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August 5, 2011 4:41:18 AM

Budget Range: $450 (including shipping and california taxes)


System Usage from Most to Least Important:sc2,lol,gaming,surfing


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


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com


Country of Origin:USA


Overclocking:Not likely


SLI or Crossfire:no


Monitor Resolution:1600x900


Additional Comments: price is key


Here's what I've come up with so far:

Athlon II x3 450 mobo combo

DVD burner & 500gb hdd combo

Kingston 4gb 1333 RAM

Antec EarthWatts 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active Power Supply

Bytecc 6ft power cable

PowerColor Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 Video Card

NZXT Beta Series CS-NT-BETA-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
August 5, 2011 12:22:49 PM

Good build for the money.
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August 5, 2011 3:17:12 PM

Seems pretty solid. as few suggestions:

I would go with this PSU. already has a power cord and is very solid.
XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and I tend to favor Sapphire for AMD cards its $5 more and has better reviews. I put one in a clients machine a few months back and had no issues with it.

SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you need to run 2 memory chips in dual channel mode otherwise your performance will suffer BAD.
Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA1339 $24.99 free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

good MB/CPU combo
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August 5, 2011 6:01:18 PM

Is that enough wattage on the 12v rail and overall?
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August 5, 2011 7:01:21 PM

tryn said:
Is that enough wattage on the 12v rail and overall?



yes, plenty. if you look at the data plates on both PSU's you will notice that the total max wattage of the 12v rails it 384 on both. you could run a quad core and a GTX 560Ti off of either of these PSU's. both are great budget PSU's. I have used many of both to build systems (as well as the Antec EA-380w). Rigth now the XIGMATEK is just the best for the money. next month the prices may flip flop and I'll recommending the Antec.
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August 8, 2011 4:11:13 PM

Best answer selected by tryn.
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