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[New Build] $400 Gaming Build Before Rebates and S/T

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July 12, 2011 4:21:54 AM

I tried to make my own gaming build, but I am unsure if it is compatible, and whether or not it can run L4D1/2 on max.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

If anybody has a better build please tell me ^.^ I am trying to keep the PC under $300 with shipping and tax, also before any rebates. I already have a mouse and keyboard.

By the way, does anybody know if I can use the anti-static bags that come with the parts on my hands to prevent static discharge?
July 12, 2011 4:34:54 AM

Use a grounding strap connected to something made of metal to avoid static. A metal computer case can work for a ground.
Anti-static bags will not work as gloves.
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July 12, 2011 4:48:02 AM
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July 12, 2011 4:59:43 AM



Do you think you could cut that down to ~ 300 with a case? Yeah, it is a low budget, but it is for my friend who doesn't have enough money for much more than that.
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July 12, 2011 6:18:00 AM

My Stab:

CPU(OEM) & Case Combo: $65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo: $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: $32 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

500GB HDD: $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: $73 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: $12 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $302 *Before* shipping and rebates

Will play most games on low resolutions. Shipping will probably put you considerably over budget, and this is not a great build, but you really should try to raise the budget for the computer if you want anything decent. I would check to see if you can put a 5670 on a PCIe *16 1.0 socket. I'm not sure of it's backwards compatibility.
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July 13, 2011 10:51:41 PM
July 14, 2011 8:24:33 AM

The problem there is you don't have a CPU cooler. You need to add a cooler like I did for my previous post. Also, I cant see your graphics card choice.

Try this, Keep the HDD and Ram

CPU(with cooler) + Case $142 Combo (I really don't think you need 3 fans. Better CPU.)

PSU: $35 XIGMATEK NRP-PC (Seems to be a quality PSU.)

Mobo: $55 MSI 760GM-P33 AM3 (Cheaper and great reviews!)

Graphics: $85 XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB (1gb GDDR5!- Decent card at low resolutions)

With a total of: $397 (Sry, had the wrong digit in the 100's place...)
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July 14, 2011 2:49:29 PM

;-; This is quickly becoming overpriced and out of my budget.
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July 14, 2011 5:28:37 PM

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX 75$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BIOSTAR A780L3L AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard 50$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 35$

Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black / Black 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 30$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZOTAC ZT-40408-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 160$ 120$ after rebatse.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 40$

total:435
after rebates:somewhere around 380$

i know it is out of your budget but it will be a nice rig overall, if cannot afford the extra bucks, switch the gpu with this
ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50402-10L GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 135$ 120$ after rebates.

good luck
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July 14, 2011 5:55:15 PM

Could you give us the monitor resolution you are planning to use? It would help us determine how much graphics horsepower you need. Also, What about an operating system? Windows 7 itself is about $100 bare minimum.
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July 14, 2011 6:24:10 PM

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I think this build is actually for you, and you're too ashamed to say so.


1440X900 maximum, and the W7 is already bought. If this was for me I'd at least have a $500 budget, but my friend only has a $300, $400 max budget.
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July 15, 2011 2:40:02 AM

at that resolution, a 5770, 550ti, gtx460,gts450 will be pretty nice. if you want to save some bucks go with this
ZOTAC ZT-40503-10L GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 100$ 70 after mir.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

that would be pretty less between 375$ i think and that will be optimal.

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July 15, 2011 5:46:51 AM

Llano? get good graphics and quad core
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July 15, 2011 6:13:42 AM

anyway, here is a Llano Build:

CPU: Llano CPU (A3-3850) @ www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681910394... $140

MOBO: Gigabyte FM1 Mobo @ www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681312851... @ $100

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced @ Silverline www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682022617... cheapest 1600mhz kit with heat spreaders and decent latency @ $41

PSU: Corsair CX-430 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681713902... good PSU @ cheap price, $45

HDD: cheap hdd (Samsung Barracuda) www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682214870... @$40

DVD: Salvage! if not get this @ www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682710628... $19

Case: cheapest case @ www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681115409... $20

Total: under $414

Case was the cheapest i could find, you might not like it. No gpu is required. if have money, bump HDD up to samsung spinpoint F3 and if you can use your old DVD. if you need OS, use Ubuntu for now...
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July 15, 2011 8:38:10 AM

wenqi, read his post, he had bought w7 earlier. and llano graphics will not suite gaming needs. an athalon ii x3 and a gts450 will be a far more better option in terms of gaming.
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July 15, 2011 10:09:45 AM

read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-a8-3850-llano,2... and this: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4448/amd-llano-desktop-pe... Llano seems pretty good to me manu, is there something i'm missing? but like always, a dedicated card will always out perform a integrated card. the mobo is a lot better compared to the other AM2+ mobos people were recommending and @ 1440x900, a 6550D should be enough. when he gets a new screen he could just get another card and hybrid xfire.
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July 15, 2011 2:49:37 PM

yes there is no doubt llano is a nice apu but a dedicated gfx card will outperform the 6550d any day.
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July 15, 2011 8:20:40 PM

^+1

Ok, Latest attempt. I'm using Manu's board, BUT!, it has a combo with a slightly more powerful Ath. II X3 that comes out cheaper than his origonal CPU: $119 Combo

And with this PSU. From all my research this should be a good PSU.

The popular and cheap Cavilr Blue 500GB.

Manu's very capable RAM.

My case recommendation is still a good one. 1 usb port for every internal usb on the motherboard and two fans should be plenty.
Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel

Finally, an overclocked EVGA GTS 450.

Total comes out at $394 before shipping and rebates. This should be a capable system for your needs. You don't need too much for a 1440X900 resolution. You can look for cheaper cases if you want to, but that one has some nice features.
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July 16, 2011 2:33:47 AM

alternative to the WD blue (it isn't better but is an alternative) is the Seagate 7200.12 500gb SATA III ST3500413AS. IMO, try for a cheaper case then get a samsung spinpoint F3 (which keeps up with the WD black)
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July 19, 2011 6:19:09 AM

i wouldnt go with a xigmatec psu(horrible personal experiances), antec would be much better.
the combo cheiftexas has stated is nice.
cheiftexas, you offered the parts, but there total imo would be much higher than 394
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