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November 11, 2012 2:26:44 AM

How does this build look, for a sub 600 dollar build?

CPU Intel Core i3-550 3.2GHz Dual-Core $93.99
Motherboard MSI H55M-ED55 Micro ATX LGA1156 $58.74
Memory Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 $14.64
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $69.99
Video Card MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB $114.99
Case Cougar Solution RSB400 (Black) ATX Mid Tower w/400W Power Supply $104.98
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer $19.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) $89.99
Total $567.31

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November 11, 2012 2:32:06 AM

descent.. maybe slightly overkill with the gpu compared to the cpu.. but not to bad...

also think to yourself.. do you really need a dvd burner? when was the last time you actually used a cd/dvd?
OS installs can be done faster with a flash drive anyway..
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November 11, 2012 2:35:09 AM

an H55 motherboard wont support that processor

you need a socket 1155 mb with an H77 or B75 chipset for best value
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November 11, 2012 2:37:03 AM

Outlander_04 said:
an H55 motherboard wont support that processor

you need a socket 1155 mb with an H77 or B75 chipset for best value


so what would you suggest at that price range?
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November 11, 2012 2:39:00 AM

prodigydoo said:
descent.. maybe slightly overkill with the gpu compared to the cpu.. but not to bad...

also think to yourself.. do you really need a dvd burner? when was the last time you actually used a cd/dvd?
OS installs can be done faster with a flash drive anyway..

I hear you lol but i seriously still use cd/dvd burners lol
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November 11, 2012 3:25:19 AM

Would you use this build for gaming?
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November 11, 2012 3:45:41 AM

Outlander_04 said:
an H55 motherboard wont support that processor

you need a socket 1155 mb with an H77 or B75 chipset for best value


The i3 he chose is not a Socket 1155. It's a first generation i3, and uses a Socket 1156. His motherboard is fine, there's no need for him to change it. He certainly doesn't NEED to change it. What are you even talking about??

That i3 will not bottleneck a Radeon 7770.

For the most part, your build certainly looks solid. I would suggest a better case and power supply, as cases with power supplies usually have poor power supplies built in. I'd recommend a Source 210 ($30 with mail in rebate) or an Antec One ($50) paired with a Corsair CX 430 power supply ($25 with mail in rebate). The CX 430 is the best power supply for it's price point, and will run most low-mid range cards. Both cases are better quality cases, and the Corsair power supply is a better power supply than the build in one it terms of reliability, efficiency, and output.

Source 210: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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



CX 430: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 11, 2012 3:49:21 AM

$36 more and you can get i3-3220 which is much better, and comes with lower power consumption.
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November 11, 2012 4:01:30 AM

zomow said:
$36 more and you can get i3-3220 which is much better, and comes with lower power consumption.


Agreed, but it looks like he wants a first generation build, and already somehow purchased a motherboard, as that motherboard is discontinued. I'm guessing he doesn't want to buy a new motherboard, and in that case, he'd best stick with a Socket compatible CPU.
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November 11, 2012 4:10:04 AM

I personally prefer AMD for lower end builds. :p p
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November 11, 2012 4:11:32 AM

Zed_Spooge said:
I personally prefer AMD for lower end builds. :p 


That was certainly helpful....

AMD has terrible performance per clock cycle and performance per core; the Pentium G630 has been shown to perform roughly equivalent to a Phenom II X4 965 BE overclocked at 4 GHz in CPU oriented games. The G630 was running at stock speeds.
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November 11, 2012 4:14:25 AM

I'm not trying to be helpful especially. There's nothing I know that you can't debunk. Just throwing in my personal preference, AMD is for 700 and below and everything else Intel. Intel = Performance AMD = Budget
just in my opinion.
Also I'd like to introduce myself, I'm spooge. I'll be here to give out what knowledge of computers I have and to ask questions about my current setup and peripherals. Nice to meet you.
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November 11, 2012 4:30:04 AM

Zed_Spooge said:
I'm not trying to be helpful especially. There's nothing I know that you can't debunk. Just throwing in my personal preference, AMD is for 700 and below and everything else Intel. Intel = Performance AMD = Budget
just in my opinion.
Also I'd like to introduce myself, I'm spooge. I'll be here to give out what knowledge of computers I have and to ask questions about my current setup and peripherals. Nice to meet you.


If you're not trying to help, why are you here... 0_o

Like I said, AMD does not offer more performance on a budget. The Pentium G630 is 30 dollars cheaper than the Phenom II X4 965 BE.

Anyways, nice to meet you too
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November 11, 2012 4:40:49 AM

I'm not trying to help right here right now, but I will try my best int he future.
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November 11, 2012 4:41:16 AM

& AAAAGHHHH still no profile picture.
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November 11, 2012 4:59:46 AM

prodigydoo said:


also think to yourself.. do you really need a dvd burner? when was the last time you actually used a cd/dvd?
OS installs can be done faster with a flash drive anyway..

maybe its true not a lot of people use dvd burners but its still an integrel part of a pc. its difficult to imagine a pc without a dvd drive.
you never know when it may come in handy and its so cheap anyway so why not just include it.

zomow said:
$36 more and you can get i3-3220 which is much better, and comes with lower power consumption.

exactly. get an i3-3220 if you can. but if you already bought an 1156 mobo then fine that first gen i3 is still decent. but if you can get the newer i3

Zed_Spooge said:
I personally prefer AMD for lower end builds. :p p

not true anymore especilaly if its for gaming. a cheaper pentium build offers much more bang for the buck gaming performance than a cheap trinity build could give.
if its not for gaming then its a different argument

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November 11, 2012 5:03:28 AM

mohit9206 said:
exactly. get an i3-3220 if you can. but if you already bought an 1156 mobo then fine that first gen i3 is still decent. but if you can get the newer i3


not true anymore especilaly if its for gaming. a cheaper pentium build offers much more bang for the buck gaming performance than a cheap trinity build could give.
if its not for gaming then its a different argument


Wow, thanks for reiterating just about everything I just said...
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November 11, 2012 5:55:16 AM

jerodpaul said:
so what would you suggest at that price range?



My original post was completely wrong . I misread the processor entry

That is a compatible mb

But I would not buy this older technology . Its just not worth it
Buid using a socket 1155 cpu and mb
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November 11, 2012 6:47:04 AM

Case Cougar Solution RSB400 (Black) ATX Mid Tower w/400W Power Supply $104.98
This will probably have a crap PSU in it and would not be suitable for a 7770. It may not even have the required 6 pin power connector for the card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply ) this is much better with a much better psu in it.
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November 11, 2012 9:06:00 AM

sonicers said:
Wow, thanks for reiterating just about everything I just said...


well i just simplified it :pt1cable:  :D 
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November 11, 2012 9:51:45 AM

maybe a fx4300 instead of the i3? it performs the same or better than the 3220 is most cases.
But it will consume more power.

OR you could get a pentium G2120 and a HD7850 to make it a better gaming rig
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November 11, 2012 11:08:43 AM

yup a cheaper pentium will let you buy a 7850. that would be better
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November 11, 2012 3:43:59 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
Case Cougar Solution RSB400 (Black) ATX Mid Tower w/400W Power Supply $104.98
This will probably have a crap PSU in it and would not be suitable for a 7770. It may not even have the required 6 pin power connector for the card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply ) this is much better with a much better psu in it.


Since when was the BP430 a good power supply? ...
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November 20, 2012 1:05:37 PM

So if i upgraded my cpu what would you suggest for a mobo thats sub 70 dollars and has sata 6gb ports and supports raid, cause longterm i want to get another 1 tb drive and set them to raid 0 so what mobo cpu combo would you suggest thats under 175
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