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Originally Posted by Captain Bucket View Post
i3-2100 and 6790.
Also, use a 1600x900 screen in stead of a 1920x1080, if possible. (better framerates)
^^this

with at least a H67 mobo. you can scale up to i5 or even i7 in the future.

as a reference, check out this review . . .

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/102?vs=289

OR this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...692053-_-Combo
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post #22 of 46
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microcenter cpu/mobo bundle amd 965 + asus mobo =$130

That seems like a good deal--I can't seem to find bundles that are that well-priced.
post #23 of 46
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
$300-500 should get you a fairly high end AM3+ build with overclockability.

My suggestion at $500:
AMD Phenom II x4 925 + Thermaltake Contac 30 - $114 shipped [Newegg]
ASUS M5A97 - $105 shipped [Superbiiz]
OCZ Flex 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL8 - $20 + $5 shipping [Directron]
Samsung F3 1TB HDD - $58 shipped [Superbiiz]
NZXT Source 210 BLACK or WHITE - $40 shipped [Amazon]
Antec EA500D 500W PSU - $50 shipped after code EMCKBJB23 [Newegg]
Palit GTX 460 SE - $140, $110 AR (with no wait rebate - returns in 9 days for $2 deducted from check)
Coupons:
NEWCUSTOMER10 [Newegg] - $10 off
DEALMONGO [Superbiiz] - $15 off

Total initial cost: $507 shipped
Total cost after 9 days: $479 shipped

Cost-saving options:
-$10 - Antec Earthwatts EA380D PSU (it will still handle that single card configuration, albeit with not much headroom)
-$18.70 - Biostar TA870U3+ - capable board but no AM3+ support
OR -$38.70, -$48.70 after no-wait rebate - Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2P - lower end 760G chipset and not as overclocking friendly, but it is a great cheap AM3+ choice
-$19 - Phenom II x4 + smaller heatsink (if you are not going to OC (much) this is fine)
OR -$34 - Phenom II x3 + smaller heatsink (some games don't need 4 cores)
OR -$54 - Athlon II x2 260 (a dual core isn't bad for gaming depending on the game involved)
-$20, -$10 AR - Sapphire Radeon HD 6770
I know you mentioned the SE, but for the same price from the EVGA B-stock he could get a GTX 460 which would give him a bit more power, that's only if he's willing to buy refurbished, etc.
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post #24 of 46
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I don't have a problem with refurbished.
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I assume you need Windows 7 & a Monitor/KB/Mouse? Tough one.
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post #26 of 46
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Originally Posted by 6Eleven View Post
I'd like to be in the $300-$500 range, but the cheaper the better. I've built computers before, but not in almost a decade, so I'm pretty clueless about hardware these days.
If you're smart about this and willing to look around, you can build a great rig on the cheap. Just to give you an idea of what's possible, I'll list the prices I paid for Comp4 to encourage you:

4gb DDR3 $29
MSI P67A-GD55 $55
MSI 6950 2gb $164
2500k $190

Just this last week I saw a Corsair 650w on sale for $40 after rebate. Be patient and you'll be surprised by what you can find used, recertified, open box, shellshockers, discount codes, combos, etc.
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post #27 of 46
nice bundle for 299$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?
ItemList=Combo.719536
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harddrive 44$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136921
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video card 94$ mir
post #28 of 46

^^^ Supercombos/DIY combos/bundles are more ripoffs than deals.

Phenom II x4 925 + Thermaltake heatsink - $95 shipped both [Newegg]
ASUS M5A97 - $105 shipped [Superbiiz]
OCZ Flex II 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL8 - $18 + $5 shipping [Directron]
Antec EA500D - $50 shipped after promo (you can't use this promo when buying this PSU in supercombo) EMCKBJB23
NZXT Source 210 (

or ) - $40 shipped [Amazon]

COUPONS:
Dealmongo - $15 off at Superbiiz

Total cost:
$298 shipped

This took me less than 2 minutes using savings from this forum's Online deals section; for ONE DOLLAR LESS, you are getting better quality parts: a better case (that actually has cable management option), AM3+ socket board for FX series expandability (AND with heatsink 4+2 VRM phase over unheatsinked 4+1), quality DDR3-1600 kit, guaranteed quad core processor, and in addition it is a C3 revision processor as opposed to the x3 which is an older C2; this will overclock higher and with lower voltage. Not interested in the x4? Configure this with the x3 + heatsink and you are now saving nearly $20 vs the supercombo while still getting better parts quality & performance. Not interested in AM3+? Take a TA870U3+ ($80 shipped). You are now saving over $25 and still getting equivalent CPU performance, better overclockability (heatsinked VRMs), a better performing RAM, and a better case. Not even going to overclock!? Take this board for $48.76 shipped after code DEALMONGO. For $60 DOLLARS (YES, SIXTY!) LESS than the supercombo, you are STILL getting BETTER performance and parts quality!

I hope that killed off all thoughts of buying a supercombo...
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/19/11 at 9:19pm
post #29 of 46
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help.

I'm sure that lots of you folks can put this sort of thing together in minutes. I sure can't--don't know where to look or what to look for. The more ideas, the merrier, and I'll post whatever I plan before I buy it.
post #30 of 46
Thread Starter 
Here's my current idea: Do it as cheap as possible, use this computer as a music/internet/backup and buy a better one once I have the $$ to do it right.

I'm a bit worried about the case/PSU bundle

Case/PSU (seems shady?)
iMicro CA-IM1202P 400W 20+4pin Mini ATX Mini Tower Case http://www.superbiiz.com/desc.php?name=CA-IM1202P $25

MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.superbiiz.com/desc.php?name=MB-770DE%2B $52

CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103873
AMD Athlon II X2 260 Regor 3.2GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop
$64.99

RAM- $31
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9A G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145251

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136769
$43.00

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127557
MSI R5450-MD1GD3H/LP Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
$30


total is about $275 including shipping


Here are the minimum/recommended specs for the game I mostly play

Minimum:

Processor - 2.2GHz Pentium 4 / AMD 2400+ or faster
RAM - 1.5GB of RAM
Video Card - 128MB fully OpenGL 2.0 / GLSL 1.20 compliant Geforce or Radeon
Network Connection Required
Recommended:

Processor - 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo / AMD 3500+ or faster
RAM - 2.0GB or higher
Video Card - 256MB Geforce 7800+ or Radeon X1900+
Network Connection Required (Broadband)
Edited by 6Eleven - 8/21/11 at 9:40am
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