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$650 all-inclusive gaming / multi-purpose rig

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February 5, 2011 4:26:36 AM

Greetings all.

I'm here with another one of my pesky questions.

I have to build a budget casual gaming rig for someone I know.

The person in question is a computers' n00b, but would like to play games such as WoW, Starcraft, NFS, MS Flight Simulator and other not-too-gory games (she is a female) at high quality settings.

The games are NOT to be included in this $600 budget (duh IK, but thought I would clarify anyway).

She'd be using the computer for gaming, movies, Internet & email, in that order.

Now, without further ado, the tentative specs follow. Feel free to comment and correct.
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> Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 445 / 450 Rana
[Don't think the i3-2100 + mobo would fit the budget. Plus, the Intel SB chipsets have a glitch. Might unlock the dormant core. Wait for Llano?]

> CPU cooler: Stock [Don't plan on OC'eing. Need this machine to last a long time.]

> Motherboard: Asus (760g) M4A7LT-M LE

> PSU: Corsair CX400W / Seasonic SS-400-ES
[Which of the two? Anything better bang-for-buck out there?]

> RAM: 1 x 2GB G.Skill Ripjaws (F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH) 1333MHz
[Should I go in for a 4GB CAS 9 stick instead and then try to reduce the timings?]

> HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 (HD502HJ) 7200 RPM 500GB / Seagate 7200 RPM 500GB (ST3500418AS* or ST3500410AS)
[Spinpoint may not be available here, so Seagate. I think the 7200.12 is better than the WD Caviar Blue, no?]

> ODD: LG DVD-RW
[NOT Samsung; have had issues where the tray refused to eject after a year or so.]

> Monitor: Dell IN2020M
[looking at a decent 20" monitor, pref. LED because of (a) budget, and (b) beacause I don't think the Radeon 5670 would be able to handle gaming @ 1920x1080.]

> Keyboard + Mouse: Microsoft Wired 600 kit / Logitech Media Combo MK200
[Could you suggest a budget keyboard and mouse which could be used for gaming? Would prefer multimedia controls on the keyboard. I'm leaning towards the MK200 combo.]

> GPU: AMD Radeon 5670
[Please suggest a GPU brand - XFX only offer a 3yr warranty where I live. Options are MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, XFX and Asus.
The 512MB version of the card doesn't appear to be available, so I guess I'm stuck with 1GB.
Please note, the previous gen cards like the 4770 are not to be found here.
I've heard that NVIDIA cards don't work well in AMD systems. Truth or tale?]

> UPS: APC 600 kVA

> Speakers: Altec Lansing VS2621

> Chassis: CoolerMaster Elite 310

> Fans: 3 x these (http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=4355) [Will be replacing the stock chassis fan; are they any good?]

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Total: $650 (approx.)
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Thanks a ton.
February 14, 2011 11:32:43 PM

I hate bumping threads, but don't really have a choice here...
Am I being ignored because of I was too lazy to fill out the 'How to ask for build advice' form? OK, my apologies for that...but it's unfair how the world discriminates against those who obey Newton's first law. :p 

Seriously, no one? :( 
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February 15, 2011 8:48:26 AM

Meh $600ish one could land a very scalable gamer config with carefully picked out parts these days so

$587AR, 955BE + HD 6870 with room to crossfire down the road ^^
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February 16, 2011 7:14:05 AM

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Meh $600ish one could land a very scalable gamer config with carefully picked out parts these days so

$587AR, 955BE + HD 6870 with room to crossfire down the road ^^
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Gee, thanks. An answer at last! :D 
I don't think you took into account the monitor, but that's OK.
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February 16, 2011 7:16:34 AM

Best answer selected by hmdhruvarora.
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February 16, 2011 8:50:34 AM

Yep glad to help and cheers ^^
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