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February 21, 2012 6:54:39 PM
February 21, 2012 7:09:55 PM

Yup those parts will work together. Is it future proof? No. The motherboard and processor you selected are AM3 which have no upgrade path. FYI.

If you do get that - make sure you plug your DDR3 ram into your DDR3 slots into your motherboard, and not the DDR2 slots.

It will make a decent mid range computer though.
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February 21, 2012 7:11:40 PM

what do you mean by no upgrade path? or future proof?
February 21, 2012 7:13:56 PM

also, what would you all suggest for a good build? im really wanting a gtx 550 since its not too expensive, a pretty decent cpu (one that wont bottleneck graphic card capabilities), and preferrably 8gb of ram (can deal with 4). somewhere between $400-500.
February 21, 2012 7:17:28 PM

TimMcCoy said:
what do you mean by no upgrade path? or future proof?


The motherboard you selected uses an AM3 socket - AMD no longer makes CPU's for that socket, the socket the use currently is AM3+. You will be hard pressed to find a CPU for that a year down the road.

The motherboard you selected also has 4 DIMM slots - 2 of which are DDR2 and 2 of which are DDR3 - so you will be limited to the amount of RAM you can put in the computer in the future as DDR2 is getting phased out by DDR3. So you will have only 2 DIMM RAM slots (DDR3) for upgrading in the future.

I'm sure someone can spec out a decent computer for your budget. One that is more future proof.
February 21, 2012 9:04:15 PM

I hope someone can. I get confident in what I look for and then I start second guessing myself. Ya know, the whole "what if i misread something" or, "what if it's DoA?". The 2nd one though is inevitable. it's bound to happen.
February 22, 2012 12:46:57 PM

Totally understand. 500 bucks might be a bit lean for a computer, but i'll see what I could whip up - im sure there are great 500 dollar builds though.
February 22, 2012 1:38:16 PM

Ok well it was somewhat hard building a 500 pc but take a look at these:

I3 2120 - 129.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Seasonic S12 11 620W Bronze cert 85.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Foxconn Z68 94.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 84.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Challenger 54.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G Skill Value 8GB 36.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total 487.94 without tax. Note this whole build uses the integrated GPU on the I3.

This computer im reccomending may not have the best parts (including no discrete GPU), but it will give you room to grow - so if you do decide you need a GPU you can get one down the road, and if you need a better CPU - you can always get a better one as well since this motherboard is upgradeable. The power supply is overkill for this sytem - but like I mentioned - it will give you room to grow if you need better parts.

One more thing - this doesn't include windows 7 - but if you include the OEM copy it will cost around another $120, unless you rip your old os from your other computer.

Can anyone else reccomend a 500 build? This seemed to be quite hard lol.
February 24, 2012 6:43:49 PM

I like that build. It does look to have plenty of options. What would you all say is better for gaming? Intel or AMD? I always figured AMD was more of a gaming style but here recently, I'm seeing more and more intel cpu's/mobo's being placed into hardcore gaming specs. Also, the only reason my limit on the money deal is because of the girlfriend haha. If it were my decision, i'd drop a couple of grand into it.
February 24, 2012 6:49:03 PM

The intel Core i5 series with a discrete GPU is actually king of gaming right now in the high end.

For the lower end - an A8 based system is OK - but they are somewhat harder to upgrade as both their CPU and GPU are on the same die.

I'm still waiting for someone else to reccomend something lol.
February 25, 2012 12:20:31 PM

by the way, chainzsaw, that 520 watt psu you added in there, will it still work on for say, an i5 processor w/ a gtx550 added with everything you've listed?
February 25, 2012 10:37:15 PM

how about this build?

Computer Case : Cooler Master Gladiator ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)
Power Supply Upgrade : 550W Heavy Duty TOUGH Series SATA Power Supply
Motherboard : Asus M4N68T-M GeForce 7025 DDR3-1800(O.C.) Audio Video GB LAN
DDR3 Memory : 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3-1866 PC3-14900
Processor : AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz AM3 Quad Core 6MB Cache
CPU Cooling Fan : Cooler Master HYPER N520
Hard Drive : 500GB Western Digital Black 7200RPM SATA-3 6Gb/s 32MB Cache
Video Card : EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB DDR 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card
DVD Recorder : LG 22X DVD+/-RW SATA
Sound Card : Built-in HD 8-Ch Sound Card
Network Card : Built-in Gigabit LAN
Case Fan : Dual Case Fans 120mm (2xfans)
February 26, 2012 1:30:44 AM

or


Intel Sandy Bridge i7 2600 3.4Ghz Per Core (3.8Ghz Turbo Core) Quad Core 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 Processor
8GB (2 X 4GB) DDR3 240pin 1333Mhz PC3 10666 Memory
1TB SATA II 3Gbps 7200RPM 32MB Buffer Hard Drive
Intel H61 Chipset Motherboard with HD Audio, Gigabit LAN, SATA II 3Gbps, USB 2.0, PCI-Express X16 2.0
Nvidia GeForce GTX550 1GB GDDR5 Dual Head High Definition Video Graphics Card w/HDMI 1080P Output
22X SATA Dual Layer Multi-Format DVD/CD Burner
Mini-Tower mATX Case w/Excellent Cooling, 550W Power Supply, Front USB and Audio.
February 26, 2012 1:15:37 PM

Ok what prices are they total for both? I thought your budget was around 500 max? I think the parts you have chosen would bring you way over your budget.
February 26, 2012 3:42:52 PM

I adjusted it for better use. Im really tempted to go with the 2nd option

Intel Sandy Bridge i7 2600 3.4Ghz Per Core (3.8Ghz Turbo Core) Quad Core 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 Processor
8GB (2 X 4GB) DDR3 240pin 1333Mhz PC3 10666 Memory
1TB SATA II 3Gbps 7200RPM 32MB Buffer Hard Drive
Intel H61 Chipset Motherboard with HD Audio, Gigabit LAN, SATA II 3Gbps, USB 2.0, PCI-Express X16 2.0
Nvidia GeForce GTX550 1GB GDDR5 Dual Head High Definition Video Graphics Card w/HDMI 1080P Output
22X SATA Dual Layer Multi-Format DVD/CD Burner
Mini-Tower mATX Case w/Excellent Cooling, 550W Power Supply, Front USB and Audio.


Is this a good build?
February 26, 2012 3:51:01 PM

The 550ti is a very bad graphics card. The Radeon 6850 is MUCH better.
February 26, 2012 7:52:45 PM

alright, i found another one on here that seemed pretty nice. how's this one?

I5-2400: $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115074

Crucial 8gb DDR3-1333: $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148476

ASRock H61M/U3S3: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157236

Corsair CX 500W v2: $59.99 w/ $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139027

XFX HD 6870: $164.99 w/ $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150561

Seagate 500 GB HDD: $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148767

LG 22x DVD: $15.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136240
February 26, 2012 8:04:55 PM

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February 27, 2012 12:39:57 PM
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Alright your last one looks good.

A few things to mention though:

You won't be able to overclock.

Your motherboard you picked out is a Micro ATX

However it should last you a while - and should be fully upgradeable for a while as well.
March 5, 2012 10:17:52 AM

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