough, I have an OCZ 550W in my rig with a 5770 and basically the same setup, and I have NO power issues. Please refrain from being a douchebag with your reply and post something useful. You THW kids give me the kicks.
November 18, 2010 6:56:22 PM

swifty_morgan said:
ere are a few things. I don't have time to refine this right now.... about $855 before rebates. You can sub the 5850 for a 5770 if you xfire in the future.... not quite the same as a 5850 performance wise though.

case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
video
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mobo/proc combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Thank your for the reply, but those components are too expensive and don't yield enough bang for my buck, imo.
November 18, 2010 7:10:22 PM

gkay09 said:
^ Soem suggestions
1. Mobo - It is not a Crossfire board, hence that 650W is not needed, but it is a very good deal though. So why not go with a Crossfire board for about ~$20 more(~$10 if combo available by the time you buy) ? Would give USB3.0 and SATA 6GB/s as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. RAM -
This is one of the best budget overclocking RAMs out there...I guess you could run this even at the speeds of that RAM you have listed
Crucial
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. CASE - IMO this case would be good
HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

4. HDD - Samsung F3s have got rave reviews all over...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. Monitor - Why not a better one ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I don't feel the need to change the HD, I like the one I chose, and for the RAM, it is a bit cheaper, but its 9 timing vs 7 timing, and 1333 vs 1600 for only 20$ more. I may consider that change, because I have Kingston ValueRAM at 9 Timing, but I had it tightened up to 6-6-6-21 or something of the sort, which is great. As for the case, I feel that it's a little too expensive for less value considering I don't care about aesthetics, and from a purely budget standpoint, the Case I chose comes with 3x fans, intake and exhaust, while yours has 1x only, and the cost of the 2x fans to even them out would put your case a good 40$ more, where I could upgrade my GPU from 5830 to 6850 with that amount, which would yield a much more significant change.
As for the monitor I chose, I have been reading not-so-great reviews on it, and I may consider that Monitor you pointed out because it has built-in speakers, good reviews, and is only slightly higher in price, plus, can't go wrong with ASUS! Thanks for the input!

EDIT: As for the MOBO, I was planning on using the original MOBO I stated with the original PSU, not the PSU+CPU combo 650W one. I would very much like to have that MOBO, since it is obviously a couple steps up, but I really can't afford that, and CF is secondary, I really doubt he will CF in the near future, so a single 5830 should hold him off quite well, especially if he goes for the 6850 build instead. Thanks again.
November 18, 2010 7:44:26 PM

if you're looking to save $25, i'd recommend doing it somewhere that isn't the power supply. the ocz fatal1ty 550w seems like the best choice in that range.

whether or not you are going to xfire in the future makes a difference in the power level of the system you'll be able to afford now. you save like 60 bucks going mATX mobo/case over ATX.

here's a build, $725AR before shipping:

November 18, 2010 8:19:54 PM

As you all can see, I have changed some components up, changed to an ATX MOBO/CPU Combo for better value and to fit my case properly, same with PSU/GPU Combo. Another thing I changed was the monitor from Acer 21.5 to ASUS 22 with built in speakers and HDMI compatibility. Thanks to everybody who contributed.

EDIT: I still have one question. Am I going to have all of the required cords and cables to be ready for hook-up when it ships, or am I missing something? Would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me.
November 18, 2010 9:36:08 PM

nice build.

you should have everything you need when it ships.
November 18, 2010 11:14:48 PM

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