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Is this a good build for a homebuilt budget gaming computer?(noob)

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February 6, 2011 2:22:08 AM

Alright so I have recently become obsessed with building a computer to be used for gaming. More specifically a budget gaming machine. Im willing to get creative and want to make it as cost effective as possible while still being powerful. Im open to most ideas as long as I understand what I am doing so this is what I came up with so far. I found my old Compaq s6300nx lying around that didnt turn on. After a few test I figured out it was just the power supply that was shot and that was cheap and would need to be replaced anyway. So my plan is to use the case, the hard drive and the DVD and floppy drives from the compaq. I want to install a new motherboard, Cpu, graphics card, power supply and memory.

Now my research has told me I might run into a few problems with this method(heat and the way compaq sets things up)

So here are the parts Im thinking about buying.
Motherboard:ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cpu: AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor HDX545WFK2DGI - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Videocard: ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply: Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9/4G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So will this work? Will there be any conflicts? Do you guys have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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February 6, 2011 2:26:03 AM

Problem, you are missing a cpu cooler. Also, Rosewill isn't known to be great for power supplies. Where are you from? If you have a place called Microcenter nearby, I would recommend checking there. They've got a special right now if you grab a processor, such as an Athlon II x4 processor, you can get a free board.

Check this out.

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

3.0 ghz Athlon II x4 and motherboard for 174.

Corsair ddr3 1333 4 gb ram kit

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

42.99

GTX 460 should be stronger than the 5770. If you look, they do have an MSI card for 149.99, this one is 159.99 however.

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



This should be a decent power supply. 52 amps on the 12v+ rail, I recently used one on a gaming build and it's powering a gtx 570 with no issues.....69.99

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


Also, may want to throw in a case.

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

If you are interested 40 bucks.

So grand total of 486 and change. After shipping probably around 500.
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February 6, 2011 2:30:14 AM

The closest one seems to be an hour away from me. I dont really want to drive that far.
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February 6, 2011 2:31:42 AM

And im willing to add fans and everything. I just want to know if that set up will work, and make sure everything is compatible before i get into that.
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February 6, 2011 3:12:03 AM

Well after looking at new egg I am thinking of scrapping the case and buying this one that comes with three fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this will also let me get a motherboard thats not micro if I want.

Will I still be able to use my harddrive from my old computer?
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February 6, 2011 4:00:21 AM

Should be no problem on your drive. If you are spending on a case, this is very nice. Last build I worked on used one.

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

I would still recommend if you are willing check out microcenter. Check the bundle deals.

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

For less than the price of the Athlon x4 I showed you with board on newegg, you can get a Phenom 2 x4 and a board. Also, if you've got problems, no hassles. You just bring it in, they take care of you. Even if you buy something and it goes on sale like 2 weeks later, you go in and they will adjust it. I get 90% of my electronics through them. Vs with newegg, I've known people who ordered parts and had a restocking fee charged on stuff that newegg shipped out that didn't work. Deal with newegg if you want, they've got good prices, but since I've got a microcenter about an hour away too, definitely dealing with them. The drive for me is worth it.

Edit....I know the cheap bundles have cheap boards, but you can go up to better boards. I think they've got a deal too, anytime you buy a processor and a mainboard, they take 40 off the board price. But you'd have to call them if you decide to go that route.
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February 6, 2011 4:13:18 AM

Oh wow I didnt see that you edited your post before. Thanks a lot for the advise. Now I just have to decide what I want to do.
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