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Hi All,

The last build I did was 7 years ago and I haven't paid much attention since, so now I have no clue what to look for to build a new rig. What I'd like to end up with is a decent setup for web development and gaming (Planetside, Battlefield 3). I've never had a system that could run games on highest settings, and don't expect to with this one, but I don't want to run them on the lowest settings either. My main limitation is going to be budget, which I've set at $450.

If possible I'd like to cannibalize what I can from the dead rig. Here's what I have left:

Case: Antec 902 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
PSU: Antec SP-450 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103936
ODD: HP DVD1140 w/Litescribe - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827140032
External HDD: WD Mybook Essential 1TB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136747
OS: Win7 32bit Home
Monitors: Dell 20" and Viewsonic 17"

Given my needs and the old parts above, what kind of config would you guys put together for $450 or less?

Thanks!
 

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i would say go for an i5 and mATX mobo. get a last gen Nvidia GTX 500 series.. you can find great deals from guys here on the market place.
 

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Hi All,

The last build I did was 7 years ago and I haven't paid much attention since, so now I have no clue what to look for to build a new rig. What I'd like to end up with is a decent setup for web development and gaming (Planetside, Battlefield 3). I've never had a system that could run games on highest settings, and don't expect to with this one, but I don't want to run them on the lowest settings either. My main limitation is going to be budget, which I've set at $450.

If possible I'd like to cannibalize what I can from the dead rig. Here's what I have left:

Case: Antec 902 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
PSU: Antec SP-450 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103936
ODD: HP DVD1140 w/Litescribe - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827140032
External HDD: WD Mybook Essential 1TB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136747
OS: Win7 32bit Home
Monitors: Dell 20" and Viewsonic 17"

Given my needs and the old parts above, what kind of config would you guys put together for $450 or less?

Thanks!
That is a toughie. BTW, without know the resolution of your monitors (e.g. 1024x768, 1920x1080), it's hard to pick the right graphics card for you. I'll assume 1920x1080 for this build. Here's a list with estimated retail prices:

CPU: Intel i5-3470 $190 ($150 if within driving distance of a Microcenter)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H $75
RAM: 2x2GB 1.5v DDR3-1600 $30 (prices vary daily, hard to pick a given model)
GPU: Radeon 7850 1GB $170 (prices vary daily, hard to pick a given model)

Hope this helps...
 

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while the PSU will work for most mid range gpus at this point, it would probably be worth upgrading since its an old unit.

everything else is still relevent.

I'd rock an ivy I3 or non k I5 if you don't want to oc or an FX6300 if you would like to, and a 970a ud3 mobo.
8gb DDR3 cuz a 64 bit upgrade for win 7 is free and the increased cost is like ~$10

an SSD will not improve gaming fps but would improve overall satisfaction. 60-120gbs can be had for cheap if you look hard enough.

7850
 

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I would replace that PSU for sure. Says you have an external so I went ahead and put a 500GB internal with this.
Intel $450 build

ASUS P8B75-M LX PLUS 69.99
Intel Pentium G2010 Ivy Bridge 2.8GHz 74.99
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 47.99
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 59.99
G.SKILL (2 x 2GB) F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT 28.99
HIS H785F1G2M Radeon HD 7850 164.99
total 446.94

AMD $450 build

ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ 69.99
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 79.99
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 47.99
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 59.99
G.SKILL (2 x 2GB) F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT 28.99
HIS H785F1G2M Radeon HD 7850 164.99
total 451.94

Prices from newegg.
 

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Thanks for the replies so far. Here's a bit on additional info:

Displays:

My monitors currently max at 1680x1050 (20" Dell) and 1280x1024 (17" Viewsonic). They're old monitors and most likely I'll probably end up replacing the 17" with a new one like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059. But I'm leaving that out of the budget at the moment.

Overclocking:

As for overclocking, I'm thinking I probably will want to go that route. I'm not savvy about OC'ing but from what I've seen on this site it sounds like the AMD FX-6300 is the way to go for my budget. Would that be correct?

SSD:

I'm also interested in SSD. One thing I cannot stand is wait times, so I dig responsiveness. Would I still need an internal HDD for storage or would I be okay loading frequently used programs and games onto the SSD and general data and occasionally used software onto the external 1TB HDD? Would that cause any problems or degrade performance in any way?

Budget::

I think I can probably throw another $50 into the budget to make it an even $500.

So how do things look with the above info added? Please let me know if at some point I should move this to the AMD forum or not.

Thanks!
 

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Originally Posted by srfdntchk View Post

Thanks for the replies so far. Here's a bit on additional info:

Displays:

My monitors currently max at 1680x1050 (20" Dell) and 1280x1024 (17" Viewsonic). They're old monitors and most likely I'll probably end up replacing the 17" with a new one like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059. But I'm leaving that out of the budget at the moment.

Overclocking:

As for overclocking, I'm thinking I probably will want to go that route. I'm not savvy about OC'ing but from what I've seen on this site it sounds like the AMD FX-6300 is the way to go for my budget. Would that be correct?

SSD:

I'm also interested in SSD. One thing I cannot stand is wait times, so I dig responsiveness. Would I still need an internal HDD for storage or would I be okay loading frequently used programs and games onto the SSD and general data and occasionally used software onto the external 1TB HDD? Would that cause any problems or degrade performance in any way?

Budget::

I think I can probably throw another $50 into the budget to make it an even $500.

So how do things look with the above info added? Please let me know if at some point I should move this to the AMD forum or not.

Thanks!
you can tear the external apart and install it internally.

FX6300 is a great budget choice ATM.
 

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i would say drop the SSD. it's too much for the budget. you can save for it later. when you partition your HDD just make sure it's equal or smaller that the SSD you will buy so when you ghost that partition you could copy it to the SSD.
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