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July 17, 2012 4:16:57 PM

Hi I am planning on building a computer for my friend as a gift since he doesn't have a very good one of his own. My budget is 350$ and I have the Graphics Card (Nvidia branded GTS 450), the monitor, the keyboard, and the mouse. i was wondering if this build would be alright. Thanks in advanced!

LOGISYS Computer CS301BK Black solid 6.0mm SECC metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ECS IC780M-A2 (V1.0A) AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, Wireless MAC Filtering
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Please remember this a very budget PC.

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July 17, 2012 4:29:02 PM

Do you have a PSU?
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July 17, 2012 4:31:42 PM

The computer case has a 480 watt one.
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July 17, 2012 4:39:08 PM

moonlacedblood said:
The computer case has a 480 watt one.


I feared you'd use that PSU. That's not a good idea. It's one of the most important parts in your system and shouldn't be gimped out on. You can take the chance if you want but it be very fatal to your parts. even yourself in some cases where a bad PSU catches fire.
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July 17, 2012 4:54:46 PM

Is this for gaming or just general use? Either way I would go with something like this:

Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P8H61-M LX PLUS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is $354, would outperform the Propus on gaming and in general use.
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July 17, 2012 5:00:12 PM

Will it be that big of a difference on the Quad core vs the Dual?
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July 17, 2012 5:01:08 PM
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July 17, 2012 5:05:58 PM

I should be able to overclock that phenom to 4.2 easily right? and will that be faster than Intel's?

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July 17, 2012 5:06:32 PM

moonlacedblood said:
Will it be that big of a difference on the Quad core vs the Dual?


Depends on what games your friend wants to play. There will be a big difference on skyrim since it's a CPU intensive game, BF3 as well.
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July 17, 2012 5:07:07 PM

moonlacedblood said:
I should be able to overclock that phenom to 4.2 easily right? and will that be faster than Intel's?


You should, however you are PSU limited. You PSU might not suply enough juice. It's a trial and error thing. Let me find out real quick. You are also temperature bound, the stock cooler is whimpy.
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July 17, 2012 5:08:16 PM

I just want my friend to be able to play the games with us the most graphics demanding game he will probably play right is diablo 3...
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July 17, 2012 5:17:56 PM

an alternative:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($108.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Wintec One 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($25.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $330.43
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

will do gaming at low at 1920x1080, medium at 1600x900, and high at 1280x720
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July 17, 2012 5:20:50 PM

moonlacedblood said:
I just want my friend to be able to play the games with us the most graphics demanding game he will probably play right is diablo 3...


Diablo 3 is not a CPU intensive game so it wouldn't matter weather its dual or quad core cpu.
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July 17, 2012 5:21:51 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
an alternative:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($108.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Wintec One 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($25.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $330.43
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

will do gaming at low at 1920x1080, medium at 1600x900, and high at 1280x720


Bleh not the A8, he already has a GTS 450. The a8 is only popular because of it being an APU >_>...lol.
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July 17, 2012 5:25:22 PM

I currently have the phenom in my set up and i trust it and for the price I think i will go that route.
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July 17, 2012 5:28:16 PM

moonlacedblood said:
I currently have the phenom in my set up and i trust it and for the price I think i will go that route.


I too have the Phenom, but I have the 970 BE. I love this thing OCed to 4025MHz on a Hyper 212 EVO. I'm only getting 30C it fluctuates a few degrees up and down.
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July 17, 2012 5:32:31 PM

:(  I bought my computer from Best Buy 2 years ago so OC for me is impossible, I wanted to change out my board and OC but I decided I'll run this PC till it dies and build one in my years to come.
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July 17, 2012 5:42:52 PM

Just order the parts you need and give your friend the old parts.
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July 17, 2012 6:12:09 PM

Best answer selected by moonlacedblood.
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