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You get a rep for that remark.. You are so right, Me either.
Eh, didn't think it was that big of a deal

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Originally Posted by CreepyDan View Post
Ok, this comes out to 382 shipped for me, and it has a full atx board. You can change the case to your liking to save some money as well.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=19717967

Not to mention I built this for a friend and threw in a 450 with no issues, but you're more than welcome to swap the PSU to a beefier unit.
Nice I think Imma refer this one over, solid looking man, will probably make small if no changes at all thanks again.

I could probably give him my old old old video card to get him up and running, so that isn't really too big of a deal
Edited by bucdan - 3/5/11 at 6:25pm
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Let's say he is a fairly broke guy (just doesn't justify the $ to go higher for this build), so this is going to be a universal computer.

Nothing crazy in gaming such as CSS, TF2, and BC2 at low settings probably.

Basic productivity of typing on MS word, listening to music, surfing the net, movies etc. The basic mainstream person really. Multithreaded apps, not likely.
Okay, then. This will offer great processing power and the ability to run most games in medium settings while not skimping on anything:

Asus DVD+RW Drive: $19

HEC Blitz Case: $40

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB: $40

AsRock M3A770DE Motherboard: $60

Sapphire Radeon HD 4650: $49

Antec EA-380 380W PSU: $45

G.Skill NS 4GB RAM: $40

AMD Athlon II X4 645 CPU: $100

Subtotal: $393
Total: $409
    
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Okay, then. This will offer great processing power and the ability to run most games in medium settings while not skimping on anything:

Asus DVD+RW Drive: $19

HEC Blitz Case: $40

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB: $40

AsRock M3A770DE Motherboard: $60

Sapphire Radeon HD 4650: $49

Antec EA-380 380W PSU: $45

G.Skill NS 4GB RAM: $40

AMD Athlon II X4 645 CPU: $100

Subtotal: $393
Total: $409
I've been looking at making builds around that cpu also, the other option is just not adding the dvd drive at all, could probably get one some other time. Overall the build is similar to what I was listing.
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I've been looking at making builds around that cpu also, the other option is just not adding the dvd drive at all, could probably get one some other time. Overall the build is similar to what I was listing.
Not really. TigerDirect skimped horribly on the PSU, the GPU, the HDD, and the case.

The Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 and LP series are hugely known for having a firmware problem that renders them completely unusable within a short time. That PSU is crap; no other way to put it. The GPU is crap, too. The Radeon HD 4650, while not a powerhouse, is easily 4x faster. The case, IMO, makes me want to throw up. It's not well made, it looks bad, and it offers little features.

I think the build I posted is much more balanced and didn't skimp on anything.
    
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Not really. TigerDirect skimped horribly on the PSU, the GPU, the HDD, and the case.

The Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 and LP series are hugely known for having a firmware problem that renders them completely unusable within a short time. That PSU is crap; no other way to put it. The GPU is crap, too. The Radeon HD 4650, while not a powerhouse, is easily 4x faster. The case, IMO, makes me want to throw up. It's not well made, it looks bad, and it offers little features.

I think the build I posted is much more balanced and didn't skimp on anything.
Yeah, I pushed all of the builds to him, it's just up to him.

When I said the one I listed, I meant the setup I made on my own as a wishlist
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Yeah, I pushed all of the builds to him, it's just up to him.

When I said the one I listed, I meant the setup I made on my own as a wishlist
Oh, okay. I see. Well, I hope he chooses mine.
    
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How about this:

Phenom II X4 955 + Biostar 880G mobo

Patriot 1600-9-9-9 2x2GB kit

ThermalTake 430W PSU

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB

Apex mid-tower case (comes with 2x120m fans)

Optical Drive

Apply Promo Code: EMCKGKJ88

$397 shipped.

Just use onboard GPU for now. If/when your friend wants to play games, drop a GT450 or 5750/5770 or something similar in there.

This build is leaps and bounds better than the tiger-direct thing, even without the dedicated GPU. A G210 is practically pointless anyways, it's only maybe 50% faster than integrated GPUs these days anyways. Which still isn't going to be fast enough to make it useful for anything intensive so it doesn't matter.

If you want to save some more money on the build, the same mobo is available in combos with other CPUs, like the propus 640 and 840. Those CPUs would work just fine also and save you about $30-35.

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Save even more money with the following:

Propus 640 + Biostar 880G

Patriot 1333-9-9-9 2x2GB

ThermalTake 430W

Seagate 500GB

Apex mid-tower case (comes with 2x120m fans)

Optical Drive

That's $345 shipped.

Eric
Edited by mdocod - 3/5/11 at 9:29pm
     
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post #28 of 54
No Biostar 880G board would be 125W ready.

I've decided to take a slightly different stance with today's suggestion despite this supposed to be a low budget build. The best parts you could get for about exactly $400 in quality/price are:
x4 645 - $100
Biostar A880G + Lancool K58W - $120
Corsair XMS3 1600 CL9 + Corsair CX-500 - $99, $64 AR after promo EMCKGKG26
F3 1TB - $55
LITE-ON 24X - $23 shipped after promo

Total: $397 shipped, $362 AR

EDIT: Apparently x4 645 cheaper than 640, added that
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/5/11 at 10:58pm
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are you going to be playing any games? cause those GPUs cant really handle anything, proboly some CSS only
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OB: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 12+7sh = $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16827135204R

LOGISYS Computer CS308RD Red / Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Power Supply 45+10sh = $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811148048

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

HIS H545H1G Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161322

Patriot Signature 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PSD34G1600K $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220567

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
combo $189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.613760

Grand Total: $422.69
-10mir on the gpu = $412.69

a little over budget
you can take the f3 from xd's build, to save some more
Edited by ffejrxx - 3/6/11 at 12:42am
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