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March 30, 2012 10:00:44 PM

Hello,
Id like to build a complete unit which is USD400-500. can someone please give me an advice on specs? id like to know 2 builds, one intel i3 and the another as AMD. 4gb ram, 1gb graphics, 500gb, 18" led, kb mouse, casing, optical drive etc. is this possible? CPU is important. i dont have enough tech know-how. thanks, im new here. needed for office works and some gaming.

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March 30, 2012 10:06:33 PM

Hi :) 

Not enough money for gaming....

All the best Brett :) 
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March 30, 2012 10:08:54 PM

no hardcore gaming. ok, graphics card could come later if light gaming still wont fit the budget. thanks!
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March 30, 2012 10:25:27 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Not enough money for gaming....

All the best Brett :) 



no hardcore gaming. ok, graphics card could come later if light gaming still wont fit the budget. thanks!

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March 30, 2012 10:32:51 PM

Hi :) 

If the budget is a little tight, I would go for an AMD Quad core etc (slightly cheaper than Intel)

As you say , get the graphics card later...get onboard (on the motherboard) graphics to start with...

All the best Brett :) 
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March 30, 2012 10:39:36 PM

perhaps an a8-3850 build with hybrid crossfire would meet the budget.
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March 30, 2012 11:25:27 PM

Hello.
Do you have an OS to use? Or do you need to buy that too?
Also you didnt mention HDD. Do you have a good old SATA HDD that you can reuse?
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March 31, 2012 12:18:36 AM

Anyway I will give it a try:

Monitor: Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Core i3 2100 LGA 1155 3.1GHz $99 (if you are near a microcenter) but this goes off budget...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
if not: Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz $69.99 (clocked at 2.6GHz and being a sandybridge makes it quite powerful, especially for gaming)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Use the processor's gpu til you got some more $ to spend for a gpu.

Optical: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec VP-450 450W $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Peripherals: Microsoft Desktop 400 5MH-00001 Black $19.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $524.91 (or add +$29 if you are near a microcenter for the i3 and you want to spend more)

I tried to minimize the price as I could without quality loss.

:) 

Edit: If you have an OS and/or an HDD we can suggest a far better pc.
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March 31, 2012 2:31:53 AM

Don't buy an i3 2100. It's dual core. Granted it games well but that's about all it's good at. A Phenom X4 would greatly out perform the i3 in everyday "real world" usage. If you do want to game any PII X4 2.8Ghz + Will be able to play any title available without issue.

Otherwise the build suggested above looks great (minus the i3/1155) Memnarchon sourced some great value parts for that build.

Also as stated get back to us what accessories will be needed such as (HDD,OS,Monitor, Keyboard/mouse)
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March 31, 2012 9:40:21 AM

Memnarchon said:
Hello.
Do you have an OS to use? Or do you need to buy that too?
Also you didnt mention HDD. Do you have a good old SATA HDD that you can reuse?


Yes, i already have win7. i did mention 500gb HDD.
thanks!
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March 31, 2012 10:01:47 AM

@Memnarchon
thank for your suggestion
i think i would go with acer 18.5" led, sometimes i get dizzy with a large monitor infront of me.
i already have an OS (gift), Win7 HP. but still need to buy a 320gb or 500gb HDD.

@CMI86
i have spare KB and mouse, and OS. for the monitor, i would go for and 18.5" only.
other than PII X4 2.8Ghz, what other AMD and compatible motherboards can you suggest?

thank you all!
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March 31, 2012 11:35:39 AM

leonnun said:
Yes, i already have win7. i did mention 500gb HDD.
thanks!

Hmm, I just noticed the "500gb" :p .

leonnun said:
@Memnarchon
thank for your suggestion
i think i would go with acer 18.5" led, sometimes i get dizzy with a large monitor infront of me.
i already have an OS (gift), Win7 HP. but still need to buy a 320gb or 500gb HDD.


Then This thing changes the system a bit.
We can add a 500gb HDD plus a nice medium gaming gpu,

Monitor: Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight $99.99 or acer 18,5" should be similar or lower price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Core i3 2100 LGA 1155 3.1GHz $99 (if you are near a microcenter) but this might goes off budget...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
if not: Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz $69.99 (clocked at 2.6GHz and being a sandybridge makes it quite powerful, especially for gaming)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: PowerColor AX6750 1GBK3-H Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit DDR3 $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec VP-450 450W $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $495.91 (or add +$29 if you are near a microcenter for the i3, still want to buy it and you want to spend more)

So with sandybridge + 4GB RAM + HD6750, you will play games at (assuming like the 20,5" acer the 18,5" has 1600x900) medium/high settings.
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April 1, 2012 4:25:04 PM

leonnun said:
@Memnarchon
thank for your suggestion
i think i would go with acer 18.5" led, sometimes i get dizzy with a large monitor infront of me.
i already have an OS (gift), Win7 HP. but still need to buy a 320gb or 500gb HDD.

@CMI86
i have spare KB and mouse, and OS. for the monitor, i would go for and 18.5" only.
other than PII X4 2.8Ghz, what other AMD and compatible motherboards can you suggest?

thank you all!


My apologies for not getting back to you sooner, I'm sure you are itching to get building lol. I am working on a build for you now.
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April 1, 2012 5:37:10 PM

Ok here is my proposed build with a total of $493.99

Motherboard-ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ AMD 880G Micro ATX-$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A highly rated AM3+ for future compatibility.

Processor-AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W-$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 645 is a solid quad capable of most anything a user could throw at it.

Memory-2X Kingston HyperX Blu 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 2X $13.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is some great RAM at an even better price. I use it OC'd 220Mhz runs perfect.

Video Card-PowerColor AX6750 1GBK3-H Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit DDR3 $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 6750 is a good budget GPU capable of playing most games on mid-high settings

Power Supply-Rosewill Stallion Series RD400-2-SB 400W ATX 2.2-$34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A very good budget PSU with enough watts to push your system.

HDD-Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s $85.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hands down the best drive for the money.

Case-APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a sturdy little case with good expansion and airflow.

ROM-LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Just your run of the mill CD/DVD burner.

Monitor-ASUS VH Series VH197D-B Black 18.5" 5ms Widescreen LED Monitor-$74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A really nice LED monitor with alot of features, great specs and a low price.

My goal in this build was to maximize performance and quality while still being cost effective.

Please let me know if you have any question, thanks.




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