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a b B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2011 5:53:01 PM

I'm looking to replace My GF's old EMachines computer (Its an Athlon 64!) with one a bit more modern that can do what she needs: Web browsing, Anime torrents, flash games, and free MMOs (especially LOTRO, D&DO, and a variety of Korean freebies) -- I'm trying to actually stay close to $350, if possible.. I think I have it (a $350 PC), but I'd like other opinions. This is a PC that will be built alongside replacing the one in my signature.


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Approximate Purchase Date: Mid-late March.


Budget Range: $300-400, $350 as an ideal


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web, Flash games, media, and MMO games at medium settings


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, amazon, pricewatch


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I want to avoid bottom-tier equipment (Biostar, Foxconn, Jetway)


Overclocking: Maybe a light overclock of CPU, but only with the stock cooler.


SLI or Crossfire: No. Single GPU only -- this is a bargain basement build.


Monitor Resolution: 1440x900, may eventually shift to a 1650x1080


Additional Comments: its a low-budget exercise, so try to remember that.

Here's what I've come up with so far:


ASRock 760GM-GS3 AM3 AMD 760G MicroATX AMD Motherboard : $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
its an older chipset, but has a 5200 HT. The crappy Onboard won't matter, and AS Rock has a good reputation and handles core unlock and overclock well.

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz: $71.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's slower than a 440 or 450, but trims a bit of money. A light overclock should make it match at least a 450's 3.2 GHz on the stock cooler.

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
simple and basic.

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM : $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are others that are a dollar or two cheaper, but this one is free shipping.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a decent 500 GB drive

PowerColor AX4830 512MD3 Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its old (3 generations old now) and Direct X 10 only, but should handle the MMOs with little difficulty at 1440x900, but this is my weakest point, I think. If anyone has a better suggestion, let me know.

XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply : $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the Xigmatek 400 got a solid review here on Tom's back in October, hitting an amazing 675W load, 60% over spec.

Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case : $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a simple case with no frills, but it will do the job, an dit's cheap. The Xigmatek Asgard II is also a possibility, as is the R-102.

the total right now is $349.88

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March 2, 2011 6:09:26 PM

Everything is fine except the graphics card. Get a 5000 or 6000 series for directx 11.

I think that some of them are for a similar price.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2011 7:42:15 PM

one reason I picked the 4830 is that it outperforms the HD5670 in most games
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2011 7:50:23 PM

For a 1680x1050 monitor I like the HD 5770 better.
HIS HD 5770 $100 a/r free shipping. The 4830 was $67 with shipping. That's only a $23 difference.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2011 4:20:18 PM

actually a $33 difference, WR2 :) 
If I up to $400, I'll look at a 5770 or GTS 450
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 13, 2011 4:16:42 AM

Best answer selected by ScrewySqrl.
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