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$400 Build. Ordering tomorrow.

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February 10, 2012 6:12:17 AM

Hey all. You guys might remember me from a while ago when i was building myself a budget AMD build. Well im pleased to say the build went great and i am very pleased with my system. Well now im helping build my brother a gaming PC. His budget is even lower then mine was and after buying the OS and tower we have about 400 left over for the internals. Me being more PC savy then him, i have come up with a basic outline of the system i want to build him but wanted to double check with you guys before i buy. My main concern being the PSU.

So here we go.

Budget: 400 dollars before rebates.

System Usage: Gaming, School, Messing around on the internet.

Parts not required: Mouse, Keyboard, Tower, Monitor, Speakers, OS.

Prefered Website: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts: AMD/ATI (its a budget build after all)

Overclocking: No

Crossfire: Maybe in the future, but will upgrade PSU when the time comes.

Resolution: 1024x768 (upgrading to 1600x900 or 1440x900 in about a month)

So here is what i had planned for him so far......






SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM Item #: N82E16827151244Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$15.99

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #: N82E16822145299Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$84.99

ASRock A770DE+ AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard Item #: N82E16813157226Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$53.99

SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card Item #: N82E16814102940Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

$99.99

Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply Item #: N82E16817371045Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$49.99$39.99

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS Item #: N82E16820231396Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

$22.99

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX Item #: N82E16819103911Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

$79.99

Total comes to $397.93 which is right at the door of the 400 dollar budget.

Just looking at them, everything appears to check out but just wanting a second oppinion before i buy. Is everything compatible? My main concern is the PSU. Is 450 watts enough?

Also any better builds for the same price?

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: I appologize if i don't get back to any replies till tomorrow. Its 2am here and i need to get some sleep before work so if i don't respond quickly please understand that i am in no waytrying to be rude, just need to catch a few zzz's before work. Thanks again in advance for any replies and i will try to get back to you guys before i go to work tomorrow (aka today lol).
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February 10, 2012 10:13:41 AM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
Have you looked into using a G620 Intel CPU?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Tom's just did an article wherein they found that Intel beats AMD at every price point: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

I see at least two good Intel motherboards around $55, and those sub-$100 Pentiums are still pretty beefy, especially when compared to non-overclocked AMD processors. You can get better performance for less, or spend the extra few bucks on an even better Pentium!
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February 10, 2012 1:07:47 PM

But other than 'going with intel' everything checks out? 450 watts is enough? ect?
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February 10, 2012 2:08:56 PM

also just noticed that RAM wont work. Board only accepts ddr2. I guess i will spend a bit more and upgrade him to the asrock 970. Same chipset thats in my Asus M5A97 and im pretty happy/farmiliar with it. Its a bit more but it saves on RAM since ddr2 is so damn expensive.
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