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December 22, 2011 12:51:00 AM

This is for an extremely tight budget build I'm trying to put together. My budget is basically $230.00 I Might be able to put another $30 into it, but i don't want to count on that yet. I'll be purchasing the week after Christmas

This will be used for light-mid gaming on a 1920x1080 LCD. Main games I want to play EVE Online and Starcraft2, Naturally I'm not looking for high end settings

Items being reused: power supply, monitor, keyboard, mouse, DVD burner.

I'm also reusing my 80 GB SATA HD until prices come back down from the Thialand flood.

Here's what I've got so far, please let m know if you have any better suggestions within the price i've mentioned.

Motherboard ASRock M3A770DE - $60.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Athlon II X3 450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo price for both $99.00

Graphics Card: PowerColor AX6670 - $70.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the best I've been able to come up with on such a tight budget with the current combo's. Any suggestions?

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December 22, 2011 3:18:30 AM

Your video card has a $15 rebate and I don't see that mentioned there so are you counting rebates in your pricing. You are reusing your psu but you didn't say what the watts are to make sure it will power the video card. It looks like you will have one inexpensive build and I don't see any place to cut down except like I said that the video card has a $15 rebate which expires on 12/31 , so you want to make sure you buy that card before that.

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100327VXL Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$109.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just for the sake of suggesting something nothing adds to the performance of a Pc like a video card and when it comes to gaming fps is everything and the better the video card the higher the fps , so if you have a chance to get a better video card then it's an option you could consider. I do realize you are on a tight budget but I only suggested it just in case you wanted to see something else that would fit in your build. Naturally it is your choice and from the looks of it you have researched your components pretty well.
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December 22, 2011 3:31:20 AM

thanks, your right. i did forget to mention my PSU. its a Thermaltake TR2-430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the rebate, I did notice that, but wasn't counting it as I have to limit myself to what i have upfront.

If I do get the extra $30 I might move up to the 6750. I guess that would be the best use than putting in the CPU or MB. Is there any reason you chose that particular one over the others with 1GB 128-bit GDDR5?


oh and BTW: the case is an old Chieftec dragon with quick release clear side panel.
This is similar to mine
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i figure this will all fit easily until i can update to a case with usb2.0/3.0 and better cooling/larger fans
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December 23, 2011 2:05:36 AM

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