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Hello overclock.net

I am clearly new to this Haha. But ivwas referred here by a friend of mine.

I am looking to buy a comp that is good for rendering videos. Prefereably a quad core since anything higher would blow my budget out of the water. Im looking to keep it around the $500 range IF possible.

Also, im typing this from my phone so ill try and keep it short. Basically I need a parts list(which is wha he told me to ask for) so that I can build it myself.

So if you can help... GREAT and thank you.

-Twit
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Prices will vary if you want AMD/Intel or if you will be using Stream/Cuda
post #3 of 16

$500 budget rig?

Do you need peripherals like monitor, keyboard, mouse etc? Or just a tower? case,psu, mobo, GPU, cpu, HDD

Anyhow if you need a nice quad on a budget then tigerdirect has a:
AMD phenom II x4 955 for ~100 shipped with a code (XGF30241)

combined with a nice ASUS EVO board with 8+2 vrms and cooling (i have a similar board) $79 AMIR

GPU: 5750 for $70 with checkout code WIZ30181 and MIR

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 with code (EMCKEJK59) and MIR 16.99

HDD: 7200 RPM 1TB F3 FOR $51 shipped with code SHOUT

RAM: 4GB DDR3 1600 cl9 $20 AMIR

Case: Thermaltake V3 35 AMIR

CPU COOLER:

$30-35 shipped depending on if you have a PRIME account on amazon

$400 with MIR's


Many of these deals are TODAY ONLY so you'd better get your mouse clicking!
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 5/11/11 at 2:52pm
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I like my build better, your PSU makes me sad.
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 5/11/11 at 2:03pm
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Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post
I like my build better, your PSU makes me sad.
Why? lol I like raidmax

And I believe mine is cheaper, not to mention all coming from the same place
Edited by Roll Cam Tide - 5/11/11 at 2:08pm
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Why? lol I like raidmax

And I believe mine is cheaper, not to mention all coming from the same place
Yours isnt cheaper. And RAIDMAX now makes quality PSU's (like the one in your sig), but this isnt one of them.

You do have the all from one place advantage. For PSU's though i wouldnt recommend any until you spend some time in our power supply forum. That raidmax has more amperage on the 3.3v and the 5v then on the 12v and a very low efficiency. Its an old design.


Your AMD Athlon II x4 630 for $84 shipped is a good bet though to save some dough, especially since im already recommending a (kickace) CPU cooler. I just grabbed one of these unlocked 6mb L3 cache (major difference between Athlon and phenom) and overclocked to 3.6ghz 2.6 NB without breaking a sweat. If you plan to overclock anyways OP then you should be fine going this route.
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 5/11/11 at 2:35pm
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OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
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post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post
Yours isnt cheaper. And RAIDMAX now makes quality PSU's (like the one in your sig), but this isnt one of them.

You do have the all from one place advantage. For PSU's though i wouldnt recommend any until you spend some time in our power supply forum. That raidmax has more amperage on the 3.3v and the 5v then on the 12v and a very low efficiency. Its an old design.


Your AMD Athlon II x4 630 for $84 shipped is a good bet though to save some dough, especially since im already recommending a (kickace) CPU cooler. I just grabbed one of these unlocked 6mb L3 cache (major difference between Athlon and phenom) and overclocked to 3.6ghz 2.6 NB without breaking a sweat. If you plan to overclock anyways OP then you should be fine going this route.
Yours are all "deals" NOT regular prices, get the actual prices and compare it to mine. Guarantee yours is higher.

If thats true regarding the PSU, good catch. (Even though, most junky PSUs will run this rig fine.) I know all about power supply architecture but I didn't look up the specifics on that one, I feel confident recommending any PSU that I take time to look at. Admittedly though, I should have done just that. I LOVE my sig PSU so I just went with it. I unlocked an old PHII x2 into a x4 but I never unlocked the cache on an Athlon.
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Originally Posted by Roll Cam Tide View Post
Yours are all "deals" NOT regular prices, get the actual prices and compare it to mine. Guarantee yours is higher.
Well yeah of course if my items were not on sale they would cost more, that is because they are superior components. On that i agree!

Anyhow
Pre OCN build
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phenom ii B97 ECS A970M-A AM3+ EVGA GXT 460 2x4gb adata 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Super Writemaster DVDr Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster Antec Basiq power 550 + 
Case
Bitfenix Raider 
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phenom ii B97 ECS A970M-A AM3+ EVGA GXT 460 2x4gb adata 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Super Writemaster DVDr Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster Antec Basiq power 550 + 
Case
Bitfenix Raider 
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post #10 of 16
Here is another setup for you to consider OP:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103881 $92
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138290 $57
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103064 $23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277 $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371033 $48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811815006 $40

This rig would use the integrated video. $345 inc/ shipping
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