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Sub $600 Gaming PC build recommendations?

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December 4, 2010 10:14:56 PM

Hey, I know this isn't exactly the type of layout in the read me. I've asked for advice here and actually that's the current computer I'm running off of. In any case, my brother's old AMD computer won't start up, has some old parts and was new and built when I bought it. I'll maybe make a separate thread on it.. but it's running a Radeon 9800 pro, AMD 1900xp duo? or somethin like that.

I ran across this combo and basically I'm just looking for a tower build only. I already have Windows 7 64bit, keyboard, mouse, mic, webcam. I actually have a bunch of cases that I could scrap a bunch of old stuff out of use and use those, too. But in the event that I don't do that, please throw in the case with your recommendations. Overclocking for sure =).

Add parts to this combo and lets see where I could go with this:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Combo Price is $344.00

Not sure if that's a good price or if I should just scrap it all and you guys can come up with something better.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 10:25:22 PM

that kt s pretty decent.

You need to add a case, PSU, DVD drive and Graphics card
December 4, 2010 11:26:01 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
that kt s pretty decent.

You need to add a case, PSU, DVD drive and Graphics card

Wanna help out on how I can fit that in a 600 dollar budget? =P
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 5, 2010 12:11:43 AM

Coolermaster 310 w/ 460W PSU: $69.99
Not the best case & PSU, but it will get the job done. This is not a dangerous PSU that'll explode under load, but its not the most efficient either. Might want to buy a couple extra fans for the case.

cheap DVD burner: $16.99

This leaves about $168 left.

a 768 MB Model GTX 460 should do nicely. This one is $149.99

That leaves about $20 for shipping.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 5, 2010 10:38:21 AM

yah. silly copy/paste
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
December 5, 2010 11:10:59 AM

I actually don't recommend the GTX 460. Mainly because you should save money to put towards the PSU. Sure the Centurion comes with a PSU. But that's going to be an OEM psu, not one from CM. Imo, I don't think it's going to hold up a 460 on load with a 955 on load as well. I think you should look at the GTS 450. Just as good, can play any game the 460 can and lower priced. If you plan to play on any res below 1440x900 then the 450 is good enough. I think the 460 would be for 1440x900 and up. IMO.

GTS 450 for 100$ after MIR (115$ before MIR)

Recommended PSU:

Recommended Case:

Of course in my personal opinion I think a good PSU is a key to a system as well as the CPU and GPU. But without power the computer isn't going to function. Course, if you think that PSU is good enough disregard this.
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
December 6, 2010 1:26:36 AM

Well then, he could go with it then