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Ok, I'm not sure if this is the right section for this thread, but I couldn't find a section that I think is appropriate, so mod(s), feel free to move it to where it would fit best.

I'm putting together a budget gaming rig for a friend. I'm having a hard time keeping the budget around $350. I'm sitting at $400 before tax/shipping. The case and video card are already owned by either myself or him. Case is an old CM Centurion, and video card is a Radeon HD5550 (won in a folding competition here), so that frees up some budget space. He's not an enthusiast, he just wants to be able to run WoW and other games at just slightly above minimum settings. He doesn't want/need the best of the best. His current computer is so old that it doesn't have a PCIE 2.0 x16 slot, so just about anything currently on the market ought to be an upgrade. I did want to give him some room to upgrade later on without having to make major modifications to the system. So here's what I scrounged together:

ASRock motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 RAM (was cheaper than buying 2x2GB)
OCZ 500W PSU
WD 500GB HDD
LG DVD Burner

Any suggestions as to what I can/should change to get to around $350? Most likely, stock coolers will be used.
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2x WD Caviar Black 1TB LG Blu-Ray burner Koolance CPU-370 & VID-AR687, Phobya 4x120mm rad Windows 7 Pro 
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post #2 of 31
1st suggestion: Buy used.

2nd suggestion: Throw together a low-cost i3 build and see if you can get your price lower.
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post #3 of 31
Drop to a 955 since it will clock the same,

Use a AM3 motherboard (AM3+ only if you want the new FX processors)

You need 2 sticks of ram to run at dual data rate, single sticks are not good idea
These are cheaper and since you're not OC you don't need the fancy heat spreaders
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313102

If rebates are ok this is $35 and more than enough for your system
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026



I'd drop the motherboard also since it will run at stock. For the price and stock cooling
Edited by CravinR1 - 6/10/12 at 7:15pm
post #4 of 31
My Suggestion, if you have a microcenter around.



AMD Phenom II X3 B73 Processor OE

ASRock 970 Extreme3 Socket AM3+ 970 ATX AMD Mother...

Kingston HyperX blu 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) CL9 ..

Corsair Builder Series 500 Watt ATX 12V Power Supp...

SanDisk Ultra SSD SDSSDH-120G-G25 120GB SATA 3.0Gb...

ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U/BK USB 2.0 External Slim DVD Bur

Comes to 369.00 with tax. Give you the best bang for your buck performance of an SSD. That alone will blow your friend away. He'll feel like he spent twice as much. The SanDisk is only Sata II, but 99% of the snappiness will still be there. It's a fair trade off so he has enough storage for games and such. I remember when I was playing WoW, the folder was over 20 gigs doh.gif. Yeah, so he can get a hard drive for more storage later on down the road when prices come down more. Right now you are still paying twice what they sold for a year ago. And I think that Phenom can have the 4th core unlocked. If your local microcenter doesn't have that one, they usually have some other decent cheap Phenoms. I got an x4 830 for my home server for like 40 bucks.
Edited by bandook - 6/10/12 at 11:44pm
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Originally Posted by bandook View Post

My Suggestion, if you have a microcenter around.
AMD A6 X3 3500 2.1GHz Triple Core Socket FM1 Boxed
AMD Phenom II X3 B73 Processor OE
ASRock 970 Extreme3 Socket AM3+ 970 ATX AMD Mother...
Kingston HyperX blu 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) CL9 ..
Corsair Builder Series 500 Watt ATX 12V Power Supp...
SanDisk Ultra SSD SDSSDH-120G-G25 120GB SATA 3.0Gb...
ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U/BK USB 2.0 External Slim DVD Bur
Comes to 433.00 with tax. Give you the best bang for your buck performance of an SSD. That alone will blow your friend away. He'll feel like he spent twice as much. The SanDisk is only Sata II, but 99% of the snappiness will still be there. It's a fair trade off so he has enough storage for games and such. I remember when I was playing WoW, the folder was over 20 gigs doh.gif. Yeah, so he can get a hard drive for more storage later on down the road when prices come down more. Right now you are still paying twice what they sold for a year ago. And I think that Phenom can have the 4th core unlocked. If your local microcenter doesn't have that one, they usually have some other decent cheap Phenoms. I got an x4 830 for my home server for like 40 bucks.

The 970 board isn't compatible with the APU :|

Look at my sig rig. I got pretty much everything new for under $300
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The 970 board isn't compatible with the APU :|
Look at my sig rig. I got pretty much everything new for under $300

apu what?

Your 300 dollar rig looks like a 300 dollar rig.
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amd phenom II x4 830 Asus M5A78L-M LX Plus Corsair Cm3x2g1333c9 Western Digital WD1500HLFS 
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AMD integrated graphic within the CPU
APU = Accelerated Processing Units
to keep in budget, you'll have to look to used for the best features.

airdeano
Edited by airdeano - 6/10/12 at 10:40pm
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I would just do used on ebay and look in the "for sale" section of OCN
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Originally Posted by airdeano View Post

AMD integrated graphic within the CPU
APU = Accelerated Processing Units
to keep in budget, you'll have to look to used for the best features.
airdeano

Ahhhhh, i understand my confusion now! biggrin.gif Somehow my links got messed up when I posted that. I've fixed my original post. Yeah....I had 2 processors listed...
Edited by bandook - 6/10/12 at 11:45pm
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