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August 17, 2011 2:09:35 AM

Need a cheap gaming computer, Just posting this to see if this is a good build/ if anyone can find better parts for same/cheaper price. Looking to play games like TF2, Killing Floor, etc. Thanks! (Stole everything except for DVDburner/OS from ThyManBearPig's budget build)

Crucial Ballistix 4GB - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sapphire 5670 - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Biostar N68S3+ - $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte SGCC Black - $32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler Master 460W - $33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Athlon II x2 250 - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS DVD Burner - $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 Home - $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Totals out to $421 ($401 with rebates) at checkout, not including $15 shipping.

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August 17, 2011 2:39:38 AM

not that motherboard . nVidia chipset thats failed when it was new and is even worse value now
Check out an AMD Llano A8 3850 build . The graphics are stronger than your current build and thats built in to the processor .Use am-ATX motherboard to save money
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August 17, 2011 2:51:45 AM

Have any links to builds like that?

And I want the budget to INCLUDE the OS. Just making that clear :) 
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August 17, 2011 7:22:52 AM

hey heres a better case wich will make your build even cheaper giving you more money to get a better gpu. its got its own power supply wich is 480 w
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August 17, 2011 9:08:19 AM

Here's my $.02

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30 Xigmatek ASGARD II B/S (tooless, and painted interior)(get a second 120mm fan later for the rear)
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$41 Antec VP-450 450W (never cheap out on a decent PSU)
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40 BIOSTAR A780L3L AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX (open box)(has onboard vid, so hybrid x-fire with ati card)
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$23 G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60 AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz ($10 more would get you a 3 core)
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$19 LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive 22X
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40 Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s (combo with DVD, save $6.50)
VID: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70 GIGABYTE GV-R567D3-1GI Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR3
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$95 Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Total: $418 + S&H (not counting combo, special, code, or MIR)
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August 17, 2011 12:32:34 PM

So shellshocker deals today/tonight could work out well.

The RAM is extremely cheap(I'd buy two which is cheaper than any (2x2gb) I've seen) , and would that motherboard be promising?

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August 17, 2011 1:13:12 PM

Xigmatek ASGARD II B/O CPC-T45UE-U01 Black / Orange 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MSI 970A-G45 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

bundled with:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9AD3B1K2/4G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerColor AX6670 1GBK3-H Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


With this build you have:
- High quality parts
-Quad Core Processor, easy o/c and ready for everything!
-New AMD's 970 chipset
-Plug n Play AMD Bulldozer!
-GPU who can give you playable fps with all filters on at 1920x1080



In my opinion the best you can get with this budget! 430$ with MIR!


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August 17, 2011 1:29:06 PM

A8-3850 + Win7 64-Bit $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Asrock A75M-HVS + A-DATA XPG 4GB DDR3 1600 $93
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Xigmatek 400w $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate 500GB + Lite-On DVD/CD Drive $53
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
NZXT Beta $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $440

Mich, how much is the MIRs? After MIR isn't the same as before. Not all companies actually honor them and that's a lot of money not guaranteed back.
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August 17, 2011 2:41:38 PM

It's 10$ from PSU, 20$ from CPU & Motherboard combo, 5$ from RAM and 20$ from GPU so 10+20+5+20 = 55 $. If I remember well, my build costs around 470 without MIR.
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August 17, 2011 2:50:58 PM

I've got around 400 to drop, so looks like I'm going couch diving for some coins, haha.


And I think Azn's build is the most promising for what I'm asking. I think I'm going to stick with it, and upgrade from there. :) 

And are there any cases with a certified psu? I'm looking to knock off some in order to see if I can get a graphics card too.
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August 17, 2011 3:17:13 PM

:D  So Llano?

Yeah Llano is solid, defiantly getting a low 100w TDP but still getting a lower end Phenom CPU performance and a mid-range GPU performance in that TDP is pretty sweet. I don't recommend buying cases with psus coming with it. The Xigmatek would do fine 400w 80+ Brnze. I mean after all, THG used an i3 2100+6850 with a 380w 80+ Brnze Antec and it functioned fine.
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August 17, 2011 3:24:08 PM

Thanks azn. :D  I guess with my budget, I should just stick with what I have. I might buy an extra heatsink+fan because the reviews on the Llano A8 say it heats up pretty quick, and then the NZXT case has apparently only one fan. And I can't take any chance of frying stuff. Should I be worried about that? :pt1cable: 
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August 17, 2011 3:42:16 PM

Alright! I'll try and order it this week. And I'll let you know how the build goes. Thanks azn! :) 
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August 17, 2011 3:42:29 PM

Best answer selected by hunterg.
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