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February 19, 2012 11:38:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: The second I choose a final parts list, I will be placing my order(s)!

Budget Range: 400-500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, OS, GPU (maybe)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Country: United States

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I already have a Geforce 8800gt, a copy of windows 7, 20" monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Any suggestions are welcomed and greatly appreciated.


Also, someone recommended this: http://tinypic.com/r/emyib/5
Any opinion on that build? The person who recommended it told me to ditch the 8800gt for the gtx560
February 20, 2012 12:00:12 AM

Any suggestions would be awesome, this build is for a friend that is on an extremely tight budget!

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February 20, 2012 12:13:10 AM
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Hi! Welcome to the forums.

Well, this is going to be tricky. However I think I can do this!
-That build is alright, however it's lacking in a few places. The PSU cannot power that GTX 560, it doesn't have the right connectors. Plus that mobo is a little feature bare, and it's missing a DVD drive. A pretty good $600-615 build though.

I don't think we'll be using that 8800GT. Good card but we can do better.
CPU: Intel Dual Core G850 2.9GHz
DVD: LG DVD Sata Burner
Above in combo, $92
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Mobo: ASRock H61 USB3 Sata3 $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: Sapphire 6870 1GB GDDR5
RAM Mushkin 2x4GB DDR3 1333MHz
Above in combo $198
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
PSU: Antec 430w PSU $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Seagate 500GB $75 (promo code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: CM Elite 430 $50
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Elite-Window-RC-430...
OR
HAF 912 $60
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K...

$521 shipped.

I know it's a little over but I's a kickass build. You can drop the case to a cheaper one if you like, I personally like the space available.
Let me know what you think!
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February 20, 2012 12:22:54 AM
February 20, 2012 12:35:16 AM

PLEASE do not get a Raidmax PSU. They are nothing more than box shaped firecrackers. Raidmax is known for creating horrible PSU's to prey on those who haven't done their research. Their cases are okay, but stay away from the PSU's.

Also, 8800GT vs 6870 benchmarks here. 6870: http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-revie... 8800GT (rebadges as 9800GT) http://www.guru3d.com/article/galaxy-geforce-9800-gt-10...
It was a great GPU at the time, not so much anymore.
February 20, 2012 1:17:48 AM

Wow I greatly appreciate the responses, I have done a crazy amount of research, and I am pretty competent when it comes to actually putting a PC together, but with all of the different options I have had a really hard time choosing the actual components to put inside of this particular build! The previous comments have been a great help, and I will most definitely be utilizing them within the next few days! And I know that the 8800 is a bit old but my buddy loved the idea of saving when it came to GPU. I guess i'll have to get it into his head that the GPU is quite important when it comes to gaming and hopefully he can allow a little more room in his budget!
Thanks again,
-Wescott
February 20, 2012 1:29:26 AM

Sounds good. I think if we could go to $600, we could get a more balanced build. To be honest though, the build I suggested is pretty damn good for the price. A 6870 in an under 500 build? Yeah, I'm proud of it.
February 20, 2012 1:34:05 AM

Best answer selected by itswescott.
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