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May 22, 2011 3:47:58 AM

I'm building a budget-gaming computer for a friend (cheap sorta dude lol) this summer and I'm just planning out what I'm going to do. Here is my build.

Ratings, suggestions and opinions please :) 

Sapphire ATI Radeon 5830 1GB - $103
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz - $125
Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3+ Motherboard - $55
Patriot Extreme 2x2GB DDR3 1333 RAM - $36
Hitachi 500GB HDD - $40
ASUS 24x DVD-Writer - $20
Cooler Master Elite 310 Silver Mid Case - $40
Antec TP-550 Power Supply - $73

Final Cost: $492

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May 22, 2011 4:31:53 AM

Darcy190 said:
I'm building a budget-gaming computer for a friend (cheap sorta dude lol) this summer and I'm just planning out what I'm going to do. Here is my build.

Ratings, suggestions and opinions please :) 

Sapphire ATI Radeon 5830 1GB - $120
AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz - $110
Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3+ Motherboard - $55
Patriot Extreme 2x2GB DDR3 1333 RAM - $36
Hitachi 500GB HDD - $40
ASUS 24x DVD-Writer - $20
Cooler Master Elite 310 Silver Mid Case - $40
CoolMax 500W Power Supply - $30

Final Cost: $451 (All parts bought from computer store nearish to where I live)


nice
May 22, 2011 8:03:37 AM

Yeah, I'll post pictures when I'm done and do a benchmark/score etc.

Does anyone think that I should change any components to increase performance or lower price (both?) or any recomendations or something? Thanks lol just looking for some thoughts/suggestions/tips on this or whatever.

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May 22, 2011 8:07:45 AM

The powersupply is no good man. I'm sorry, but it might explode in your face and take all your parts with it! Next thing should be a quality powersupply from Corsair, XFX, Seasonic or Silverstone.

It's common to skimp on the PSU and one day you'll regret it I'm sure. Otherwise that's a pretty nice build for just $450
May 22, 2011 8:19:19 AM

Near a micro center? Can you wait a few weeks to hunt for deals that will popup?
May 22, 2011 9:06:12 AM

Dont go with a 8 series phenom. They lack the L3 cache that distinguishes then from the athlons.
The 955 BE is only 119$ now on newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the 925 is like 100 bucks.

Dont get a cheap PSU like that one.It might fry ur system. Get a lower wattage quality unit like an antec 380w or a seasonic 380w if u can afford it.

Looking OK on everything else I suppose.
May 22, 2011 9:34:02 AM

gametstr said:

Dont get a cheap PSU like that one.It might fry ur system. Get a lower wattage quality unit like an antec 380w or a seasonic 380w if u can afford it.


I don't think a 380 w power supply is enough for a HD 5830..
May 22, 2011 9:59:34 AM

AMD Recommends and says requires 500w Power Supply. I wouldn't go any lower, however I will get a higher quality PSU. Thanks gametstr I'll probably swap that.
May 22, 2011 10:30:23 AM

Definitely not the Cooler Master. Especially the Extreme Power Plus ones have some horror stories. The Corsair unit outputs only about 400w. But it should be enough for this particular build.

Also if u can afford it go with 955BE. It comes with an unlocked multiplier to over clock easily and also a better stock HSF.
May 22, 2011 12:05:58 PM

That PSU would frighten me. Trust me. That is one area you do -not- want to under-invest in. Then again, if you hate your friend...
May 22, 2011 7:32:47 PM

If the 955BE isn't too much I'll go with that. I'm deciding between the Corsair CX500 and the Antec VP450. How would I know the Antec one does 450 and not less like the others?

May 22, 2011 7:44:08 PM

Mail in rebate? Don't like that but whatever I'd rather pay 20 bucks extra than that hassle. I will go with that then cuz budget is 500.
May 22, 2011 7:47:49 PM

Canadian dollar is stonger than US anyways so if its more US then its less Canadian, whatever.
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