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January 4, 2011 7:55:32 PM

Hello Everyone! I have 500$ to buy a new gaming rig. Here is what I already have:

Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Video Card (Nvidia 9800GT).

I do not have any of the other components: Ram, Hard drive, Motherboard, Wireless Card (I need this in the desktop as i have no Ethernet cord), PSU, computer case, Speakers, MS windows copy.

I think thats all of it. My preference is AMD (since its a budget build!). Also if possible, I will eventually swap out the video card, but that is far in the future.

Thanks for any help You may provide.

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January 4, 2011 8:58:37 PM

for $500, including Win7:

AMD Athlon II X3 450: $79
4 GB DDR3-1333: $42
AS Rock 770 or 880 Mobo: $60
Win7: $100
Seasonic 520W: $60
CM 310 case: $35
N=class PCI wireless: $20 (usb or pci card)
GTs 450: $110 (less after rebats)

Total about $516
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January 4, 2011 11:52:15 PM

1st reply: I need an AMD machine. Intel hardware is overpriced so i dont want to buy it.

2nd reply: Thanks, i configured the build to what u said but i still have questions. I dont need a video card as i have one so that needs to come off the list. You didnt recommend a hard drive but i added one. I also added a dvd drive.

1st question: Can you guys check over to see how i did, and to make sure all of the parts are compatible?

2nd Question: Is the PSU okay? Its not a brand i heard before and i know that cheaping out on a psu is a big no-no. Let me know guys. I will be ordering tonight so please take a look!

http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/2348/screenshotav.pn...
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a b 4 Gaming
January 5, 2011 9:44:05 AM

Sea Sonic is probably the single most reliable PSU company out there.

Your overall build looks ok. a 9800 GPU is going to be the major bottleneck on your build, but it will work for now. I'd suggest replacing it when you can
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January 5, 2011 11:18:25 AM

That's a pretty decent build. You should be ok.
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January 5, 2011 2:09:13 PM

added a pair of logitech speakers and ordered today! thanks for the help everyone.
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January 5, 2011 2:20:51 PM

You can get 4 gigs of DDR 3 1600 MHZ ram for $50, from G. skill i think instead of the $49 1333MHZ - from newegg too
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January 10, 2011 3:16:14 AM

just wanted to quickly thank everyone who helped me out with this build. The computer is very solid and has been operating well for the past few days. I was able to unlock the 4th core of the athlon x3 450 cpu and now have a quad core! thats awesome.... Thank you guys for recommending excellent parts.
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January 10, 2011 2:47:43 PM

check out cedar pc.com they have some nice refrubs that are fairly cheap all you would probably need since you have a video card is a new psu to run it. I got a decent steup up I am going to upgrade for about $360 with shipping.
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January 17, 2011 7:34:07 PM

Best answer selected by LukasKlees.
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