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April 1, 2011 5:35:37 PM

I am trying to build a computer with atleast 1 TB HDD, 6 GB of memory, a quad core processor with 3.2 Ghz and a good graphics card that can play SCII and Portal 2 and a few other games coming out in the next couple years.
I wanted the AMD Phenom II Quad core 3.2 Ghz processor
Radeon HD 5750
And this deal http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gets me 8 gb of memory for 60$
Is there anyway to get all the stuff I want plus a good motherboard, power supply, and tower case for under 400$ ?
If not, can you suggest how I can modify what I want so it will be under 400$?

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April 1, 2011 5:41:59 PM

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April 1, 2011 5:52:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In about 10 hours

Budget Range: 350- 400$ (It can be a little over 400$) after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet use, playing games, watching movies, P2P, word processing


Parts Not Required: OS, monitor, mouse, keyboard (I just need the PC)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: no


SLI or Crossfire: no


Monitor Resolution: 1024x768


Additional Comments: I want a 1TB HDD, a quad core processor with atleast 3.0 ghz, I want to be able to play game slike SCII and Portal 2 so I wanted the Radeon HS 5750, and I wanted atleast 6 GB of memory, so I found this deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 1, 2011 6:51:34 PM

HD5750/HD5670
AMD 'Propus'
The memory deal you found is great.
Asus/Gigabyte/MSI/Biostar motherboard.
Antec/Enermax/Seasonic/XFX/Corsair power supply, 500w or so.
Samsung HD103SJ is the most cost-worthy SATA2-1TB drive on the market
Antec 300 case
April 1, 2011 7:35:20 PM

This is what I have now:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-575X-ZMF3 Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV38G1333ELK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After the Promo Codes, Mail in Rebate, and 5$ gift card, this comes up to: 402.88$
This is okay, but I am still missing a motherboard... and this is my budget limit. Can you suggest a good cheap motherboard, and ways to make all of this cheaper?
Also, after reading reviews on the Propus, it seems that it does not have a very good heatsink that comes with it. Does this mean I should buy a heatsink seperately?
April 1, 2011 8:48:48 PM

Save some money and get a 500gb HDD like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Mobo like this one is good for $60. Maybe you can find a cheaper micro-ATX board but this has a lot of good features: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176

I feel like 4GB is probably enough unless you are multi-tasking while playing games or something. If you get a mobo with 4 ram slots you can buy 4GB now and upgrade if you need too later. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104203

I kinda feel like the 5750 is weak and you may find yourself in a position in 6-12 months where you want to get a better video card and you'll have to shell out another $100 or so. There's great rebates on the 6850s this month, you can snag one for $144 after MIR and that will run pretty much anything. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161348&cm_re=6850-_-14-161-348-_-Product. Alternatively there are 460 gtx's for ~$130 just make sure you stay away from Galaxy brand.

So with a 500gb hdd and 4gb ram you can save I dunno, 50-60 which is about the cost of the mobo. 5750 is good for right now but in 2 years I don't think it will keep up. In my opinion I'd go with a cheaper case ($40 maybe?) and scrounge up some more money and get the 6850 but if your budget can't afford it go with the 5750.
April 2, 2011 2:46:55 AM

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That should save you around ~$40-$50. You have to downgrade a bit, but there's no real damage. The CPU isn't quad, but you're most likely going to unlock the 4th core and have an extra .2 Ghz to boot.

Like the others said, you can probably lower your case about $20 as well, but keep in mind you're stuck with this case for a while. The others are upgradable. Use 4GB's of RAM for now, and buy some more later, when you have more money.
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