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June 21, 2011 6:32:12 PM

Hello all,

I'm currently trying to decide if I can put together something cheap enough for a spare gaming computer. This would be one that I'd use maybe once a week for an hour or two. No high end games, mostly older games off steam or League of Legends.

Here's what I have so far:

Approximate Purchase Date: Undecided, within the next 2 months maybe


Budget Range: Trying to keep it under 400, ~300 would be even better


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Light gaming, older games from Steam, League of Legends


Parts Not Required: Case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, PS (Corsair 600W laying around), possibly not HD as well


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Older monitor, think it's either 1024x768 or 1280x1024.

And here are the parts I have so far:

MB: BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

CD/DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Video: ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX

Subtotal: $337.95

I know I could probably drop the CPU and graphics down to save some extra cash, just not sure how low I could or should go. If I could drop in those two areas and pick up a cheap SATA HD that would be nice as well, using an older 80gb one right now in that rig.

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated, thanks a lot.


Bryan

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a c 258 4 Gaming
June 21, 2011 6:42:05 PM
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As a spare rig drop down to X3 450 and get a decent SATA drive.
June 21, 2011 7:16:53 PM

Ok, so swapping CPU to this, and probably go with WD for the hdd

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

New Subtotal: $343.94, not a bad change for 6 bucks more

Would you drop down any from the 5770 or should I stick with that? Wasn't sure if the sub 100 cards would be worth the ~$30 or so savings I might get. 350 isn't breaking the bank, but cheap is good for a computer that won't be used all that much :D 
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June 21, 2011 7:20:03 PM

^When the 5830's come back into stock they are cheaper and more powerful.... but they are very power hungry. I think for your needs the 5770 should serve you well.
a c 258 4 Gaming
June 21, 2011 9:23:57 PM

The HD5770 is a great card for its price!
June 21, 2011 9:38:01 PM

Alright, sounds like I got by parts picked out. Total comes to 389.64 with tax and shipping. Now to sit on it for 2 weeks and hope for a good 4th of July sale. Thanks for the help
June 21, 2011 9:38:13 PM

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