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August 12, 2012 4:34:00 PM

So long time no see Tom's Haven't been on the forums forever. Anyways down to the question I've finally convinced one of my roommates how awesome PC gaming is. So he's asking me to upgrade a computer he is getting from his mom. I don't know the specs on this computer yet so i'm not sure where we are starting but my assumption is that next to none of it is usable, maybe the case, cd drive, and the harddrive he we're running tight on budget.

This PC is going to be used primary for gaming, So keep that in mind for suggestions. Make sure to mention too if in your build your planning on using part from the old desktop

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August 12, 2012 6:04:46 PM

Here you go mate:


GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2PV(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz - $88
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - $38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600Desktop Memory - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MSI R7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM - $17 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Total: $413 :) 
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August 13, 2012 7:16:20 PM

Go on Craigslist and buy a two year old gaming rig for $300-$350. Many of these systems come with parts that cost twice as much as if you bought them on your own.
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August 13, 2012 7:29:22 PM

If your gaming your going to need a quad core, not a duel. This is what i got for yah
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($107.11 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ECS A885GM-A2 (V1.1) ATX AM3 Motherboard ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $522.49
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 15:24 EDT-0400)

Subtract the SSD, the hdd and the cd drive and the case if you dont need them and you are well within your budget, you could pick up a 6870 if you want. If your friend is not SUPER into performance then he wont need the ssd, but the case and hdd are pretty good so i think you should pick them up.

if you take away the ssd the price drops to 472.51
If u take away the ssd AND the hdd it drops to 412.53
Then if you take away the case it becomes 363$ That is a powerful build that can run any game out there to day for less than 400 bucks.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2012 7:47:07 PM

This would be better if you can afford it PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($116.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $538.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 15:46 EDT-0400)
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August 13, 2012 8:01:08 PM

bigcyco1 said:
This would be better if you can afford it PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($116.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $538.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 15:46 EDT-0400)
i thought 500 was his max, or does he want a system between 500 and 600?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2012 8:18:45 PM

maskills24 said:
i thought 500 was his max, or does he want a system between 500 and 600?
not sure that is why i said if you can afford it your better off with this plus he can always reuse the hard drive and optical drive bringing my build down well within budget ;) 
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August 14, 2012 12:16:28 PM

bigcyco1 said:
not sure that is why i said if you can afford it your better off with this plus he can always reuse the hard drive and optical drive bringing my build down well within budget ;) 
Hmm indeed, but i do think my build has a slight edge, because he can remove the case and optical drive and still receive a system with a ssd And one that is crossfire ready, one more 6770 and he will be playing watch-dogs at high settings when it releases ;D. Thats the only reason i gave him a 600w psu.
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