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A friend is needing a new, low cost gaming desktop that will be playing WoW and other relatively modern games (at medium to low settings). I believe he also needs monitor, not sure yet, but budget sans monitor is $400. So what do you guy suggest for $400 or slightly higher (obviously will take MIR into consideration). Really need to be as low budget as possible.

CHANGES PROPOSED:

AMD CPU/mobo combo at Microcenter (free or $10 AMD mobos with certain AMD CPU purchase, Athlon II quad-core, 965 not recommended to be used with those mobos)

PSU (diff one or buy Case+PSU combo here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119217)

HDD to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

RAM to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220436

Also add cd/dvd drive.

Here's what a few of my buddies and I originally came up with:
budgetbuild.jpg

$438 with $60 of MIR should bring final total to $378. (edit: add $20 for cd/dvd drive which we forgot, so total is $398 after MIR)

How can we go even cheaper without losing anymore performance or increase performance by swapping to other parts of about equal price?

Thanks all!

edit: oops forgot a CD/DVD drive, so chalk up $20 to that.
Edited by nist7 - 2/18/11 at 8:28am
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Athlon x4 +M4A78LT-M LE 106$
CM Case+CM PSU 80$ shipped (cable managment , bottom mounted PSU)
HDD Seagate 500GB 40$
Ram Team 4GB 1600Mhz 45$
GPU 130$ (-30$ MIR)
total 400$ , 370$ AR
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DEFINITELY EVERYTHING BUT THAT RAM.
There is absolutely no way I'm letting you get something rated 1333 CL9 1.65V, it doesn't matter what price it just absolutely can't happen.
Try going with another $39 or so generic kit if you absolutely need RAM to be at that price. Otherwise I recommend this $47, $37 AR kit
post #4 of 15
You guys are still missing the Optical Drive for discs, those cost from $20-$120 depending on the quality, the rewriting speed, and the type of discs it reads.
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Optical drive? What's that? I think mine's broken.

Edit: Do I care?
    
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Originally Posted by RabbitGT;12433244 
Athlon x4 +M4A78LT-M LE 106$
CM Case+CM PSU 80$ shipped (cable managment , bottom mounted PSU)
HDD Seagate 500GB 40$
Ram Team 4GB 1600Mhz 45$
GPU 130$ (-30$ MIR)
total 400$ , 370$ AR

Nice! Forgot about the microcenter AMD combo deals! Great catch!

Also very good deal on the case + PSU. But is that PSU good/reliable though?

Regards to the HDD, we've heard that there were some issues with those Seagate HDDs? Hence we opted to go a bit more expensive and get the F3.

Agreed on the GPU.

Will definitely look at RAM.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771;12433250 
DEFINITELY EVERYTHING BUT THAT RAM.
There is absolutely no way I'm letting you get something rated 1333 CL9 1.65V, it doesn't matter what price it just absolutely can't happen.
Try going with another $39 or so generic kit if you absolutely need RAM to be at that price. Otherwise I recommend this $47, $37 AR kit

Wow thanks alot! Not too sure on RAM department but it seems not all cheap RAM are created equal. Will DEFINITELY look into your recommendation. Also looks like I need to do some more reading on RAM...
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Originally Posted by charlie97;12433267 
You guys are still missing the Optical Drive for discs, those cost from $20-$120 depending on the quality, the rewriting speed, and the type of discs it reads.

Ya I'll have to edit the build to reflect some changes.

Thanks alot everyone for the input.
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Didn't Guru say the tr2's had stability problems?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nist7;12433353 
Nice! Forgot about the microcenter AMD combo deals! Great catch!

Also very good deal on the case + PSU. But is that PSU good/reliable though?

Regards to the HDD, we've heard that there were some issues with those Seagate HDDs? Hence we opted to go a bit more expensive and get the F3.

that CM PSU is gonna be more reliable then the thermaltake in the original build thats for sure , and seagate HDDs are very reliable and they have same raiting on newegg as samsungs or WDs ...
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Originally Posted by goobergump;12433393 
Didn't Guru say the tr2's had stability problems?

Good point. The original build was thrown quickly together and I still need to do some more research on the PSU.
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Originally Posted by RabbitGT;12433403 
that CM PSU is gonna be more reliable then the thermaltake in the original build thats for sure , and seagate HDDs are very reliable and they have same raiting on newegg as samsungs or WDs ...

Good to know on both accounts. Thanks for advice.

Looks like will be changing this build quite a bit. And with the microcenter's AMD cpu/mobo deal, we can basically upgrade to a Phenom II X4 965 for just a tad bit more! ($120 total on newegg, microcenter has $150 cpu/mobo deals)
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post #10 of 15
This is a low budget build so it looks good with latest changes. Also, in with price range, you can take a look at the Corsair 500cx, similar to the TR2 (the weakest series in thermaltake).
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