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Budget builld PROs I need you!! $400-$500 Budget Gaming Rig

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February 7, 2012 8:34:46 PM

Guy I work with needs a budget gaming rig:

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 weeks Budget Range: $400-$500($550 very max with OS)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(Note: Newest game he intends to play came out in 2009 C&C4, he will also be playing Medal of Honor: Airbourne), Browsing, Word Processing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, cd-drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg but will use tigerdirect if there is a significant discount.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not sure what he plays on, but it's a 17' monitor.

Additional Comments: This build is for a 50yr old guy I work with who has been using the same e-machines system for 8 YRS!! He wants a basic gaming rig cheap as possible , with longevity in mind though. Nothing flashy, all function. Nothing special; just enough for the guy to play his C&C4 @ mid-high graphics. He does not intend to buy any newer games. He's pretty much blind so incredibly high FPS aren't the main priority. He'll be happy if he can just play his game locally without it crashing or lagging severely. He already has an HDD, so a big one isn't required.

Current Build:


CPU: Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623G850

GPU: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

MOBO: BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: ENERMAX NAXN ENP450AST 450W ATX12V Power Supply

CASE: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

RAM: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV38G1333ELK
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February 7, 2012 11:37:14 PM

I dont get why People is going with the Athlon Cpus when The Pentium G86 have better performance. I have been working on a Budget build From Intel. With that Monitor Is quite Easy.

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total of 401 dlls.

This Setup is Way Overkill for the Monitor He is Using, and the games he is gonna Play.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 7, 2012 11:51:06 PM

by the way the monitor is vga or dsub?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 8, 2012 12:15:54 AM

chulex67 said:
by the way the monitor is vga or dsub?


I assume he's asking if its DVI or VGA... as dsub is the same thing as VGA for video purposes. either way it doesn't matter as any card that doesn't have VGA will have an adapter from dvi
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a b 4 Gaming
February 8, 2012 12:30:30 AM

Yeah I mean to Say Dvi, Dont know why dsub popped in my head.
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February 8, 2012 1:01:00 AM

GA-78LMT-S2P Socket AM3+ 760G mATX AMD Motherboard $59 + $10 rebate + $40 bundle savings with Phenom
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition 3GHz Quad Core Socket AM3 Boxed Processor $119
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

8GB HyperX DDR3-1333 $29.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

GV-R677D5-1GD AMD Radeon HD 6770 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card $119 + $30 rebate
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

LG 22x DVD-RW 16.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

TC102 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case with 500W Power Supply $36.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

and your friend has a hard drive right? how likely is he going to do rebates?

This totals up as ~$344 with $40 in rebates.

I realize the PSU probably isn't very good on the TC102 (it's a cooler master)

if you wanted to go with better (probably) PSU and separate case,

BitFenix Merc Alpha $34.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Elite Power 460 Watt ATX Power Supply $37.99 + $10 rebate
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

which would mean ~$380 with $50 in rebates.

(someone double check my math :)  )
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February 8, 2012 1:30:06 AM

Thanks for your feed back guys. Here's the current build:


CPU: Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623G850

GPU: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

MOBO: BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: ENERMAX NAXN ENP450AST 450W ATX12V Power Supply

CASE: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

RAM: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV38G1333ELK
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February 8, 2012 5:54:19 PM

Any constructive crit on the above build?
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February 8, 2012 6:15:21 PM

I would use a better power supply. An Antec Neo ECO 400W or a Corsair CX430 would both be better choices than the Enermax.

Also for the G850, 8GB ram is overkill. 4GB would suffice just fine for what he is wanting.
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February 8, 2012 6:35:22 PM

Yeah I figured 4 would be enough. Thanks Pezcore. I think I'll go with the eco.
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