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March 10, 2011 1:51:08 PM

I want to build a system for no more than $480 after rebates and shipping, with at least the performance of a Phenom 925 and ATI 5570. Don't think I even need 4 cores, as iRacing (my game of choice), I believe only utilizes 3 cores. I need all parts:

Case
Motherboard
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
GPU
CPU
PSU
RAM
OS


I need to order today.

Thanks for any and all help!

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a b 4 Gaming
March 10, 2011 2:25:55 PM

Check out the active thread below for more food for thought. Scale down the CPU to an Athlon X3 and maybe the GPU to a HD 5770 to save a little money, but you won't be able to deviate much from the two proposed builds listed much without sacrificing parts quality...

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/306627-31-newegg-comb...
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a b 4 Gaming
March 10, 2011 2:48:38 PM

OS alone is $100, 925 alone is $125.

Even low end components, i'm not sure it's doable.

I'd recommend just going with an Athlon ii x3 instead.

Optical
$18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case $30 Rosewill
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
7200.12 500gb $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
Ga MATX $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAm
G Skill DDR3 1333 cas 9 $40 4gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU/CPU
athlon ii x3 and 5570 $136 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OS/PSU
win 7 64 bit and antec earthwatts 380w $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Comes out to $473 after shipping and rebates

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March 10, 2011 5:52:45 PM

I think its very possible:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Lite-On DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 code XFX3113 for $13 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill 4GB Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Windows 7 code EMCKGJK45 for $10 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 & NZXT case

$515 before rebates $450 after rebates plus a $10 promotional card :) 

Better CPU and GPU than OP had wanted originally
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March 10, 2011 7:08:39 PM

That looks like an awesome build! But you left out the hard drive.

Where do you find these coupon codes??

imaurer269 said:
I think its very possible:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Lite-On DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 code XFX3113 for $13 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill 4GB Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Windows 7 code EMCKGJK45 for $10 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 & NZXT case

$515 before rebates $450 after rebates plus a $10 promotional card :) 

Better CPU and GPU than OP had wanted originally

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a b 4 Gaming
March 10, 2011 7:14:40 PM

imaurer269 said:
I think its very possible:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Lite-On DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 code XFX3113 for $13 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill 4GB Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Windows 7 code EMCKGJK45 for $10 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 & NZXT case

$515 before rebates $450 after rebates plus a $10 promotional card :) 

Better CPU and GPU than OP had wanted originally



I'd swap the 955 for an athlon II X3 450 ($79.99) and use the saved $60 to up the GPu to a MSI Twin Frozr GTX 460 for $149.99. It beats the 4850 or 5770
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a b 4 Gaming
March 10, 2011 7:46:47 PM

imaurer269 said:
I think its very possible:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Lite-On DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 code XFX3113 for $13 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill 4GB Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Windows 7 code EMCKGJK45 for $10 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 & NZXT case

$515 before rebates $450 after rebates plus a $10 promotional card :) 

Better CPU and GPU than OP had wanted originally



Well $40 for HD, so I guess it's right on budget if you include the promo card.
Neweggs sends you promo codes if you sign up for their e-mail mailing list.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 10, 2011 7:55:53 PM

D_trem said:
The problem with a 460gtx is the 430w psu and 2x pci connectors. I think he would be better off with a 5770.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I... might be worth looking into as well.


the 430W has 28A on teh 12v rail, the 460 (and 560 if you want to upgrade) needs only 24a to work. It'll run just fine.. NVidia says 500W because of crappiness like a diablotek "500W" PSU that might barely manage 350 in reality. the 460 will come with conversion cables that turns 2 4-pin molex cables into a 6-pin PCIe cable, so you use the 1 6-pin and 2 molex, and you're fine.
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March 10, 2011 8:01:09 PM

Crap I did forget the HDD sorry threw that together while I was working. The WD Blue 500GB or Seagate 500GB at $40 would be fine. The X3 450 would be suffice and def can go with a 5770 or a 460 if you wanted a better GPU. The 4850 is a older card but pretty decent deal for under 50 bucks considering its only a tier or two under the 460 & 5770. If you sign up for the email list then just pop the codes in the promo codes box and bam instant savings. You def have a few options to go with within your budget.
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March 11, 2011 10:58:32 AM

Ended up not getting the system yesterday and of course some deals changed! Ahhh! The 4850 was just $60 after MIR, and it went up to $90 :( 
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March 11, 2011 1:55:59 PM

Bumma well this is what I would recommend for today then:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Lite-On DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... HIS HD 5770 & X3 445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill 4GB Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD Blue 500 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Windows 7 code EMCKGJK45 for $10 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 & NZXT case

$533 shipped $468 after rebates

Or can go with the X3 435 and 460 768MB for $544 shipped $489 after rebates:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 14, 2011 1:27:56 PM

imaurer269 said:
Bumma well this is what I would recommend for today then:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Lite-On DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... HIS HD 5770 & X3 445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill 4GB Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD Blue 500 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Windows 7 code EMCKGJK45 for $10 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 & NZXT case

$533 shipped $468 after rebates

Or can go with the X3 435 and 460 768MB for $544 shipped $489 after rebates:

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


If I moved from the 5770 to the 6850, would I need to up the psu, or do they require about the same thing?
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March 24, 2011 6:42:22 AM

Best answer selected by kurtcrosbie.
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