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Ok so I've had the same system for six years making minor upgrades to it here and there but now i finally have the opportunity to build a new system with a max budget of 600$

i actually had this stuff ordered but then I remembered this site and canceled it knowing y'all could give me some tips on better parts for performance and etc.

The main use of this computer will be hardcore gaming (5 or more hours at a time) on Dx10 games along with WoW War 3 TfT And CS;S



Mobo - MSI K9A2 CF-F AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail 89.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130138
(im not really happy with this mobo choice but I put this build together fairly quickly i was hopping somebody could suggest a better one under 175$)

Tower - RAIDMAX Smilodon Extreme Black ATX-612WEB SECC STEEL ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 74.99 + comes with 25$ Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156078
(I love this case i plan on dropping a pci slot cooler and a uv cathode ray in it
)

Cpu Cooler - GIGABYTE GH-PDU22-SC EVR Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835128012
(I've heard this does a pretty decent job at cooling but im sure someone will sugest alot better)

Cpu - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103194
(im going with he black edition for obvious oc'ing reasons this things a beast from what ive heard (considering it has its on 52 page post on this site xD)

PSU - Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL L 550W SLI Ready-ATX12V V2.01 Dual Fans Power Supply 115/230 V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182030
(i don't really like this psu but it was cost efficent and seemed to get the job done the blue leds will throw the green scheme off doh)

Video card - SAPPHIRE Toxic 100225TXSR Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102732
(I have plans on getting another one of these later this year and running crossfire with them)

Hard drive Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148136
(for 80 bucks I think this is a pretty bad ass deal)

memory OCZ Technology, Inc. News Room
OCZ Reaper HPC 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227239
(best mix of economy and performance i could find im going to get the same make but in 2 gig sticks later this year)

so yeah i know it needs some better parts on the psu and mobo im pretty sure the rest is good doh
post #2 of 54
you got all of that under 600??? wow that's amazing really. first off welcome to OCN and it's really nice to hear that you canceled your own order just to get our help, means alot.. ok on with the build

that is actually a decent board, cpu, and ram, video combination for a AMD(no intel buggers please!) system. but i would recommend you to get 2 x 2 gigs of ram you can follow the ocz route also that will be under $100, video is perfectly fine. please avoid rosewill as much as possible IMHO. id recommend you to get a pc power and cooling 500w psu that is just under $100.

now with all of that you could oc easily to 3.2ghz with that cpu, but that's for a different part if this forum .

now with the intel you can get a intel pentium e2180 i think if that's the model not sure(help with that cheap overclockable intel chip....). and a you can get a nice dfi, or asus p35 board to bundle with it...

overall everything is fine, just if you would go with a amd based mobo and cpu or a intel based mobo and cpu. its up to you. but id recommend the ram and psu that i mentioned earlier. good luck!

EDIT: the case and accessories of course is your own opinion... and my opinion is go with the amd solution!!!
Edited by bucdan - 6/3/08 at 7:45pm
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Haha yes I caught some items in the middle of good deals (free shipping promo code on case recent price drop on cpu etc etc.)

well im going amd for sure I wouldn't be able to live with my self if i went intel quite frankly

ocz route? im guessing its better for ocing so if thats the case ill get the same ram but in 2x2 gig stick form and im looking for a new psu I forgot the cpu is 65w so i dont need as much psu power ill go look again with lower standards this time

thanks for the input
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After doing some more looking i found a psu that was cheaper, put out more power, and had modular cable support

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817152028

that should do the job right?
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I suppose it WOULD do the job...but I'd go with a name brand (that's just me)

Corsair 620HX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9002&Tpk=620HX
Antec 550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103941

For PSUs, you get exactly what you pay for. (If you skimp on it, you'll regret it.)
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thanks for the feed back
I decided to change my cpu fan+heat sink to ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail

apparently people are getting nice low temps with it
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why not intel?
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why not intel?
lol as i thought someone would say it sooner or later lol

but as for the ocz part, i was only considering it since you had identical in your choices before...and yea it is true that you cant skimp on psu's. id really recommend thermaltake, corsair, antec, and pc power and cooling or ocz really(same company as pc power and cooling...ocz runs them). either than those choices i cant really offer you much...if your looking for modular as everyoen wants to be organized as i understand, antec has a few, just have to look for them.
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That Gigabyte CPU cooler sucks.

Try this one (best price/performance ratio you'll find):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134


Ignore that advice if the CPU you're getting is AMD...

Perhaps this would work instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185125
Edited by Xombie - 6/3/08 at 9:55pm
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118223 so should i go with the zalman (wich is like 26$ off right now) or the

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185125 artic wich also looks like a pretty good cooler?

and ill look into those antec psu's
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