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Hi,

I'm looking to build a budget PC since I just gave away my Gateway SX2800 to my brother. I wanted to see what CPU/MOBO people would recommend. Should I wait until sandy bridge is release so other CPU drops in price or should i just go with AMD cpu's?


I will need the following parts since I already have a SAPPHIRE 100252HDMI Radeon HD 4550 and 1 TB WD hard drive laying around. I also have Window 7 and Mac os disc.

Im looking to order from amazon since I have prime account and there is no tax but I live near a fry's and micro center if there is a better deal.

PC will be use for light gaming.


Parts needed.

CPU
MOBO
RAM
CASE
Power supply
DVD burner

thanks
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350? Definitely AMD
    
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amd! for sure.
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Wait until Sandy Bridge drops prices on AMD CPUs.
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I see some AMD bundle from Microcenter with free mobo. which chip set should i go with?


any sugguestion?
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post #6 of 15

CPU:

($80)
MOBO: ($70)
RAM: ($50)
CASE: ($60)
PSU: ($70)
DVD: any $20 or less

If you're getting a MicroCenter bundle, stick to AMD chipsets, preferrably newer ones: 870, 880G, 890GX, 890FX. You could also go with 770 or 785G chipsets. You'd probably want to get a board with 2600MHz Hyper Transport.

Biggest bottleneck for gaming is your HD 4550 GPU. Unfortunately, given your budget, you'd probably have to delay replacing it. You could skimp on the other parts to buy a GPU now, but imho, you're better off building a good base which can handle some GPU upgrades down the line.
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post #7 of 15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2 GHz ($80)
MOBO: MSI 870-G45 ($70)
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x2GB DDR3 1333 ($50)
CASE: Antec Three Hundred ($60)
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W ($70)
DVD: any $20 or less

If you're getting a MicroCenter bundle, stick to AMD chipsets, preferrably newer ones: 870, 880G, 890GX, 890FX. You could also go with 770 or 785G chipsets. You'd probably want to get a board with 2600MHz Hyper Transport.

Biggest bottleneck for gaming is your HD 4550 GPU. Unfortunately, given your budget, you'd probably have to delay replacing it. You could skimp on the other parts to buy a GPU now, but imho, you're better off building a good base which can handle some GPU upgrades down the line.
Thanks for the info. HD4550 CPU was for my SX2800 Gateway which only took lowprofile cards.
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post #8 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by brianfast View Post
Wait until Sandy Bridge drops prices on AMD CPUs.
All everybody says is "wait til this, wait til that" enough waiting, just buy amd now

Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2 GHz ($80)
MOBO: MSI 870-G45 ($70)
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x2GB DDR3 1333 ($50)
CASE: Antec Three Hundred ($60)
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W ($70)
DVD: any $20 or less

IMO change the power supply to a corsair 600w, get a cheaper case, and with that savings you can buy a Phenom ii X2 555 and unlock it to a quad just like I did with that same motherboard




http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139019
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231274
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103846
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147144
Edited by teajayyy - 12/28/10 at 3:49pm
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post #9 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by bored7one4 View Post
I see some AMD bundle from Microcenter with free mobo. which chip set should i go with?


any sugguestion?
I got my brother the Athlong X4 that was for like 99 bucks. I would recommend that now which i think is like 5 c heaper and now you got the option to pay 10 bucks and get a better mobo.

edit: This one http://cart.microcenter.com/cart.aspx is supposed to be 105.99, 95.99 cpu and 10 mobo upgrade bundle.
Edited by Sodalink - 12/28/10 at 3:47pm
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post #10 of 15
Budget build = AMD

No question about it.
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