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Hi everyone from the SSF section,

My friend wants to switch to a custom built computer(micro-atx) from his Acer(
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I just want to ask what should I buy?? He is a semi-gamer and plays like COD4 combat arms and soon getting MW2. His max resolution is 1280x720.
so what should he buy for his current gaming style??

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Biostar TA790GXE Motherboard
Athlon II X4 230
Sapphire 5670
Ultra LSP 550 i think it's called
Cheap DVD drive
Cheap case
i don't know of any DDR2 anymore


but other ppl will post suggestions
 
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yeah, i was also thinking about a combo
first time going into amd though
, i used to have a laptop with a sempron and it kicked some serious a55
for psu, i was thinking about getting him a corsair, antec, seasonic, or silverstone
ultra lsp is built off wintech crap, which is not good.

for gpu i'm thinking of a radeon 5670 would be perfect
the problem is the case. I want to get him a cube case, but I don't know which one is good and which is bad. I need some suggestions from the SSF experts. and the case must be under $100
 

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Originally Posted by Mikecdm View Post
I'd say to go to fry's and look for some of the AMD combo deals. They usually have a decent mb with an athlon II quad core for around $110.
also check out Microcenter they have AMD deals like that also. For a case check out the Coolermaster Elite 341 sells around $40 and you can install 4 120mm fans in it.
 
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cool thanks to everyone for their help
its 500 including the case and the p180 is a case I've always wanted to work with
i'll send him a link to this thread and see how he thinks
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cool thanks to everyone for their help
its 500 including the case and the p180 is a case I've always wanted to work with
i'll send him a link to this thread and see how he thinks
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Hehe, I just ordered one a few days ago! I have a P183 currently, and it has been the best case I have ever owned. You cannot go wrong with the P180 series.
 

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yep, its a micro atx case that ACTUALLY HAS CABLE MANAGEMENT

it also have a bottom mounted psu, and a top 200mm fan
other goodies are like the removable hdd cage and front fan filter
 

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You can try something like my rig, only replace the motherboard with something a tad bit cheaper, CPU with a e8400 and the GPU with a 9800GT:

Case: Silverstone Sugo SG02-F - $60 new
CPU: e8400 -$100 used
Motherboard: Gigabyte G41- $60 new
RAM: 2x2GB G.Skill 4GBPQ- $80 used (You can buy them from me
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PSU: Corsair HX 620 - $100 used
Harddrive: 500GB WD Blue - $55 new
Optical Drive: LG SATA DVD-RW w/ Lightscribe: $23 new
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Low-Profile Cooler (Keeps my Q9550 <60C @ 3.0 GHz) - $13 new

Total: $491

Hope this helps
 
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If you are gonna build a Gaming System thats going to do well I dunno if a C2D is gonna cut it honestly. And $500? I dunno how well its gonna play those games. The only Gaming I do is WoW on my system. Even with WoW I don't have the visual experience that I know is capable and it disappoints me. So. I decided just for the hell of it to seee what was available ffor a Micro ATX Gaming Setup. This build is of course going to go over $500. I did it because I am bored sitting here t work doing nothing. Enjoy my "Micro Madness"

Case: NZXT PanzerBox $109.00
Mobo: EVGA X58 Micro Motherboard $209.99
Processor:Intel i7 920 $289.99
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 $79.99
RAM: 4gb Corsair Dominator GT Dual Channel 1333mhz $164.99
Video Card: BFG GeForce GTX 285 $379.99

TOTAL $1234.94

Thats what I have come up with. Its a mad mad mad build. I can't afford it. I wish I could afford it. But this was for fun. Enjoy it.
 
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mine would cost close to 500. i have atm a 440 2gigs of ram and a 8800gt its a fairly nice matx gamer.
 

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If you are gonna build a Gaming System thats going to do well I dunno if a C2D is gonna cut it honestly. And $500? I dunno how well its gonna play those games. The only Gaming I do is WoW on my system. Even with WoW I don't have the visual experience that I know is capable and it disappoints me. So. I decided just for the hell of it to seee what was available ffor a Micro ATX Gaming Setup. This build is of course going to go over $500. I did it because I am bored sitting here t work doing nothing. Enjoy my "Micro Madness"

$500 is definitely enough. An e8400 and 9800GT are still extremely strong parts, and his friend is still gaming at a low res. Besides, I used to be able to max out MW2 on 1920x1080 with my e8500 myself. His friend definitely can stick to $500.
 

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hehe, the problem is that he doesn't want to buy used parts
I actually showed him a used c2d cpu about a week ago from ocn, and he said he doesn't want to buy anything that's used. I tried to convince him that it's ok to buy some used parts and save some $$, but he still won't flex
 

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Best mATX I could put together for a tight budget.

AMD Athlon II X4 620 + Gigabyte 785G $164.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.357501

OCZ 600w Modular + XFX Radeon 5670 $154.98 (+$25MIR from OCZ)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.347649

A-DATA 4GB (2x2) DDR2 800 $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211188

Samsung Spinpoint F3 HDD $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152226

LG SATA DVD burner $22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136168

Antec Mini P180 $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129044



Total after Mail in Rebate $523.85
 
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