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July 27, 2011 4:56:51 AM

Building my first computer for a friend.

Budget is around $600, the lower the better.

Don't need monitor, mouse, keyboard etc, just a rig.

Here's what I got so far.

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Mobo and Processor Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I just wish to know if these parts are totally compatible and if they are a good choice.

The computer will mostly be light gaming and web surfing. Nothing extreme.

Appreciate you guys' help :wahoo: 

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July 27, 2011 5:50:44 AM
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Core i3-2100 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI H67MA-E35 75$ after MIR [85 original]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2x2GB DDR3 1333MHz $37
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-685X-ZNDC $138 after MIR and shipping [$160 original]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 300 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Earthwatts EA-389D $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON DVD Burner $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Take a look at this instead. This comes to around $590* before rebates and I'm sure I included shipping on those that has shipping fee. There's a combo with the GPu and a 8gb g. skill if you're interested for around $190 or so. The i3-2100 is a beast at gaming despite its low price point. It matches up to other competitors (even quad cores) at higher prices.

[Like $587 to be exact sorry for mistake]
July 27, 2011 5:59:22 AM

My zig :D 
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July 27, 2011 6:10:42 AM

^+1 to almost all of this the 6850 is a really nice card i strongly suggest the i3-2100 as well. Now I didn't run the numbers but if that build is 580 Before rebates I would strongly consider rolling that extra cash in to a little bit stronger PSU its a good one but nothing is more annoying then finding out you have to upgrade your PSU before you wanna upgrade another part.
July 27, 2011 6:20:25 AM

Whoops it's more like 590$ haha...
July 27, 2011 6:23:09 AM

thank you guys for the info and the builds by wintermint seems within the budget.

@zero: i do not really like buying from amazon, and I checked your 600$ and 500$ builds and some parts were unavailable or out of stock. i actually need the parts pretty soon as I will be starting the building possibly before next friday.

@illfindu: i will try to consider adding a stronger psu. although California's tax is pretty heavy here hehe
July 27, 2011 6:28:37 AM

I agree with everything but the PSU. There's nothing wrong with that PSU, but I think it's worth dropping another $20 to get the Antec Earthwatts 650W for $60: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That'll do crossfire or anything he might plan on doing including crossfire with CPU upgrades in two years.

EDIT: Actually, that RAM is terrible. For $29 you can often get 1600CL9 and you're spending $37 for 1333CL9.
Here, get one of these instead:
$33 1600CL9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40 1600CL7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$22 (after rebate) 1600CL8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 27, 2011 6:33:33 AM

^+1 lol me and dalauder are just in all kinds of agreement today. I find in most cases PSU is a really big factor in what you end up replacing. In that I mean people who buy a cheap PSU end up having to get a new one more often then other cheap parts and on the same token a real quality model can last multiple builds my father has a 1000 watt corsair that has lasted through 2 full upgrades and still going strong.
July 27, 2011 6:37:53 AM

Hmm thanks for pointing out improvements :)  i hope these comments + advices help you with your build
July 27, 2011 6:38:10 AM

wintermint said:
Core i3-2100 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI H67MA-E35 75$ after MIR [85 original]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2x2GB DDR3 1333MHz $37
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-685X-ZNDC $138 after MIR and shipping [$160 original]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 300 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Earthwatts EA-389D $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON DVD Burner $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Take a look at this instead. This comes to around $590* before rebates and I'm sure I included shipping on those that has shipping fee. There's a combo with the GPu and a 8gb g. skill if you're interested for around $190 or so. The i3-2100 is a beast at gaming despite its low price point. It matches up to other competitors (even quad cores) at higher prices.

[Like $587 to be exact sorry for mistake]


This suggestion is really good, ^ups to wintermint; agree 100%, its a really good rig.
July 27, 2011 6:53:35 AM

toffe2 said:
@zero: i do not really like buying from amazon, and I checked your 600$ and 500$ builds and some parts were unavailable or out of stock. i actually need the parts pretty soon as I will be starting the building possibly before next friday.


why not amazon? no tax FTW! :D 

The only part unavailable is the HD5850, which was a limited time deal anyway. Changed it back to a HD6850.
July 27, 2011 7:09:50 AM

alright thanks and does amazon really have no tax? even when shipping to california?
July 27, 2011 7:14:25 AM

and on a quick note, wouldnt the shipping cost a fortune due than? since it's warehouse is probably outside of my state if i dont want to get taxed.
July 27, 2011 7:17:09 AM

Toffe2 only one of the product I listed have shipping the rest are free shipping. Amazon is good, and it should still be tax free although Cailfornia is trying to impose taxation on them. Amazon may retaliate by closin their trading centers or whatever there.
July 27, 2011 7:20:38 AM

wintermint said:
Toffe2 only one of the product I listed have shipping the rest are free shipping. Amazon is good, and it should still be tax free although Cailfornia is trying to impose taxation on them. Amazon may retaliate by closin their trading centers or whatever there.


i see i will take those into consideration, right now I just need to finalize some things with my friend and I should be able to get the order out by tomorrow.

thanks for the help guys
July 27, 2011 7:20:46 AM

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