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Home Office/Light Gaming PC build $500

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January 24, 2011 2:13:09 PM

I would like some help putting together an office PC for my wife. Gaming would be a plus but not a requirement if gaming it will be for games like left 4 dead 2. NOT crysis and such.



Budget is $400-500

Items NOT needed:

Case: Have a Gamma NZXT
HDD: Have 500gb 7200.12
DVDRW: Have a ASUS 24x
PSU: Have a 550w Rocketfish
Monitor: 25inch 1080p

ITEMS needed:
CPU: prefer quad core
MOBO:
RAM:
Video Card: If MOBO doesn't have on board
OS: $100

Budget $500-$100 for OS so $400.
January 24, 2011 2:19:54 PM

Ideal requirements for AMD X4 based build, IMO....(even an X3 is plenty, is not as if typical MS Word documents or email really benefits from a quad core system.)
January 24, 2011 2:24:56 PM

mdd1963 said:
Ideal requirements for AMD X4 based build, IMO....(even an X3 is plenty, is not as if typical MS Word documents or email really benefits from a quad core system.)


There is a lot of multi tasking involved photos and video. Thanks for your reply.
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January 24, 2011 2:35:50 PM
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Most likely overkill with the budget being 100 under, I would try to get a more reliable psu brand in there. The Antec 380w EW would be a good choice.
January 24, 2011 2:40:11 PM

Looks good, I like Overkill. Didn't consider AMD at first but I'm liking this.
January 24, 2011 2:41:38 PM

Would it be better to get a lesser processor and add a video card?
January 24, 2011 2:49:23 PM

If gaming then yes, Here is a thought.

That gpu will handle 1080p just fine, if your montior resolution is lower then maybe you could throw a 5770 in there. I would still think about getting a better quality psu
January 24, 2011 2:53:12 PM

zooted said:
If gaming then yes, Here is a thought.]http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/6990/fadsfdas.png

That gpu will handle 1080p just fine, if your montior resolution is lower then maybe you could throw a 5770 in there. I would still think about getting a better quality psu



I have a 750w alienware psu somewhere in my collection of crap.
January 24, 2011 2:55:56 PM

I don't know who makes their psu's but technically will work. It isn't about the total out put it is more important the reputable brand, and what it puts out on the 12v rails aswell as its efficiency rating (80+ preferred)
January 31, 2011 12:12:13 AM

Best answer selected by brennon7.
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January 31, 2011 5:55:54 AM

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