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December 29, 2010 3:01:48 PM

Story why i want to make a new computer: Ok, so i ordered a gtx460 for my gateway, doesnt fit(Fits in the x4 that has a x16 connector but not enough room for the card in the main x16). So i decided hey its about time i learn and stop overpaying for something i can try to make for cheaper.

Trying to make a nice, cheap, gaming rig with some power, that will be decent for a little while and overclockable down the line


Will this work, all from amazon

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1 GHz 3x512 KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor - 77.00 dollars

ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - 69.99

evga gtx460 768mb i have already

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Power Supply - 69.99

Ram - not sure about that could use some help i was thinking 4gigs not sure what works with mother board ddr2?

Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX, MATX Mid Tower Case with Window RC-310-SWN1-GP (Black/Silver) 39.99

Seagate Barracuda 250 GB 7200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s 8MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST3250318AS-Bare Drive 38.00

Liteon 24X DVDrw Sata Retail 21.99


So far i added up $316.96 without the ram and since i already have a card, Seems like a sweet cheap setup, but is it compatible?

Will the video card fit? :p 


Also am i missing anything i do need windows 7 also














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December 29, 2010 3:12:25 PM

Yuck. Really, just horrible.

First, you're sticking to a stie that will overcharge you. Check out Newegg.com instead.

Second, you're picking a board with an obsolete socket. Instead of getting an AM2+ board, head over to Newegg and pick up the ASRock 770 Extreme3 for only $5 more. It's an AM3 board with USB 3/SATA III support.

Third, the newer board means newer RAM. Grab the Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 ($40 after rebate on Newegg).

Finally, ditch that god awful ancient HDD. Pick up either a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB ($55 on Newegg) or a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($70 on Newegg).

The rest is ok. The PSU you can find for cheaper on Newegg, and pick up the cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find ($16 on Newegg I think).

EDIT: Also, you could get the faster X3 450 for $3 more: X3 450 $80.
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December 29, 2010 3:18:59 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Yuck. Really, just horrible.

First, you're sticking to a stie that will overcharge you. Check out Newegg.com instead.

Second, you're picking a board with an obsolete socket. Instead of getting an AM2+ board, head over to Newegg and pick up the ASRock 770 Extreme3 for only $5 more. It's an AM3 board with USB 3/SATA III support.

Third, the newer board means newer RAM. Grab the Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 ($40 after rebate on Newegg).

Finally, ditch that god awful ancient HDD. Pick up either a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB ($55 on Newegg) or a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($70 on Newegg).

The rest is ok. The PSU you can find for cheaper on Newegg, and pick up the cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find ($16 on Newegg I think).

EDIT: Also, you could get the faster X3 450 for $3 more: X3 450 $80.


not sure if newegg charges tax but i dont get tax from amazon
December 29, 2010 3:52:46 PM

Newegg will only charge tax in certain states (just like Amazon). It's worth checking out. I also find that, in many cases, even if Newegg charges tax, it's still cheaper. Don't forget to check out Newegg's combo deals, as they can often save a lot of money.
December 29, 2010 3:54:08 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Newegg will only charge tax in certain states (just like Amazon). It's worth checking out. I also find that, in many cases, even if Newegg charges tax, it's still cheaper. Don't forget to check out Newegg's combo deals, as they can often save a lot of money.



ok thanks will do
December 30, 2010 12:55:04 AM

psu 55 dollars after rebate on newegg probably makes buying it from newegg worth it.
December 30, 2010 2:02:59 AM

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

already have evga gtx460 768mb

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

is my probably my final build is everything compatible?




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December 30, 2010 2:07:46 AM
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Looking Good to me :D 
December 30, 2010 2:08:42 AM

seems pretty cheap also how much would something close to this cost from lets say gateway?
December 30, 2010 2:48:12 AM

I can't find anything that has the same balance CPU with Graphics you get a better balance when building
December 30, 2010 2:54:33 AM

Yes that'll do but the samsung spinpoint f3 500gb is better the link is given by MadAdmiral it's currently out of stock :cry: 
December 30, 2010 2:58:20 AM

joelmartinez said:
Yes that'll do but the samsung spinpoint f3 500gb is better the link is given by MadAdmiral it's currently out of stock :cry: 



yea thats why im looking for another, also i live in NJ so i do get taxd from newegg. So im probley just gonna get that powersupply and ram from newegg. Amazon suprisely i think has equal to or lower prices then newegg for somethings.
January 9, 2011 10:01:24 AM

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