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Friend wants me to put together something for him, but I really have no idea where to even start. He doesn't do much but some light gaming, mostly MMO stuff. Between that and Netflix, I wouldn't imagine it needing much power. Maybe a 5670 or a 5770?

I've already got a psu for him. His monitor is fine too, just need all the other basic stuff and win7. Would appreciate anything pointing me in the right direction.

Unfamiliar with AMD, so I'd rather stick to intel.

$500 max, but cheaper wouldn't break his heart at all.
post #2 of 11
AMD is the place to be, if you are going budget. Double performance per dollar
For light gaming, I'd recommend an Athlon, either Dual or Quad, depending on what you preffer. Dual will require only 65W mobo, which go really cheap, look for Asus or Gigabyte.
As of Intel, I'm no expert, but I know i3 does great in gaming and comes cheaper than the rest.
RAM- you don't need more than 4 gigs.
GPUs- if you find 5770 cheap, get that. 5670 is a futureless investment, while 5770 would pull off good few years until its unable to max games.
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AMD is the place to be, if you are going budget.
After googling, it appears that my AMD fears have been irrational. I just remember a friend of mine pulling some large block looking object with a bunch of pins all over the bottom out of his rig. He said it was his processor..then ended up bending one of those pins and being screwed.

But what I pulled up looks just like Intel CPU's..So is there even a difference?
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After googling, it appears that my AMD fears have been irrational. I just remember a friend of mine pulling some large block looking object with a bunch of pins all over the bottom out of his rig. He said it was his processor..then ended up bending one of those pins and being screwed.

But what I pulled up looks just like Intel CPU's..So is there even a difference?
In the high-price range ( i7, Phenom x6, etc.) Intel is faster (for now), about 1.5 times. (2 times, considering overclockability)

In the budget range, AMD is faster per $.
Meaning an Intel CPU with the same performance of 90$ AMD will const 150$ and above (just an example )
AMDs highest class CPUs can do highest class gaming.
I'm on a low-class CPU, Athlon II 260, 60$, and I can still play Crysis with great FPS.
So if you're on a tight budget, go AMD.

EDIT: I'll try to find some examples for you.
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EXAMPLE:
Budget class performance
Intel Core2 Duo E7400 @ 2.80GHz / PassMark Score -1919 / Price - 120$
AMD Athlon II x2 260 @ 3.20Ghz / PassMark Score - 1902 / Price - 69$

High class performance
Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.06Ghz / PassMark Score - 6352 / Price - 279$
AMD Phenom II 1090T @ 3.20Ghz / PassMark Score - 6301 / Price - 199$
Edited by ronnin426850 - 3/2/11 at 1:32am
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post #6 of 11
Heres a build I put together.



I included a PSU just in case the PSU you have isn't good enough to run the 5770.

You can also completely remove the GPU (and consequently the PSU) if you like and simply use onboard, or just downgrade.
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post #7 of 11
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I suppose I should've worded that a bit differently. What I expected these AMD cpu's to be, was this gnarly looking beastly thing with pins sticking out of the bottom..that plugs into some sort of socket. That's what this guy had, and it terrified me.

As far as price/performance, I've seen it pretty obvious that AMD is great. I may be moving my guts over to AMD if this e8400 ever bites the bullet or doesn't perform well enough for me.

GoTMaX, thanks. It looks pretty solid. The PSU I've got is a 530 Rosewill Green, a pretty solid piece that I used to run on when I had a 5770 myself. I'll definitely consider this build.
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How does this look? Left a bit extra for a case and shipping.

Edit: Oh, cool. Photobucket made it small and hard to read. 799x460? Really?
Edited by Vocality - 3/2/11 at 5:49am
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Originally Posted by Vocality View Post


How does this look? Left a bit extra for a case and shipping.

Edit: Oh, cool. Photobucket made it small and hard to read. 799x460? Really?
Bad mobo. This is DDR2 with slow HT.
This is way better for jsut 20$ more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...402R-_-Product

This is also good, and cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-669-_-Product
Edited by ronnin426850 - 3/2/11 at 6:05am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4460 AsRock H81M-DG4 Sapphire Rx470 Platinum KVR 1600 16Gb 
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2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
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Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
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Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
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Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
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Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
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post #10 of 11
My budget recommendation would be a Intel i3-550 for $99 at microcenter, a decent P55 motherboard for $75ish, and a GTS 450 for $95ish. Along with 4gb DDR3 RAM for $40, a DVD burner for $18, a power supply for $45, a 1tb hard drive for $50, and a case for $37 (and a free operating system) you can get a quality build for $460.
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