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February 13, 2011 11:22:50 PM

So my brother is getting sick of his 4 year old PC (at last) and he's looking to build a new one because I was tell him "It's always cheaper if you can build it". Plus he knows how good mine is. He does only some small online gaming and mostly surfs the web. So this do not need to be crazy good, only a "good enough" build.

I already have a Mid-Tower Case with 80mm fans on it (He won't be OCing or doing anything tha requires good cooling). It's also got a 650W CoolerMaster Power supply put in it already, so it's good on that. It also has a 250GB HDD (not the best but it's good for him). So it would only need a motherboard, CPU, RAM, and Graphics Card.
He's playing games kinda like Runescape and a little less than World of Warcraft graphics types. So it doesn't need some major GTS 450 or something. The CPU I was thinking a Quad core (AMD) would be great for him, even if it's clocked really low.

Below is the list of specs so far and requirements for the parts needed! Thanks! :D 

Item's I have:
-Computer Case w/ 80mm Fans
-250GB HDD
-650W Power Supply

Item's Needed: For Mobo and Graphics card I'm looking for something under ~75$ each.
-Motherboard
-Graphics Card
-RAM
-CPU

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February 14, 2011 12:05:53 AM
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CPU: Athlon II X3 450 0@ 3.2Ghz
Ram: 4GB PNY 1333Mhz

CPU + Ram


GPU: Radeon 5770 Factory OCED!



Mobo: ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

Total $320 before rebates, after rebates is $270, shipping if around $10.
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February 14, 2011 4:57:45 AM

IAreKyleW00t said:
The CPU, RAM, and Motherboard are great! Thanks for that, but the Graphics card is overkill - something cheaper and a little less powerful would be better. 5770 is just unneeded.


alright how about this 5670

its $65 after mail in rebate, going any lower than a 5650, will be a waste of money since most 5450's are the same price as a 5570 since their is no difference between them.


5450 has 80 SPU's @ 650Mhz for $30.
5570 has 400 SPU's @ 650Mhz for $55.
5670 has 400 SPU's @ 775Mhz for $65.

5670 reviews:

PROS
Inexpensive; good performance for the price; no dedicated power connector needed; only occupies a single slot-expansion bay

CONS
Roughly a third slower than the HD 5750, which costs about $40 more


Now I dont want you to have to buy a cheap GPU and it bog your computer down. A rule of thumb is whatever you pay for your CPU, pair up an equal valued or slightly higher GPU. your cpu is $80 retail, so pick a gpu that is 80 retail, but you should get a discount on it, in this case you are getting a 5670 that retails for $95 for $65. so its a great deal.
February 14, 2011 9:39:24 AM

amoghthegamer4 said:
alright how about this 5670

its $65 after mail in rebate, going any lower than a 5650, will be a waste of money since most 5450's are the same price as a 5570 since their is no difference between them.


5450 has 80 SPU's @ 650Mhz for $30.
5570 has 400 SPU's @ 650Mhz for $55.
5670 has 400 SPU's @ 775Mhz for $65.

5670 reviews:

PROS
Inexpensive; good performance for the price; no dedicated power connector needed; only occupies a single slot-expansion bay

CONS
Roughly a third slower than the HD 5750, which costs about $40 more


Now I dont want you to have to buy a cheap GPU and it bog your computer down. A rule of thumb is whatever you pay for your CPU, pair up an equal valued or slightly higher GPU. your cpu is $80 retail, so pick a gpu that is 80 retail, but you should get a discount on it, in this case you are getting a 5670 that retails for $95 for $65. so its a great deal.


I looked at the 5670, and that's a great price for that, although I'm not sure how soon I'll be 'building' it; I'm getting a pretty good idea of what to get. And even if it's about a third slower, it would't be bothering him... Considering he has a 4 year old Compaq computer. :p 

Overall, I'll most likely get the things you picked out because I'm not the best at "good enough" gaming computers. Thanks for the help!
February 14, 2011 9:39:45 AM

Best answer selected by IAreKyleW00t.
February 14, 2011 5:38:58 PM

tomate2 said:
hm.... maybe you can go for a lower graphics card and throw in a cheap ssd...
here is one the OCZ Vertex 2 for 113 dollars
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
hes not gonna believe how slow is computer was when you put the os in it


I Have a 60GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD, it's simply amazing! An SSD for him wouldn't be all worth it because he would only play some small online games, play movies, add music and browse the web... So I don't think it would be worth the money for the overall benefit.

Thanks anyways, got any other idea's?
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