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December 26, 2010 3:05:11 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, today, tomorrow


Budget Range:$400 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, facebook gaming, watching movies


Parts Not Required:


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter, Superbiz(ewiz), (Tiger Direct but rare)


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: by brand or type:
I would like to use an AMD CPU, was looking to use that for mobo+cpu
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl... $106 ($126-$20)

For Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $45.00


Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200, 1680x1050 Most likely these are lower


Additional Comments: If you can also help me find a 20in monitor or bigger, keyboard mouse would be great but these shouldn't be the $400 budget. An additional 150+ will be allocated for these.

Also, does this build require a Heatsync, like coolermaster 212+?
Basically, I am building this for friend, she doesn't want to buy a premade pc so I am trying to assemble one for her. Thanks for your input and time.

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a b 4 Gaming
December 26, 2010 6:17:41 AM

Xbox360 or PS3.
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December 26, 2010 6:25:58 AM

4745454b said:
Xbox360 or PS3.

right because a ps3 and xbox can play games on facebook?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 26, 2010 6:28:14 AM

No clue. PS3 probably can as it has a browser. $400 "gaming" computer would be pretty ugly. Sub $600-800 and you're better off going dell.
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December 26, 2010 6:34:29 AM

4745454b said:
No clue. PS3 probably can as it has a browser. $400 "gaming" computer would be pretty ugly. Sub $600-800 and you're better off going dell.


but its not for gaming. its everyday use.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 26, 2010 6:41:24 AM

For some reason I read normal gaming in there with the FB gaming. $400 is still not enough, even you said assuming you have a copy of windows already. Getting a Dell is probably the best idea. Nothing to demanding was listed, and its only $299/$399. You guys did a good job at getting close to $400, but with no os its not going to work.
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December 26, 2010 6:48:01 AM

just buy budget components?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 26, 2010 6:57:32 AM

I will disagree with 4745454b! $400 can get you a decent budget gamer that can even play Crysis!

Athlon II X4 + MSI 785 Mobo : $95.99 at microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

4 GB DDR3-1333: $41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek 400W 80+ Bronze PSU: $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(This got a great review here on Tom back in October)

Palit GTS 450 1 GB Video card: $109.99 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB Hard drive: $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Destroyer case $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill 4-pack of 120mm fans: $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-On DVD burner $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(free shipping makes up the $2 higher price over other cheap DVDs)

Total: $399.98. $379.98 after rebate.

a very viable gaming computer.

Keyboard & Monitor:
Acer 1920x1080 21" Monitor: $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

V7 Multimedia Keyboard and Mouse: $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a 1000 dpi mouse!
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a b 4 Gaming
December 26, 2010 7:39:11 AM

And the OS is where?

I admit that its easier now to build something cheap. Back in the day you could never get anything this low. I would also like to point out that if your like me and don't have a MC near you you can't do it for $400 as you'll have to buy the mobo. This doesn't apply in the OPs case but I'd like to point it out.
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December 26, 2010 10:11:57 AM

for the motherboard and cpu combo, use that microcenter deal. alternatively you could get this.

AMD x3 445 3.1ghz processor-$77

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

Windows 7 home premium + Biostar MCP6P3 AM3 microATX motherboard $119.98

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE gz-ph1a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case-$24.99

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

LG DVD burner-$15.99

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

GeIL Value PLUS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333mhz ram-$41.99

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

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 320GB Hard Drive-$42.99

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

XIGMATEK 400W ATX 80 PLUS BRONZE Power Supply-$34.99

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

PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR3 $49.99

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

Total-$408
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December 26, 2010 2:10:51 PM

Aright I forgot to mention that I already have a windows7 copy...and honestly, she doesnt really game (besides facebook), its more like everyday usage.

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a b 4 Gaming
December 26, 2010 5:34:10 PM

well, my build will still do fine, as the GTS450 has hdmi out including audio for movies, or you could eliminate it entirely (saving $109) for A $290 build, as the motherboard has an HDMI out.
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