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I'm building a PC for my dad's friend's son, and they have a very, very strict budget of $450. They cannot even go $10 over. Of course, I knew I would have some trouble finding parts for that cheap, but surprisingly it wasn't that hard. I also have 2 Day Shoprunner for NewEgg so all parts would be shipped for free. Let me know what you guys think of it, and if there are any changes you would make. Also, they already have Windows XP which they will be using and they also have an old 4:3 LCD Monitor. The other $50 will be used to purchase a keyboard and a mouse, so the budget is actually $500.

CPU + MB: $100: Phenom II x4 960T + Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Bundle from Micro Center
PSU: $40: Antec Earthwatts 380W
Disk Drive: $20: Sony DVD Burner
Case: $40: Fractal Design Core 1000
RAM: $40: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 2x4GB 1333MHz
GPU: $110: Sapphire HD 7750
HDD: $85: 500GB Spinpoint F3

Total comes out to $435. Do you guys have any thoughts on the build, or is there something that you would change?
post #2 of 10
ure pushing the power supply a little go for at least 500w or 600w (tho overkill)
Gaming Series GS500 500 Watt High Performance ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365783
or a wee bit cheaper but its 600w
Builder Series 600 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361423
otherwise very solid
    
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LG DVD Burner for $16

8 Gigs Team Elite DDR3 1333 for $35 or if you want to spend $40, get some Wintec DDR3 1600.

Not real sure on the power requirements for the 7750 though?
Newegg has a Corsair CX600 for $40 AR and discount code EMCNGND25

Pretty solid build though for a basic system.
Edited by blupupher - 3/6/12 at 6:24pm
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=corsair%20430 replace the antec with this. cheaper and more power.

Also look around the OCN marketplace for a 6850 for around 110 bucks. Much better buy.

Also you won't come close to stressing the PSU.
Edited by Quesoblanco - 3/6/12 at 6:25pm
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Originally Posted by Quesoblanco View Post

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=corsair%20430 replace the antec with this. cheaper and more power.
Also look around the OCN marketplace for a 6850 for around 110 bucks. Much better buy.
Also you won't come close to stressing the PSU.

Yea, I was just about to edit my post with that also, did not know the deal was still going on for that one.
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I wish my dad had done this instead of buying a $400 pavilion from HP. It has a phenom II x2, 1 4 GB DIMM, and onboard graphics. Your build blows that out of the water.
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Originally Posted by Quesoblanco View Post

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=corsair%20430 replace the antec with this. cheaper and more power.
Also look around the OCN marketplace for a 6850 for around 110 bucks. Much better buy.
Also you won't come close to stressing the PSU.
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Originally Posted by 072665995 View Post

ure pushing the power supply a little go for at least 500w or 600w (tho overkill)
Gaming Series GS500 500 Watt High Performance ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365783
or a wee bit cheaper but its 600w
Builder Series 600 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361423
otherwise very solid

Is 380W too low for a 960T and a 7750? I could have sworn it would be enough. I have done builds with quad core phenom's and 6870's on a 430W PSU and they ran fine.
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Well, I just looked it up, the HD7750 only uses 55w. The 960T is a 125w chip (I have seen some that are 95w though).

So long as your not unlocking the 960 to an x6 or doing major overclocking on the CPU or GPU a 380w should be fine (but the Corsair CX430 is cheaper, but some have had issues with coil whine or fan noise with the v2).
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post #9 of 10
Why get the 7750? 6770 prices have hit rock bottem and frps will be the same or likely better. Also to you already have an os? If your not on linux (i think we all should be, but thats not the point) then youll have to factor the cost windows in there. One thing i can say thou, 960t and mobo for $100 is fricking awsome. But no microcenters in canada frown.gif
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The 7750 performs BETTER than the 6770 and consumes much less power - 50W TDP.  It does not even need a 6-pin PCIE connector.

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