Originally Posted by BadAssClocker;12939850
i am building a new rig for a friend budget is 500 bucks
currently have chosen
Phenom II x4 955 be
radeon hd 5670
kingston valuse ram 4gb 1066mhz
Diablotek 650-Watt ATX Power Supply PHD650
Cooler Master Hyper N520
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS (500gb)
this build is for mild gaming and video editing
so quick questions:
1. i am a tad over budget and suggests for cheaper part that are better or of equal value?
If most of what he's gonna be doing is video editing and mild gaming, he should save money and get a lower end Phenom II X4. Gaming performance can be boosted by getting a better GPU than a Radeon HD 5670, and by getting the lower-priced Phenom you can put more towards that. The NZXT M59, at its current price in Newegg, is WAY too expensive for the features it has.
I suggest this:Asus DVD+RW Drive
: $20HEC Blitz Black Case
: $40Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
: $40AsRock M3A770DE Motherboard
: $60XFX GeForce GTS 250
: $95Antec EA-430D 430W PSU
: $50Team Xtreem Dark 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
: $45AMD Phenom II X4 820
: $95Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Cooler
This is a much better build than the original. The CPU is the Phenom II X4 820 which, unlike the 840 and the Athlon II X4, is based on the Deneb die and has L3 cache. The 820 has 4MB of L3 cache, but it's guaranteed to unlock to the full 6MB. With that, gaming and editing performance will be exactly the same if the CPU is clocked at 3.2GHz and you can go higher than that with the Hyper TX3. That should allow you to reach around 3.6GHz safely. The motherboard is one of the few good quality budget boards and is much better than the MSI that was posted and Gigabyte you posted. The Power Supply, while it may be rated at a lower wattage than the Diablotek, can output much more power reliably and is much higher-quality. The PSU shouldn't have to output more than 300W even if the system is over-clocked, so you have a good headroom. The RAM, while it may be just as good as the Kingston when it comes to reliability, will run at higher frequency and give a bit more performance. Best of all, the GeForce GTS 250 is a whooping 40% faster than the Radeon HD 5670 so he will get much better performance there when he games.