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Hi guys, I've been learning about PC building and whatnot, absorbing info for the past couple months, and I'm ready to order my parts. Unfortunately, I'm on a pretty strict budget of $500, and my wishlist is about 70 above that. I have more important things to be spending my money on. I still want to get the best performance for my money, which is where you come in! Help me "budgetize" my computer, while still retaining as much power as possible.

I have no allegiances to any company, so AMD/Intel/ATI/Nvidia is all fine with me. I just want it to work as flawlessly as possible, and to run most/all modern games at max at about at least 30fps. Here's the wishlist:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=14418311

So, do you think it can get cheaper while still having great game performance?

PS: don't worry about Windows, already got a copy of it. Oh, and I don't mind buying from Amazon or websites other than newegg as long as they're trustworthy.
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I know you live in Florida, but if you can make it to a Microcenter somewhere they are doing $50 off any compatible mobo with the purchase of any AMD Phenom II boxed CPU.

Drop down to a quality 500w PSU. Like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182199

Well actually you only need around 400 watts but I'm trying to give you some room for if you want to upgrade. If you won't upgrade this could do the trick:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139026

This Radeon 6850 is cheaper. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131374

Or, maybe you want the GTX 465. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162052
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I know you live in Florida, but if you can make it to a Microcenter somewhere they are doing $50 off any compatible mobo with the purchase of any AMD Phenom II boxed CPU.
That's not going to happen, unfortunately... I have a local Comp U.S.A., maybe I'll check their deals.
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First build is a socket FM1 Llano A6-3650 (Quad-Core) build.


2nd build is a socket AM3 Phenom II X4 955 BE (Black Edition Quad-Core) build, this is if you don't want to upgrade to AM3+ later.


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I got it down to $522.60.: http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/Sh...px?Submit=view
This is going to be tough.
Thanks, but you linked to your cart. It'll only show what's in MY shopping cart.
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I got it down to $522.60.: http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/Sh...px?Submit=view
This is going to be tough.
You will probably get a lower price with the Llano platform.
I still can't see your list.
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post #7 of 18
scale down your graphics card if your on a budget, even my old 5570 could run most games on max with over 30fps and thats a pretty ****ty card
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PM me your email so I can send you the builds. Also, take a look at my previous posts, I uploaded pics.
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but your only over by like $30 so stick with that
Edited by ThePhlood - 8/1/11 at 5:34pm
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What are your exact intentions, Ally? Do you want to have the ability to upgrade to an AM3+ processor(Bulldozer/Zambezi) SLI/Crossfire upgrade to a stronger graphics card in the future? If you're sure you won't then we can save more money, if you do then we need to rethink this a bit.

Do you want to overclock? We'd need to invest in an aftermark HSF & TIM.

For example, if you get a stronger graphics card/ add another we'd need a stronger PSU. Luckily, Bulldozer/Zambezi's TDP runs the gamut from a minimum of 80watts to a maximum of 125 watts, & 125 watts is the Phenom II X4 955 BE's TDP, so we're good on the PSU for the processor(s).
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