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$600 Build for everything!

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December 15, 2011 1:53:10 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or so.

Budget Range: $560 before rebates, the tax will even out to $600.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, Gaming, School Work

Parts Not Required: Speakers, headset, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, Amazon, Superbiiz, NCIX US

Country: US

Parts Preferences: A 1440 x 900 monitor at the least. No lower. Cheapest HDD that's 320gb @ 7200rpm+ and SATA.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Dependent on the monitor, higher then 1440 x 900

Additional Comments: It needs to be as cheap as possible, while not losing too much performance.


CPU: AMD x3 720 ($74.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock N68C-S UCC ($44.99) S+H $2.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4gb DDR3 ($20)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Sapphire HD 6670 1gb ($79.99) S+H $4.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU & CASE: Rosewill R519-BK Black Computer Case 500W Power Supply ($59.99) S+H $4.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB @ 7200rpm Sata 16mb ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: Samsung 22x ($16.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Acer G205HVbd ($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

=$585.22 - Cheapest I could get it without making it total suck.

This is a build for a friend. I have experience with assembling PCs, but not much with choosing parts. I've done a good share of research, so I have a very good idea on what to do and look for. We live in California so I'm trying to cut the price back to $560 so the tax evens out to $600. I've tried using PCPartPicker but a lot of the prices were off and it's no longer loading (just me?).

We'll be playing games like TF2, L4D2, and occasional CoD. He's not a heavy gamer, so nothing too hardcore. Would giving him my old GTS 250 be a good idea? It ran really hot @ 60*c+ idle with a good circulated case. I think it's a dying GPU.

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December 15, 2011 2:32:45 AM

Decent build for the budget. I'd suggest a few changes/improvements.

Go for the Intel Sandy Bridge G850. It performs on par with a X4 840 and costs just $85. Get an ASRock H61 board to go with it. Also, the X3 720 does not come with heatsink + fan, so you'll need to buy one.

You could try looking for a PSU + case combo for around $60 that would be on par with what you chose.

There's a HD6750 going for around $90 on newegg.

EDIT:
Added links:
Pentium G850 ($87.99 with free shipping): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00520I9VA?tag=banforbucga08-2...
ASRock H61 ($59.99 with free shipping): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004S9JXPW?tag=banforbucga08-2...
HIS HD6750 ($89.99 + $4.99): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Raidmax Atlas with 500W PSU ($59.99 with free shipping): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 16, 2011 4:10:40 AM

I'll think about that PSU+Case combo, but no can do with that processor and mobo upgrade. I've got a pretty tight budget and can't quite afford even a $30 increase. I'm kind of sketchy of that combo due to the reviews.
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