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Quick background: I work as an IT consultant. Yesterday afternoon a client brought in her son's "gaming" pc. It wouldnt boot, thats all her son told her. Long story short we pull it apart and theres soda residue and sticky gunk everywhere. Mobo and PSU are fried. She asked if I could build a new cheap rig and this is what I came up with.


So I spent an hour price hunting on Frys and Microcenter (both are 10min in different directions from my work). Ended up taking the Microcenter route this time for everything.

Parts I picked up:

AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE
Biostar A780L
4GB Crucial Ballistix
550W BFG PSU
Super cheap LinkDepot case
Zotac 9400GT (they wanted another one to replace his old one, plus it was $37 and can play wow)

We reused his HD and DVD Burner. He also got a Vista liscense from his MSDNAA so that significantly cut costs.

Below are the build pics, sorry they arent the best. Bad lighting plus I used my EVO for pics.











Jackpot! CPU unlocked to a x4 w/o any needed voltage. Ignore the HP crap, I hadnt reinstalled his OS yet.


All in all a fun build. I am still a bit blown away by how cheap you can build a gaming pc, just a bit more cash for a 5770 and it will be solid.
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man, that's a GOOD BUILD and looks simple but probably works great for gaming!
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Wow, thats really good for the price!
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the 760g chipset boards are great, I have built 2 on the AII 250 and that board that rocK!
the AII 250 is even a sick lil chip too ! performs almost like 1 e8400 stock and does 4ghz
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after seeing this i feel sad when people waste money and spend 4k on a build solely for gaming (yes there was a thread about this earlier)
    
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Great build! When did you pick up the cpu/mobo combo at Micro Center though b/c they are also offering 785GE boards free with select AMD processors including the Phenom 2 555.
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Originally Posted by fssbzz View Post
man, that's a GOOD BUILD and looks simple but probably works great for gaming!
Yeah, if I have time I may play around with it a bit. Maybe drop my 5850 in there to get a feel for it.

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Originally Posted by projectx7 View Post
Wow, thats really good for the price!
I was shocked how well it performs for the price.

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Originally Posted by D.J.S. View Post
the 760g chipset boards are great, I have built 2 on the AII 250 and that board that rocK!
the AII 250 is even a sick lil chip too ! performs almost like 1 e8400 stock and does 4ghz
I have another one of these biostar boards with an AII 250. Picked the combo up for $50 at frys one weekend a few months back. I cant say I have tried overclocking it yet. Its more of a HTPC anyways.

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Originally Posted by ninjaburrito View Post
after seeing this i feel sad when people waste money and spend 4k on a build solely for gaming (yes there was a thread about this earlier)
Yeah I overspent on my i7 920 rig when I built it. I later sold off both of the GTX285s and have rotated parts around. I think we all get cought up on benchmarks and fast parts. This build was a smack to the face for me. A good reminder of the solid bang for the buck rigs I used to game on.

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Great build! When did you pick up the cpu/mobo combo at Micro Center though b/c they are also offering 785GE boards free with select AMD processors including the Phenom 2 555.
I picked it all up today. I almost went with the 785 but the fine print said $20 MIR on the website I think. I hate dealing with those rebates. Plus I have this board in another rig and knew it was solid.
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2x Kingston HyperX 3K RAID 0 Seagate USB 3.0 External Drive Thermalright Venomous X Windows 10 Pro x64 
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3x 22" Dell Ultrasharp Corsair CX500 
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amd a10-7700k ASrock FM2A88M-HD+ Corsair Dominator 2x2GB Toshiba 
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