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May 30, 2011 12:55:57 AM

Hey guys, this is my first time ever building a computer. I'm not wanting to spend too much money, but I want to have decent quality at the same time.

I'm open to any and all advice so please comment!

Approximate Purchase Date: asap because my laptop keeps overheating and giving me battery errors.


Budget Range: 500-600ish


System Usage from Most to Least Important: light gaming, photoshop, browsing the internet.


Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers, monitor.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
i've only looked at newegg but i'm open to anything, really.

Country of Origin: united states


Parts Preferences: none really, i'm open to most anything.


Overclocking: no


SLI or Crossfire: no


Monitor Resolution: i have an old 1440x900 hp.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00...

is this any good? im probably going to replace it with something else near the end of the summer.

Additional Comments: i want to keep it as cheap as possible while still having a decent computer for some gaming. like i said earlier, my current laptop is dieing so i want to upgrade it, but don't want to spend a ton of money. i'm on a pc gaming spree right now but i don't know how long it will last, so i don't want to put a ton of money into a graphics card/general performance.

The Parts:

Below each part I wrote my thoughts on each product and the reason why I chose it.

CPU and Case Combo
AMD Phenom II x4 945 + Rosewill Blackbone Steel

-Cheap case and money-saving combo. Includes a decent/good CPU.

Motherboard
MSI 870-G45

-Has everything I need without being too expensive. The other motherboards that had the stuff I wanted had pretty sketchy reviews so I went with this one.

Graphics Card
Galaxy GTS 450 GC Version

-Originally had the AMD 5830, but this is cheaper and still decent.
Not at all fixed on this, I'm totally open to recommendations on this. However, I don't want to spend a lot more money without somehow saving in other areas.

PSU and HDD
Antec High Current Gamer Series + 500 GB WDig HDD

Power Supply
Antec 550W Continuous Power

-Cheap, has the wattage I need, looks like a straightforward piece.

Memory
G.SKILL DDR3 1333 2 x 2GB

-Not 100% sure this is compatible because it's not on the mobo website but I think it is. Cheapest 1333 with good reviews on NewEgg that I could find.

Hard Drive
Western Digital 7200 RPM 500 GB

-Cheap, 500 GB should be plenty for my needs.

Keyboard
LITE-ON USB Keyboard

-Cheapest USB keyboard on NewEgg lol

DVD Writer
Asus Black OEM

-Cheap DVD writer with good reviews.
**What does OEM mean? I know it doesn't come with all the cables and stuff, so will I need to buy those seperately? Or do they come with my PSU? And how can I use it without the drivers?



Thank you for any advice or recommendations!
May 30, 2011 1:18:25 AM

The motherboard and PSU should have the necessary cables.
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May 30, 2011 1:56:39 AM

geng- Nice.. I'll switch those.

etk- Cool, thanks!

Any other ideas, anyone?
May 30, 2011 4:13:28 PM

what kind of games do you play?
June 1, 2011 9:20:53 PM

Any more help?
June 1, 2011 9:25:12 PM

Build coming in a moment!
June 1, 2011 9:37:51 PM

Alrighty, thanks. I'm trying to just modify this build, but I'm happy to consider yours as well!
June 1, 2011 9:44:33 PM

Very good value case, so you can give more money on more important parts!

Xigmatek ASGARD II B/O CPC-T45UE-U01 Black / Orange 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Awesome power supply, with more than enough watts and power (44A from 12V)

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For CPU I would get the Phenom II X4 955. It offers the best Value/Perfomance ratio from Phenom II series!

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For motherboard get Asrock 880G Pro3. It has everything you'll need and it's fully compatible with AMD Bulldozers so you can upgrade anytime you want!

ASRock 880G PRO3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB RAM but atleast 1600MHz because future-wise, Bulldozers will need higher speed memory..buy now save for tomorrow!

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For graphics the best for your budget is a 6870. Nothing less, nothing more!

XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the classic best seller hard drive!

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...

Sum 592$ with MIR!
June 1, 2011 9:56:09 PM

I am trying to minimize the amount of money I spend, but thank you for your ideas!

Why do you choose that video card over the one that is currently in my build and the one that I posted in a reply?
June 1, 2011 10:01:22 PM

Very simple answer...It's better and more powerful! If you want to minimize your budget, from my build

a)remove 6870 and add a 6850..Still a very good card more powerful than the ones you choose and save some $$ from there! This is the cheapest with MIR!

XFX HD-685X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

b)choose a cheaper RAM Kit..I think this is the cheapest 4GB 1600MHz kit, comes with MIR

Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGV34G1600ELK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You will end up at 553$ with MIR!


I'm guessing you can go lower, If you don't need that 1TB Storage but I think for 10-20 bucks 300-500GB are worth!
June 1, 2011 10:05:50 PM

since its now june alot of the newegg combos have been deactivated. many will come back in the next few days.
June 1, 2011 10:52:04 PM

Hmm I still don't really want to spend that much on a video card. The video card I posted earlier is a little over $50 after MIR, but still has decent performance. Also, I don't need the black edition AMD processor that you chose because I don't plan to overclock.

Ahh, thanks geng, I was wondering why all of my combos disappeared lol.
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