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A good friend asked me to build a pc for his girlfriend who is a gamer for christmas. He had $550. She mostly plays wow but likes rpg's and is stoked for diablo 3, duke nukem, and deusEX.

EDIT: Forgot to add the biggest one! RIFT!

How did I do?




SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152244
$42.99


AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGIBOX
Item #: N82E16819103702
$99.00

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128451
Standard Return Policy
$78.99

EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130562
$169.99

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118039
$16.99

CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-500CX 500W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139018
$59.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231277
$54.99

APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811154095
$19.99

Subtotal$526.94
Tax$0.00
UPS 3 DAYS$15.09
Order Total$542.03
Edited by killeraxemannic - 12/22/10 at 12:37am
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real good. ticks the checkmarks of a cheap gaming PC, namely a 460 class card and a cheap Athlon II
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post #3 of 29
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Anything on the list that is sub par?
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post #4 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post
A good friend asked me to build a pc for his girlfriend who is a gamer for christmas. He had $550. She mostly plays wow but likes rpg's and is stoked for diablo 3, duke nukem, and deusEX.
His girlfriend is a gamer? Lucky him? hahaha
post #5 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post
Anything on the list that is sub par?
The motherboard is kind of outdated.... But that wont make too much difference
post #6 of 29
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Klinkey View Post
His girlfriend is a gamer? Lucky him? hahaha
Hahahaha yep.... mine is too! His girl hooked us up and I hooked her up with him! We are all gonna have such nerdy kids hahahahaha
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post #7 of 29
Honestly, get a phenom x3 instead of the athalon x4. L3 cash really is important. People in general tend to underestimate the importance of cache on a CPU. Gaming especially makes great use of cache (Game data tends to be highly temporally and spatially proximal).

Edit: Also, splurge on the HDD. Spend like 15 bucks more (really it's like eating lunch out once) and get a 1 TB drive. It will be much faster and you won't fill it as fast. I have like 200gb of just games on my computer.
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Originally Posted by Klinkey View Post
The motherboard is kind of outdated.... But that wont make too much difference
Well it was the cheapest full size motherboard that was from a good manufacturer that I could find. Thats why I picked it.... I don't stray far away from asus and gigabyte.....
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post #9 of 29
Cheaper motherboard that will accomplish the same tasks, and get pretty good reviews:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-290-_-Product

1GB version of 460. Costs $10 more, and it is worth it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127518

The Corsair CX500 is bad news bears. Antec Neo Eco 520W to the rescue!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-030-_-Product
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post #10 of 29
Looks good, but here's what I would change:
AMD 6850 for only $10 more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-348-_-Product

Spinpoint F3 500GB HDD ($3 more):
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...6MB-Hard-Drive

Get the PSU posted above instead of that corsair.

Also, make sure to look through the combo deals, here's the same CPU+Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.572355
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