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June 17, 2011 12:16:00 AM

So I am finally upgrading my first homebuilt PC that has lasted 7 years with some minor upgrades throughout that period. I am on a budget for this upgrade and would appreciate any comments or feedback.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some audio and video editing, surfing the internet.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, case and fans, Powersupply (currently have a 500w foxconn, don't have the model number at the moment. Will add when I get it.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Amd CPU and GPU

Overclocking: Maybe ( definitely unlocking the cores)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050





CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GH $87.99 (I plan to unlock the other cores)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103846

CPU Fan/Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103057

MOBO: Biostar A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813138179

Memory: (2 sets) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $45.99 each
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231277

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100323L Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102934

Hard Drive:Recertified Western Digital VelociRaptor WD740HLFS 74GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" $47.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136744

Monitor: Asus VW226T-TAA 22" 1680x1050 WideScreen LCD $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236096


As I said, any comments or feedback is greatly appreciated.
June 17, 2011 12:20:58 AM

I do not at all trust a 500 watt foxconn power supply to run that rig.

Past that it looks like you have a solid setup that's rather inexpensive. kudos.
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June 17, 2011 1:22:50 PM

yeah, ditch the Foxconn PSU. it might be ok, because you are not putting a big GPU on it, the CPU only stress it a little, more if you unlock the extra cores. I would invest in a quality PSU

also drop one set of Ram you dont need 8gbs, 4Gb is plenty for gaming. since you are on a budget lets not overspend in this area and bring up the quality of the PSU or GPU:

these are all quality PSU's that will power you rig and even a bigger GPU should you decide to upgrade later:
500W of goodness:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this PSU is the lowest price, its only 380w but its a workhorse and will power even a GTX 560 Ti GPU and a quadcore.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this on is pretty good also. its often overlooked as it is not a mainstream PSU name. 400w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

not a fan of "recertified" HDD's especially a small one. they usually have to map out bad sectors or blocks reducing the size of the HDD. I would just get a bigger HDD, a WD Black, Seagate or Samsung. At 74 GB unformatted you are not getting a lot of games on is before its full. I think some of the newer 7200RPM drives are as fast as the old 75G raptors(see below link as proof)
Tom's 2009 HDD performance charts: I didn't see a 74BG Raptor so I used the 150GB one which is faster than the even older 74gb version. As you can see the the older smaller Raptor doesn't perform well against the bigger lower cost drives:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...

I would get one of these HDD's for gaming - $60 and the samsung has free shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can find it in you budget I would get at least a HD 5770 for gaming even at the 1680x1050
Tom's Gaming GPU 2011 chart comparing 5770,6570, 6770 and GTS 450.
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics...
HD 6770 under $100 after MIR and free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD 5770 $90 after MIR and $5 shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTS 450 $90 after MIR and $7 shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you can ugrade you GPU you can get a higher resolution monitor:
Monitor 1920x1080 $120 free shipping put the saved $10 toward the GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just my thoughts

you won't like gaming on a 6570 GPU even at the lower resolution. upgrade the GPU.



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June 18, 2011 7:55:06 PM

Thank you very much for the info! Haven't had a chance to look over all that information yet, I just kind of briefly glanced at everything but it is much appreciated. Thanks again.
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June 25, 2011 5:24:38 PM

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