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Hello everybody. Well, I am Vietnamese student, and I come here to study. First I am sorry if someone do not understand my English
. I would like to build an AMD system for gaming. I have Lcd, Psu OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W, hdd, and case to put everything inside it. The only thing I really don't know which is the good budget for overclocking with air. My budget is around $200 for motherboard, vga, and memory. Well, I can go over $200, but I need to limit the after rebate price is around $200 for them.
1-Can you give me some recommendation about overclocking motherboards with good price/performance?
2-Somebody want to sell AM2 3800+ 2g4 include heat sink fanfor me only $10. Do you think it is a good deal?
3-I decide to buy an Ati 3850 or Nvidia 9600gso. Do you have other one better than it?
4-Should I buy 2x1GB memory or 2x2GB?
 

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Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813138128R

Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814127339R

That's a pretty inexpensive system that should be able to handle plenty of games.

And, later in the future you can get another 3850 or 3870 and crossfire them to make your system last a little bit longer.
I appreciate your help, but I don't know about open box item in Newegg. Do you know about the warranty time for open box item? Next, I see on newegg's description mentioned about open box item that sometime they do not have some accessories, so I don't think this is a good motherboard.
 

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the only thing missing from open box motherboard stuff is the back plate for the case (where all the connectors are like usb/ethernet/ps2) and some plugs like SATA and IDE cables. if you ever need any of these parts (which you really don't), i believe biostar, like asus gives you the ability to buy them from their website (not sure though).

open box is really the best way to get stuff for cheap/good quality. more than often i believe it is an item that somebody returned because they didn't know how to set it up correctly, and if it is doa, you can send it back.

however, that processor does NOT have a heatsink fan (HSF), did you mean that your friend is giving you the processor and the HSF for 10$ because that is awesome. if not, definitely get the 5400+, i can attest to it's great performance for a low cost.
 

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You probably don't need 4gb of ram.
This stuff is a little cheaper, and will be fine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098

This is a nice mobo, and is brand new.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186141

This card is $20 more than the 3850 after the rebate, and it is so much faster it isn't even funny
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131129

That puts you at $202.97 for mobo, vga, and ram.

The CPU suggested is great.
You also may want to try one of these:
Phenom x3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103254
Athlonx2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103211

Note: The above two CPUs come with a Heatsink.
The 5400+ does not, and will have to be purchased separately.

The motherboard has integrated graphics (an HD 3200), so if you need to save money you can use that for now, and buy a dedicated graphics card later.

I would suggest waiting until November 28th before you buy anything. That's Black Friday, and there will be many many fantastic sales.
 

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You probably don't need 4gb of ram.
This stuff is a little cheaper, and will be fine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098

This is a nice mobo, and is brand new.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186141

This card is $20 more than the 3850 after the rebate, and it is so much faster it isn't even funny
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131129

That puts you at $202.97 for mobo, vga, and ram.

The CPU suggested is great.
You also may want to try one of these:
Phenom x3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103254
Athlonx2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103211

Note: The above two CPUs come with a Heatsink.
The 5400+ does not, and will have to be purchased separately.

The motherboard has integrated graphics (an HD 3200), so if you need to save money you can use that for now, and buy a dedicated graphics card later.

I would suggest waiting until November 28th before you buy anything. That's Black Friday, and there will be many many fantastic sales.

Sorry, I can go up to some bucks and then get back money. I mean $200 for after rebate price
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To my knowledge about overclock, most of motherboard has integrated video graphic card are not good at oc. Well, I have came to USA for 5 months and found this website. I am really excited about overclock, so I need to find a good price/performance motherboard to try to overclock by my self
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Probably, I will wait until that day.

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the only thing missing from open box motherboard stuff is the back plate for the case (where all the connectors are like usb/ethernet/ps2) and some plugs like SATA and IDE cables. if you ever need any of these parts (which you really don't), i believe biostar, like asus gives you the ability to buy them from their website (not sure though).

open box is really the best way to get stuff for cheap/good quality. more than often i believe it is an item that somebody returned because they didn't know how to set it up correctly, and if it is doa, you can send it back.

however, that processor does NOT have a heatsink fan (HSF), did you mean that your friend is giving you the processor and the HSF for 10$ because that is awesome. if not, definitely get the 5400+, i can attest to it's great performance for a low cost.

Thank you very much about your information. I did some research and found that AMD x2 processors have a lot of code name. Do you know which is the good performance to oc?
 

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the 3800x2, which from what i read you are getting from your friend should work fine.

but, you did not mention what socket it was. guessing from how cheap your friend is giving it to you, it might be a socket 939 x2?
 

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the 3800x2, which from what i read you are getting from your friend should work fine.

but, you did not mention what socket it was. guessing from how cheap your friend is giving it to you, it might be a socket 939 x2?

Oh no. Actually it is single core AMD 3800+ socket AM2 2g4, and I don't know about the overclocking potential of it.
 
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