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July 24, 2011 10:44:10 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:july 29

Budget Range: 500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming( not high end games like league of leagands)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, hdd

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: us

Parts Preferences: amd cpu, mid tower case

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: budget computer dont want to spend over 500

Hello, i am building a budget computer and i wanted to make sure these items are compatable and see if anyone had suggestions on diff items etc... right now my budget is only 500 cant get much but here's what i have so far

Motherbored: MSI 890GXM-G65 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130269

Cpu: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103727

Ram: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820104203
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820104203
i didnt know what to do with ram i dont kno what the numbers mean so i picked randomly

Graphics Card: BIOSTAR Radeon HD 5750 VA5755NHG1 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814141126
this computer is going to be used to basicly play league of leagands so i didnt really kno what to get i just wanted a card that can run it on medium/high settings

Case: GIGABYTE gz-ph2a3 Black Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811233062

power supply: LOGISYS Computer PS575XBK 575W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817170017

Dvd drive: ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135224

i have a monitor keybored mouse and hdd at home already i am still not 100 pct sure if all this goes together or if there is anything better i can do? I hope you guys can help me haha only 2nd time putting together a computer.

I would also like to say thanks Toms hardware site always replys fast and gives helpfull info i love this site haha :]
July 25, 2011 12:38:44 AM

Fix your links, try tinyurl'ing them. But from what I can tell so far, that thing should be able to play LoL quite well haha
July 25, 2011 12:45:31 AM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 $108 shipping included
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 2x2GB DDR3 $37
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: PowerColor AX6770 1GB DDR5 $100 after MIR and shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Rosewill Challenger $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 500W $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner OEM $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Reasons: The motherboard is AM3+ for future upgrade purposes and it's backward compatible with AM3 CPUs. A good quality PSU is essential, Antec is reliable and 500W should be enough for everything. I chose a different set of RAM; G.Skill is really reputable and it's at a lower voltage too so there's room for overclocking if you're feeling ballsy. I chose the Rosewill Challenger because it comes with many fans; however, you may change if you dislike its appearance. I do suggest looking for some thermal compound [Arctic Cooling is a good choice], and also an aftermarket heatsink if you plan to overclock. If you don't have plans to overclock, your stock heatsink is enough. This came up to around $495 with MIR and shipping, no combo deals was included. You should purchase soon because the GPU I chose will give you better graphics and at a lower price. It will handle probably everything you will ever throw at it, especially LoL. Just don't go overboard and try to run games like Metro 2033 and Crysis 2 on their highest settings. Good luck!
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July 25, 2011 1:40:14 AM

When you buy the CPU, they already added a layer of thermal compound. Make sure you remove the plastic covering it or at least check to see if its there. The color of the compound should be gray. Something to consider lol
July 25, 2011 3:25:57 AM

If you are looking for a gaming rig I would suggest getting the best possible gpu you can. With that in mind you could get a GTX 560 with the following for $500 with 25 in MIR:


Palit GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Phenom II X3 720 & ECS 760G mobo combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Seagate 500GB & LG DVD/CD http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You won't have any upgrade path and I've never used a ECS mobo so not sure about its quality(I would hope it would be on par with biostar and I have had no problems with their mobos). Just an option on the GPU heavy side. Could drop down to a GTX 460 or HD 6850 and get a better mobo. That Phenom II X3 720 can be combo'd with that case if you want to get a better mobo.


July 25, 2011 3:46:04 AM

The two components I wouldn't skimp out on are the motherboard and power supply. Antec HCG is made from Seasonic which is really just awesome but ECS motherboard... I wouldn't go for that. Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, and AsRock are the way to go lol. The 560 is a really good graphic cards but you're setting up on a 760. He will need to buy a new motherboard when he wants to upgrade. He also won't be using the full potential of the 560. League of Legends doesn't require a lot my friend gets like 50-60 fps on a 5770 at high settings if I remember correctly.
July 25, 2011 2:19:28 PM

Would like to point out I have some thermal glue cause of my last comp I bought some. I would like to say wintermint that build acually works out so much better cause I was gonna buy a DVI CABLE but I own an below cable so it works out better
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