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For the past year and a half I've been wanting to build a budget gaming system for my 8 year old nephew, money was tight so all this time I couldn't afford to do it, but his old P4 rig is clinging to life.

Last year I was only able to purchase a GPU and Motherboard and today I ordered the final parts of this build, which are the following(including previously purchased graphics card and motherboard):

  1. ASRock 970 Extreme4
  2. Sapphire 5770
  3. Athlon II x4 640 (no L3 cache, but I doubt it will be a *major* performance hit; will use with box cooler)
  4. 2x2GB A-Data 1333Mhz(Cheap ram, but A-data are pretty much compatible with any board, and never had a problem where they didn't like the motherboard; I've had problems with one 1GB stick from A-data, but not a major problem)
  5. WD Blue 320GB SATA3(not sure of Caviar or not).
  6. PSU SEASONIC SS-520GB 520 watts (the interesting thing is, the place I got this one from had a 620w PSU for just over 10 bucks, but I had not seen it; regret it a little, but shouldn't be a big problem)


I will be using the box cooler, which unfortunately has a real problem with noise, the fan can go up to 4600RPM!! from my experience. Anyway, what do you think of this build? My nephew is not really the type to play the latest most demanding games, he usually plays Counter-Strike 1.6, a lot of flash games, the old F1 game(but he will want the newer one now).
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post #2 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by farmdve View Post

  • PSU SEASONIC SS-520GB 520 watts (the interesting thing is, the place I got this one from had a 620w PSU for just over 10 bucks, but I had not seen it; regret it a little, but shouldn't be a big problem)

Don't feel bad about that, super-cheap PSUs are 99% of the time crappy quality, that is they won't last. The SeaSonic you have should last MUCH longer. thumb.gif
 
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HDMI audio-out to HDTV HDTV optical-out to Denon AVR-200 reciever 
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post #3 of 13
good build for your money
he will be able to play sc2 cod games with that set up
post #4 of 13
It's a good budget build, but right now on newegg the amd phenom ii x4 955 black edition is the same price as that athlon after promo code.
post #5 of 13
Have you looked on here on OCN thier is a A6 3670K &mobo and ram for 180
post #6 of 13
Spreading builds out over months or years often leads to less than optimal results when new hardware availability is taken into consideration (especially if you run into DOA components which aren't discovered till long after the simple return policy), however, the machine will work pretty darn decent as is assuming all of the components work. You should not put any regret on the purchase of the smaller PSU. The machine planned will probably never even use half of chosen PSU's available power anyway, and a larger PSU would just have a higher idle power consumption.

Assuming you run the CPU near stock clocks, (within 10% or so), you can run cool-n-quite for the CPU fan. In my experience, the stock fan on a propus will only get noisy when you really start loading down 3-4 cores with a heavy task, like video encoding or something, otherwise, with typical gaming, the lower speeds of cool-n-quiet will do the job just fine without much noticeable noise at all.

Best regards,
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post #7 of 13
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Today I received all the parts and assembled it. Everything worked like a charm. I had a little trouble fitting in the mobo for a bit, but all is well.
Needless to say, UEFI is a whole new concept to me. I also do not plan to overclock, the PC must be stable for the next few years(long time in computer years considering the parts are already generations old).

Btw, the PSU was stone-heavy. Is that normal?
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post #8 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by farmdve View Post

Btw, the PSU was stone-heavy. Is that normal?
A heavier the PSU can imply higher quality; in particular cheap PSUs skimp out on the heatsinks.
 
HTPC
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File server
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Pentium G3258 @ 4.6GHz/1.281v (rock-solid stable) MSI Z97 PC Mate [media & productivity] Intel HD graphics [games] Diamond Radeon HD5870 1GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
4x4GB Corsair Vengance DDR3 @ 1800MHz 1.504v Crucial M500 480GB SSD RamDisk - adaptive 10GB volatile scratch LG Blu-ray drive 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Cooler Master X6 Elite with stock fan removed CPU fan: 120mm Arctic F12 PWM @ ~300rpm PSU fan: 120mm Kingwin case fan via PSU fan plug Windows 7 Ultimate - 64bit SP1 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
E772p CRT (Trinitron) @ 79-94hz 1152x864/1280x720 PS/2 Microsoft Internet Keyboard (replaced cord) Antec EA-380D (380w) with stock fan removed Logitech MX510 (blue) with replaced USB cord 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
White Monoprice 9963 IEM headphones [Left ear] LostEarBuds medium single-flange tip [Right ear] Unknown medium single-flange tip Asus Xonar DS 
AudioAudioAudio
Dual SOIC LME49990 DIP8 op amp [music] Foobar2000 + Xonar ASIO driver [games & movies] Razer Synapse 7.1ch to binaural 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo (Penryn) T8300 @ 2.4GHz Dell Studio 1535 Intel 965GMA 2GB 667MHz Samsung DDR2 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
1GB 667MHz Samsung DDR2 60GB Corsair Force 3 SSD Windows 7 64bit SP1 Toshiba 39L1350U HDTV 
KeyboardPowerMouseMouse Pad
Some USB wireless Logitech keyboard Rocketfish universial power adapter (my cousin's) Some USB wireless Logitech mouse couch 
AudioAudio
HDMI audio-out to HDTV HDTV optical-out to Denon AVR-200 reciever 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 3 @ 667MHz Some Intel mobo ATI Rage 128 AGP 32MB 2x256MB DDR1 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
1GB Sandisk CF card - boot drive Western Digital Caviar SE - 320GB IDE Maxtor - 200GB IDE RamDisk - adaptive 64MB viotle scratch 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Athlon XP 2000+ Palomino stock heatsink w/ copp... Windows 2000 Pro SP4 None - VNC is used instead Bestec ATX-250-12Z 
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Some super-basic beige case Intel PCI ethernet card Linksys PCI ethernet card 
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HTPC
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File server
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Pentium G3258 @ 4.6GHz/1.281v (rock-solid stable) MSI Z97 PC Mate [media & productivity] Intel HD graphics [games] Diamond Radeon HD5870 1GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
4x4GB Corsair Vengance DDR3 @ 1800MHz 1.504v Crucial M500 480GB SSD RamDisk - adaptive 10GB volatile scratch LG Blu-ray drive 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Cooler Master X6 Elite with stock fan removed CPU fan: 120mm Arctic F12 PWM @ ~300rpm PSU fan: 120mm Kingwin case fan via PSU fan plug Windows 7 Ultimate - 64bit SP1 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
E772p CRT (Trinitron) @ 79-94hz 1152x864/1280x720 PS/2 Microsoft Internet Keyboard (replaced cord) Antec EA-380D (380w) with stock fan removed Logitech MX510 (blue) with replaced USB cord 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
White Monoprice 9963 IEM headphones [Left ear] LostEarBuds medium single-flange tip [Right ear] Unknown medium single-flange tip Asus Xonar DS 
AudioAudioAudio
Dual SOIC LME49990 DIP8 op amp [music] Foobar2000 + Xonar ASIO driver [games & movies] Razer Synapse 7.1ch to binaural 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo (Penryn) T8300 @ 2.4GHz Dell Studio 1535 Intel 965GMA 2GB 667MHz Samsung DDR2 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
1GB 667MHz Samsung DDR2 60GB Corsair Force 3 SSD Windows 7 64bit SP1 Toshiba 39L1350U HDTV 
KeyboardPowerMouseMouse Pad
Some USB wireless Logitech keyboard Rocketfish universial power adapter (my cousin's) Some USB wireless Logitech mouse couch 
AudioAudio
HDMI audio-out to HDTV HDTV optical-out to Denon AVR-200 reciever 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 3 @ 667MHz Some Intel mobo ATI Rage 128 AGP 32MB 2x256MB DDR1 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
1GB Sandisk CF card - boot drive Western Digital Caviar SE - 320GB IDE Maxtor - 200GB IDE RamDisk - adaptive 64MB viotle scratch 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Athlon XP 2000+ Palomino stock heatsink w/ copp... Windows 2000 Pro SP4 None - VNC is used instead Bestec ATX-250-12Z 
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Some super-basic beige case Intel PCI ethernet card Linksys PCI ethernet card 
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post #9 of 13
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But I distinctly remember an article about cheap no-names PSUs where they actually added concrete blocks somewhere to make it heavy. Not implying Seasonic did that or anything.
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WD 640GB 16MB Cache LG DVD Drive Windows 7 64bit LG Flatron W2261VP-PF 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640GB 16MB Cache LG DVD Drive Windows 7 64bit LG Flatron W2261VP-PF 
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Superlux HD330 
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post #10 of 13
Is there any direct 11 games so I can justify getting a new card....GTX 660 SC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130826

I would have to upgrade power supply with this card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&RandomID=371171082322020120120926162745

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