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July 9, 2011 4:20:32 AM

AMD Athlon II 64 X4 645 Quad-Core 3.1GHz Processor AM3

GeForce GTX 460 SE GPU (dedicated)

8GB Patriot RAM 1333mhz dual channeled

AMD STANDARD COOLING FAN

Asus M4N68T-M V2 Socket AM3/ GeForce 7025/ DDR3-1800(O.C.)/ A&V&GbE/ MATX Motherboard

SEAGATE / WD 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB CACHE SATA 6.0Gb/s

24X DUAL LAYER DVD-RW W/LIGHTSCRIBE

(ONBOARD) NVIDIA/ATI 256MB PCI-EXPRESS VIDEO

REALTEK 8-CHANNEL DIGITAL SOUND ONBOARD

REALTEK 10/100/1000 Gigabit Network Card (onboard)

APEVIA X-Dreamer3 Metal Case w/ Side Window-GREEN

(2X) OKIA 80MM CASE COOLER

THERMALTAKE 500 WATT HIGH PERFORMANCE SLI/CROSSFIRE POWER SUPPLY

Price Tag: $538.

Is this a good deal? Are all the parts of good quality? I've never bought my own computer so I had to do a ton of research.

I'm losing 45 dollars compared to buying the parts separately from sites like newegg and tigerdirect, I just have to add ram and gpu myself.

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July 9, 2011 4:33:46 AM

Hi there, welcome to the forums.
First thing, that GPU is a bad buy. It's a downgraded 460 with disabled shaders and bandwidth. Better to get a 6850 or 5770.
Get a better PSU. A CX 430, Xigmatek 400w, or Antec 380 would all be good buys.

That mobo would not be my pick. Look for a nice 880G board with Sata3 and USB3.

Lastly, I would get a better case. In general.

So that should help you out quite a bit! To get a better idea on things, check out the March System Builder Marathon PC. It is pretttty close to what you want, but packs more into the budget.

July 10, 2011 6:59:14 PM

Just to give you an idea of how powerful computer can you build for $540, here's an intel based build :

CPU & Motherboard : $175- i3-2100 & Biostar H61M (great processor & cheap motherboard, lacks Sata 6GB/s and USB 3.0)

RAM: $32- GSkill NS 2X 2GB

Power Supply: $55- Antec Neo Eco 520

Graphic Card: $175- Sapphire Radeon 6870

HDD: $55- Samsung Spinpoint 1TB (fast than Seagate)

Case: $35- Sentey Black

Optical Drive: $19-LiteON

Total : 546 USD

The only trouble that this system will give is its assembling. Its way better than the AMD one that you are getting.
You can save some money by:
1. Getting HIS Radeon 6850 for $160
2. Getting a lower capacity HDD
3. Getting a lower wattage power supply like Corsair Builder series CX430 worth $45
!