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New build for moderate use about $400-500?

Last response: in Systems
June 7, 2011 6:38:06 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month

Budget Range: $400-500 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Email/Surfing/Chatting, Gaming, Watching Movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, pretty much any major retailer

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences:AMD processor, that's about it

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: These are the parts I've already picked out:

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 32MB Cache 7200 RPM

GSkill Ripjaws Series 4 GB 240-PIN DDR3 1600 x2

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black

For my price range, I was wondering what other components I should add. I especially need help on the video card, as I haven't really been keeping up with the releases over the years and now I'm really confused as to the performance levels of various cards. The nomenclature no longer follows a logical order! (I miss the days of Geforce 1-4, GTs, etc.) I know the RAM is a little overkill, but it's on sale and only $20 bucks more than a comparable 4gb dual channel setup. I'm not sure if the processor is really what I need, but it seems to be a good median price point ($115).

I won't be using this to do a whole lot of gaming, but I do like to play Starcraft 2 every so often, along with Left 4 Dead. Also want to be able to play Diablo 3 when that comes out. Don't do a lot of intensive work on it, mostly just surfing the net, watching videos, maybe running a virtual machine or vpning into work every so often.

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June 10, 2011 1:19:19 PM

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana / Corsair CX500 V2 500w: $121 before $20 rebate

Asus M5A87 AM3+ AMD 870: $90

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333: $41

Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB: $65

Not sure what floats yer boat from a case standpoint -- here is the CM Elite 430 for $36 after promo codes and rebates.

As far as your video card, there are some sweet HD 5670 1GBs in the $70-$90 range. That would leave some room in your budget for your optical and a $30 aftermarket cooler.