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My $540 PC Build - Need Help

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June 18, 2012 8:58:17 AM

Hey everyone, I have been lurking around on these forums for a few weeks now and thought I should join in on the conversation.

I've been recently looking towards building a budget PC, and I feel like I have come up with a rig I like:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX ($78)
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard+RAM Combo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard + AMD Performance Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AP34G1608U1K ($106.98)
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case+PSU: Rosewill R218-P-BK-450W MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with 1x 120mm Fan, 450W Power Supply ($50)
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: ASUS EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ($92.99)
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($70)
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM ($17)
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Professional 64-bit ($100)

Keyboard: LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard ($8)
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers: Logitech S120 2.3 Watts (RMS) 2.0 Speaker System - OEM ($13)
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


In total plus shipping it comes out to be: $535.90

Since this will be my first build, ever, I just wanted to get some reassurance that all these parts are compatible, and I want to make sure I am not missing anything important.

I'm open to making any changes that doesn't effect performance, but will reduce the price.

Any and all help is appreciated, thanks in advance!

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June 18, 2012 9:19:48 AM

Okey, is this Build Purely for Gaming and Web Browsing?, If thats it, then you are better off Going Intel , With the G620 - G850 cpu, a B75 motherboard too. They Might be Dual Core and be Pentium, But they are Sandy Bridge, They are little monsters.

Cpus 630 - G850

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

Motherboard B75 Asrock Atx

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

Ram Memory G-Skill 4x2 Gigs 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Now you Dont wanna go Cheap on the psu, The case is 1 Think but psu needs to be reliable.

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

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June 18, 2012 2:58:41 PM

Here's an Intel based solution but with a better GPU:

CPU: $69- Intel G630 (A great CPU for its price. also a sandy bridge derivative)

Motherboard: $50- Biostar H61

PSU: $45- Corsair CX430 (has $5 off with promo)

RAM: $20- GSKill 4GB

HDD: $75- WD Cavier Blue 500GB

Optical Drive: $15- Samsung

Case: $30- Rosewill

GPU: $135- Sapphire Radeon 6850(If you are interested in gaming)

OS: $69- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1

Total(Excluding Rebates,promos): 508 USD

Rebates, promos: ~$40

Regarding speaker, keyboard, your choice.

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June 18, 2012 6:45:27 PM

Thanks for the replys. I'm going to take a look at both builds you guys have made up.
I have only really only looked at AMD CPU's and Motherboards, is there anything different or more difficult when working with Intel? or are they both practically the same thing?

Thanks again.
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