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 Post subject: New PC buyer/builder question
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 4:50 pm 
8086
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Hello, as stated before I'm new to buying PCs and could use some help. Diablo III just came out and it goes without saying that my Mobile Intel 4 Series Chipset on my laptop isn't gonna cut it, and since i wanted to buy an actual PC anyways, i figured why not. I found what i percieved to be a great bundle deal, and just wanted to make sure I really am getting a good deal.This is priced at $599 and specs are as follows:

-AMD Athlon II X2 235e 2.7 GHz 2x1MB Socket AM3 Dual-Core CPU

-NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS 512MB DDR3 PCI Express (PCIe) DVI/VGA Video Card w/HDCP Support.

4GB DDR 3 1333 MHZ Memory

160gb 2.5" Hard Drive

8 USB Ports: 6 Rear, 2 Front
DVD RW Drive

480 Watt PSU

19" NU W921A 1440x900 resolution Widescreen LCD Monitor

Keyboard/ Mouse/ Speakers combo

Case: Broadway com 939 PL Black with 10" system fan with Blue LED lights

Motherboard:Foxconn A74GA AMD 740G Socket AM3 ATX Motherboard

ATX form factor
AMD 740G + SB710 chipset
Socket AM3 architecture
Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
Supports up to 16 GB DDR3 1333/1066 MHz memory
Integrated ATI Radeon 2100 graphics
Integrated Realtek ALC662 5.1-channel HD audio
Integrated Realtek RTL8111D Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Six (6) Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (support RAID 0, 1, 10)
One (1) IDE port
24-pin ATX power connector
4-pin ATX12V power connector
Lead-free components (RoHS compliant)

Expansion Slots:
One (1) PCI Express x16 slot
One (1) PCI Express x1 slot
Three (3) PCI slots
Four (4) 240-pin DDR3 DIMM slots

Rear I/O Ports:
Two (2) PS/2 ports
One (1) 9-pin Serial/COM port
One (1) 15-pin VGA port
Six (6) USB 2.0 ports
One (1) RJ-45 jack
Line in, line out, microphone 3.5 mm audio jacks

Internal Headers:
One (1) front panel header
One (1) front panel audio header
One (1) 9-pin Serial/COM header
One (1) 25-pin Parallel/LPT header
One (1) 4-pin CD-in
Three (3) USB 2.0 headers (six ports total)
Two (2) 4-pin chassis fan headers

One (1) 4-pin CPU fan header

What do you think? Yes or no?

Thanks =]


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 Post subject: Re: New PC buyer/builder question
PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 9:47 am 
Little Foot
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hmm would be a bit underpowered especially if you want to have the high-details enabled. Even a 440gt would struggle a bit - here is something I would put together you can max out D3 no sweat:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($122.66 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.18 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-800G Wired Gaming Keyboard ($11.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Rosewill RM-2400L Wired Laser Mouse ($12.98 @ Newegg)
Total (before mail-in rebates): $705.24
Mail-in Rebates: $-20.00
Total: $681.73
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-27 13:45 EDT-0400)

the extra ~$100 will go a long way, the i3 will kill the x2 hands down as well the 550gt over the 8400gs. 500Gb over the 160g will help you down the road (the 160g will fill up quickly even with free games)

Would you consider a BYO or just get a pre-built?

cheers


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 Post subject: Re: New PC buyer/builder question
PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 9:57 am 
8086
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Wow that's pretty specific. Thank you. That's exactly what i was looking for.

Well either, or to be honest. I've never built my own, but it seems like it would be fun and also pretty gratifying.

and the price range you gave me is exactly what im looking for to be honest.


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 Post subject: Re: New PC buyer/builder question
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 8:29 am 
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What case would you recommend that has some flash to it, like lights. That's also for a good price. I'm a slave to appearances.

Thanks again for all your help.


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 Post subject: Re: New PC buyer/builder question
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 9:07 am 
Smithfield
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IN3IRTIA wrote:
What case would you recommend that has some flash to it, like lights. That's also for a good price. I'm a slave to appearances.

Thanks again for all your help.

For the ultimate "ricer" case, get a clear acrylic one

Otherwise, just get something with a large window and string a bunch of LED ropes through the case. It's what I did with mine.


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