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 Post subject: Check this pc build?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:43 pm 

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I'm new in building a pc. This is my first time. I did some research and felt that this is the best build I could do with an under $500 budget.

Case: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX
Motherboard: BIOSTAR A780L3B AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L )
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Power Supply: Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply
Memory: G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9S-4GBNT

BTW I want to save money so I'm going to skip buying a monitor. But the thing is I have a very old monitor, a Compaq 7550. It's those VGA crt monitors. Will the computer look fine on this monitor or should I buy another monitor?


 Post subject: Re: Check this pc build?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:23 am 
Little Foot
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you can also do a core-i3 based build as well, game performance will be better in cpu demanding games (like guild wars 2, etc) - something I would shoot for:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($126.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)

Total (before mail-in rebates): $508.89
Mail-in Rebates: $-25.00
Total: $483.89

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If nothing else, swap out your case for the Fractal uATX it's much better, or maybe this Cougar mid-tower $35 w/ promo code & free shipping if you don't mind a standard ATX size case not a bad deal. Had to drop to the 7770, only a very slight downgrade from the 6850 IMO (although you could ditch the DVDRW and put in the 6850 if you already have one) and good deal on the 2x4Gb Gskill Ares so that's a nice bump up for a few bux more.

Compaq 7550 - 17" CRT :cry: it is what it is, you will get great frame rates :P
I gave up on the old CRTs years ago so I can barely remember - I do recall the last one I used was going bad and really fuzzy and was hurtful to look at for any extended amount of time. About $60 should get you a 19" wide screen LCD, well worth the upgrade.

Well hope this gives you some ideas, the x3 is not so bad at all however it may be a limiting factor in certain games.


 Post subject: Re: Check this pc build?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:36 am 
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Take the i3 que from (Uncle) rico...you've got much better options for much less...such as...

CPU: Intel Core i3-2105, $122
RAM1: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2x4) 1600, $30
RAM2: G.Skill 4GB (2x2) 1333, $20
GPU: Radeon HD 7750, $90
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB, $70
PSU: CORSAIR CX430 V2 430W, $25
ODD: Samsung 22x DVD Burner Model SH-222, $14
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000, $39

$470 total for 8GB
$380 total for 8GB and iGPU

$460 total for 4GB
$370 total for 4GB and iGPU

 Post subject: Re: Check this pc build?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:50 am 

Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:28 pm
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Is there a better build for under $400 because I might try to get a new monitor. I don't know if my old monitor could handle the hd graphics of the new computer.
Or at least a build that allows me to upgrade in the future?

BTW thanks for the introduction to pcpartpicker site, I like how it tells me if there is problems in my builds.

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