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December 18, 2011 9:00:53 PM

can you guys give me a build without graphic card that is cheap but can be upgraded with a graphic card that is around 400$. I need one for my nephew but since he wants to play some games too so i will build the one that can be upgraded later for him

Thank you so much for your suggestions.
December 18, 2011 9:17:45 PM

Do you have any parts already? How about monitor and operating system? More info is needed
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December 18, 2011 9:20:13 PM

I already had the monitor and the operating system, keyboard and mouses too. I just need a tower for it. Thank you for your quick reply
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December 18, 2011 9:53:00 PM

maybe something like this:
GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

looks like the motherboard only has a vga connector, is this a problem?
Also, if you're planning on using a very powerful video card you might need to up the power supply from the one above.

edit: if it's going to be a while before you add the video card you should go with this CPU
Intel Core i3-2105 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 18, 2011 10:35:23 PM

I am thinking about the AMD system. This is the list that I intend to buy. Can you guys check if all the parts will worked together properly. I already had a hard drive. Therefore I won't buy a hard drive

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price


SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$16.99


HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case w/ Front Blue LED 120mm Fan & Top 120mm Fan
Item #: N82E16811121096
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$25.00 Instant
$64.99
$39.99


ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131728
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$10.00 Instant
$64.99
$54.99


RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817152036
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
$79.99
$59.99


G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
Item #: N82E16820231422
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$34.99


AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX
Item #: N82E16819103995
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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December 18, 2011 10:55:45 PM

Please do NOT buy a Chokemax PSU; the PSU is NOT the place to skimp. A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands. Anything else with "max" in its name should be avoided; "max" is typically a reference to the number and expense of the other parts it will take with it when it dies.
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December 19, 2011 4:02:09 AM

A llano system might be a good bet: You could play games immediately, but you give up a bit in CPU horsepower. Does this sound like a fair trade off?
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December 19, 2011 5:42:51 AM

etk said:
A llano system might be a good bet: You could play games immediately, but you give up a bit in CPU horsepower. Does this sound like a fair trade off?



what system are you talking about?
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December 19, 2011 5:45:35 AM

AMD Llano is great. I got a similar build to this one below just recently and love it. The kids can play Sims3 and Portal2 no problem, without a dedicated graphics card. The APU graphics are that good. The cpu horsepower is not a problem for us. Pretty darn fast response time actually. Benches are really for the hardcore dedicated gamer or performance user, not the average joe.

This can be upgraded with a Quad core cpu, more memory and a graphics card in a modified Crossfire arrangement with the APU.

AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ECS A75F-A FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard- $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory is important with Llano, that's why there is 8GB, Cas Latency 8. If you have XP, the OS won't recognize anything above 4GB. Slightly less than 4 GB actually.
Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory - $49.99 + $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply- $59.99 + $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON DVD Burner- $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case- $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I just liked that case, there seemed to be a lot of features for the price and kind of cool looking too. But any case around that price will do. Just make sure it has a couple of fans, preferably one in front and one in the rear for the best airflow.

Subtotal: $334.94
No tax with Newegg
Approximate shipping cost: $12.32

Total: $347.96
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