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February 17, 2012 4:52:51 PM

Hey everyone. My old pc is no longer working so I'm looking to build my own. This will be my first build so all help is appreciated. I'm looking for something that can handle games such as Guild wars two, Swtor and wow. I don't need to play them on max setting or anything I just want to play them. I'm only looking to spend 400-600 dollars. I'm looking for at least 6g of ddr3. I want to expand upon the machine when I get more money also. Graphics card can be bought on a later date being I want to get a fairly nice one. Also I don't need: Mouse, speakers, keyboard. Thanks!
February 17, 2012 5:34:14 PM

Andrewoi1 said:
Hey everyone. My old pc is no longer working so I'm looking to build my own. This will be my first build so all help is appreciated. I'm looking for something that can handle games such as Guild wars two, Swtor and wow. I don't need to play them on max setting or anything I just want to play them. I'm only looking to spend 400-600 dollars. I'm looking for at least 6g of ddr3. I want to expand upon the machine when I get more money also. Graphics card can be bought on a later date being I want to get a fairly nice one. Also I don't need: Mouse, speakers, keyboard. Thanks!


Heres a good computer to game on -

CPU: AMD A8-3870K $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - BIOSTAR A75MH FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - 8 GBs 1333 MHz DDR3 - PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory $38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card - Built in AMD A8-3870K APU w/ AMD Radeon HD 6550D or EVGA GTX 460 1GB $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Hitachi 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0 GB/s $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD - LG DVD+/-RW SATA $16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Corsair TX650W ATX Power Supply $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Any nice ATX / mATX Case will work

Total $434 (with APU Graphics) / $584 (with EVGA GTX 460 Graphics Card)
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February 17, 2012 5:53:24 PM

They are both good, i would spend maybe a little more for the Graphics card, Perhaps a Radeon 7770 and for CPU, the cheapest I5 know to man and a LGA 1155. done deal

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (This SSD should hold your os and the few games you play) you can just get a 320GB HDD and have enough space.
Optical drive such as blu ray or other is your choice. I also don't prefer to pick other peoples case because again its personal preference. and last but not least. your power supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 17, 2012 10:42:23 PM

Thanks much. I think I'll be using CPU: AMD A8-3870K $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819106001

Motherboard - BIOSTAR A75MH FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813138337

Memory - 8 GBs 1333 MHz DDR3 - PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory $38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820178333

Graphics Card - Built in AMD A8-3870K APU w/ AMD Radeon HD 6550D or EVGA GTX 460 1GB $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130749

Hard Drive - Hitachi 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0 GB/s $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822145299

CD/DVD - LG DVD+/-RW SATA $16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136240

Power Supply - Corsair TX650W ATX Power Supply $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139020
As for the case? Is there one on new egg you recommend. Also I'm pretty clueless when it comes to this stuff, I used windows 7 on my old pc. Do you need a operating system like that or does it not matter?
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February 17, 2012 11:35:38 PM

Andrewoi1 said:
Thanks much. I think I'll be using CPU: AMD A8-3870K $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819106001

Motherboard - BIOSTAR A75MH FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813138337

Memory - 8 GBs 1333 MHz DDR3 - PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory $38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820178333

Graphics Card - Built in AMD A8-3870K APU w/ AMD Radeon HD 6550D or EVGA GTX 460 1GB $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130749

Hard Drive - Hitachi 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0 GB/s $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822145299

CD/DVD - LG DVD+/-RW SATA $16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136240

Power Supply - Corsair TX650W ATX Power Supply $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139020
As for the case? Is there one on new egg you recommend. Also I'm pretty clueless when it comes to this stuff, I used windows 7 on my old pc. Do you need a operating system like that or does it not matter?


Yes, you will need a copy of windows 7 for that $100 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And as for the case - $50 - Highly Rated Cooler Master case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 20, 2012 9:29:50 PM

Extra 150 with Os and case is bringing me a bit over if I'm to get that graphics card any time soon. Trying to figure a way to get the price lowerd or atleast take some stuff off and upgrade it in the future. Would like the inital buying price to be 350-440 dollars.
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February 20, 2012 9:41:37 PM

You can transfer the hard drive over, if its still usable, as it has a large storage amount, everything else you can sell but the case & the graphics card if it still works, for backup, as its still good. As for lowering the budget, you can use the built in GPU temporally, as its pretty strong, though in most newer games, you will have to lower the graphics quality a little to get playable frame rates, and with that, the PSU & GPU on the list can be removed, for a total of $364 instead of $604 or you can go with this GPU for $70 + This for the power supply for $70 = $504 total
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February 20, 2012 10:17:30 PM

For the os I found icrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 68.99
http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com [...] anded.html and also Windows 7 prof for 64 dollars for students. So that should help. With orginal build total comes to 530. If I use my hard drive comes to 420. Which would be great. Question is how likely would the harddrive be bad? Like I said I've been haveing blue screen issues and freezes to the point I'm haveing to get a new pc. Perhaps there's a way to wipe it clean or a way to check it? Also any ideas as to where I can sell the parts. Thanks so much for all your help.
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February 20, 2012 10:19:51 PM

Could I reuse cd/dvd that would be another 16 bucks.
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February 20, 2012 10:38:36 PM

Andrewoi1 said:
For the os I found icrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 68.99
http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com [...] anded.html and also Windows 7 prof for 64 dollars for students. So that should help. With orginal build total comes to 530. If I use my hard drive comes to 420. Which would be great. Question is how likely would the harddrive be bad? Like I said I've been haveing blue screen issues and freezes to the point I'm haveing to get a new pc. Perhaps there's a way to wipe it clean or a way to check it? Also any ideas as to where I can sell the parts. Thanks so much for all your help.


Just use that windows 7 Home Premium Disk you found, and select reformat (** warning **, that will delete everything off of the hard drive) instead of installing right on top of it, if it still blue-screens, then its the hard drive, but if not, then it was the hardware, some sort of incompatibility, or etc. As for recycling your dvd drive, you can, but if its IDE instead of SATA, then its not re-usable on your build, as the board doesn't have support for that.
For selling the parts, I recommend using your local craigslist to sell them, or going to a local computer shop to recycle them
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February 20, 2012 11:23:15 PM

Alright. So when I build my computer and use that hardrive once I start it up and try installing the windows it will give me a option to reformat which will delete everything off my hard drive?
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February 20, 2012 11:39:49 PM

Andrewoi1 said:
Alright. So when I build my computer and use that hardrive once I start it up and try installing the windows it will give me a option to reformat which will delete everything off my hard drive?


Yes it will - just follow this guide, it will help you reformat the disk, now, if it starts clicking during the format, that means the drive is failing, but if it doesn't, then its something else causing the bluescreens
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February 21, 2012 12:10:52 AM

If hard drive dosen't work out I'll be buying Seagate - Barracuda 500GB Internal Hard Drive for Desktops for 65. ( I have a 15 dollar gift card) If all goes well the end price for this computer is 363. LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

BIOSTAR A75MH FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX

( Found out a friend has a extra copy of windows.) For those who don't have a os end price will be 431. With reuse of harddrive.

With all parts it will be 511 or. Thanks for all the help Dcomander I hope this will help others as well and I'll let you know how the end result turns out!
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February 21, 2012 12:20:14 AM

Andrewoi1 said:
If hard drive dosen't work out I'll be buying Seagate - Barracuda 500GB Internal Hard Drive for Desktops for 65. ( I have a 15 dollar gift card) If all goes well the end price for this computer is 363. LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

BIOSTAR A75MH FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX

( Found out a friend has a extra copy of windows.) For those who don't have a os end price will be 431. With reuse of harddrive.

With all parts it will be 511 or. Thanks for all the help Dcomander I hope this will help others as well and I'll let you know how the end result turns out!


Looks like a nice build. I bet you will be more than pleased with it performance wise.
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February 21, 2012 12:35:48 AM

Andrewoi1 said:
If hard drive dosen't work out I'll be buying Seagate - Barracuda 500GB Internal Hard Drive for Desktops for 65. ( I have a 15 dollar gift card) If all goes well the end price for this computer is 363. LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

BIOSTAR A75MH FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX

( Found out a friend has a extra copy of windows.) For those who don't have a os end price will be 431. With reuse of harddrive.

With all parts it will be 511 or. Thanks for all the help Dcomander I hope this will help others as well and I'll let you know how the end result turns out!


No problem, always here to help any-time, as my main area to help is hardware, and since I know a good amount about it, especially budget builds, I will be sharing the knowledge with anyone who needs it. I will definitely keep an eye out for any updates then.
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February 21, 2012 12:51:09 AM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
Looks like a nice build. I bet you will be more than pleased with it performance wise.


He most definitely will, considering the APUs are awesome CPUs for the budget, I run an AMD Athlon II X4 630, and from what I have read, its basically the same, but with graphics built in, and for the motherboard, It has USB 3.0 & SATA III, so its feature packed for a crazy low budget.
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